From the Vitora Travel Blog | London to Bath (via Stonehenge)
Take the Trip of a LifeTime with Vitora from…
London via Stonehenge to Bath
Ever felt that life is so busy you aren’t getting the chance to enjoy enough fun things and keep longing for that elusive “trip of a life time” that everyone goes on about?
At Vitora, making the most of the small things in life is one of our mottos, and we believe “that trip” doesn’t have to be an overseas adventure — you can have one right here, a few hours from home and without the expense! We’ve put together a few suggestions (no more than a couple of hours drive) to give you some inspiration and a little nudge to get those tyres moving (remember to pump them up first!) and out onto the open road.
Where are we going?
If you’re a Londoner, and you haven’t yet been to Stonehenge or Bath (but don’t want to admit it!) this drive will take you to the iconic, prehistoric landmark of mystery and then on to the beautiful, history-laden town of Bath — all in one trip. Both are World Heritage listed – so there’s lots to take in, plus if you time it right, you’ll get to enjoy some picture-perfect green hills and countryside while you’re at it!
Of course, it’s no secret that visitors travel the globe to experience Stonehenge’s famous Stone Circle, and seeing its intrigue and magnificence for yourself, you’ll understand exactly why. Bath, at our journey’s end, is often described as a wellness destination dating back to the Roman times with the baths central to its charm. In fact, whatever your personal interests (history, architecture, wellness, shopping, eating or simply a bit of walking and sightseeing), Bath simply oozes charisma and character that makes for a most enjoyable but busy day trip or slightly more leisurely weekend adventure.
How do I get there, how far is it and how long will it take?
We’ll be travelling the M3 and A303 and covering a total distance of about 122 miles. Depending on the traffic and conditions, the trip should take just over two-and-a-half hours if you travel direct. Stonehenge (85 miles from London) is the perfect distance for a stop along the way and of course you must definitely factor in enough time to explore. On arriving at Stonehenge, you’ll park at the visitors’ centre (also the site of the Stonehenge Exhibition of archaeological treasures, gift shop and café) and a shuttle will take you to the stones. You can also explore the reconstructed Neolithic Houses on the site.
Tell me a bit more about Bath and what is there to see?
Bath is a place of historic buildings, Georgian architecture and cobbled streets, beautiful parks, gardens, eateries, plenty of different types of accommodation options … and the list goes on. We’ve picked just a couple of highlights to consider putting on your itinerary:
- It goes without saying that while in Bath, a visit to the Roman Baths is a must, being one of the best-preserved Roman Baths remains in the world. You can even get to taste the spa water in the famous Pump Room— or visit the Pump Room restaurant for an equally renowned cream tea
- Bath Abbey is a magnificent architectural centre of the town with Victorian Gothic interior, fan-vaulted ceilings and magnificent stained-glass windows among other stunning features. Visitors are also welcome to attend services held at the abbey
- For Jane Austen enthusiasts (who will know the significance of Bath in her novels) the Jane Austen Centre brings everything “Jane Austen” to life
- No 1 Royal Crescent – a spectacular 18th Century Georgian townhouse, is an architectural masterpiece of the era and a famous Bath landmark
- Take a walk over Pulteney Bridge – also a picture-perfect place to get that Instagram photo or have a meal
- Bath is brimming with lovely parks and gardens. Amongst the many green spaces are Parade Gardens or Prior Park (perfect for a picnic in the right weather), Alexandra Park (accessible up a flight of steps called Jacobs Ladder or by road) with sweeping views of Bath and a children’s playground, the Botanical Gardens at Royal Victoria Park and The Georgian Garden, a recreated Georgian garden
- If you love to shop – Bath has many types of shops ranging from the more conventional to alleyways of intriguing stores. If you are looking for something individual, the area known as the Artisan Quarter offers something unique
- And — if you decide there’s too much still to see and want to stay overnight – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Bath has accommodation for every budget.
What do I need to pack?
If it’s a perfect spring or summer day, Bath has some superb picnic spots — so make sure you pack the car with everything you’ll need to enjoy being outside and soaking up the sunshine. While sadly you can’t bathe in the Roman baths, you can (for a fee) take a dip at the Thermae Bath Spa, so if swimming is on your agenda, remember your bathing suit! With an abundance of superb cafes, restaurants and pubs – you really don’t need to pack a thing — except of course your toothbrush and overnight bag if you’re planning a weekend stay.
Anything else I need to know?
If you do plan on stopping at Stonehenge we’d suggest booking in advance as this will ensure you get in on the day and time you want to be there (it is very busy all year round). There’s really no best time of year to make this trip to Bath. If the weather is beautiful, it’s glorious and when the weather is grey there’s so much to do and see, the weather won’t really matter.
So, from the team at Vitora — it’s now over to you. We’d like to wish you a safe journey and also hope this one gets you thinking about getting out-and-about and enjoying where your vehicle and those Vitora tyres can take you next!