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We went on a day tour with Tours from Antiquity after finding online and it was a great experience. My husband has always been interested in archaeology so I thought it would be a nice treat to go along and have a nice day out from visiting London. The bus picked us up outside the Natural History Museum first thing, then we went over to the Stonehenge site and were there for nearly two hours which was great.
Written Nov 29, 2011
First and foremost, avoid seeing the site as part of a tour bus group. It will be very crowded, and you will have a limited amount of time to enjoy the site. Secondly, a rental car will be very expensive. Fortunately, there is a way to get here suing public transportation. I took a train from Bath to Salisbury. Frequent trains run directly from London to Salisbury as well. In the Salisbury station, there is a ticket window where one can buy bus tickets to Stonehenge. It will be clearly marked. The bus is run by the Wilts and Dorset company. Be sure to look at their website http://www.wdbus.co.uk/htm/ttNorthern/index-n.asp and get the schedule for route #3. It coust almost 7 pounds for a return trip ticket from Salisbury. A double decker bus runs this service, and it will take roughly half an hour to get to the site.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
We took a tour bus/ coach tours. It was really efficient as we went with my mom's friend and her whole family. It was a part of a triple destination tour, Bath, Stonehenge and Lacock.
The bus pick you up at a hotel in London and then they take you to your destinations, the bus driver also served as our tour guide. We had a free time in Lacock and Bath where we explored the place ourselves.
After the tour back to the same place.
Thumbs up for the bus driver who was an excellent tour guide.
Updated Jul 20, 2009
I've used London Walks for a variety of walks in London and one other Explorer Day to Bath. The walks are always interesting and the guides professional. Our guide this day had a bit of a rocky start, they had planned maintenance on the tracks to Salisbury so instead of a direct train we had to connect through Woking. It shouldn't have been a big deal but the train from London to Woking was delayed just enough so that we missed the connecting train to Salisbury and we had to wait for an hour for the next one. Our lunch was a sausage roll and a bag of chips from the train concession stand.
From the Salisbury train station, they hired a private coach to take us to Stonehenge, the only problem was that it was a double decker bus and the intercom system didn't work so whatever commentary she would normally give on the ride over, she had to do twice while running up and down the stairs.
All in all, I would recommend this as a way to tour Stonehenge and Salisbury, we would have had the same problems if we had tried it on our own and it was nice to let someone else deal with the problems. The cost was £46 per person, that included entrance to Stonehenge and the Salisbury Cathedral, the train and bus plus the guide.
Written Feb 7, 2008
Fairly easy. From London's Waterloo station get a train ticket to Salisbury (absolutely beautiful little town, alone worth visiting..so cute, cute), takes a little more than an hour, at the Salisbury train station there's an info desk, they'll tell you which bus goes to the Stonehenge. Buses run like every 30 minz. This is it. As easy as it gets. And cheap, cheap!! I got to the Stonehenge site in the afternoon and there was like 10 people overall, no tour buses either, just few cars. I was there good 3 hours, caught the last bus to Salisbury at around 17:00 and 8 o'clock train back to London, had few hours to enjoy Salisbury. Be a traveller, not a tourist:))
Written Oct 18, 2007
Getting to Stonehenge is possible by tour buses from London, but if you want to avoid this and stay in the area, there are buses from Salisbury bus station regularly from morning to afternoon. These buses don't really go to many other places once they have left Salisbury itself, so you find yourself on a bus with a bunch of other expectant tourists even if it is a normal scheduled bus route (and do make sure you are on a bus to Stonehenge itself and not the Stonehenge Inn pub stop which is in an Amesbury village nowhere near the henge). Should you want to visit from Swindon or Marlborough, this is also possible but involves a change at Salisbury and takes an hour and a half or so rather than the 20 minutes from Salisbury.
Updated Apr 18, 2007
You will find organized bus tours from every larger city in southwestern England, such as Bristol and Bath. Even tours from London are offered! I chose a "Mad Max" full day tour from Bath: The tour costed 25,00 pounds but had a couple of advantages. It saved time taking me to places which are not as easily reached by pulic transport. The tour's first station was Stonehenge, arriving there at 10:00 in the morning. This was probably the greatest advantage as Stonehenge becomes full from 11:00 o' clock on. Other stations on this tour were Avebury (more stones), Lacock and Castle Combe (beuatiful villages). The tour takes place in a 16-seater minibus. The driver will provide you with information about all the places you are going to visit during the whole tour.
This tour leaves at 8:45 am from Orange Grove (in front of the "Glass House Shop"). You can just show up and pay there. However, the tour is often fully booked. So I would like to recommend to pre-book the tour. This can be done at the tourist information or via the website below.
Written Aug 28, 2006
We went to Stonehenge on a 1-day bus tour, comprising of Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath. We also stopped for lunch at The George Inn, a 700-year-old pub in Norton St. Philip just outside of Bath. There are plenty of tours to choose from, it just depends what you are interested in.
For other ways to get there click on this link Transport to Stonehenge
Updated Nov 13, 2005
By Car (from London)
Take the M3 direction South (Basingstoke) from London, then take the A303 at junction 8 signposted A303 Andover.Carry on on the A303 until you reach a roundabout. Go straight on, and after 2 miles on you will need to bear right onto the A344. Stonehenge carpark is 500 metres on the right.
By Public Transport
You can travel to Salisbury by train from Waterloo Station in London, . Buses go from Salisbury Rail Station to Stonehenge - enquire at the station. Stonehenge is about ten miles from Salisbury Railway station. Trains are hourly from about six in the morning to midnight, and the journey takes about an hour and a half.
Check times before your travel - BR Information line 0171 000 000 and on http://www.rail.co.uk/
Written Oct 14, 2005
Since we were based in Bournemouth.. getting to Salisbury was relatively easy. Just one bus... I forget the number.. there are many schedules and information around that can help you.
It cost only 6 GBP for the return trip to Stonehenge.. once we got to Salisbury we just had to switch buses and off we went.
Some Stonehenge tours run up to 75 GBP.. but if you are in the area.. perhaps check out the local transportation. I don't see any reason for having a guided tour of Stonehenge, everything can easily be done on your own.
Coming from London might be another story however, but even then.. perhaps the National Bus line can take you from London to Salisbury. I came from London to Bournemouth and it cost me 28 GBP return... then get the proper return ticket to Stonehenge.. would probably be cheaper than a guided tour.
The pic says it's a Stonehenge tour.. but it wasn't.. they just happened to use that bus as the regular bus that day.
Written Mar 28, 2005