With Royal Palaces, areas of outstanding natural beauty and riverside villages, the roads heading west from our Heathrow pick-up point offer travellers endless adventures to enjoy at their own pace.
Here’s some of the highlights:
Dominated by the stunning Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and on the banks of the River Thames, the Royal Borough of Windsor has a rich mix of history, and culture. Many visitors enjoy the serenity of a trip on the river, while others are drawn to the award-winning restaurants found in the town.
For avid watchers of the tv series Downton Abbey, Highclere is high on their bucket list. The history of dwellings at Highclere dates back as far as 740AD, the current castle dates from the mid 1800’s. Highclere is a family home and working estate, as such visitors can only visit at certain times of the year, so ensure you time your plan your visit in advance.
Walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Whilst the stone circle is the most famous part of the site, visitors can step inside Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life, visit the world-class visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.
With timbered buildings, a Gothic Cathedral housing the famous Magna Carta, a thriving market, a busy arts scene, museums and some of England’s finest historic houses there are many places waiting to be explored.
Not just another country estate, this is a place where lions roam, tigers stalk and monkeys swing! The stately home is in the middle of a huge safari park with jungle cruises, bat caves and a maze. If that sounds a bit too much, its possible to enjoy a visit to the house itself, explore its many historic rooms and enjoy a serene afternoon tea.
With its cobbled streets, majestic cathedral and historic Roman baths, it is entirely possible to take a step back in time in Bath. The Georgian architecture is outstanding, in particular Royal Crescent. It is easy to see where author Jane Austen got her inspiration from. The baths have been a draw since Roman times and the ancient corridors can be explored below ground today before trying the famous waters for yourself at the Thermae Bath Spa.
A walk around Bristols historic waterfront is highly recommended. From the historic ship, SS Great Britain along the harbour to the city’s museums and aquarium, passing by the harbour cranes, the city offers lots to see. The famous water taxi service is efficient and another way to see the city from a different perspective. Make sure to visit the artisan restaurants and shops which celebrate local creativity.