On our recent trip to the UK, we were invited by Golden Tours to be a part of their group tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock, and Bath. We definitely wanted to go on some day trips from London to check out the lovely English countryside. However, we were struggling with the decision of which places to go to, as there is so much to see here.
Luckily for us, Golden Tours took us on a tour of some of the places that were high on our list. So, we hopped on happily for an amazing day out from London. Here’s what was in store for us.
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1. Windsor Castle
Our first stop was Windsor Castle, about an hour’s drive away from London towards the west. The castle is the official residence of the British Queen and is also the largest and longest-inhabited castles in Europe.
While we were waiting in queue to enter the castle, Chris, our guide shared some interesting stories about the castle and the monarchy. The castle is huge and you need at least a good three hours to properly explore the place.
Unfortunately, our day’s itinerary did not allow us that amount of time. However, it was enough to catch a quick glimpse of the royal history and architecture. We checked out St. George’s Chapel at leisure as well as some of the castle walls and grounds nearby.
2. Lacock Village
On the way to our next stop, our lunch packs were served on the bus. This is another great aspect of this tour that helps you save time and explore more. And save a few extra pounds too.
We reached the village of Lacock a couple of hours later. Chris, our guide, took us on a walking tour of this gorgeous village. He showed us various filming locations of Harry Potter and shared a bit of history about the village.
It was literally like a journey back in time, seeing those quaint little houses made entirely of Cotswold stones. A journey I’d be willing to take many times over.
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I’d heard rave reviews about Bath from people who’ve been there. And that’s exactly why I wanted to take a day trip that includes Bath – I wanted to see what the hype was all about.
We arrived at Bath, approximately half an hour later. The moment I stepped into the city, I regretted my decision of not planning on staying there longer. Bath is one of the loveliest cities I’ve ever been to!
There’s a whole bunch of things you can do in this city and I definitely plan on going back for longer. However, in the limited time that we had, we tried the traditional Bath bun and afternoon tea on Chris’ recommendation. It was pretty awesome!
We also had some time on our hands to take a walk across the main town square – try some local ice-cream and enjoy the lively sights and sounds.
Another hour or so later, we arrived at the historic site of Stonehenge. Our tour bus brought us as far as the visitor center. Thereafter, another coach took us to the actual site.
Our guide stayed with us the entire time and shared many interesting stories about the origin of those stones.
A visit to Stonehenge is an experience that you’ll cherish forever. Not only are the stories about our Neolithic ancestors extremely intriguing but also quite humbling. And an added bonus is the gorgeous natural beauty of the area.
Soon, it was time for us to head back to London, and the journey back wasn’t too bad either. Watching the beautiful landscapes of the countryside rolling by, we arrived back in London at around 8 pm.
It was a lovely tour overall. Of course, I would’ve ideally liked to spend some more time at Windsor Castle and Bath. However, considering that we covered four different places, not too close by either, this seemed like a great utilization of the available time.
Things to Note:
- The bus leaves at 8 am sharp from the Golden Tours Visitor Center near the Victoria Coach station. So, plan on reaching early and double check which stop your bus would be departing from. We almost missed ours even though we’d reached pretty early but someone had directed us to the wrong stop somehow.
- Entry to the Windsor Castle and the Roman Baths are not included in the package. So, if you’re planning on entering any of these places, you’ll need to pay for them separately.
- Check for the scheduled closure dates of Windsor Castle if you’re planning on visiting it and book your tour accordingly.
- You’ll arrive in London at approximately 8 pm in the evening. You can choose one of two drop locations – Kensington or Victoria (near the Golden Tours Visitor Center in both places).
- Be back in time after you’re done exploring a particular place – the bus may leave without you if you don’t. Of course, this isn’t an outcome that your driver or guide would ideally wish for. However, arriving a few minutes later than requested, simply makes their lives more difficult. So, please respect everyone’s time.
- Truth be told, this tour might seem a little rushed and you may not have as much time to explore these places as you might ideally like to. However, I can guarantee that you’ll not find another tour that combines all four of these places on a day trip. Honestly, this is a great value-for-money offer – ideal for you, if you have limited time on your hands but still want to cover more places.
This is a sponsored blog post, however, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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