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Stonehenge Trail - ½ day, Private Tour
I collect you at your accommodation 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 stops. 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.
Here you will have around 90 minutes 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.
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.
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.
It is a flat 20 minute walk from here to Salisbury centre along the “Town Path” which runs through the water meadows nature reserve before passing through Elizabeth Gardens. All the way the Cathedral is in view over the river.
Many guests like to finish the tour here and after a beer or lunch by the river in the Old Mill’s garden they walk at their leisure into town.
If you prefer, then you will be driven back into Salisbury
The tour starts at your accommodation at 08:45 and finishes at Harnham around 13:15 or in Salisbury at 13:30
Price £75 per person min 2 persons, maximum 4 persons. Excludes entrance tickets to Stonehenge and Old Sarum.
To check availability please contact me directly. If you have children in your party I can also offer a “child friendly” tour.
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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