There is so much to see and do in Bath, that we know you’ll be busy, but we think it is really worthwhile to head out for the day to explore the surrounding areas. Here is our list of the best day trips out from Bath for you to explore the true English countryside.
At 39.9 miles (64.2 kilometres) away from Bath, this world renowned, prehistoric monument is one of the wonders of the world and is not to be missed. There are various attractions at Stonehenge site including the Stone Circle - a feat of architecture, with a history spanning 4,500 years, Neolithic Houses - where you can discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life and an audio-visual 360-degree view from inside the stones. You are no longer permitted inside the stone circle, but with this exhibition, you can picture it! Finally, the Stonehenge Exhibition has over 250 archaeological artefacts.
Address: Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7DE
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 1hour
2. Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle, developed from an original, built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Warwick Castle is a popular day out for families, particularly during the many events hosted there. Re-enactment days bring the castle to life, with the sound of clashing swords, leaders shouting, tournaments and showcases, happening throughout the year. We recommend checking the website to see the event schedule and pricing. General ticket price for an adult is 22.60 GBP (30 USD).
Address: Warwick, CV34 4QU
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 2+ hours
Website: Warwick Castle
3. Stratford Upon Avon
This quaint market town, in the West Midlands, is the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. Spending a day exploring Stratford Upon Avon, is a day well spent. Along with visiting the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the MAD Museum is well worth a visit, with its interesting collection of mechanical art. What’s mechanical art? We wondered the same thing at first and so they told us, “Think of the machines and gizmos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” It’s a small but fascinating museum, especially for children, tickets are 7.50 GBP (9.70USD).
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Address: Waterside, Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YF
Website: Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Address: Above Lakeland, 4-5 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PT
Website: MAD Musem
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 2 hours / Train - Journey time: 3+ hours
Bristol is a burgeoning cultural hub of the UK and, as such, it is well worth a visit. There are plenty of historical sites to explore, street art to discover and fantastic restaurants, for all you foodies out there. We recommend visiting the Brunel’s SS Great Britain, for an insight into life on this former passenger steamship. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854 and advanced our ship design, with her new technology. Ticket prices are 14 GBP (18 USD) per adult. There are regular train services to Bristol Temple Meads Station.
Brunel's SS Great Britain
Address: Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY
Transport Options Train - Journey time: 12 mins
Website: Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Wells is a cathedral city, in the lush green of Somerset, and it’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon visiting the cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and the adjoining gardens. If you have children with you, be sure to visit the Old Penny Pier Arcade in Wookey Hole, on the outskirts of Wells. The Old Penny Pier Arcade is a traditional arcade that has many slot games that will keep children entertained for a while!
Address: Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE
Website: Wells Cathedral
Address: Market Pl, Wells BA5 2PD
Website: Bishops Palace
Victorian Penny Arcade
Address: Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BB
Website: Victorian Penny Arcadee
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 1 hour / Bus - Journey time: 1.5 hours
This is the site of the famous Glastonbury Festival, also home to the Chalice Well, one of Britain’s most ancient wells. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards, visiting the well is a calming experience, always nicely followed by a visit up Glastonbury Tor to look over the surrounding nature.
Address: Wellhouse Lane, Glastonbury BA6 8BL
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 1 hour / Bus - Journey time: 2 hours
Website: Chalice Well
There is so much to do in Cardiff, you’ll have to make sure that you don’t get sidetracked! Here’s are our suggestions: a trip to the Doctor Who Experience is great for all of you science fiction fans out there, or a visit to Cardiff Bay, to explore Cardiff from the water with a boat tour is another fun choice.
Doctor Who Experience
Address: Discovery Quay, Porth Teigr, Cardiff CF10 4GA
Website: Doctor Who Experience
Transportation Options: Car - Journey time 1 hour 20 minutes/ Train - Journey time: ~1 hour 10 minutes
Salisbury is another village on our list, which is typically English. Expect pretty gardens, windy backstreets and lots of cafes. We recommend the cathedral, which is a prominent feature of the landscape, but for something a bit older, head to Old Sarum, the location of the earliest settlement of Salisbury.
Address: 6 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EJ
Website: Salisbury Cathedral
Address: Castle Rd, Salisbury SP1 3SD
Website: Old Sarum
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 1 hour / Train - Journey time: 1 hour
The Cotswolds are a range of beautiful rolling hills and are known for its outstanding natural beauty. There are many small villages and hamlets in the Cotswolds, each with their own charm and so it is worthwhile seeing a few of these villages, as you pass through. The easiest way to see the Cotswolds is on an organised tour unless you have a car with very good sat nav!
The Cotswolds Tour
This interesting village is almost entirely owned by the National Trust. You can visit Lacock Abbey and get lost in the gardens - it’s one of the prettiest villages in England, so be sure to walk around!
Address: Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2LG
Website: Lacock Abbey
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 38 mins
Not far from Lacock is Avebury, which itself is a prehistoric area. The Alexander Keiller Museum is a must visit, if you pass through Avebury, because it hosts one of the most important collections of prehistoric artefacts in Britain, with pieces coming from many World Heritage Sites. Entrance fee to the museum is 4.40 GBP (5.70 USD) per adult.
Alexander Keiller Museum
Address: North Wessex Downs, High St, Avebury, SN8 1RF
Website: Alexander Keiller Museum
Transport Options Car - Journey time: 1 hour
All in a day
Bath is the perfect location to head out from the town and experience a quieter and more tranquil side of England. Villages with their beautiful stone buildings, gentle streams and soothing tea shops are easy to reach and make a great day trip. If you’re looking for a fast paced trip, these options might not be for you, but we still recommend doing at least one of these day trips, whilst you are down in Bath!