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Our upcoming TA will end in Southampton. We would like to see Salisbury Cathedral and also a quickie Stonehenge photo op. Is this doable as a "side trip" to going from Southampton to London? We really want to spend one night in London before heading back to the US but it is hard to pass up seeing Salisbury and Stonehenge. Thoughts?

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Provided that you'll be spending that night in central London or at a Heathrow airport (LHR) hotel there's a cruise tour-transfer tailor-made for you.

Quite expensive at £119 pp including Stonehenge admission  but it' also stops at Salisbury and Windsor, it's specifically for passengers on your ship, pick-up at your cruise terminal and drop=-off at your Heathrow or central London hotel.



Alternatively you can arrange for a private transfer to take you to London via Stonehenge, but the extra distance plus 90 minutes waiting time at Stonehenge will add significantly to the cost of a simple transfer to Heathrow or London.

And you need to figure and book a timed arrival window for Stonehenge - miss that 30-minute window and you may not get admission depending on visitor numbers. Passengers who buy their Stonehenge admission tickets from their coach operator are guaranteed admission at any time. 


A third option is train to Salisbury, stow your luggage at the pub adjacent to Salisbury & take the Stonehenge ho-ho (like coach passengers, ho-ho passengers who buy their Stonehenge ticket with their fare get admission anytime). Then return to Salisbury on the ho-ho, collect your luggage & take a train to London.

Probably the cheapest option, but time-consuming



JB 🙂


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John, thank you very much for your information! We would like to stay a night, maybe two in London and I have looked at AirB&B near Buckinham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge. Some are actually pretty budget friendly! Would that area be a good "walkable" area to see some of the sights? We did a bus tour around London a few years ago but did not get much walking around time. I was a frequent London visitor when I was stationed at RAF Bentwaters in East Anglia in the mid 1960's and would like to try and retrace some of my steps. Any advice on that would also be great!

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Within a  walk of Buckingham Palace you'll find a mix of accommodation including budget (that's budget by London standards). That area is Victoria, it's on ho-ho routes, has the London terminus of the  National Express coaches (direct coaches to Southampton or Dover ports) and a wide selection of shops, restaurants & pubs.

From Buck' Palace to Big Ben (Houses of Parliament) prices tend to rise, but you're now in easy walking distance of Whitehall etc.. If those prices aren't a problem, consider the hotels south of the River near Westminster Bridge. Same advantages plus river boats, London Eye, riverside walks and eateries along the "South Bank" as far as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. A little further out - and cheaper - Waterloo (Direct trains to Southampton & Dover)


The Tower of London is at the eastern end of "tourist London". 

Not so convenient, but if you're there at a weekend the hotel rates are low (they cater mainly for those working or visiting the financial district).


Whichever area you choose, make sure the property is handy to a tube station


JB 🙂

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