Tourist Coaches was founded in 1920 and operated from Figheldean where it still has a base today. Like many coach operators of the time a lot of work involved troop leave movement particularly at weekends in addition to local private hire activity. When the owners chose to retire in the 1990’s they approached the locally privately owned Wilts & Dorset Bus Company who subsequently acquired the business. A similar story applies to Bells Coaches and Kingston Coaches based at Winterslow and Levers Coaches based at Fovant. These names are retained and are visible on our coaches in addition to the parent Tourist name. In 2003 Wilts & Dorset’s owners decided to retire and sought a new owner in the shape of the Go-Ahead group which is one of the largest bus and rail operating groups in the country today.