A Historic Day Trip: Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge

When you think about England, you usually imagine places like London, but there are so many great destinations along the English countryside. There are great bus tours to choose from that take you around the country, and many of them have student deals! Myself and a group of Drexel+FIE students decided to take one of these to visit Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge.

Our first stop was Windsor, which is located just outside of London. You may know Windsor Castle, as it is where the recent royal wedding just took place. It is also where the queen prefers to spend her time when she’s not needed in London. We didn’t have much time in Windsor, but it is a very small town, and the castle is the main attraction. Unfortunately, the queen spends her summers in Scotland, so we didn’t get the chance to hang.

Our next stop was the town of Bath. this city is not as well known as our two other destinations that day, but it is somewhere that I have wanted to visit for years. Bath is an ancient city, originally inhabited by the Roman Empire. It is named after the Roman Baths, which come from natural thermal springs. It was believed that these waters had healing properties, and so the city of Bath became famous. The city has preserved many of the buildings from long ago, making it look like a scene from a film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel. (Jane Austen also lived there for a while.) One of my favorite parts was learning that a bridge and river in the city center were used to film a scene from Les Mis. Needless to say, I went home and watched the scene that evening.

Lastly, we visited the iconic Stonehenge! Everyone knows about Stonehenge, but nobody really knows what its purpose was. It’s a prehistoric monument, built about 5,000 years ago. When you look at the actual monument, it is hard to understand how humans moved rocks that large so long ago. It was also constructed with very complex tactics, which is mind boggling. This was probably my favorite part of the entire day. How many people can say they got to see something as iconic as Stonehenge?

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This day trip was a great way to spend a Sunday in England (even if it was rainy). It was great to get out of the city and experience these beautiful historic sites around England!

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