Museums ? why not take a trip to the following museums where you can learn about the culture and fantastic art collections from prehistoric to the modern era. The most popular museums to visit are: The British Museum, The Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Maritime Museum.

The Tower of London ? the best thing about this tour is that it?s free! A visit to the Tower will enthrall you as you learn about its place in the annals of history as a prison, place of execution, the home of the famous Crown Jewels and a fortress!

The Tower of London is located in the City of London Business District, where you can also see St Paul?s Cathedral, Fleet Street and the Bank of England.

Madame Tussauds ? Here you?ll meet the most famous celebrities in the world! You?ll see wonderful waxwork recreations of the most famous faces in the world of history, politics, literature and popular culture! It?s located on Marylebone Road with underground parking at Baker Street.

Take a trip on the majestic London Eye. It?s an inherent part of the skyline of London. Regarded as the highest observing wheel in the universe, it offers you a wonderful view of the landmarks of London in just over half an hour.

You could also take a tour of the West End of London. Such a tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, the Covent Garden, Soho, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, the River Thames and Buckingham Palace, plus the many museums listed above and the astounding London Eye.

Of course, hiring a car gives you freedom and independence to travel at your own discretion ? and adds value to your holiday in terms of flexibility! It can also enable you to take a trip outside of the boundaries of the city if all the hustle and bustle is getting a little too much!

The following is one of the best day trips you can take from London:

London to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
Your short trip from London to the 900-year-old Windsor Castle, home of the Monarch of the UK, is a 26-mile drive, taking around 45 minutes.

The Castle is located high above the River Thames, and you can gain entrance to the Castle, and see the majestic beauty of St Georges Chapel and the pretty town of Windsor itself, with charming shops and pubs.

To get to Windsor Castle from London, take the A302 West and then the get onto the A4. The next main road to get on is the M4 (Hounslow/Staines). Stay on the M4 for around 15 miles, and then take the A332 to Windsor. At Windsor, you need to take the B3022 to get to Windsor Castle.

After Windsor Castle, a 60 mile, 1.5-hour drive will bring you to possibly the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, Stonehenge. This huge collection of 40-ton rocks has its origins from almost 5,000 years ago and it stands in Salisbury Plain. Quite why and what this landmark was created for remains open to debate but why not take a trip here to see this outstanding feature of ancient architecture.

From Windsor, you take the A332 and veer onto the M3, for about 24 miles. At junction 8 you will take the A303 to get to Salisbury/Andover and from there take the A344 to the monument.

If you?ve time, you could also take the A36 and then the A4 to Bath, a majestic Georgian city renowned for its architecture. You could also take a trip to Bath Abbey and stroll along the banks of river Avon, where Pulteney Bridge is located. Another suggestion in this area is the Roman Baths.

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