Take the overnight Riviera train from London, enjoy cocktails on board and wake up by the sea.
Start this trip with breakfast on the beach. Explore windswept castles, fuelled by cream teas and Cornish pasties, before you move on to bathe in Roman springs, visit the house where the Planet Uranus was discovered before going further back in time to climb cathedral spires and witness Stonehenge’s prehistoric stones.
Truro Cathedral Truro Cathedral was one of the last to be built in England, from 1880-1910, on the site of a demolished parish church. At its heart is the Father Willis Organ, one of the finest musical instruments in the country. It was installed in 1887 when it arrived from London by boat.
Visit Portreath Bakery and see a traditional Cornish Pasty being made and of course try one yourself If you enjoy a Cornish pasty or two, try guessing where the world’s first museum dedicated to Cornish pasties can be found. Truro? Redruth? Actually, more than 4,500 miles away in the mining municipality of Real del Monte, in Mexico. But this is where the pasty originated as fast food for hungry tin miners.
Tintagel Castle Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast between Padstow and Bude. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king.
- 3hr 15 min / 189 miles
- 4hr 46 min
Dinner and twilight session at the Thermae Bath Spa Bathe in the natural thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa, just as the Romans did – it’s now the only place in the UK where you can bathe in natural waters.
Tour of the Roman Baths Walk on ancient pavements in the footsteps of the Romans who built these baths 2,000 years ago, at the only official hot springs in England. They named the city Aquae Sulis, after Sulis, the goddess of the ancient Britons who had worshipped her at these waters before the Imperial armies Today, stories within the museum reveal the history of the people who have travelled to Bath for healing, culture, fashion and recreation.
Grab lunch at Number 15 on Great Pulteney Street Great Pulteney Street is Bath’s grandest parade of neoclassical houses, completed in 1789 for the city’s smart set.
Visit the Herschel Museum of Astronomy Visit the house where William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in his garden, using a self-designed telescope, in 1781.
Tour and gin tasting at The Bath Gin Company and Distillery Tour The Georgians were rather fond of gin. Today you can learn about the history of the botanical drink, enjoy a tasting and create your own blend.
- 1hr 8 min / 40 miles
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Enjoy dinner at one of Salisbury’s oldest pubs Salisbury is famed for its ancient pubs. The Haunch of Venison stakes a claim still further back to 1320, before a mummified human hand was buried beneath one of its fireplaces.
Salisbury City Guided Tour A one guided city tour to see the highlight of the city
Climb Salisbury Cathedral Spire For many people, the Tower Tour is the absolute highlight of their visit. Climb 332 steps in easy stages and explore the ancient roof spaces. After the climb, you’ll be rewarded with an aerial view of the inside of the Cathedral and panoramic views of Salisbury and the surrounding countryside.
In Salisbury Cathedral you can also find the world’s oldest mechanical clock. It is estimated to have ticked 500,000,000 times since it was made in or before 1386.
Visit iconic Stonehenge One of the world’s most famous monuments- Stonehenge- sits just ten miles from Salisbury. In the Neolithic period 5,000 years ago, the circle of great stones evolved from a bank and ditch.
Glamping at Stonehenge The adventurous can stay an additional night and book a Glamping Pod for an overnight experience at Stonehenge