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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Christmas Day Tour: Stonehenge, Bath and the Cotswolds

Enjoy a quintessentially English Christmas with this scenic Christmas Day trip to Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an informative guide, discover some of England’s top attractions at their quietest and prettiest — without the usual crowds. Marvel at prehistoric Stonehenge from Salisbury Plain, admire the golden Georgian architecture of Bath, savor a classic Christmas lunch at a quaint Cotswolds inn, and call at the charming market town of Stratford-upon-Avon to view where William Shakespeare was born and his wife Anne Hathaway's childhood home.

Highlights

  • Christmas Day tour from London to Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Stop for photos of Stonehenge on the beautiful Salisbury Plain
  • Take a walking tour of Bath and see Pulteney Bridge
  • Enjoy a 2-course Christmas lunch: roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding
  • Admire the English countryside as you pass through the picturesque landscape of the Cotswolds
  • See Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

What You Can Expect

Christmas Day Tour: Stonehenge, Bath and the Cotswolds

Christmas Day Tour: Stonehenge, Bath and the Cotswolds

Depart central London in the morning by air-conditioned coach and journey southwest to Stonehenge as your guide shares fascinating facts about this prehistoric monument and the mysteries i holds. 

The Stonehenge site is closed to visitors on Christmas Day, but you can still enjoy splendid views of the giant stone circle from adjacent Salisbury Plain. Stop here to take snaps free from the usual crowds, and listen as your guide reveals more about the monument. Discover some of the theories for how the stones were transported here, and why the circle was built — perhaps as a temple or a burial site for a ruling dynasty.

Continue to the nearby historical spa town of Bath. From your coach, ogle the elegant Georgian buildings, built from honey-hued local stone, and enjoy a walking tour of the handsome streets, seeing the glorious Royal Crescent and 18th-century Pulteney Bridge. 



Then, travel on to the Cotswolds, where rolling hills and stone villages make up one of England’s prettiest regions. Admire the picture-postcard scenery, and pull up at a quaint Elizabethan-era pub for today’s highlight — a delicious Christmas lunch. 

Settle inside the cozy inn and feast on a traditional Christmas Day meal of scrumptious roast turkey and rich Christmas pudding for dessert. Accompany your meal with your choice from the pub’s real ales and fine wines (drinks at own expense), and finish with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee.


Afterward, make your way back to London. Stop on route in Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for being the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare, England’s greatest playwright. Pass the picturesque childhood family home of his later wife, Anne Hathaway, and stop for photos at Shakespeare’s family home, where he was born in 1564.


Your Christmas Day tour ends in central London in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

nypv holiday

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great fun and a really nice day. Tom was a great gu ide and kept us entertained through out the day. Geoffrey was a great driver and we felt safe with him driving in the rain. Well done.

TravelUK

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

I probably would've left Stonehenge off this tour. We weren't even allowed to stop on the road, so we just drove past it and took blurry photos from the moving bus. I would've rather had extra time in Bath or Stratford-upon-Avon. Almost everything was closed because it was Christmas Day, but that was to be expected. The towns were peaceful and the tour guide was friendly and quite informative. I enjoyed the trip and would recommend it.

Ginny

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

The tour was a great way to spend Christmas Day! Although very little was open, we were still able to visit many beautiful locations in England. The countryside was gorgeous and the tour was no stress. The tour guide and driver were excellent.

jb

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

I thought the tour was very good and the tour guide was excellent. Only issue I had was i wish that the company would have provided morning tea or at least a bottle of water. As it was Christmas day nothing was open and we ididn't have a drink of anything from 7:30am until lunch which was at 2pm.

Anna L

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2014

it was the holiday so everything exept the bar was closed and the guide told us we couldn't stop on the motorway passing Stonehedge, and even the road was empty we had to take pictures from a moving bus. Next we've spent too much time in this bus instead of walking. We had 2 stops more (40 min each at the beginning and at the end of the tour) at Foodcourts aside from motorway. Instead of wasting time there it would be much better to walk a bit in Stratford (as we have just fluently seen it from the bus) or spend more time in Bath as the weather that day was perfect. The lunch was poor.

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