If you’re about to head over to England, you should make time to immerse yourself in the rich history of the Roman Baths and Stonehenge. Tread around the countryside of the United Kingdom and indulge in the lush green and tranquil air. Take a break from city life and entice your mind with some history lessons.
There are plenty of daily round-trip tours that will take you to peruse Bath and Stonehenge, so all you need to do is wake up bright and early and hop on a vehicle. Either, commit to a full day tour or to get more out of your visit, opt to stay the night and then head straight back to the buzzing streets of London. Alternatively, you can drive there, which is what we ended up doing to explore on our terms.
We aren’t going to offer you a history lesson, as we don’t want to spoil the fun, we will provide a synopsis of what to expect when spending a day at the west end of England.
The Roman Baths are the well-preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world, dating back to 70AD. Till this day the Baths still flow with natural hot waters. Visitors are encouraged to explore the ruins, the museum, and the surrounding area.
Online tickets range from £16 to £22.50 per adult when purchased online, with a 10% discount. Go early to avoid the crowds and take those crowd controlled pictures.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the ticket taker and provided an audioguide. Follow the recommendations on the wall to maneuver the different spaces of the Roman Baths. There are also free guided tours, on the hour every hour starting from 10 AM. Be prepared for an odd stench now and then, coupled with views of rocks that are thousands of years old.
The angles are limitless. The water is a unique green shade. Bear in mind; you cannot go swimming in there, so leave the swimwear at home – unless you want to head over to the open-air Thermae Bath Spa. Also, it would be ill-advised to drink the water out of the Baths. Once you get to the exit, you will be offered a sip of treated water by staff – if you’re feeling brave, try it!
Standing tall at over 5000 years old, Stonehenge is a well known ancient wonder. The circular monument made of stone has a mysterious past as there is no concrete evidence on how the massive stones were transported and assembled.
Online tickets range from £21 for adults and £12 for children (age 5-17). There are multiple time slots to choose from, make reference to the website. Be wary; the last entry is 2 hours before the advertised closing time.
Once you enter Stonehenge and have your tickets scanned, you will be directed to line up for bus pick up. The 10-minute shuttle bus will drop you off at the entrance of Stonehenge. The buses pick up and drop-off every 15-20 minutes. There is a loop around the stones that you can walk, which is at a distance from the Stonehenge but will eventually bring you closer to the stones as you walk through.
For those that squirm at the sight of blood – be warned, some of the stones are stained with dry blood from sacrifices of the past.
Once the bus drops you back to the front, you can grab a bite at the restaurant, take a gander at the souvenir shop and visitor center.
Our recommendation for visiting the Roman Baths and Stonehenge is to arrive early (surprise, surprise). Unfortunately, by the time we finished gallivanting through Bath, we ended up at Stonehenge around 4 PM, at which time the crowds had already assembled. Regardless, we still managed to snap some pictures and see 5000 years of history up close and personal.
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