• Tour code: 2250ETRW
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Experience some of Britain’s loveliest countryside and historical treasures on this full-day tour from London. Travel through rural landscapes to prehistoric Stonehenge; see picturesque Runnymede, where the 13th-century Magna Carta was signed; and visit the pretty town of Windsor on the Thames River. Visit Windsor Castle and enjoy time to explore independently, perhaps with a Thames-side stroll or boat ride, or depending on the day, watching a colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. With numbers limited to 16, this is one of the most intimate, small-group English countryside tours available.

Highlights

  • Day trip from London through the English countryside
  • Learn about the Magna Carta and see the Royal Air Force Memorial in Runnymede
  • Visit Windsor Castle to view the Queen’s most impressive residences, the State Apartments
  • Walk along the Windsor and Eton Heritage Trail or take an optional boat ride along the River Thames (seasonal)
  • Enjoy free time to take walks, admire the scenery, and enjoy a meal and drinks at a café or traditional pub (own expense)
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

English Countryside Day Trip from London Including Windsor Castle

Explore the pretty riverside town of Marlow on your tour

Hop aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan in central London and journey west into the English countryside to begin your tour.

As you travel, listen as your guide talks of the region’s long history, and hear fascinating facts about your first destination: the UNESCO-listed stone circle at Stonehenge. On arrival, head inside (additional cost) to stroll around the site and visitor center independently. View the gigantic, prehistoric monument, believed by most scholars to have formed a temple aligned to the sun; and explore the archaeological and audio-visual displays at the state-of-the-art center.

Back aboard your minivan, continue to Runnymede, the historical site of the sealing of the Magna Carta — the document that laid the foundations for modern democracy — by King John in 1215. Take in the views of the rural site beside the Thames River and see the imposing nearby Royal Air Forces Memorial.

Next, travel through glorious Windsor Great Park to the royal town of Windsor, prettily situated on the banks of the Thames. Here, stop to visit magnificent Windsor Castle (additional cost), still used as a weekend residence by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Admire the opulent State Apartments, with their richly decorated halls and chambers, and depending on the day, watch the Changing of the Guard — a centuries-old ceremony that takes place at the 1,000-year-old castle on select dates.

Alternatively, follow your castle visit with a stroll along the Windsor and Eton Heritage Trail, a waymarked route that circles the castle walls and traces the Thames' banks. Or, if it's between April and October, perhaps enjoy a boat trip (additional cost) along the Thames to admire stellar views of Windsor Castle, Eton College and other landmarks.

When the time comes, leave Windsor by minivan and end your day trip at the start point in central London.

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