Summer solstice time makes the magic of Stonehenge a force impossible to resist and now with new tour company Around & About Bath visiting, learning and soaking up all the cosmic vibes in the land of the Druids is very easy indeed.
The new, small-group travel company based in Bath – one of the UK’s most beautiful cities – aims to revolutionise the day-tour experience to the ancient site and its fascinating hinterland.
Founded by Jules Mittra, a former history and politics teacher with a passion for exploring himself, the company’s tours are designed to be far more usual sight-seeing experience.
For a start customers don’t know where they’ll be going and the whole experience is more important than the locations, explains Jules.
“We want our guests to experience much more than simply hearing a few facts and taking a few snaps of well-known locations. We want them to connect to our history, our culture, our landscapes and our places. It’s about discovery and connection as much as sight-seeing.”
Each tour is researched and planned to immerse customers in “authentic England,” he says.
“We take our guests off the beaten track so they hear forgotten histories and local stories, discovering those magical hidden gems, culinary experiences and artisans can’t be found at the crowded tourist hot-spots.”
Around & About Bath’s all-inclusive tours from the city blend this approach with ‘must-sees’ such as ‘Stonehenge & Secret Somerset’ or ‘The Hidden Cotswolds’ where for the duration of the trip everything is taken care of.
They offer a door-to-door service, and everything little thing is included in the price (including lunch, refreshments and a few little extras…) “so visitors just focus on the experience,” says Jules.
“It’s an incredible new way for those living in the UK and those from overseas to get to know a great country.”
Stonehenge & Secret Somerset (full-day tour)
Hidden Cotswolds: Past Glories & Forgotten Stories (full-day tour)
Medieval Marvels & Movies (full-day tour)
Historic Pubs, Mining & Dining (evening dining, stories and beer-tasting tour)
Behind the Façade (coming soon! Morning, walking tour in Bath)
Prices begin at £150pp.