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Stonehenge Trail - Full day, Private Tour. Arriving by car or rail
Guests arriving by rail met at Salisbury Rail Station and we set off on the “Stonehenge Trail” travelling along quiet lanes through picturesque villages with thatched cottages. On the way to Stonehenge we make several short. Americans are particularly interested in seeing the house where once lived the English Gentleman after which Pittsburgh is named. In contrast we then take a glimpse at how the other half lives at the estate of a local aristocrat before stopping at West Amesbury and see the strange menagerie of animals living in the English countryside.
Later we pass the fields of barley that inspired Sting to write “Fields of Gold” and we pass his house and the small village church he attended with Madonna for Christmas midnight mass with her newly wedded husband Guy Ritchie.
This is where recent discoveries have significantly increased our knowledge of the people who built the mysterious Stonehenge and I shall explain the latest theories so that when you arrive at Stonehenge you will have a deeper understanding of the people, their beliefs and lives.
Time to enjoy the new visitor centre with it’s exhibition before taking the “Road Train” to the World Heritage site. You will be provided with an audio guide available in 10 languages to enhance your enjoyment. Altogether your stay here will be about 90 minutes.
– Entrance tickets -£14.90 adults, £13.40 concessions, child £8.90
This Iron- Age Fort was the original human settlement and has history dating back from the early Celts to the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and finally the Normans who built a Castle and Cathedral (now ruins). Make sure that you have your camera with you. Views over Salisbury and the 360° horizons make for wonderful photographs.
– Entrance tickets - £3.90 adults, £.50 concessions, child £2.3
Harnham Old Mill
This 14th Century mill sits on the river Avon and is now a hotel and pub. It is close to the spot chosen by the artist John Constable for his iconic painting of Salisbury Cathedral that recently sold for £24 million. Here you will see the Cathedral from an aspect rarely seen by visitors as you look over the water meadows.
Salisbury is a beautiful medieval city and you have 60 minutes free time to stroll around the market square and take some lunch. There is an abundance of restaurants, cafe’s and pubs catering for every taste. If the weather is fine maybe take sandwiches into one of the riverside parks or the Cathedral Close for a picnic?
After your lunch I meet you and we walk through past medieval houses on our way to the cathedral. Boasting England’s highest spire Salisbury Cathedral also houses the best of only four remaining examples of the Magna Carta. You will also see the oldest working clock in the world and the tomb of a child stating that he died before he was born!
Your “Daytripper” tour finishes after our visit to the cathedral, but that doesn’t mean that your stay in Salisbury has to come to an end.
If you want to return immediately I can take you to the railway station or you might decide to spend more time enjoying the city. On Tuesdays and Saturdays there has been a market in Salisbury for over 700 years. You might like to attend Evensong at the cathedral renowned for it’s emphasis on music, or maybe stay for supper.
Price: £275 for two guests, additional guests £25 per person max 4 people. Entrance tickets not included.
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Trains to/from London Waterloo are every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Special reduced fares apply with Groupsave 3 and Groupsave 4 tickets.
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Chris Litherland is one of those people who loves his job, and that passion comes through his extensive knowledge of the history of Southampton, Stonehenge and Old Sarum. His anecdotal stories made the travelling between these sites interesting and funny. Rebelgroove, Winnipeg