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A Half-Day Tour to Stonehenge from London

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Everyone in my family had a must see list for our summer vacation to Europe. High on my husband’s list was to see Stonehenge. Stonehenge is an amazing sight, but it also is two hours outside of London. I searched high and low and finally found a way to experience Stonehenge without taking up too much precious touring time. Here is an easy way to take a half-day tour to Stonehenge.

Take a Bus Tour to Stonehenge from London

A rental car from London is expensive, but there are many bus tour companies that travel from London to Stonehenge that are not only convenient, but also affordable. My family chose the Simply Stonehenge tour from Golden Tours and it was the perfect way to see Stonehenge.

The tour picks up at stops all over London. Our tour picked us up just down the street from our hotel, The Trafalgar London at 8:15 am. There is also an afternoon half-day tour that leaves at approximately 2:00 pm.

I admit that I was not excited about riding a bus, but the bus tour was unexpected. Our driver was funny and pointed out sights all along the way. The bus ride also gave my family some much needed down time after a busy schedule of touring.

Stonehenge Visitors Center

After a few naps and views of the beautiful English countryside, we arrived at Stonehenge. I was glad that there was more to the site then just the stones. The newly opened Stonehenge Visitors Center gives visitors a look in to what life was like for the people that constructed Stonehenge. The Visitors Center also has a beautiful gift shop and café where we had lunch. Picnics are also encouraged.

Stonehenge Tour from London - Flowers in the countryside

Flowers in the countryside near Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is a short shuttle ride from the Visitors Center. Bus tour guests are allowed to bypass the shuttle line and enter the express lane. The tour includes an audio guide. A children’s activity pack can also be purchased at the gift shop to entertain little ones.

There is plenty of open space at the stones if kids need to burn off some energy. My kids liked the audio tour and were very interested in the theories of how the stones were constructed. We had plenty of time to tour the stones, the visitors center and eat lunch before it was time to get back on the bus.

After the Tour

After what seemed like a quick trip back to London, the bus dropped everyone off at Kensington Station. I felt like we had done so much and it was only mid-afternoon. My son was thrilled that we could still fit in his stop of choice, Hamley’s Toy Store. I highly recommend a half-day tour to Stonehenge for families. It was a great way to see the site and still have time to hit other must-dos on our list.

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Tricia lives in Phoenix with her husband, 14 year-old daughter and 12 year-old son. She is a special education teacher for elementary students. Her family’s favorite memories…

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