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Travel || Planning a Day Trip to Bath and Stonehenge

I’m fortunate enough that I get to do some local traveling for work. I’ve actually led a trip to Bath and Stonehenge nearly a dozen times, and surprisingly they never get old. You’ll find the two very often combined on a day trip out from London, because they compliment each other quite well.

Obviously Stonehenge doesn’t physically change, but seeing it in all different seasons always gives it a different feeling. My favourite times to go to Stonehenge are in the summer when the countryside is looking gorgeous, and autumn when it’s usually misty and full of mystical ambiance. 

If you are visiting Bath for the first time, you have to go through the Roman Baths. You’d think that there’d just be a bit of the Roman ruins intact, but you can see so much of the bath infrastructure! After exploring the Roman Baths, you have to try a sample of the Bath water. It tastes very coppery and not particularly delicious, but it’s a must. 

Then go to Bath Abbey, which is one of the last great medieval cathedrals built in England. I love making people when seeing the Abbey for the first time, guess the name of one of its most important influences. I’ll give you a hint. To the left of the ladders of Angels there are some carvings that illustrate the name of the Bishop in charge.

The Circus and the Royal Crescent are architectural wonders. The Circus was designed by John Wood the Elder, but completed by John Wood the Younger. The younger Wood also did the Royal Crescent. Personally, I’d rather live on The Circus than the Royal Crescent but both would always be full of tourists ogling your home. Nicolas Cage was the last celebrity to own a property on The Circus, so that must have been fairly nuts! Last but not least, before you go home for the day, you must go into Sally Lunn’s and buy one of their famous buns. (Preferably toasted and slathered with butter. ) 

bath cathedral bath skyline circus bath crowds by bath horses more roman baths roman baths ground level roman baths roman ruins royal crescent
sally lunnsally lunn bun
countryside and stonehenge
crowds walking to stonehenge

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  • TravelWithNanoB

    I always think of Jane Austin when I read about Bath. Sadly I never made it there, although on my first visit to London I booked a tour to Stonehenge which I loved. It was slight drizzling and foggy and there is definitely an eerie atmosphere at the place. 🙂 xoxo, nano

    • It gives you an excuse to come back again! There’s even the Jane Austen museum in Bath. (And you have to go into the Pump Rooms – it’ll remind you of all the socialising! ) x

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Bath is such an interesting place to explore. We’re lucky to have actual Roman ruins in the UK.

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  • Hey nice coat! 😉 I’m lucky enough that Bath is only about 1-1 1/2 hours away from me and I’ve been there quite a lot! I even once went on a first date with someone in Bath and have organised two hen parties there too. It’s such a lovely city! Plus, driving along the A303 a lot means you get to see Stonehenge frequently! Alice xx

    • Haha, so true! (And thanks for the coat compliment 😉 ) I bet Bath is a hun place for a hen! x

  • i live in bath so always love seeing it through Tourist eyes! It’s only when i went to university, that i truly valued its beauty and history. I would always recommend popping to parade gardens or Victoria Park botanical gardens if it’s sunny too!

    Bumble and Be

    • On one of my visits I went into parade gardens and it is gorgeous! What’s your favourite place to eat in Bath? x

  • I love Bath but I’ve never visited Stonehenge (driving past it in the car definitely doesn’t count!). x

    • It’s worth a visit just to say you’ve been, but an hour is totally sufficient, I think! x

  • Ashley Angle

    I went to Bath and Stonehenge many, many years ago. I love it, but it was pouring rain!!
    Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • Christine Everyday

    Stonehenge is such a fascinating place! But all I can think of when I see it is that guy from the alien show with the crazy hair, haha.

  • I loved Stone Henge but never managed the extra hop across to Bath. I need to go to Bath. Ruins and cathedrals are right up my street.

    • Bath is ace, and easily walkable. Walkability in a town is very important to me. Though is the summer it is packed with swarms of tourists, like myself! x

  • Miu

    The Angel ladder is somehow really cute 😉 And this bun is enormous!

  • Gorgeous photos of Stonehenge! My mom when she came to visit, did a week and a half tour of London and the surroundings and did a day trip to Bath and Stonehenge. She absolutely loved it!

    • I think it’s just one of those tourists “musts”. Plus it’s pretty cool to see a world heritage site despite the fact that a lot of people say that it’s smaller than they expected 😉 x