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profile member asked on Dec 5, 2016

Best transportation to Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor

I will be visiting London for 3 days in March. I would like to take a day to visit Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor (both in the same day).

I saw there was a tour offered that included them both, but they are only on Fridays, and unfortunately I will not be there at that time.

What is the best way to travel from London to these two sites? Rail? Bus? Some other way?

Thank you for any information.

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answered on 12/5/16 by
a VT member from Ealing

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I really can't see you doing both these sights in the same day by public transport. Getting to Stonehenge requires a train to Salisbury and bus to the site (which could take up to three hours). As far as I can see, you would then need to take three or four buses and a train to travel from there to Glastonbury, which would take three or four hours, maybe more. You're then looking at a bus and a train back to London with another three hours travelling - a total of nine or ten hours, leaving no sightseeing time, so not really viable.

If you really want to do both in one day your best alternative to a tour would be to hire a car. If you left London promptly you could be at Stonehenge by mid-morning, spend a couple of hours there and head over to Glastonbury (the drive between the two would be a bit over an hour), stopping for lunch on the way perhaps, to spend a similar amount of time there before returning to London. It's not ideal (both places deserve longer) but I know what it's like to have limited time and want to see as much as possible.

If hiring a car isn't possible (e.g. if you don't drive or don't want to do so in a foreign country), the only option using public transport would be to factor in an overnight stay in Salisbury.


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answered on 12/5/16 by
a VT member

Thank you so much for the information. I at least know how much is possible now. Thank you.


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answered on 12/5/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Sarah is right that visiting the two sites independently is not feasible ione one day unless you have a car, and even that would be a long and fiddly drive.

Separately by public transport:

For Stonehenge, train to Salisbury (which has a magnificent Medieval cathedral and is well worth a visit):

www.nationalrail.co.uk

and then the hop-on bus to Stonehenge:

http://www.thestonehengetour.info/

There used to be an ordinary bus from Salisbury but that ceased to run several years ago.

For Glastonbury, either train to Castle Cary (about 6 miles away) then taxi or train to Bristol Temple Meads station and then bus 376 (1h 13m) from there to Glastonbury.

376 timetable:

firstgroup.com/uploads/maps/...


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answered on 12/6/16 by
RosalieAnn Beasley from Leonardtown

If hiring a car isn't possible (e.g. if you don't drive or don't want to do so in a foreign country), the only option using public transport would be to factor in an overnight stay in Salisbury.

Couldn't you also hire a car with a driver?


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answered on 12/6/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Hiring a car with a driver is not very common in the UK, Grandma, and it would of course be very expensive.

I've no doubt there are private tour guides/companies which could offer Stonehenge + Glastonbury as a daytrip from London but they too would be very expensive.

Joanna, I know you said that the organised tour you saw only ran on Fridays but did you see this one (same company, I think)? It is supposed to run every day and might be a feasible option:

stonehengetours.com/Glastonb...


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answered on 12/7/16 by
RosalieAnn Beasley from Leonardtown

I had a car and driver to go from Heathrow to London. Of course that is a much used route so it is more usual. But it could be done I think. The op did not mention expense - only time. If you totted up the expense of the various trains, buses and overnight accommodation to do both locations, would it really be that much more to hire a driver?


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answered on 12/7/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Private airport transfers are, of course, commonplace. That really isn't the same as hiring a car + driver to go on a full day trip ...in effect a private tour. As I said, the cost would be very high, especially for just one person.

>would it really be that much more to hire a driver?

Most definitely yes, even with accomm costs included. Non-guide driver + car = limousine or similar (nor ordinary cars) = very expensive.

Touguide driver + car? Have a look at the prices here:

driver-guides.org.uk/fees.ht...

Stonehenge + Glastonbury isn't listed. Stonehenge + Bath is probably geographically nearest at 760GBP...Stonehenge alone is 500GBP. Having checked a few private sites for guide-drivers + veicles te prices are much the same.


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answered on 12/7/16 by
RosalieAnn Beasley from Leonardtown

Ack. I guess that would only work if you didn't have the time and did have the money.


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answered on 12/7/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

'Fraid so.

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