Visit Stonehenge, Avebury, and more
with Mad Max Tours
We decided to visit Stonehenge from Bath by taking a bus tour. I know, I know. What about being independent and doing things on your own?
But, as much as we value our travel freedom, there are times when taking a tour just makes sense. Sometimes it might make more sense financially, but, more often, it makes more sense from a logistics angle.Using @MadMaxTours is a great, stress free, way to take in these fabulous sights. Click To Tweet
During our recent trip to central England we ended up in Bath. But, as interesting as Bath is, there are several things nearby that are well worth visiting, too.
Well known places like Stonehenge, but other, not so well known, as well.
To take in those sights we decided to take advantage of one of the small bus tours available in Bath. We chose Mad Max Tours to visit Stonehenge from Bath over the others for no reason other than they had the earliest availability.
We knew we had to visit Stonehenge. We couldn’t have faced friends and family otherwise. After all, it is one of the most iconic and well known places in England and to have passed it by would have been unthinkable.
We had also heard something about a place called Avebury. Another site of megalithic stones that we had we some vague knowledge of.
So, we chose the Mad Max Tour that would take us to both places, and as part of the day we were to visit two small villages as well, LaCock National Trust Village and Castle Combe. Neither of which we had ever heard of.
Mad Max Tours begins fairly early meeting in front of the Abbey Hotel. Actually, I wish they had begun a little earlier in the day, but that is a minor quibble. As it was, when we got to the site we pretty much had it to ourselves. It didn’t stay that way for long however, as the huge tour buses weren’t that long in getting there.
There really isn’t much that I can say about Stonehenge that hasn’t already been said by writers much more gifted than I, is there? I will say this, our visit was on a day quite grey and gloomy and threatening rain. This somehow made the visit just that much more moody.
Oh, and by the way, when you call to book your tour, see if you can get one lead by Tim. He is a retired fireman, and full of knowledge, has a sense humor, and is very personable. He really helps make the day. We thoroughly recommend him.
Avebury is relatively unknown, but, if you are anything like us, you will walk away completely moved, and appreciating it much more than your visit to Stonehenge. What makes Avebury so special?
Well, some will say the size. 16 times larger than Stonehenge. Or, its age. A 1000 years older.
But, I think what makes it special is that it is still very real. You wander the stones. Touching them. Wondering about the people that built this wonderful and immense place.
This place is much calmer than to visit Stonehenge and really lets you ponder and absorb the whole experience. Again, our day was a blustery one with foreboding clouds skating above, and this added to the mood. Remember, to ask for a brooding sky when you reserve your tickets 😉
Castle Combe is a great little village that seems to have become stuck in time. Once a prosperous town that fell on hard times when the wool trade dried up, it still looks like it did hundreds of years ago.
A peaceful stream meanders through and adds to the ambiance of the setting. Take a look at the movie, “War Horse“, by Steven Spielberg, and you will get to see some of Castle Combe, as it was in part filmed here.
One thousand years of history are held in the small village of Lacock. Another town that was once prosperous, but also fell on hard times when the woolen trade collapsed. The village has such an authentic feel that several films including Harry Potter have had scenes shot here.
We really found this small tour, about 15 people, or so, to be a great experience and recommend it highly when you want to visit Stonehenge from Bath.
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