Centuries of Stories: Stonehenge & the Cotswolds
1 day tour

  • Stonehenge Castle Combe tour
  • Stonehenge Castle Combe tour
  • Stonehenge Castle Combe tour
  • Stonehenge Castle Combe tour
  • Stonehenge Castle Combe tour

What does centuries of stories look like? Mysterious Stonehenge. Winding English pathways. Grand abbey archways. If you love history, this tour is for you.

Tour map

Tour Highlights

UNESCO Heritage Sites
Prehistoric Sites
Film Locations
Abbeys

Stonehenge - The spiritual centre of pagan Britain and one of the most perplexing prehistoric sites in the world. What do you believe?

Lacock Abbey - Listen to the echo of your footsteps as you explore the cloisters of this ancient abbey that fired our imagination as parts of Hogwarts.

Avebury Neolithic Standing Stones - No one knows why the ancient people created this landmark. But we do know it's bigger and older than Stonehenge.

Castle Combe - Wander through one of the prettiest villages in England; you might just see some of your favourite movies reflected back at you.

 

Your journey
 

There's something about a good mystery that keeps us hooked. A secret we're dying to know. We can speculate all we'd like, but the reason ancient humans built places like Stonehenge and Avebury can never be fully understood. 

But that's half the fun.

You're likely to leave this tour feeling beguiled. You'll definitely leave in awe. It's impossible not to feel something a little deeper when staring at monuments from the past. Not just these standing stones, but incredible abbeys and quiet cobbled streets. 

Centuries of stories are waiting to be discovered. Which will be your favourite?

 

Tour Details

Starts
Check-in closes at 09:00 (tour departs at 09:15) - Bath Pick Up, Terrace Walk, Bath, BA11LN
Finishes (approx.)
18:00 - Bath Drop Off, Terrace Walk, Bath, BA11LN
Luggage
You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • Some attraction tickets can be purchased in advance when you book your tour. You’ll have the option to add at check-out. Other attractions will not be available to book beforehand, instead you can purchase those while on tour.
Tour inclusions
  • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

​​​​​The adventure begins. Saying a temporary goodbye to beautiful Bath, your first destination is one that most have heard of. Many have yearned to witness. Endless have marvelled at.

The standing stones of Stonehenge are one of the grandest sites known today. Those who visit take a break from the modern world for a few moments and become transported back to a long-forgotten world, a world where spirituality, paganism, and worship defined people. 

But these aren't the only stones you should marvel at. In the sweet village of Avebury, visitors come to wander amidst the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. Mixed in among manor houses and nature, this site truly is worth a visit. 

After lunch, we travel deep into rural Wiltshire to Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a television and film location. The Abbey in the heart of the village has its own woodland grounds, and a quirky country house with fascinating architectural styles.

The last stop of the day is Castle Combe, often called one of the prettiest villages in England. Fans of movies like War Horse and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust may just recognize this spot, so get your camera ready. From here, it’s only a short drive back to Bath.

Attractions

Tour Attractions

You are able to pre-purchase entrance tickets to the following attractions at the time of booking:

  • Stonehenge

Other attractions may be booked and paid locally during the tour.

FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies. 100% charges are applicable, and you will not be entitled to a refund or alternative.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of 48 hours for our one day tours, 15 days for two to nine day tours, and 21 days for 10+ day tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

Can Itineraries change?

Your tour will always follow the itinerary as closely as possible. Your driver-guide will keep you up to date on the road, and we'll try to get in touch about any large changes prior to your departure.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .


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