A few weeks ago I stepped off at Waterloo Station to meet with the The English Bus Company. A small fleet of just two buses. Although ‘bus’ doesn’t really do it justice. More of a luxurious mini-coach, seating around 25 people. I was heading into the country with Viator for a day of English History, beautiful scenery and a little cider tasting!
For reasonable prices Viator has experts hand-picking and designing trips all over the world. Whether its Phuket, London or Paris, they’ll get you the best of everything and offer you 24 hour support. Each trip verified and testing by specialists and travellers, now, almost 3 million people have used Viator and have left their great reviews for each trip! Believe it or not Viator originally started in 1995 in Sydney as a web design company for travel-based businesses. They saw an opening in the market for ‘what to do’ when you’re in a place when most companies were simply focusing on how to get you there and where to stay. By building close relationships with local vendors and tour operators they have contacts all over the world offering first class experiences!
We drove through the city as our expert guide gave us numerous facts about the areas we passed by. Before we knew it we were pulling into one of the worlds most famous historic sights. Stonehenge. With around an hour and a half to educate myself more on this man-made wonder I headed straight for the stones. A short bus ride from the brand new visitor center takes you to the start of a short walk circling the entire site. It was a great time of year to go (October) as it wasn’t too crowded, in the summer months it can host tens of thousands every single day. No words can really describe the 3100BC structure that is Stonehenge, its a miracle, it’s enchanting if not a little creepy looking at times. You could spend all your time just staring and trying to workout how they got there in the first place! However, there is lots more on site to see, the life size village model to see how people lived at the time, the different exhibitions they have throughout the year and not forgetting the buzzing restaurant and gift shop!
A short 40 minute drive through the beautiful Salisbury Plain had us arriving at one of my favourite cities in the whole world. Although I have been to Bath before, the elegance and sophistication that greets you as you drive through the city never gets old! We pulled up to the Bath Abbey and disembarked our bus, with over 2 hours of time to explore we set off. A few of us wondered around the crooked, bustling streets, snapping shots at every opportunity. We stopped at The Westgate, the perfect place to taste some of Somersets finest cider! For as little as £5 you can get a paddle of three different ciders to try. I chose the Merry Monkey, Lilly’s Apple & Pear and the 8.4% Westgate Wobbler! It was a great cosy spot for the tasting and also offered some reasonably priced food to accompany the alcohol!
Bath had so much to offer and it’s hard to see everything but try to check out the old Roman Baths, the stunning Bath Spa, The Pump Rooms and the Abbey. That’s just a few of the many places to visit, if you can, catch a demonstration by the fudge man as he creates what I can only describe as heaven in a small square block!
Before we headed back to London, Viator had organised a ‘secret stop’ a small detour to see another gem in the English countryside. Naturally, I can’t disclose the location, but know that it is a fine end to an incredible day!
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