Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Bath & the South West Coast
3 day tour

Explore the best of the West, from its ancient stone circles and dinosaur fossils to the beauty of its historical stone-walled cities.

Tour map

Highlights

Prehistoric Sites
Unesco Heritage Sites
Beaches
Cathedrals
Walks
Roman Ruins

Places you'll explore


Stonehenge - Be awed by this iconic Neolithic stone structure and bear witness to the spiritual wonder of our ancestors.

Durdle Door - Wander the fossil-strewn beaches of the Jurassic Coast to reach this superb natural limestone arch and cove.

Dartmoor - Roam this distinctive craggy moor landscape, glimpsing the native Dartmoor ponies grazing between towering rock formations.

Exeter - Stroll through this ancient Roman city, from the heights of its gothic cathedral to the depths of its winding underground passages.

Tavistock - The birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, this ancient town boasts a pannier market full of excellent local produce and wares.

Glastonbury - Home to one of the world’s largest music festivals, this spiritually significant site is infused with the mysteries of England’s pagan culture.

Bath - Luxuriate in the warm tones of the local honey-coloured stone, used in much of the architecture here, such as the famed bath houses.


Your journey


You could argue South West England is the best part of the UK. It’s warmer, and it’s home to cheddar cheese, King Arthur, Glastonbury Festival and the Cornish pasty.

On this tour you But we can’t say that because that would be favouring one tour over another. So you’ve just got to decide for yourself.

Join this tour and see the ancient past come to life. Explore Stonehenge, beautiful isolated moors, and stunning beaches.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria
(Tours on and after 1st April depart at 09.15)
Returns
19.00 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport on a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Explore the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, the epicentre of England’s most enduring myths and legends
  • Gaze in wonder at Stonehenge, the powerful stone circle tribute to our ancestors’ beliefs
  • Feel the sand between your toes as you relax in the beautiful sheltered cove of the Durdle Door, a picturesque natural limestone arch
  • View the impressive spires of Exeter’s Gothic cathedral before descending to the depths of its fascinating underground passages

Departing London, you travel through the fascinating old kingdom of Wessex, home to some of England’s most fascinating history, before you arrive at Stonehenge. Stunning stone circles offer a glimpse into the spirituality of the past, an experience you are sure to remember.

Having taken in the spiritual majesty of this site, you continue to the dramatic Jurassic Coast, its beaches strewn with ancient fossils and incredible coastal formations. Stroll along the coast to the Durdle Door, a beautiful natural limestone arch that juts into the ocean and forms a serenely sheltered cove.

Take your time exploring the sumptuous coast before heading to the historic city of Exeter in the afternoon. An exciting mix of architecture and history awaits you here, from the towering Gothic cathedral to the winding Underground Passages that snake beneath the city centre. Originally the most westerly fortified settlement in the Roman Empire, it offers excellent glimpses into the past alongside a picturesque setting. You stay here for the next two nights.

Day 2

  • Explore the fierce beauty of the wilderness at Dartmoor, where ponies play amongst the striking Tor rock formations
  • Delve into Tavistock, birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, the famed British naval explorer
  • Cross the time-trodden granite of the attractive Clapper Bridge

The magnificent wild moors of Dartmoor are open to you today. Catch a glimpse of the pretty native ponies amongst the powerful rock formations. An incredible variety of flora and fauna exists here, so enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the moor’s isolated beauty. Cross the ancient Clapper Bridge at Postbridge before heading to the historic market town birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, Tavistock.

You return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore this Roman town and it’s amazing stone walls, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the 12th century Norman architecture.

Day 3

  • Let your hair down at Glastonbury, a spiritual site now famous for music and culture
  • Ascend to the peak of Glastonbury Tor, a site connected intimately with the great King Arthur
  • Explore the cobbles and honey coloured stone of Bath, an ancient Roman spa town

This morning you head for Glastonbury, home of the world renowned Glastonbury Festival, a pilgrimage undertaken by music and art lovers from every corner of the globe annually. You climb the renowned Glastonbury Tor, long associated with the legendary ruler of the Britons, King Arthur. Offering a spectacular view from its summit of three different counties, this is truly a regal experience.

In the afternoon, you make the journey to Bath for lunch. Dine in one of the excellent town centre eateries before diving into this city of superb relics and incredible design that is home to a Roman founded spring and bathhouses. You then return to London.

Customer Reviews

Dartmoor National Park

elsie Bonney Posted on 21/10/2015

amazing time, with Steve and the group.

South West 3 day tour or thank you, Peter!

Ekaterina Posted on 11/06/2013

Thanks to Peter after slightly busy London with the greatest pleasure we dipped into the atmosphere of England, well-known by books, where even every simple lawn has its own at least 300 years old history. His emotional, flavored with good portion of English humor stories let us learn a lot about every part of the country which lied on our way and his advice helped us not to stay hungry and to fulfill our knowledge of English culture in all its aspects. We even looked into eyes of the lama unexpectedly appeared from the bushes. And even despite competitive participants of the traffic in the person of numerous living creatures we felt absolutely safety thanks to professional driving skills of our guide. Thank you, Peter! Next time will ask questions aloud and not to oneself, we promise :) As for tour program, it would be great to spend more time in lovely Tavistock and magnificent Glastonbury unlike slightly usual Bath. King regards, Kate and Elena.

A Nice Tour

Stephen170 Posted on 08/06/2013

We went on the three day tour of the South West on 27th May 2013. Owen (he can talk for Wales) was our driver and is a very informative and fun guide. We were on the second bus which at nine guests wasn't full so we were able to spread out. We were especially lucky with the weather in that it didn't rain much during the day when we were out on the coach and it was lovely at Lulworth Cove. On day three we went to Glastonbury and were in Bath at about 12.30. I would scrap Glastonbury and head straight to Bath. We left Bath at 4.30 and due to the weather and traffic it took three hours to get to Victoria. One of the customers suggested that we should have left earlier but although it was rather tiresome being in the traffic I would rather have had that than having less time in Bath. As Owen said, the traffic is always unpredictable. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Exeter.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other rooms in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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