Welcome to Oldbury Tours.
Oldbury Tours provide private tours of Avebury and Stonehenge and much, much more. The Avebury and Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage Site includes many other ancient monuments that can be included on a tour. We also visit medieval castles, abbeys and cathedrals all with fascinating stories to tell as well as bustling market towns and unspoilt villages.
This part of England contains some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside making the drive between sites an equally enjoyable part of the day. Several world class museums, classic English pubs and fabulous restaurants means the options are almost endless. Whatever you choose to see you will spend the day with your own fully licensed and insured driver guide.
Half day, full day and multiple day tours are available.
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Customised car and minibus tours.
With our wealth of experience and local knowledge we will create the perfect day for you.
Olbury Tours’ seven seat car provides ample space for single travellers, groups of friends or small families, but can also negotiate the smallest country lanes. For a larger group we do have a minibus available.
What else do we visit?
As fully licensed private hire drivers we can take you anywhere within the area. We often get asked to include special places not on our most regular routes. These have included the towns and cities of Glastonbury, Wells, Marlborough, Malmesbury and Bath; Wiltshire villages including the filming locations of Lacock, Castle Carey and Corsham; the Cotswolds; Uffington White Horse and Wiltshire white horses, Old Wardour, Farleigh Hungerford and Chepstow Castles; and much more.
If you are staying in the area for several days we can organise multiple day trips to give you a more complete experience. We can perhaps focus on the prehistoric sites of Stonehenge and Avebury one day and the villages and medieval towns the next. Everything is possible so please just ask via email or the enquiry form.
Have a look at our gallery for inspiration and then ask us what is possible!
Your guide for the day will be Laurence, a Wiltshire local with a BA in archaeology and classical studies. Laurence started Oldbury Tours in 2014 and never tires of showing people around his home county of Wiltshire. Laurence holds a licence to operate from Wiltshire Council and is fully insured.
In June 2016 Laurence was approached by Visit England to show Rick Steves , the American presenter and writer, around Avebury and Stonehenge and to check over his script for his Great Britain guide book.
Please click on the link below to read more about Laurence and Oldbury Tours.More about Laurence
Stonehenge Inner Circle Tours
Inner circle tours of Stonehenge can be organised if given enough notice and for an extra cost. There is very limited availability for these tours which are organised outside of general opening hours in the evening and early morning.
Please enquire via the booking form in the usual way.About Our Tours
Free Solstice and Equinox visits to Stonehenge.
Here is a short video we took at the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge in 2018. It was celebrated at dawn on 22nd December. On four days of the year English Heritage who own and manage the site allow ‘managed free access’ within the stone circle. It is great fun to visit on these occasions and lap up the festival atmosphere. Everyone is there for their own reasons and yours is as valid as anyone else’s. The four free access days are the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice, the autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. Let us know and we can help you organise your visit.Contact Us
For the more energetic our guided tours can include various hikes in the area as the UNESCO World Heritage Site is criss-crossed with by-ways and footpaths.. It is also crossed by some major long distance routes such as The Ridgeway National Trail, The White Horse Trail and The Great Stones Way which links Avebury and Stonehenge.
There are a few sites that only a hike will get you to so if you want to see them, you just have to walk.About Our Tours
Food and Drink
We have a huge selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area and we will help you decide what will suit your day best.
A picnic lunch is also an option to save time.About Our Tours
All tours are priced by the vehicle so the more of you there are the cheaper the cost per person. The price for each tour is worked out individually depending on mileage and time. Multiple days are at a reduced rate and there are discounts for single travellers and archaeology students. Please enquire via the ‘Book a Tour’ button or email us at www.oldburytours.co.uk. You can also call Laurence on +44 (0)7947488665 for more information.
Please click on the link below to read more about our rates.Oldbury Tours Prices
Why Choose Oldbury Tours?
Comfort & Convenience
Your driver guide, Laurence, will pick you up from your hotel or other place of choice. You will be driven between sites in a fully air-conditioned 7 seat car and taken back to your hotel or other place of choice at the end of the tour.
Fully Licensed & Insured
Your driver guide holds a private hire licence issued by Wiltshire County Council and is fully insured to operate as a driver guide. Oldbury Tours also have all the necessary Public Liability Insurance.
Oldbury Tours can design your tour for you but you can also have as much input as you like. Please ask and we will try to accommodate all of your requests. We are also happy to be flexible on the day if our conversation leads us somewhere. Nothing is set in stone!
Commonly Visited Locations in our Tours
Globally significant collections
To compliment the wealth of prehistoric monuments in the landscape we are incredibly fortunate to have one of Europe’s finest collections of prehistoric artefacts. It is split between two very recently modernised museums. A forty minute visit to the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes or The South Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury is easily included in your tour and is extremely worthwhile.
The Keiller Museum in Avebury is also excellent as is the new visitor centre at Stonehenge.
Local Tourism Partners
Oldbury Tours is promoted and recommended by the leading local tourism bodies. We are also ambassadors for the Great West Way project which launched on 22nd November 2018.
The Great West Way is England’s first designated tourist route and we are very excited to be involved in this project from the start. The aim of the project is to encourage people to enjoy the route between London and Bristol. It is a route that contains an unparalleled selection of the best that good old England has to offer. So please don’t rush, but take a little more time on your journey.
We are perfectly placed to help you enjoy the whole section that passes through Wiltshire from Hungerford to Bath.
Please visit our partner websites if you want to plan other activities during your stay in Wiltshire. Just click on the logos to visit their websites.
Hi Laurence, I was just wrapping up from our wonderful trip to the UK and wanted to send you some of my photos from the trip. I got some pretty ones of Stonehenge that I thought you might like to use on your site. We are still excited about the tour we took with you. It was such a treat. I put a review up on TripAdvisor for you too.
Mrs A. Seattle, US November 2019
Hi Laurence, Thanks again for the great tour. It is one of our highlights for this year. I hope to send you some pictures next week.
Mr and Mrs H. California, US October 2019
Hi, Laurence, I realized we never sent you a picture that we thought you’d appreciate. We have so many good ones from what was a great tour! We so appreciated all the info and good sites you took us to see. I have been meaning to write a review, or let me know if there is anything we can do.
Mr and Mrs M. Oregon, US September 2019
Hello Laurence, Going through the photos of our wonderful holidays in England, we want to thank you once again for this so impressive day in and around Stonehenge. Besides the weather (impressive in its own way), it has been extremely interesting and we benefited a lot from your vivid descriptions. We wish you a wonderful rest of the summer and good luck for your digging campaign!
Family G. Winterthur, Switzerland July 2019
Hi Laurence, We wanted to thank you one more time for all you did in putting the tour together, managing the logistics, and including some extras like coffee, the Alfred the Great site, Saxon font, medieval graffiti, and – of course- pub and ale recommendations. You made our time together memorable and meaningful. I will recommend Oldbury tours to other travellers and archaeology buffs. Please keep us on the mailing list, I hope to return in a few years.
Family P. Philadelphia, US July 2019
Just Another Day
Just before the UK went into lock-down, amid all the worries for what the future held, the sun came up on another day. Because of the terrible Covid-19 virus hundreds of people were dying in Italy and Spain and across the globe; doctors and nurses were frantically, desperately, trying to save lives in stifling hospitals… Read more »Read Full Story
Why Hire A Guide
Travelling the world with local guides. I have learned through my own experiences that hiring a knowledgeable local guide greatly enhances the enjoyment of a tour. A local guide will want to share his love for the subject whether that is simply their local area or something to be found within it. It is our… Read more »Read Full Story
Raising a Stonehenge stone with English Heritage
Stonehenge stone raising. When I saw that English Heritage were going to experiment with raising a stone at Stonehenge it was something I was very keen to witness if not participate in. Perhaps unexpectedly the event in March 2018 was billed not so much as a study of the processes required for erecting the stone… Read more »Read Full Story
The Avebury Avenues – West Kennet Avenue and Beckhampton Avenue
Two avenues of huge standing stones lead out of Avebury linking the giant stone circle with other important sites in the wider landscape. On a massive scale: Avebury and the Avebury Avenues Probably the most extraordinary thing about Avebury is the sheer scale of the monument. Not only does it incorporate the largest of all… Read more »Read Full Story
The entrances through the bank at Knap Hill stand out even more clearly after a light dusting of snow. The cows on the right of the photo give an idea of scale Our most ancient monuments Causewayed Enclosures are a type of monument associated with the earlier Neolithic period in Britain and can be considered… Read more »Read Full Story
Adam’s Grave crowns Walker’s Hill on the northern escarpment of the Pewsey Vale. The tiny figure on the right hand slope of the monument gives an ideal of the scale of this Neolithic Chambered Long Barrow. One of Wiltshire’s famous white horses (Alton Barnes, cut in 1812) can be seen on the slope below Adam’s… Read more »Read Full Story
The birth of aerial photography in archaeology Woodhenge was discovered in 1925 by WW1 veteran fighter pilot Group Captain Gilbert Insall VC MC. He was one of the first people to recognise the benefits to archaeology of aerial photography. Flying out of Netheravon aerodrome, one of many airfields that were by then installed on Salisbury… Read more »Read Full Story
The scene of fascinating recent discoveries Durrington Walls is the site of some of the most fascinating recent archaeological work in the Avebury and Stonehenge World Heritage Site if not the whole of the UK. Between 2003 and 2009 the Stonehenge Riverside Project, directed by Mike Parker Pearson, gathered together a stellar line-up of British… Read more »Read Full Story
Stonehenge is unique and world famous for many reasons. The ruins we see today are what remains of the ‘last great stone monument of the Megalithic* age’ (Parker Pearson 2012,) By way of explanation – Megalithic and Neolithic *Megalithic literally means ‘massive stone’ and refers to the type of monument building that incorporated such megaliths… Read more »Read Full Story
In the articles on this website I have tried to give a very brief summary of most of the sites that we can visit on our tours but I didn’t feel it was appropriate for me to try to be either too academic or too authoritative. Obviously when we are out in the landscape I… Read more »Read Full Story
Our Previous Tours
Junus – the two faced month
June 20, 2016
Numerous including Stonehenge and the surrounding area, Avebury area, Uffington White Horse, Waylands Smithy, Littlecote House
I have always understood that the month of January was named after Janus, the two-faced Roman God. It is a good choice; one face looks back saying goodbye to the recently passed year while the other looks to the future. But June? I have never heard of Junus!