Visit Stonehenge and Stourhead. An 18th century landscape with a picturesque lake, classical temples (you might recognise one from the Keira Knightley film ‘Pride and Prejudice’), grottos and exotic trees – in fact the finest example of the English Landscape style of garden.
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. A guided walking tour of Stonehenge is included.
VISIT STOURHEAD LANDSCAPE GARDENS
A breathtaking 18th century landscape garden with lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples is only the beginning.
Stourhead is the best example of a garden inspired by the great landscape painters of the seveneeenth century. Ernst Gombrich suggests it should bear the signature of an Italianized French painter: Claude Lorrain (1600-82). The Stourhead garden was made by a wealthy English banker who had been buying works of art in Italy at the time he inherited the Stourhead estate. Henry Hoare II's 'Claudian' garden was made in an unusually well-proportioned valley behind the house. The Temple of Flora at Stourhead was made in 1745 and the grotto in 1748. But the key date was 1754, when the lake and the Pantheon were made. It is based on the Pantheon in Rome and the planned walk through the estate is based on the journey of Rome's legendry founder, Aeneas. The five-arched bridge was made in 1762 and the Temple of Apollo in 1765. Gothic features were added later in the century: Alfred's Tower, a Rustic Cottage and a Hermitage.The Stourhead woods were underplanted with Rhododendron ponticum after 1791 and with more exotic species in the twentieth century.
Stourhead Estate on the Wiltshire-Somerset border is the perfect day out for everyone.
DEPARTURE FROM LONDON / BATH / SALISBURY / SOUTHAMPTON:
1-4 Passengers From £395
4-7 Passengers from £495
8 - 16 Passengers from £795
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Just wanted to drop a little message telling you and your company thank you for such an amazing experience. My parents, husband, and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour yesterday. Your guy was an absolutely fantastic guide and extremely knowledgeable. He took us through Castle Combe, on to Bath, to an Inn in Lacock for dinner andthen to Stonehenge. He was so excited about England winning their football game that he even took us up to see Woodhenge. We couldn't be more pleased with our experience, it was so wonderful. Thank you again,