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!
London & 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.
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
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!
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
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
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
At the Wiltshire station of Bristol you can travel by steam engine and explore the English countryside. What a wonderful experience!
StoneHenge & Avebury
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.
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.
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 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 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 is your home away from home. Our properties have great access to the M4, so you can easily reach any Great West Way attractions.
Cheddar Gorge is a wonderfully picturesque National Trust. There are lots of walks to explore through the crags and pinnacles of the Gorge.
Bristol & Clifton
Bristol is a buzzing city with great food, night life and attractions. For those exploring Bath on a longer stay, a day trip to Bristol is a must!
Dyrham Park is a baroque country house in an ancient deer park. The spectacular 17th century mansion and its grounds are a joy to explore.
The Cotswolds is an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty running through the West Country. It’s full of walks, sights and fabulous English pubs.
Fancy venturing even further West? We’re not far from the Severn Bridge leading into Wales, so if you’re travelling far why not spend two nights in Bath en route?