I suppose you could buy tickets for a roundtrip bus tour to Windsor-Stonehenge-Bath, and then just not get back on the bus for the journey home. The problem I foresee is that these bus tours are all meant to be for passengers returning to London, and so do not accomodate people carrying luggage around--as you presumably will be.
So your other alternative is train to Windsor as a day trip--which will certainly give you more time in Windsor than the bus trip, and then train on another day to Bath, doing a quick tour out to Stonehenge from there.
Understand that your time in all locations on a bus tour will be very limited.
Thanks for your suggestions. we will have to give it some thought. there is never enought time to see everything you want so it is a matter of logistics and just enjoying what we can get to and then perhaps saving for another trip and coming back!
You are trying to do 3 major attractions in 2 days inc travel. Why not take train to Bath so you see the countryside in comfort and explore all the attractions and see in from outside for a change. www.bathandbeyond.org/beyond
The fashion museum is amazing, the royal crescent etc Maybe catch a bus or train to one of the typical English villages, Cheddar Gorge or Wookey Hole. You willhave more than enough to do in 2 days.
You could include Stonehenge but since it has been touristised it is a long way to stand in a field and look at it with hundreds of others from behind a barrier.Was amazing when I was a child and could walk around with no one there.The only other option really is Windsor one day and Bath another but with the travel you would't see much of either unless you travel late night and get up early morning. Good luck, enjoy whatever you choose.Edited: 02 May 2011, 09:33
To do Bath and Stonehenge, you could catch the train to Salisbury, take the bus out to Stonehenge, back into Salisbury for a look round (the cathedral is magnificent), then train on to Bath and overnight there, back to London late the next day. There is a lot to see and do in Bath, but to really appreciate the place you have to sit around, relax and absorb the atmosphere.
There is a hotel near the station in Salisbury where you can leave luggage, do a search on the Salisbury forum.
I think that, in January, I can REALLY see the attraction of having a coach collect you from central London to drop you in Windsor for a while, escort you to Stonehenge to take a quick peek and/or linger in the visitor centre then take you to central Bath. Yes you can "do" Stonehenge and Windsor by public transport but the weather in January can be cold wet and windy.
I am sure you aren't really supposed to do it but I am sure the bus companies will be glad to transport you one-way in the off-season. I do recommend emailing before you book to check you can do this and DEFINITELY be very nice to the driver. I suppose there might be an issue with the bus company's insurance for holding/safeguarding suitcases (I've not really thought about that before), but presumably you'll have travel/luggage insurance.
Do let us know how you get on.
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