Day Trips From London: How to Get to Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath

Day Trips from London with Rail EuropeMany travelers add London to their itineraries not only because it’s one of the most exciting cities in the world, but also because it’s so easy to reach many other worthwhile destinations from London. Read on for a few of our favorite train-related day trips from London!

London to Stonehenge by Train

These 40-ton rocks that were supposedly dragged through a desolate plain to Salisbury Hill have puzzled scholars and visitors for centuries. The history behind these stones is still unclear today. Whether Stonehenge was a religious temple, astronomical clock or a burial ground has never been proven. As you visit the site, let your imagination be your guide to the mystery and legend that surrounds these strange stones. And don’t leave without taking the requisite photos of trying to knock one of these mammoth structures over. (But don’t REALLY try to knock them over. We imagine the authorities wouldn’t be amused.)

A Sketch of Stonehenge
A Sketch of Stonehenge © Tania Rodriguez

How to Get to Stonehenge?

Standing in a grassy field in the Wiltshire countryside, Stonehenge is seemingly in the middle of nowhere. But getting here is easy – from London’s Waterloo station, it’s just an hour and 24 minutes to Salisbury followed by a short bus ride from the Salisbury train station.  The bus is located right outside the station and  comes every hour on the off season and every half hour on the peak season. Tickets  can be purchased locally or online 24 hours in advance.

London to Salisbury by train with Rail EuropeLondon to Salisbury by Train

There are two direct trains per hour and the travel time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.  The ticket prices range from $60 to $102 but can vary depending on season and demand.

While in Salisbury, Visit the Salisbury Cathedral

No need to head back to London just yet. You have to travel through Salisbury to get to Stonehenge, so since you are already in town, the Salisbury Cathedral is an easy addition.  Salisbury has one of the most incredible medieval cathedrals in all of Britain. For over 750 years, pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration and peace or to climb the 404-foot spire – the tallest in England. Also here, in the Charter House, one of four copies left of the Magna Carta. One of the world’s most significant documents, the work is often claimed to be the cornerstone of liberty, law and democracy.

London to Bath by train with Rail EuropeLondon and Salisbury to Bath by Train

From Salisbury, it’s a mere 54 minutes by train to Bath, (from London, about 1.5 hours) with its perfectly preserved Roman temple and spa. This spa town is so rich in history, it’s one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region. And while you no longer can sit in the thermal, curative waters of Bath, you’ll still leave refreshed and renewed.

Bath features both Georgian architecture, a perfectly preserved Roman temple and spa and Britain’s only natural hot springs. Cross the Pulteney Bridge – designed after the covered bridges of Florence – over the river Avon to the Roman Baths where centurions soaked their warrior aches away.

First Great Western Limpley Stoke ValleyOn Board the First Great Western Train Line

Most of the First Great Western trains now have an Express Café or trolley service with a beverages and snacks. Also, there are visible luggage racks and overhead storage for your belongings.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online, and we recommend this — popular routes sell out in the summertime!

The best way to travel outside of London? Unlike Stonehenge, this is no mystery: take the train!

Like this post? Save it to your favorite travel Pinterest boards so you don’t lose track of it.

Day Trips from London with Rail Europe

9 Comments

  1. Jeanette

    This is wonderful information and will keep it handy for my quickly approaching trip to the UK! Thanks.

    | Reply
  2. Travel Magazine

    Great!!! Very informative blog. Thx……….

    Theworldspa

    | Reply
  3. West Oehmig

    The South of England is always a special treat for travellers!  Stonehenge is just one magical piece of the action in these parts.  Great time to go!

    | Reply
  4. Lady wanderlust

    I should have done it this way. We drove from London to stonehenge and to bath. Just trying to get out of the traffic in london is already unbearable. The drive was long and miles and miles of nothing spectacular to see except for the sheeps and cows happily grazing in the fields. This could have saved us more time and money. The gasoline there is sold by liters and they are freaking expensive.

    | Reply
  5. Anna

    Don’t forget a swimsuit and in Bath let your body enjoy the bubble bath at the rooftop of the modern spa while your eyes are enjoying the ancient ruins.

    | Reply
  6. Accommodation in london

    Great photos and explanations, have some nice memories with some places.

    | Reply
  7. sarah

    very informative. appreciate

    | Reply
  8. Richard Hunt

    What is the best way to visit Northampshire/Northants from London? My ancestors came from that area,
    either Pilton or Keyston and I would like to at least take a stroll there.

    | Reply
  9. Mary Castillo

    Can I travel on the train from London to Salisbury and Bath using my Britrail pass.

    | Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>