We only have 6.5 days in London. We would like to see Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath. Is it smarter to do an all-day, one day tour to see all three places? Or should we do each separately, on our own, via train? Aloha :)
No way could you do all three in a day by train... You could do ONE OF Windsor or Bath in a day by train. So you could do both on separate days. Stonehenge would be difficult by train because it is quite a long way from the nearest mainline station.
If you want to do all three on one day then an organised tour would be best, and that would be a long tour. But it would only be a whistlestop visit to each.
Personally I prefer to go to one place and do it comprehensively than just get a glimpse of each and just come away with a few photos. So if you want to spend two days, one for Bath and one for Windsor then you'd really get to explore them.
On the other even a week isn't enough to do all of London so its really a balance as to what you want to achieve.
BTW when are you visiting ?
Another idea from all the above. First, I agree you should rent a car. And I also agree that you cannot do all 3 venues in 1 day. I suggest you go to Bath first where you will want to spend at least half a day. Then head southeast to Stonehenge. Figure 1-1.5hrs tops there. Then drive to Winchester where you can spend the night, and visit this terrific town with a great Cathedral and get engulfed in the history of King Alfred the Great. Lots of pubs and fine restaurants also. Then the next morning, head east to Windsor and then back to London. Happy and safe travels. England is our favorite country.
They are all in different counties and the travelling time would be around 2- 3 hours to each place. I would spend a day at Windsor, there is the castle, river cruises and Eton and shops to visit. At a push you could do Stonehenge in the morning and then travel to Bath but it might take time on the train. You might be better hiring a car. There is a lot to see in London as well. Hope you have a great time and get to see all the sights you have planned.
All those in one day is in my opinion too much, and not practically possible. It takes to long if you put travelling and visiting together. I would consider splitting it up, and even consider staying overnight before I moved on. Plan buses and trains thorougly.
Well . . .
London would definitely be taking much of your time, as one of the reviewers pointed out - it has many sites and attractions to visit for sure!
Nevertheless, if you want to see Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath, you can take a day-trip from London from a good company (I took Evan Evans and it was perfect). The tour generally starts at 9pm and ends at 8:00pm. The distance b/w the 3 attractions is considerable though.
My suggestion: devote 1 day of yours to a day trip, rest of the days you can spend in London; and you'll never feel bored!
Cheers and have a great trip!
Windsor including the Castle will take at least half a day. Stonehenge is 1hr 15mins (in a car), from Windsor, so you could make it there later in the day - and you could whizz around the stones in an hour. You would be best to then stay somewhere nearby (Salisbury - amazing Cathedral and medieval city), and go and see Bath the next day - which will also need at least half a day. Have you considered hiring a blue badge guide? They are registered tour guides who can put together an itinery for you. Go to Visit England website for more info.
If there are tours that can do all 3 go for it; however the 3 are quite a distance apart. Stonehenge doesn't require much time at the site, but the getting there will be time consuming. Both Windsor and Bath would both require at least 1/2 day each. I would suggest hiring a car; go to Windsor first, drive on to Swindon and go to Avebury instead (largest stone circle in Europe) and the drive on to Bath. They are all off the M4. (you could also go to Lacock on the way if you have extra time)
Sign up for a tour, they can do all 3 places in one day, but it’s kind of touch and go. It’s about 10hrs. Out of which about 5hrs spent traveling in the bus between destinations.
Also, trains a quite expensive here. After seeing the price of a day tour, that includes all three, is around £100, that seems to be the most cost effective way.
You will need a full day for Bath, but if you're pushed for time then Stonehenge and Windsor can be done in one (long) day. Windsor is not very far from London. Stonehenge is about 2-3hours away. None of them are difficult to reach on your own.
I think London will take up most of your time anyway. Have fun
Hi Hawaii Will,
We did Roman Baths and Stone Henge in the same day and its around an hours drive between the two. The inner circle Henge tour is between 6am and 8am and 6pm and 8pm and its so worth the extra £18 to walk among the stones for an hour. With the visitor centre, musuem and replica Bronze Age village your time at the Henge complex could be 2 hours or 3 but the Baths will take more time in my opinion as there is so much to see so the answer to your question is "yes" its smarter to combine the Henge and Bath in the same day, i'd personally leave a lot more time for your castle visit as they usually last a day if you take your time. While your in the area may i suggest a visit to Glastonbury Town and Glastonbury Cathedral ruins which is another amazing day and you can have a beer in the pub Henry VIII stayed while his men burned the catherdal dawn. The name of it escapes me but anyone in Glastonbury will point you in the right direction. hope this helps, enkoy your visit..!
I had a rental car which made me more flexible while traveling. Keeping that in mind, Bath and Stonehenge are easy to do in one day.
If you had to rely on trains or tour buses it may be a lot tighter.
Sorry I’m no help on your other destination, I didn’t go there.
You won’t be able to do all 3 in 1 day. Maybe Stonehenge and Bath in 1 day and Windsor on day 2. Tink of the distances and dense traffic.
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