Our UK bike tours give you the opportunity to visit the sights of England and engage in its immense history
At Active England, we have designed tours that will let you experience this country’s history firsthand.
WHERE ROME REMAINS
The clue is in the name: Bath is most famous for its hot baths, which have been attracting visitors for nearly two millennia. What we know as the Roman Baths are actually an amalgam of designs from throughout the centuries. Although founded by the Romans, subsequent development and extensions mean the original part of the bath is now below street level, including the Bath House, Temple and Sacred Spring. This thermal spa has been relaxing and rejuvenating tourists ever since.
THE GENIUS OF THE GEORGIANS
When visiting Bath you cannot help but be impressed by its awe-inspiring Georgian architecture, with much of the city built during the reigns of the ‘Georgian’ Kings 200 years ago. During the 18th century, Bath became popular with the landed gentry, leading to architect John Wood designing the striking curved terraced houses that have become synonymous with the city. The most famous of these is the Royal Crescent and the Circus. Their classic design has withstood the test of time and added to Bath’s rich heritage and cultural splendour.
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CIRCLES IN TIME
According to the best estimates of experts, construction of Stonehenge started around 3100 BC. The circle of standing stones or menhirs is made from three distinct phases of construction over a 300 year period. The complete henge consists of 82 enormous Bluestones, although today some now consist of barely visible stumps.
The greatest mystery of all is its purpose. From astronomy to human sacrifice, no single theory has yet gained universal acceptance.
THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
SEAT OF LEARNING
Oxford University is not only one of the most famous educational institutions in the world, but also one of the oldest – tracing its origins to 1096. It is a collegiate university made up of 38 colleges and private halls and is home to around 15,000 students. Many of the world’s most famous minds have passed through Oxford, including 26 British Prime Ministers. It has survived riots, reformation and reform; its history is as inspirational as the list of scholars it has produced.
Discover more of what a visit to Oxford has to offer. Our Active England tours offer a unique blend of culture, heritage and glorious cycle routes.
HOME TO THE ROYALS
Windsor is a historical town best known for its close relationship with royalty, dating back nearly 1000 years. Windsor is the site of the world’s largest and oldest inhabited castle, which was constructed in 1066 after William the Conqueror invaded England.
Windsor Castle spans a massive 48 acres and has been transformed from a strategic fort into the grand home fit for the Queen. A tour of the castle will give you a close-up view of what a royal home looks like and the chance to hear stories about what took place behind the closed doors. Close by is also Henry VIII’s burial site where you can witness his ornate tomb inside St. Georges Chapel.
Windsor offers much more than just Windsor Castle. Cycling around the town you get to take in the architecture which spans hundreds of years as well as a visit to Windsor Great Park. The park which spans 4,800 acres truly is great in both size and what it has to offer in natural scenery. As a royal hunting ground since the 1300’s, it is the perfect example of an ancient English woodland.