Fully guided lecture standard tour: • Entrance to Stonehenge • Visit to Old Sarum Castle • Entrance to Salisbury Cathedral - see an original Magna Carta of 1215 • Visit to Avebury Stone Circle • Visit to Neolithic burial chamber at West Kennet • Visit to Silbury Hill.
Travel back to a landscape that has played witness to every aspect of Britain's history, a history that has helped shaped these islands, from the Stone Age to the Romans, from the Medieval to the Victorians. On this tour we visit the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, the Neolithic burial chamber atWest Kennet, the mysterious Silbury Hill and the delightful city of Salisbury with its beautiful cathedral and water meadows.
Our first stop is Old Sarum Castle where layer after layer of history is brought to life during our guided tour. This hilltop site has been settled for over 5,000 years, long before work began on the replacement city of Salisbury below. We can see evidence of Iron Age, Norman and Medieval remains before we make our way down the valley to the River Avon below. Here, within the water mills and meadows, where five rivers meet, stands the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. Our guided tour inside will reveal how quickly it was built, a construction date of 1220 - 1258, we will visit the chapter house and see an original Magna Carta of 1215, England's only major constitution then admire the height of the tower and spire, rising up to 404 feet, the tallest in the country.
After lunch and free time, we travel up the Avon Valley taking the back roads to Stonehenge, through the Woodfords, passing thatched cottages with well kept gardens. Upon arrival we enjoy priority entrance and head up to the stones where we learn of the building and rebuilding of this awe inspiring monument. Learn of the people that constructed Stonehenge and the possible methods they used, how far the stones were moved to get them here, the purpose of the circle and how many questions still remain unanswered.
Stonehenge isn't the only Neolithic site in the area, for on this day of discovery we also set foot inside an ancient burial chamber, West Kennet Longbarrow, built over 5,500 years ago and one of the largest in the country. We see mysterious Silbury Hill, Europe's tallest prehistoric structure and end the day at the largest stone circle in the world, the circles that surround Avebury.Your fully guided 'lecture standard' small group tour includes:
• Entrance to Stonehenge
• Visit to Old Sarum Castle
• Entrance to Salisbury Cathedral - see an original Magna Carta of 1215
• Visit to Avebury Stone Circle
• Visit to Neolithic burial chamber at West Kennet
• Visit to Silbury Hill
Why choose this tour?
On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefullly planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.
Friendly and Professional Guides - Small Groups - More Scenic Routes - More Time Sightseeing- No Time Wasted Travelling around London- Great Value for Money
Kevin went above and beyond. His knowledge and professionalism were impeccable. I would highly recommend this tour and give Kevin FIVE STARS. Thank You for a great experience.