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Tour 4 - Avebury stone circles and Cotswold villages tour

A shorter day tour  exploring the ancient Avebury Stone Circles, Lacock National Trust Village and Castle Combe in the Cotswolds - April to October - Tuesday & Saturday - £35

Tour overview
'What does it feel like to walk inside a stone circle? Have you ever wanted to see some of England’s most beautiful historical houses and inns? If the answer is yes but you are short of time, then we have the solution.  Visit Avebury Stone Circles and the nearby villages of Lacock and the beautiful Castle Combe in the Cotswolds. This tour has a later start time for those who need to travel to Bath. If you are looking for drama, history and scenery then this is the tour for you. Walk between the giant monolithic stones that make up one of Europe’s’ largest stone circles. Take in the diverse architecture of England’s historical houses – including ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottages and contrasting black and white timbered houses. Our tour starts later than our regular tours, allowing you time to travel to Bath in time for the bus departure.
 
Tour destinations
  • Avebury Stone Circles
  • Lacock National Trust Village
  • Castle Combe Village
  • Silbury Hill
  • Cherhill White Horse
 

We've specifically kept our tours small and personal with a maximum group size of 16. This gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy this stunning part of England. Our local guides have a wealth of knowledge about the area. They will provide you with plenty of information about the history, culture, theories and legends .

Tour Itinerary

Avebury Stone Circles

This is a lesser known megalithic monument which is 16 times larger in area than Stonehenge and nearly 1000 years older! The lack of media attention at this site has helped to maintain its magical charm. There are no restrictions to prevent you from wandering freely amongst the stones here. This is the ultimate location to try your hand at dowsing and try and discover for yourself the energy of the stones!

This is the largest man made object in prehistoric Europe. It was built 4800 years ago and took longer to build than Stonehenge. Its purpose is still one of the great unsolved mysteries although theory and speculation abound!

Cherhill White Horse – Photo Stop

White horses are a feature of the Wiltshire landscape. Carved out of the chalk hills they appear dramatic against the rich green landscape. Cherhill White Horse is nearly 300 years old. It is one of thirteen original white horses in Wiltshire. (photo credit: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk)

Waggon and Horses

This traditional thatched inn, originally built in 1669 was frequently visited by Charles Dickens and is mentioned in the Pickwick papers.  The inn offered accommodation, grazing land for cattle and a stable and smithy.  The inn has had ghostly sightings - an elderly lady dressed in a white smock thought to be the ghost of a previous landlady and an elderly gentleman dressed in the style conducive of the Victorian era smoking a pipe. Sometimes an unmistakable aroma of pipe tobacco has been noticed near the fireplace.

Lacock National Trust Village – Lunch Stop

This picturesque village consists of properties dating from the 13th and 18th centuries. It was once a prosperous woollen town, but now it seems like a village trapped in time. There has been no major building here in the last 200 years so you really feel as if you're stepping back into a long forgotten era. We usually make this our lunch stop. There’s a pretty café, a bakery and a selection of wonderful country pubs including one that has had a licence since 1362!
If you're interested in film locations Lacock has been used many times. It became the town of Meriton in the BBC production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The Abbey and some of the houses were also used in the filming of the first two Harry Potter movies. The Abbey is not open during winter months. For more details of this National Trust property visit our "other useful sites" web page".

Castle Combe Village

In the southern part of the Cotswolds lies Castle Combe. This idyllic village nestles in a small wooded valley with its meandering stream and weavers’ cottages. The castle has long gone but its stone was used to build the Manor House, now a sumptuous hotel. As well as being the set for the original Dr Dolittle film and Stardust, Stephen Spielberg was there in 2010 filming Warhorse.
  
Timing
  • This tour begins at 11.00 am prompt, from the Abbey Hotel, 1 North Parade. BA1 1LF. This is a one-minute walk from the Abbey church.
  • Please aim to arrive at 10.50 am so we can depart on time.
  • We have designed our tours to keep travelling time down to a minimum.
  • The longest stretch in our 16 seater minicoach is 1 hour.
  • Time spent at Avebury Stone Circles – 1 hour  (approx).
  • Time spent at Silbury Hill  - photo stop.
  • Time spent at Cherhill White Horse  - photo stop.
  • Time spent at Lacock National Trust  - 2 hours 15 minute.
  • Time spent at Castle Combe  - 40 minutes.
  • Return time to Bath is 5.30pm.
  • All times are approximate.
 
Prices
  • £35.00 Adult
  • £17.50 Children 5 - 15 years
  • £5 under 5's
  • We do not recommend this tour for under 3 years
 
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Inner Circle Stonehenge Tour

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