During a trip to London it’s always worth venturing a little outside the capital to explore the great English countryside and uncover more of Britain’s unique history and culture. This can easily be done during a stay at any one of the elegant Red Carnation Hotels by being a part of the resoundingly popular day trip from London with Evan Evan Tours, a VIP journey to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the picturesque town of Bath.
The first stop on this VIP tour is Windsor, a historic town that lies alongside the River Thames, to the west of London. The site that draws most people here is the town’s magnificent royal residence, Windsor Castle, where the Queen spends much of her time to this day. Fortunately, large sections of the castle are open to visitors, making it possible to catch a glimpse of the lives led by the British Royal Family. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, and having been home to royalty for around 900 years, these walls truly are steeped in history.
On stepping into the castle’s walled grounds, pathways lead visitors to the opulent State Apartments, where historic artefacts sit alongside artworks that have been collected by kings and queens throughout history, including paintings by the great artists Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto. And this isn’t all there is to see within the castle grounds; housing the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII, St George’s Chapel is a fascinating place to visit and is an example of some of England’s finest Gothic architecture.
From Windsor, this trip then continues on through rolling hills and lush farmland before arriving in the attractive town of Bath. Here, it’s the 18th century Georgian architecture and natural hot springs that have won the town worldwide attention. This appeal is perhaps best understood by simply strolling through the town’s Georgian streets. But the real highlight of a visit to Bath is the chance to explore the town’s ancient Roman Baths. Having been built around thermal springs, these baths have provided water for more than 2,000 years, with a temple built in Roman times next to the sacred spring, which was believed to have healing properties. Even now, visitors can try the spring water for themselves.
The final stop on this journey is one of Britain’s most enigmatic sites, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge, which lies amidst the sprawling Wiltshire countryside. This prehistoric site is little understood but plenty of speculations have been made; these theories can be heard at the Stonehenge museum, which is just a short shuttle ride from the stone circle, making a visit to this ancient landmark even more rewarding.
As the day comes to a close, guests can settle in for a relaxing ride back to London, arriving in the capital just in time to enjoy a hearty dinner at one of the elegant Red Carnation Hotels. As you settle in for an indulgent evening, you can reflect on your experience of Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge, while sharing stories of this VIP day trip from London.