We drive through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside to Stonehenge . This amazing monument was first mentioned as one of the wonders of Britain only seventy years after the Norman Conquest. It has aroused awe and curiosity ever since. This is your chance to experience it for yourself. During the journey to Stonehenge your driver guide will give you commentary on the sites we pass and there is also plenty of information for you to browse through. If English is not your first language there are audio presentations at the monument in all major languages.
´SUPERHENGE´If time allows we also take a look at Durrington Walls where nearly 100 stones 4,500 years old, some measuring 15ft (4.5m) in length, were discovered under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls using geophysical imaging technology. Experts think it may have surrounded traces of springs and a dry valley leading into the River Avon. Close by is Woodhenge which consisted of six concentric rings of wooden post holes within a bank and ditch, now marked by concrete posts. In the middle of the circle the grave of a three year old girl was found suggesting possible ritual sacrifice. We firmly believe that viewing these other two henges ´complete the circle´ - if you will pardon the pun - and help to show you that Stonehenge is not ´just a bunch of rocks in the middle of nowhere´ ! Please tell your driver guide if you would like to visit these sites before the tour starts.
On a clear day we get a view of the Westbury White Horse.
Lacock National Trust Village
This wonderful village consists of properties which date from the 13th and 18th centuries. It was once a prosperous woollen town but now it seems like a village trapped in time. There has been no major building here in the last 200 years so you really feel as if you're stepping back into English history.
How much time will we spend in each location?
Drive time from Bath to Stonehenge 60 minutes
Stonehenge 120 minutes (including Visitor Centre)
(photo stop at Durrington Walls Superhenge and Woodhenge by request)
Drive time from Stonehenge to Lacock 45 minutes
Lacock National Trust village 60 minutes
Drive time back to Bath 30 minutes
N.B. All timings are approximate and for guidance only.
What is and isn’t included in the tour
Food and drinks are not included in the price of the tour. Refreshments can be purchased at various stops during the tour or you can bring food with you. We ask passengers to please refrain from eating and drinking on the bus.
Entrance to Lacock Abbey is optional and an entrance fee is charged. *Free admission to National Trust card holders. Lacock Abbey is not open during winter months. For more details of this National Trust property visit our "Other useful sites" web page.
Did you know...?
If you're interested in film locations Lacock has been used many times. It became the town of Meriton in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice and more recently Downton Abbey (second episode of final series). The Abbey was also used in the filming of the first two Harry Potter movies. We will take you to Godric's Hollow, the home of James and Lilly Potter (Harry's parents) and to professor Horace Slughorn's house from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Other film credits for Lacock include Emma, Moll Flanders, Robin of Sherwood/Robin Hood, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Other Boleyn Girl, Cranford, and The Wolfman.