The Inner Circle Access of Stonehenge was fantastic! The day was long, but interesting and we really enjoyed the knowledge of our tour guide, Andy.
Loved our tour guide - Manon from Evan and Evans Tours! She was brilliant, friendly and so informative (but not overly). It is SO WORTH IT to be in the inner circle. We were there before it opened and there was only about 50 of is in total there. It was so magical seeing the stones before anyone else. It was quiet and great opportunity to take beautiful photos. Oxford was straight out of Harry Potter (they filmed parts there) but there was just so many school groups there touring too and made it almost impossible to maneuver around the city but still worth seeing. We branched out for 20 min and went to take a peek at Christ Church college. Windsor was brilliant as well and we decided to stay and not go back with the group to London so that we could visit the castle.
Definitely recommend! Also to note: keeping to a tight schedule is extremely important and unfortunately the primary reason we did not have adequate time in Oxford and Windsor was due to a few passengers being over 20 min late when meeting back at the bus to leave.
This was an incredible tour. We enjoyed Windsor and Oxford. We felt like we were in a fairy tale. But to be inside of the Stonehenge circle itself was truly magical as the sun was setting. It really takes your breath away. I wouldnt do it any other way.
The Stonehenge inner circle access tour was amazing! It was totally worth waking up super early in the morning to get this rare opportunity to walk around the stones. Our guide Oliver was great! He was very knowledgeable and helpful. The Oxford walking tour was good and informative. The Windsor trip was kind of a waste of time. It was incredibly crowded because we went on a Saturday afternoon and we weren’t able to go inside the castle. However, Oliver did a nice little walking tour there, but I would suggest to the company that they pick a third place. But it really didn’t matter, most of the people on the tour was for that incredible opportunity to walk in the inner circle. You get to get as close as you want to the stones without touching them. Plus, it really was exclusive as there were only our tour approximately 50 people that were at the site at the time. You won’t get that in a normal Stonehenge tour.
We did the early morning tour which had us at Stonehenge before it was open to the public which was great. Also was worth every penny to be able to go inside the circle. Our tour guide Oliver was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
So we got to Stonehenge during a torential downpour, got completely soaked, and it was still worth it! Oliver was our tour guide, and he handled what could have been a very trying experience with humor and grace! It is very much worth the extra to go inside the stones. When we got there we had the place to ourselves! Really incredible!
Rowan was fantastic! Being in the inner circle at Stonehenge is definitely how you want to see this. Great taste of Oxford and Windsor
This trip was one of my favorites! To be that close to Stonehenge was amazing Our tour guide, Oliver, was also great as well as our bus driver, Bosko. I would suggest this one for sure.
Seeing Stonehenge from within the Circle is worth it, even though everything else added on a hefty price tag.
First the good: taking the inner access tour was one of the best decisions of my trip. It was breathtaking to walk among the stones and to have time there in (relative) isolation. I've been to Stonehenge before as part of the standard tour, and there is no comparison. Seeing the stones from within the circle is almost magical. It makes for fantastic pictures too!
Now for the bad...I'll lump them into three categories: the travel guide, the itinerary, and the company.
The travel guide: First, the travel guide was almost 30 minutes late to the bus because he feel asleep. Even with this delay, he approved an extra stop on the way back, making us even later on our return. Second, went on and on about his Instagram account about how he needed 5 star reviews (even after his nap). Third, he wasn't a great tour guide. For example, at the Windsor stop, he took us to a place out of view of the castle and took up most of our stop time by talking about the history of Henry IV - all stuff we could have read on Wikipedia. This left little time to see the town and was disappointing, because he had hinted all through the trip about his connections with the Royal family (calling the Queen boss and mentioning how he babysat for Prince Harry).
The Itinerary: It's too busy. The company should consider doing a solo Stonehenge Inner Access Trip. After the early start, there's no way you can probably appreciate the other two stops. It would have been much better to return directly after Stonehenge, allowing us to rest and then have time to enjoy London.
The company - Evans and Evans: First, our driver didn't have the contact information for our guide. Normally I don't think this would be a problem, but since our guide literally feel asleep while on the job....it caused some issues. Second, I heard the driver and the guide talking about how they and their coworkers are all worked ragged. Based on their comments, it seems as if the employees have a rather grueling schedule, which isn't exactly something I desire in my tour guide and driver.
Overall....if there's another way to get inner access to Stonehenge, I'd say take it. If not, this tour will do, just don't have high hopes for anything afterwards with this tour.
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. I like all the history he told us. However, in my option, the tour was too long. It tried to pack too many things into one day. I enjoyed the places we stopped at. We were able to tour part of Oxford University from the outside, but did not go into any of the colleges/universities themselves. Windsor was a nice place to top, but we only had time to get lunch and look at the castle from the outside. A tour of Windsor Castle was not part of the tour. The stop at Stonehenge was great. The information center at Stonehenge closed before our tour of the stones ended, so we did not get to go in it. The only really bad part of the trip was when we finished our tour of Stonehenge, there were no available bathrooms. We were told that they would stop along the way for a break, however, they did not. When the bus arrived back in the city, I had to leave quickly to find a bathroom. The guide reminded us to make sure we had everything when we got off the bus. I looked down at the floor in front of my seat before I left and did not see anything. In my haste to find a bathroom, I dashed off the bus, and only remembered later that I had purchased some things in Oxford. I had left them on the bus. It would have helped if the guide had told us at the end of the trip that items could end up underneath the seat where you would not see them when you got out of your seat. It would have been helpful if the guide or bus driver went through the bus right then to ensure passengers had all their belongings. seat. When I contacted the guide and the company, I got no response from either of them. I would not recommend this tour.