We will depart the University of Essex (Knowledge Gateway car park) at 07:00 with the aim of arriving in Stonehenge at 10:00. Our first destination will be Stonehenge which is on the way to Bath. We will first take in the Stonehenge virtual stones experience at the visitors centre, then we will find out about the story of Stonehenge in the Stonehenge Exhibition. We will then take a wander around the Neolithic Village, feel the ‘touching stone’ and attempt to pull the sarsen (if you dare!). Finally we will take the shuttle bus to the Stone Circle to wonder at the masterpiece of engineering its self! We will then leave Stonehenge and make our way to Bath.
On arrival to Bath we will have a lunch break, followed by an opportunity to take a walking tour through Bath. We will then have some time to visit the Roman Baths, Baths biggest attraction. Then we will have free time to explore all Bath to offer. Finally we will meet at the departure point at 19:10 and make our way back to Colchester, in the hope of arriving at University of Essex Colchester campus (Knowledge Gateway car park) by 23:15
Perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument in the planet, Stonehenge, consisting of a ring of 13 foot high stones, is certainly one of the most iconic landmarks in British history! Built 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in about 2500 BC. Today, along with Avebury, it forms the heart of a World Heritage Site, with a unique concentration of prehistoric monuments.
Historic Sights and Landmarks
The Stone Circle
The ring of 13 foot high stones is the most famous prehistoric monument in the planet! It has become an iconic symbol of Britain. The Stone Circle is a masterpiece of engineering, and building it would have taken huge effort from hundreds of well-organised people using only simple tools and technologies. A walk around the Stone Circle is the centrepiece of any visit to Stonehenge!
Admission is not included in the price (advanced booking £17.10 for students)*
£19.00 for students buying on the day, £21.10 for adults,
Museums and Exhibitions
The Stonehenge Exhibition
Discover the story of Stonehenge – the stones, the landscape, the people and its meaning – through a powerful combination of cutting-edge audio-visual experiences and incredible ancient objects. Come and see the face of a man who was there 5,500 years ago – a forensic reconstruction based on his bones found near Stonehenge.
Wander around the Neolithic houses outside the visitor centre. Step inside to imagine how people lived 4,500 years ago. Discover how houses were built using authentic materials and techniques, based on the evidence of dwellings found nearby.
FEAST! Food at Stonehenge
Discover the diet and lifestyle of the people who built Stonehenge and learn about the science behind what we know.
Follow in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and discover the prehistoric monuments that fill the vast ancient landscape surrounding Stonehenge.
Relax and enjoy countryside views while eating delicious, locally-sourced food in the café.
Try one of the famous Stonehenge rock cakes!
Browse a wide range of souvenirs, clothing, books and gifts to provide memories of your visit, many made in the UK exclusively for Stonehenge.
Located in the mouth of a dormant volcano, the historic city of Bath, famous for its ancient Roman architecture like bath houses and temples, is a sight to behold! Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world.
Historic Sights and Landmarks
The Roman Baths
The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest and a large tourist attraction in the city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. Bath was founded They are a major tourist attraction! Receiving more than one million visitors a year! Admission is included in price (£15.30 for students if booked in advance, £17 on the day)*
Also known as the King’s Circus, this landmark consists of 3 curved townhouse segments arranged in a circular shape. Whenever you decide to visit Bath, make sure you stand in the middle of The Circus and marvel at this inspiring and beautiful piece of architecture; you simply won’t find anything else like it.
Museums and Exhibitions
The Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum is located in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Bath. The city’s first public art gallery, the Grade I listed building, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne.
Free admission Great Pulteney Street Bath BA2 4DB (11am-5pm)
The Fashion Museum is housed in the Assembly Rooms in Bath. The collection was started by Doris Langley Moore, who gave her collection to the city of Bath in 1963.
Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QH (10am-4pm) (£7.65 for students if booked in advance, £8.50 on the day)
Museum of Bath Architecture
It occupies the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel where it provides exhibits which explain the building of the Georgian era city during the 18th century.
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Paragon, Bath BA1 5NA, (10am-5pm) Adults £6.50, students £5.50
Museum of East Asian Art
Based in a restored Georgian building, the Museum houses a fine collection of artefacts from China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia. Displays include jade, ceramics, lacquer and metal ware dating from c5000BC to the 20th Century and reveal the finest achievements in East Asian craftsmanship.
(10am-5pm) 12 Bennett St, Bath BA1 2QJ, £6.00
Victoria Art Gallery
Now the second most visited museum in Bath with 117,000 visitors a year, the gallery is known for its friendly atmosphere, an exciting and varied program of exhibitions and stunning permanent collection from Turner and Gainsborough to the moderns.
(10am-5pm), Bridge St, Bath BA2 4AT, Free admission
SouthGate is a large shopping Centre in Bath, filled with a large collection of restaurants, retail shops, and a beautiful layout.
A lively and enjoyable atmosphere, with regular street performers, wonderful architecture and interesting shops in the market, Bath Street provides much enjoyment to any visitor.
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is large church in Bath, filled with religiously gothic architecture and impressive sights. (9am-6pm) Bath, BA1 1LT
The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre is dedicated to celebrating Bath’s most famous resident. The Centre offers a snapshot of what it would be like to live in the Regency times – the fashion, food, and society – everything that would have inspired Austen’s timeless novels.
£9.50 student ticket*
Often described as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, Pulteney Bridge is a magnificent sight to see! Bath, BA2 4AT
These delightful gardens are Bath’s most centrally situated and popular pleasure grounds, attracting both tourists and residents. Overlooking the River Avon they give fine views of Pulteney Bridge. Bath, BA2 4DF (10am-7pm)
Royal Victoria Park, just a short stroll from the city centre, is a beautiful expanse of green parkland. Originally an arboretum, Victoria Park spans 57 acres with plenty to keep you occupied. BA1 2NQ, 24 hours
*A proof of a valid student ID is required.
All times are given as a guideline and might vary on the day depending on unforeseen circumstances.
- Depart University of Essex (Knowledge Gateway Car Park) at 07:00
- Arrive at Stonehenge at 10:00
- Stonehenge exhibition and Neolithic Village at the Visitors Centre 10:00 – 10:30
- Shuttle bus to the Stone Circle 10:30 – 11:15
- Depart Stonehenge to Bath 11:30
- Arrive at Bath at 12:30
- Visit to Roman Baths 12:40 – 13:50
- Optional free guided tour by FootPrints – starting at Bath Abbey (2 hours) 14:00- 16:00
- Free time 16:00 – 19:00
- Meet at departure time 19:10
- Leave Bath 19:30
- Arrive back at Essex University (Knowledge Gateway Car Park) 23:15
Please contact us on 01206 589000 to redeem your discount.
- Students will be eligible for 10% discount if they are in groups of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5.
- Students will be eligible for 15% discount if they are in groups of a minimum of 6.
The above offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer.