London Travel Guide Day 5 – Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge

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  • London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    During our week long visit to London, we stayed in the city almost the entire time (Yes! There is that much to do).  The only excursion we took outside of London area was an Evan Evans tour to visit the Windsor Castle, City of Bath, and Stonehenge.

    Just a reminder, this is by no means a comprehensive London travel guide.  This London travel guide is written for those who might go to England one day and want ideas on what you can see and do based on my own experience.

    The guide will be shared over 6 posts:

    1. Day 1 – Places you can go by utilizing the London Pass
    2. Day 2 – Places you can go by utilizing the London Pass
    3. Day 3 – Museums (Free!)
    4. Day 4 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
    5. Day 5 – Windsor, Bath, and Stonehenge
    6. Day 6 – Different parts of London, London eats, Tips, and Accommodation

    London Travel Guide – Day 5

    One of the most famous landmarks in the UK is Stonehenge, so we can’t possibly visit without seeing this cultural icon that’s over 5,000 years old.  However, Stonehenge is a bit far so most tours stop by other locations along the way.  The tour we joined stopped by Windsor Castle, the Roman baths in Bath, with the Stonehenge as the last stop.  Come on, let’s go!

    Windsor Castle

    Our first stop of the tour was the Windsor Castle.  It is roughly a 1-hour bus ride from London to Windsor.  The Queen was actually at the castle the same time we were but visitors are not allowed to enter the section where the Queen resides.  We were secretly hoping we could catch a glimpse of her royal majesty.  The castle was grand and magnificent and our heart were racing with excitment as we saw it from the bus.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    The tour buses park about 10 min walk away from the Windsor Castle.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    On the way to the castle, visitors pass through the Windsor Royal Shopping mall with restaurants, coffee shops, and gift shops.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    Replica steam locomotive – The Queen

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    Visitors have to line up to enter the castle, as many tour groups were there it takes a bit of time to enter (15-20 min for us).

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    Like many other attractions in the UK, there is a digital audio player that accompanies the tour.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    The beautiful garden on the castle grounds.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    Part of the castle where the Queen was at.  The Windsor Castle is where the Queen spends her weekends.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    Unfortunately, there is absolutely no photography allowed inside the castle.  As part of the tour, the visitors tour the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, and Semi-State room.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    The decorations and palace rooms were the grandest of all the castles we visited.  The Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is every girl’s dream, it is over 3 feet tall with working lights, hundreds of pieces of miniatures, and many items are 1/12 replica of the same items in the Windsor Castle.  Even the toilets in doll house are flushable!

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    On the castle grounds, there is the St. George’s Chapel.  Photography is not allowed inside the chapel as well.

    London Travel Guide - Windsor Castle

    At the end of the tour, you exit the castle near St. George’s Chapel.

    City of Bath

    The second stop on the tour, we stopped by the city of Bath to visit the Roman Baths.  Bath is about 1 hr 45 min away from Windsor so make sure you have something to keep you occupied on the bus, or take a short nap. UNESCO added The City of Bath as a ‘cultural site’ to its World Heritage List in 1987.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    The hot spring in Bath was first discovered 836 BC by a British King.  After the Romans invaded England, the temple was constructed at the hot spring around 60-70 AD and built up over the next 300 years.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    The current visitor entrance lobby was built in 1897.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    Map of the Roman Site.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    The Great Bath.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    As part of the tour, visitors are free to walk around the entire structure.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    The Sacred Spring.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    The Roman Baths are actually below modern street level.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    Reconstructed model of the Roman Bath.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    Once underground, visitors walk on an elevated platform through the ruins.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    Hot spring still flows today at the location.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    Some of the rooms have computer generated graphics projected on a screen, showing the visitors how the rooms were utilized (augmented reality).

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    After touring the Roman Bath, we had a short time to walk around the city of Bath.  The grand Bath Abbey near the Roman Baths.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    The scenery around the city was very peaceful and scenic.  One of the landmarks in the city is the row of shops built over the river on the Pulteney Bridge.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    On the Pulteney Bridge, there are shops, cafes, and restaurants visitors can browse through.

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    London Travel Guide - Roman Bath

    Stonehenge

    The last stop of the tour is UNESCO World Heritage Site – Stonehenge.  It’s about 1 hour from the city of Bath.

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    We heard visitors used to be able to drive up to Stonehenge, however now visitors have to park in visitors parking lot and take the shuttle to see the stones.

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    It’s about 6-8 min ride on the shuttle, or you can choose to hike the 1.5 mile long road as well.

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    There’s a protective ring around the stones so visitors can’t touch them.

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    You can see in the photo above, compared to the visitors, the stones are massive.  They are about 13 feet high and 6 feet wide, weighing 25 tones each.

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    Even today, historians can’t figure out what the Stonehenge is for.  All that’s known is it was built over many hundred of years and could be used for healing, religious purpose, or even funerals.  Fun Fact: There are hundreds of stone circles in the UK, and Stonehenge is just one of them (the most famous one).

    London Travel Guide - Stonehenge

    Hope that was a fun filled Day 5 for you.  If you missed previous London Travel Guide, you can start reading here.  On Day 6, we’ll visit different parts of London that’s fun to just walk around!

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