I mentioned before that Lance and I aren’t very keen on organized tours. We tend to get a little bored and prefer to do our own thing.
We knew we wanted to see both Stonehenge and Bath while we were in England so after a bit of research I realized a tour was our best bet. It would be less hassle than renting a car and pretty much the cheapest option. I decided on this Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath tour from Evan Evans Tours. Initially I didn’t really care much to see Windsor, but since a lot of the itineraries included it I looked into it and was sold!
The tour left from Victoria Station – which took us a hot minute to find. The tour buses leave from a spot down the street from where the Victoria Station tube stop is. A little confusing but we found it. We grabbed a to-go breakfast on the way – and I also got this bottle of blood orange juice, which was delicious. Blood orange juice seemed to be really common in Europe – too bad that’s not the case here.
We loaded onto our bus and headed straight to Windsor Caste. On the way there our tour guide shared all sorts of historical information with us. Our tour guide was so awesome – he had a wealth of knowledge about pretty much everything related to England. And he was the most adorable old English man ever. I tried to sneak a picture, but this really doesn’t do him justice. Just look at that hat and umbrella.
Windsor Castle is where the queen lives on the weekends – and it’s also where she grew up. Can you imagine living in a place like this?! And I think she was actually there while we were visiting.
We got to walk around the castle grounds…the castle literally has a moat – well used to, they just use it as gardening space now, but it’s cool none the less.
We went inside the State Apartments and got to see some of the treasure of the Royal Collection. Unfortunately we wouldn’t take pictures inside but some of the stuff was so cool. The dining rooms were magnificent – and the china was so cool too.
We also went in and saw Queen Mary’s dollhouse – which was both crazy and creepy at the same time. All the detail that went into the miniatures was really neat but reminded me of the miniature killer on CSI from a few years ago..
We also went walked around in St. Georges Chapel. 10 different monarchs were buried there and has been the site of a few royal weddings.
Before we left I snuck a picture with one of the guards
I also brought home a box of Earl Gray tea (it’s so yummy and has been my new obsession lately). I’m going to pretend this is the Queens favorite tea also haha.
After Windsor Castle we loaded the bus again and made the drive to Stonehenge.
Lance and I were both really excited to see it – and it did not disappoint.
We made our way around the path, stopping for photo’s at almost every angle. The wind was a battle the whole time (sooo cold!) but this was one of the most enchanting places I’ve ever been.
We started with a couple of headsets, but got a little bored with them and ended up just carrying them in our pockets till the end.
There was something about Stonehenge that had this almost spiritual feel too it. Not to sound like a weirdo but you could feel that there was something different and magical about this place.
I also snapped a picture (or two) of some sheep. They were so cute just chillin in the fields.
Once we made our way back to the end of the loop it started to rain, so we hurried back onto the bus to warm up a little. Next stop was the City of Bath!
Our guide took straight to the Roman Baths so we could walk around and explore.
A Roman temple was build next to these thermal springs – which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years.
Lance and I were blown away at the size of the baths and the attention to detail. Some parts felt like you were transported back in time.
Many people believed (and still believe) that the springs have healing properties and that the mineral rich water has many health benefits.
Looook at that steam coming off the water. I would have loved to jump in to warm up.
Right before you exit the building there is a place where you can stop and have a glass of the water from the baths – which they purify so it’s drinkable. I was feeling quite adventurous and decided to stop in and have a glass.
Mmmm mineral water
Lance helped me drink about half of it and it honestly wasn’t bad. Most people said it tastes gross, but it really made the experience for me. How could I do to Bath and not drink some of the water?!
We had a little bit of time before we had to get back on the bus so Lance and I popped into a pasty shop and got a couple of traditional English pasties. They were really good! Plus they were nice and warm, which was perfect for our cold and dreary weather.
We spent a little time browsing around Bath. We saw the Pulteney Bridge took a couple pictures in front of the the Bath Abbey.
Then we stopped into The Mad Hatters Tea Party and grabbed some traditional English afternoon tea and some scones with English butter and Jam.
Shortly after Lance and I went in, our tour guide came in behind us to order himself some tea, so I knew we picked a good one. My tea was phenomenal and the scone was excellent as well!
After our long bus ride back to London we decided just to grab dinner at the restaurant in our hotel. I settled on bangers and mash – which was so good. Definitely the perfect meal to round out our fun day.
Stay tuned to hear about Day 3 of our trip!