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Stonehenge and Avebury Day Tour from London

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London
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Overview

At a glance
Category: Day Trips
Duration: 1 day
Highlights
All entrance fees included
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Description
After our central London pickups, we depart for the medieval village of Avebury. Avebury was built and amended over many centuries from about 2850 BC to 2200 BC and is ringed by the largest stone circle in the world. Upon arrival, your tour manager will take you on a walking tour before leaving you for free time to explore this picturesque and historic area.

At approximately 1:30pm, the group will walk up the hillside to West Kennet Long Barrow, a 5000 year old Neolithic burial tomb. You will be taken to the burial side where your guide will take you into the burial chambers and bring its fascinating history alive.

At 3pm, we will arrive at Stonehenge where fast track entry is included. Audio guides are included and available in numerous languages which will give you an in-depth knowledge of the site. You are able to walk around at leisure and at your own pace whilst listening to the audio. You can also enjoy the new £27m visitor centre where you can even view a 5,500 year-old man and enter the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects used in Neolithic life. We will depart Stonehenge and head back to central London for an expected arrival time of 7pm.
Inclusions
Entrance fees
Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Gratuities (optional)

Location

Meeting point
Pickup from designated meeting points in central London

Reviews

Feb 2018

Went on a super wet and windy day in Feb but very educational and fun for the whole family. Liked Avebury more.

Jan 2018

Great tour. So interesting and beautiful scenery. A favorite part of our vacation.

Jan 2018

Tour guide was awesome. It was a small group so we all got to ask a lot of questions. At Avebury you can actually walk and touch the stones. Avebury has the only pub in the world inside a stone circle (The Red Lion). Stonehenge was magical.

Nov 2017

Stonehenge and Avebury are amazing places to visit. I really enjoy Avebury. It is a lovely village and you can walk freely around the rocks, sheeps and in the village. I really enjoy that we have sufficient time to enjoy each sites.

Oct 2017

Tour was very knowledgeable and the guide was terrific.

Oct 2017

Best tour ever, would recommend to all. It was a wander full day out of London and we got to see amazing sights with enough time at each stop.

Aug 2017

My tour was provided by Anderson Tours the pick up and scheduling was well organized and coaches comfortable. We stopped at West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury and Stonehenge. Our educated guide Christelle was absolutely amazing, provided relevant information for each site we stopped at, as well as narrating at important locations while driving through towns and villages on route. I came away with more knowledge and understanding of this part of England, and it was the highlight of my holiday.

Aug 2017

This was a very good trip and we are very happy. Our tour guide, Daniel, was extremely knowledge and respectful. Our driver I am embarrassed to admit I have forgotten his name was fantastic and also very knowledgeable. He and Daniel worked very well together! As an anthropology/history nerd, I do wish it had been longer but I think most of my fellow travelers were happy with how things were timed. I highly recommend this trip and the company.

Dec 2017

I would recommend this tour if you enjoy nature and have an interest in religion.

Sep 2017

First the positives: bus was on-time and directions to the pick-up point were clear. We had a reasonable amount of time at the three sites visited West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury, and Stonehenge and were able to have a good wander round, especially in Avebury, which is well worth it. There was one logistic issue, however - the drop-off points at the end of the day were NOT the same as the pick-up points! There were five different pick-up points, but the tour was only willing to take people back to two of them in the evening. It was lucky for us that ours was one of the two - we had walked to the pick-up point and did not have our Oyster cards with us, so if we had needed to take the tube back to our hotel we would have had to pay full price for single tickets. I feel that we should have been told about this in advance.

We were also quite disappointed in the guide, who was officially a tour manager and whose role seemed mainly to communicate the schedule, meeting points, etc., rather than to provide interesting commentary. She did not seem particularly knowledgeable about, or even interested in, the sites we visited, and what she did tell us was about the same as or in some cases less than what was available on placards etc. at the sites. On the bus, we mostly rode in silence, and some of what the guide did talk about was repetitive or even banal pointing out ducks on a village pond? Really??.

A side note - Stonehenge was very crowded. That isn't the tour's fault, but it's good to know before you go that if you're hoping for a sense of awe at the works of ancient peoples, Stonehenge during regular hours probably isn't the best place to find it. Both of the other sites were less packed and more accessible, though.

Overall this was a convenient way to get to these sites from London without hiring a car, but there are definitely more informative tours to the same places for comparable prices available elsewhere.

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