The Great West Way

Discover England’s Narrative in the Best Way

Led by Visit Wiltshire and Visit England, the upcoming tourist trail from London to Bristol and Bath in the West has been named the Great West Way. Along this exciting new route sightseers can explore some of the country’s most beautiful countryside and attractions, including StoneHenge.

The trail can be explored by train, car or coach, by boat, on foot or by bike. There’s also excellent connections to Bristol and Heathrow airports, and Channel ports.

Below we explore The Great West Way in a nutshell. From Windsor, Legoland and Ascot in West London, through the streamtracks of Swindon and the StoneHenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, to Bath and Bristol’s attractions like the Roman Baths and Prior Park Landscape Gardens.

The Great West Way connects England’s icons and reveals everyday England. It’s time to get those walking boots on!

Stay with us in Bath

Whether you’re finishing up the trail in Bath or starting your English journey with us, why not stay in one of our award-winning cottage retreats?

London & Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

The Great West Way starts in West London where you can visit sights like Westminster and the beautiful Kew Gardens before hopping into a train, car or your walking boots for the first leg of the journey.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle in Spring part of the Great West Way

Your first stop on The Great West Way might be one of the country’s most popular destinations: Windsor Castle. An English monument of royal and architectural history, Windsor Castle is a must-visit.

Legoland & Ascot

Tucking Mill Self-Catering apartments and cottages are not far from the M4 towards Royal Ascot. You can also enjoy the Bath Race course.

Whether it’s a family day out at Legoland or a memorable trip to the races at Royal Ascot both of these destinations are staple attractions. Stop off here on The Great West Way for some pure fun!

Chiltern Hills

Chiltern Hills on the Great West Way

The Great West Way continues through Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a gorgeous setting of South Eastern countryside to explore.

North Wessex Downs

Explore the North Wessex Downs in the Great West Way

Next you can explore the North Wessex Downs, another area that defines the gorgeous English countryside. It is one of the most beautiful places in Oxfordshire.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Kennet and Avon Canal is 87 miles long and stretches through the countryside marking a river worthy journey.

The next leg on the Great West Way is the Kennet and Avon Canal, an 87-mile river route that stretches through many counties including our own city of Bath.

Swindon by Steam

You can travel from Swindon, a local Wiltshire town, by steam

At the Wiltshire station of Bristol you can travel by steam engine and explore the English countryside. What a wonderful experience!

StoneHenge & Avebury

Stonehenge wonder of the world and popular sightseeing destination from the holiday lets

One of the natural wonders of the world, step into the story of England with a visit to Stonehenge, just an hour’s drive away near the Cathedral city of Salisbury.

Bowood

The Bowood Hotel near Bath is a 5-star golf estate on the Great West Way

A beautiful 5-star golf and hotel resort that is well worth the day trip. Set in the stunning grounds of Bowood, you really ought to drop by and look around.

Devizes

Visit the Devizes town market on your Great West Way visit

Visit Devizes on the Great West Way where you can find the market and local English vineyard a’Beckett’s. You can also find a market as well.

Lacock

Visit Lacock Abbey near Bath and walk around the village featured in many BBC episodes

Lacock Village is home to the gorgeous Lacock Abbey. It has been popularised on programmes like Downton Abbey and the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice.

Longleat

Visit the gorgeous Longleat Park on the Great West Way

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire is one of England’s favourite destinations for a day out. It was famously the first safari park opened outside Africa.

Bath

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath in south west England

Cheddar-Gorge

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset - Tucking Mill Self-Catering

Bristol & Clifton

Visit Bristol, a short drive from Bath

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park visit the gardens and estate

The Cotswolds

The Cotwolds in Bath

& Beyond…