In just a short day trip from London, it’s possible to see two amazing historic sights – Stonehenge and Bath. I decided to take an organized day tour because I was short on time and didn’t want the hassle of finding my own transport. Although the tour was quite fast paced and there wasn’t much time for a sit-down lunch, I’d recommend jumping on a tour like this if you don’t have a lot of time. Here is a brief of what the tour covers:
Departing from Central London, the bus arrives for a brief stop at the 5000-year-old ancient neolithic site of Stonehenge. It’s possible to get an audio guide to learn more about the history and the theories as to how and why Stonehenge was built. For about 45 minutes it’s possible to walk around, but not get terribly close to the huge stones. It is quite incredible to imagine how they came to be built in a time when tools were primitive.
Next, we headed to Bath, where it was possible to visit the nearly 2000-year-old Roman Baths. It’s built on Britain’s only natural hot water spring and still has steaming pools to admire. The entire site has interpretive signage and historic items to view and is very well put together to give you an idea of the history of this World Heritage Site. There are also beautiful stone paving, statues, and Roman architecture. It was a great place to take photos!
Outside of the Roman Baths, the city of Bath itself is very pretty with Georgian architecture and lots of pleasant shops and restaurants. The tour was a bit too quick to be able to enjoy the city very much and we didn’t have a lot of time to see more. I would definitely go back to Bath for a night, but don’t think I would bother returning to Stonehenge.