This Summer, journey along the Great West Way and enjoy a unique travelling experience as you Escape the Everyday. Whether you are looking to tour historical England, visiting sites such as Stonehenge, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Lacock Abbey, or fancy a fun-filled getaway discovering activities across route, there is plenty to explore when you visit destinations along the Great West Way this Summer!

With 500 miles stretching between Bristol and London, this flexible touring route allows you to Escape the Everyday, your way! Choose to travel by train, drive, walk, cycle or even catch a boat to the various landmarks and hidden gems. Through the extraordinary cities and quaint villages, you will find luscious forests, sweeping fields, independent coffee shops, spectacular musical performances, intriguing museums and much more! Where will you start your adventure?

Bristol can be the starting or ending point of your journey along the Great West Way. This cultural city offers incredible food and drink, eclectic shopping experiences and a range of exciting activities to endure during your stay. Visit the various attractions such as the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Aerospace Bristol and even Brunel’s SS Great Britain; the world’s first great ocean liner! Or you may wish to see the city from a new perspective with Bailey Balloons. Catch a bird’s eye view from one of their hot air balloons and discover Bristol’s industrial and historic past today!

Just outside of Bristol is the Georgian city of Bath! Boasting a Roman and Regency past with grand town houses and picturesque parks, the city of Bath is notably familiar for it’s feature in a range of period dramas! Blending beautifully with its elegant architecture are its cultural streets with unique food and drink scenes like Savouring Bath and an array of ancient remains. With the help of Bath Insider Tours, you can experience private guided day tours of Bath as well as a range of other must-see destinations along the Great West Way!

Travelling north of Bath will take you to the famous Cotswolds and Gloucester! With traditional English views and quaint villages, the Cotswolds makes up the country’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty! Explore dreamy-looking towns like Malmesbury and Castle Comb before delving deeper into the areas history by visiting Lacock Abbey and the famous Bleinham Palace; home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill!

Rich in history and heritage is the city of Gloucester. Boasting a wealth of architectural gems, numerous visitor attractions, and easy access to the rest of Gloucestershire, it’s the perfect detour destination from the main Great West Way route. Visit the 11th century Gloucester Cathedral, resting place of King Edward II, sample the dynamic restaurants and bars at Gloucester docks, or explore the city's history at the numerous museums before heading back on route to continue your journey along the Great West Way!

Set in the centre of the route is the beautiful county of Wiltshire. Home to some of the most historic landmarks, Wiltshire is best known for its spectacular patchwork fields, irresistible villages and quaint market towns. Be sure to visit the famous ancient standing stones at Stonehenge before stopping by the Salisbury Cathedral; one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings. With plenty to explore, it is the ideal road trip destination!

Despite being so close to London, Berkshire County is big on old English charm. Step back in time and discover its many royal connections from Eton College where Prince Harry and Prince William went to school, to Windsor Castle; Queen Elizabeth II’s home away from home. Experience various activities such as Ascot Racecourse and Windsor Duck Tours before visiting the modern town of Reading; the largest in Berkshire!

Not quite at city status yet, Reading still packs a punch and is a must-see destination along the Great West Way! With the River Thames flowing through, make the most of the Summer and experience a range of water sports activities. Dry off in the afternoon and discover the towns history by stepping inside its fascinating museums. Learn more about its connections to well-known figures like Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen and Henry I.

Wind through London with a unique boat trip along the river Thames with Thames Rivercruises. Discover some of the capital’s most significant attractions including the Houses of Parliament, The British Museum and the beautiful Wellington Arch. The best way to end a quintessentially British journey along the Great West Way route! Book tickets to all attractions by visiting our website today!

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