The key to Bath’s popularity and reputation is its name. It was the Romans who first recognized the value of hot springs in the area. They soon established a bath in the area, known as the Imperial Baths, which was further developed over the course of about three and a half centuries of their reign. This early significance meant that more important buildings were built in the centuries that followed, including the 7th century Bath Abbey, as well as 18th century Georgian buildings such as the elegant townhouses of the Royal Crescent and the Circus, all of which are the pride of Bath.
Bath tours from London usually stop at other attractions in the area, including Stonehenge and the Cotswolds. There are a wide range of travel options, but due to the distance from London, a full day tour is the shortest time possible in order to make the most of Bath. Cheap trips are also available, as are long trips of a few days that seek to explore the region more fully, with the Cotswolds and Oxford also on the itinerary. Here are the three best tours.
Day trip to Stonehenge, Baths and Saigo
One of the most popular Bath tours from London, this simple itinerary, which lasts around 11 hours in total, is mainly Bath-focused. The first stop of the day is the famous prehistoric site of Stonehenge, spending an hour and a half exploring the site and modern visitor centre. Then head to Bath for a self-guided tour through the city to help you get your bearings. Afterwards, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore, shop and visit the sites that interest you most before returning to London. No meals will be provided on this trip.
Full day tour of Baths, Lakota, Avebury and Stonehenge
If you want to spend less time in Bath and Stonehenge in order to fit a few stops into your itinerary, then this is a good option. First up is Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, then Bath, where you can explore freely and enjoy lunch (not included in the tour price). Afterwards take a minibus to nearby Lacock, a stunning little village (in typical British fashion) that has been used as a filming location for many films and period dramas. The final stop was Avebury, a rural area with its own, wider prehistoric stone circle. Speaking of stone circles, in about a dozen hours, our trip would end in London, our departure point.
2 day tour of the Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford
From ￡159 per person.
Sometimes, there simply isn’t enough time in the day. This itinerary acknowledges this and therefore opens up the itinerary to other regional must-see attractions such as the lovely Cotswolds and historic Oxford University Town. It is worth noting that Stonehenge does not appear on this itinerary, although the Avebury Stone Circle is included. Bath is the highlight of the first day and you can visit the Roman baths and other attractions in the city. Cheerful B&B accommodation in Cirencester is included in the price. On the second day, you’ll visit popular Cotswold attractions such as Bibury, Broadway Tower and Stow-on-the-Wold, while Oxford is the last to return to London.