The English Bus
The English Bus
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Highest rated small group day tours from London, max 16 passengers. Tours to Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford, The Cotswolds, Stratford on Avon, Belgium and more. We go off the beaten track and follow scenic routes that the big buses can't and you get the personal attention from your extremely passionate, articulate, knowledgeable and personable guide that you cannot get in a larger tour group. Small family run business, we care about each and every guest we take on tour. Don't get lost in the crowd - guaranteed small groups for an unforgettable tour experience! All tours start in central London - our Bath and Stonehenge tour departs daily, Our Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford tour departs Wednesdays and Sundays and our Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Castle tour every Friday. Bruges day tour departs once a month. Come join us!
London, England

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2023

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Qidman
Irvine, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the trip with the cutest, funniest and smartest tour guide Lilly! She is the star ⭐️! The bus is clean and comfortable, Lilly’s driving skill is excellent, it’s the best day trip I have ever taken!
Written May 21, 2024
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BigNCBear
North Carolina130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful daytrip expertly guided by Val to Stonehenge, Bath, and a wonderful little village in the Cotswalds (shhh, it’s a secret🤫) Pick up and drop off were as scheduled and the bus was comfortable. But it was Val’s storytelling that truly made the day.

I have to commend Jen at the office for her help. This was a trip originally scheduled for 2020 that the pandemic canceled. She was great to deal with then to give a refund. When I rebooked, I accidently booked for April 12 rather than May 12. Jen again was so kind to switch it for us.

Highly recommend The English Bus!
Written May 14, 2024
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Hello! Thank you so much for your review. Fantastic to hear that you had such a great time out on tour with Val. We are dedicated to helping our guests as much as we possibly can, we know your trip over here is so important to you. Jen appreciates your commendation! Thanks for joining us on a small group tour. All the best, Chris The English Bus
Written May 16, 2024
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Michelle S
Delaware3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lucy was brilliant and so knowledgeable about Stonehenge! Bath is just gorgeous. The Cotswolds are a fairy tale! Great tour and would definitely recommend. My only suggestion would be to put the Bath walking tour at the end of the time there instead of 20 minutes after the drop-off
Written May 14, 2024
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Hello Michelle, Thank you so much for your review. Absolutely wonderful to hear you enjoyed your tour so much and appreciated Lucy's brilliance! The Cotswolds are indeed magical, even in the rain! Thanks for your feedback about the walking tour timings - I'll discuss with Lucy and make some adjustments. Thank you for choosing to travel with The English Bus. Chris
Written May 16, 2024
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DavisKJ1138
Seymour, IN47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aside from the beautiful English countryside, we truly enjoyed the overall experience. Our guide Andy was a wonderful addition and provided awesome history and prompt transportation!

I really didn’t know much about Stonehenge and surprisingly found it so very interesting. I will continue researching the trip and really appreciated Andy’s knowledge of the relevance to England and the overall area.

Bath was beautiful and an interesting place of architecture and people watching. Although we didn’t go to the Roman Bath - I think it would be good to do so. Having been to Rome a few years ago - it was interesting to see the buildings there in Bath as well. The Royal Crescent was beautiful too. And our weather was spectacular all week - and on our tour - it was perfect too.

Lastly - the Cotswold was the main reason I booked the trip and it was lovely - as was the neighboring villages and hamlets. Once again - Andy didn’t disappoint with his knowledge and enthusiasm. In the end - the trip itself was the best - but without Andy - wouldn’t have been near as interesting.

Love the small group and the ability to interact as desired. I highly recommend taking this tour !
Written May 12, 2024
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Hello! Wow - what can we add. Feedback like yours makes our hard work worth it. Andy is particularly delighted that you enjoyed his tour so much. We are so lucky doing what we do - the destinations speak for themselves, we just try and add as much value to your experience as we can, it sounds like Andy hit the mark here. Thank you so much for travelling with us on a small group tour. We'd love to welcome you back on one of our different tours another time. All the best, Chris The English Bus
Written May 16, 2024
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Michelle S
Delaware3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved this small group tour! Highly recommend. Comfortable bus, interesting stops, plenty of time at the stops and lots of fun. Cliffs of Dover were beautiful and loved Canterbury. Andy was very knowledgeable, funny and an excellent driver. His two assistants made the tour even better than it already was! We were serenaded and the little Scottish boy gave even gave us all a chocolate marshmallow cookie at the end ! 🤣
Written May 10, 2024
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Hello Michelle, Thank you very much for your review. And thanks for making us laugh with the "Scottish boy" comment. Ha. Absolutely fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your tour so much - thank you very much for choosing to travel with us. All the best, Chris The English Bus
Written May 16, 2024
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Expectations11
Atlanta, GA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A definite favorite! Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral are must sees. Our guide, Cara, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic!. I highly recommend this company;.
Written May 9, 2024
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Hello, Thank you so much for your review. We and Cara are delighted you this was a favorite for you! As a small business, recommendations mean so much to us, so thank you for your kind words! Many thanks, Chris The English Bus
Written May 16, 2024
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Barry M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A thoroughly good experience, visiting Stonehenge first and then going on to Bath before returning via the Cotswolds and a brief stop in a village that has become world famous relatively recently.
Our driver/guide on the 16 seater couch was Val, who was full of interesting and often amusing information about what we were seeing, with many unusual facts about both past and present.
The coach being smaller than the more usual 40 or 50 seater, meant we were able to access some routes that a bigger vehicle would have been unable to replicate.
Val also provided optional walking tours both at the Henge and in Bath city centre. If you wish to partake fully of those, you will not have a huge amount of time for a full sit down meal during the day, but we found an excellent, slightly quirky and very friendly cafe called the Abbey Deli in Bath, next door to the much more elaborate (and expensive) Crystal Palace pub.
We were fortunate that it was a mostly dry and sunny day - Stonehenge is a very exposed environment so, as with any day out in England, you do need to keep your fingers crossed on that score. However, there is a very good exhibition at the visitors centre and a shop with a big selection to choose from if you want to maximise your time under cover.
A long and extremely enjoyable day out.
Written May 3, 2024
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Hello Barry, Your words are very much appreciated. We aim to give the very best experience to each and every guest of ours, so to hear that Val hit the mark is superb. I know Val was delighted to read your review - it means a lot to her and to us. You are right - our small group (maximum 16 people) groups make a huge difference against groups of 40 or 50 like the majority of tour groups to Stonehenge - the experience is like night and day. Thanks again for your kind words. All the best, Chris The English Bus
Written May 16, 2024
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Charlotte P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This had to have been one of the nicest day trips ever...the bus was a comfortable, clean minibus rather than a large coach, which made the whole experience so much more intimate and personal. Our tour guide Val was lovely and enthusiastic, she regaled us with great stories and anecdotes about all sorts of things, like historic buildings and landmarks we passed on the way out of London as well as the sites we visited. Val had a seemingly Encyclopedic knowledge about Stonehenge and Bath, with facts and stories that were absolutely fascinating.
I would definitely recommend these tours and will be planning to go again soon...
Written May 1, 2024
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Hi Charlotte, Thank you so much for your review. Wonderful to hear you had such a great time out on tour with Val. Thank you very much for travelling with us and we hope to see you again one day on one of our other tour routes! All the best, Chris The English Bus
Written May 3, 2024
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Erica Adams
Parkland, FL302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Cotswold, Oxford and Straton Upon Avon with Lucy Crane. First, I must say, Lucy is wonderful. We absolutely loved her. She was fun, friendly, had tons of information to share with us. History, suggested spots to visit, little things to notice along the way, etc. She made this tour so fun and informative. We never felt rushed. Really highly recommend your tour.
Written April 30, 2024
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Hello Erica, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are absolutely delighted you had such a good time out on tour with Lucy. We love her too and are very grateful to work with her.. Thank you so much for recommending us - as a small family business this means so much to us. All the best, Chris The English Bus
Written May 3, 2024
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Helen J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is an excellent tour! The historical content about Stonehenge provided by the guides made the stop just magical. You could almost feel the energy of the site! Moving onto Bath, the guides provided an informative short walking tour. Finally, our "secret place" was absolutely delightful...really the cap on a special day. We would absolutely recommend this tour. Val and Lucy were top notch - very pleasant and a wealth of knowledge.
Written April 27, 2024
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Hi Helen, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted you had such a great day out with Val and Lucy - music to our ears! We really appreaciate you choosing to take a small group tour with us - hopefully we meet you again one day! All the best, Chris The English Bus
Written May 3, 2024
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