This country has so many bus tours on offer, it’s often difficult to choose where to travel and which tour to go on. This guide will discuss the best and most popular bus tours in the United Kingdom.
The English Bus
The English Bus company runs day tours for small groups of up to 16 passengers from London. They go to Oxford, Bath, Stratford on Avon, The Cotswolds and even Belgium. The drives will always take you along scenic routes that you don’t get to experience on a large coach tour. Being in a small group also means that you get a more personal touch from your guide. The English Bus guides are always highly knowledgeable, passionate, articulate and personable.
The company is a small business that is family run. There are daily tours to Stonehenge and Bath. Wednesdays and Sundays are the Cotswolds, Stratford and Oxford and Fridays are the Dover Cliffs and Castle tour and Canterbury. If you want to go to Bruges for a day, this departs once per month.
The English Bus – Stonehenge, Bath and Secret Palace Tour
Bath and Stonehenge are two of the most in-demand tourist destinations in the south of England and they are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. This tour allows your small group to see both close up. You get a round-trip bus tour from the centre of London and have a guide that comes along with you. You also have a secret stop, which is only revealed to you on the day of your tour, which gives your journey some spontaneity.
The English Bus – Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour
This tour allows you to see the best of the south of England in the space of one day. It sets off in London and you are transported to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s place of birth. You then visit Cotswolds and Oxford, famous for its Univesity. In each place, you will have a guided walking tour and you will even be able to take a look inside one of the best universities in the world: Oxford University. With your groups being small, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask lots of questions.
Cotswolds Guided Tours
With Cotswolds Guided Tours, you’ll have a 6-hour day trip from Moreton in Marsh railway station. These are popular tours that are highly rated. The Famous 2020 Cotswolds Day Tour sees you visit Upper Slaughter, Bourton on the Water, Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, a thatched village and a secret village.
This company also does private tours that start at £100 for the group and their website has full details of this. These award-winning tours are excellent and very reasonably priced. At each place, you have free time to explore and you will be given a map so that you can find your way around. Your local guides are Lucy and Richard who love where they live and enjoy sharing wonderful places with tourists.
Mad Max Tours
Mad Max Tours offers day tours for small groups. You can visit Wells & Glastonbury, Avebury Stone Circles, Lacock Village, the Cotswolds, Bath and Stonehenge. You get to explore the amazing sites, beautiful countryside and the wonderful history that this award-winning tour offers. The guides are all engaging and entertaining and have a passion for their local history. They know all about the areas and which places have been used as film locations too (this includes War Horse, Jane Austen, Harry Potter, some TV dramas and Fantastic Beasts).
This tour picks you up and drops you back in the centre of Bath near to the hotels and station. These tours are quality tours with excellent reviews and have been running for over 30 years.
Brewtown Gin and Brewery Tours
Brewtown Gin and Brewery Tours give you the best gin and brewery tour experiences in the whole of Yorkshire. These tours are laid back and fun and you will find yourselves amongst fellow beer and gin lovers. The tour gives you unrestricted access to the best gin and beer in the UK. The guides’ are highly knowledgable and have excellent relationships with the local distilleries and breweries to really give you a VIP experience. Each of the tours is unique and has something different to offer.
Liverpool City Sights
Another popular bus tour is the Liverpool City Sights tour. You get to experience a Unesco World Heritage Site and visit the Maritime Mercantile City. You’ll see the wonderful public and civic buildings of the city and can hop on and hop off at your leisure. The tour is also available in many languages too, which makes it unique in the city.
There is also a City and Beatles Tour for all the Beatles fans out there. The multi-lingual tour leaves from Gower Street, Albert Dock or Canada Boulevard at 9:50 am onwards. The buses then depart every half an hour with the last bus being 4:50 pm. The City and Beatles tour leaves from the same place at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and it is also a hop on/hop off tour.
In total, the multi-lingual ‘Red Route’ tour lasts about fifty minutes and your ticket is valid for 24 hours after you’ve bought it. The tour points out the historical landmarks and talks you through them, including the UNESCO waterfront. There are 14 stops along the tour. These include the Three Graces, The Royal Albert Dock, Western Approaches, Liverpool One Shopping Centre, William Brown Street (for the Walker Art Gallery, the Central Library and the World Museum), The Cavern Club, St George’s, Metropolitan Cathedral, Adelphi Hotel, The Liverpool Cathedral, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms (where over 18s will be given a glass of bubbly free of charge with their tour ticket), China Town, St Luke’s Church, The Cains Brewery Village (the Peaky Blinders Bar) and a lot more besides.