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West Kennet – Avebury – Silbury Hil – Durrington Walls – Amesbury – Stonehenge – New Forest
This is the tour for people wanting to take the opportunity to use their transfer from Heathrow to Southampton to take a more studied look at the ancient World Heritage Sites.
West Kennet Long Barrow 3650 BC
West Kennet Long Barrow is one of the largest, most impressive and most accessible Neolithic chambered tombs in Britain. Built in around 3650 BC, it was used for a short time as a burial chamber, nearly 50 people being buried here before the chambers were blocked. (Access to the barrow involves a 10 minute walk up a hillside. Suitable clothing and shoes are recommended, and this would not be suitable for people having any mobility problems) This part of the tour can be exchanged for a visit to Old Sarum
Commencement of the Avebury Complex 2600 BC
Unique amongst megalithic monuments, Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe, and is one of the best-known prehistoric sites in Britain.It is a place possessing great “presence” and few leave Avebury without experiencing a sense of antiquity.
Silbury Hill 2400 BC
The largest man-made mound in Europe, mysterious Silbury Hill compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids. Probably completed in around 2400 BC, it apparently contains no burial. Though clearly important in itself, its purpose and significance remains unknown.
This Is the site of a large Neolithic settlement, thought to be the largest in North west Europe, and home of the people who built Stonehenge. It is 2 miles northeast of Stonehenge.
West Amesbury 2300 BC
There are two reasons for visiting “Avenue” which leads to Stonehenge where it meets the River Avon both of which concern recent archeological discoveries
As recently as 2009 a small oval circle, which was populated with Bluestones, was discovered here. These are the same type of stones which where brought all the way from West Wales which can be seen at Stonehenge. Was Bluestonehenge a “Pit Stop” on Route to Afterlife?
The grave of a man dating to around 2300 BC was discovered three miles from Stonehenge by Wessex Archaeology staff in May 2002. His grave was the richest from this period (the early Bronze Age) ever found in Britain and contained the country’s first gold objects. Analysis of his teeth reveals that he is from a distant place, having travelled over 1000 km from his home!
The history of Amesbury built by children and unveiled by the Queen during her Royal Visit.
Amesbury Mystery now a Reality
The town is now proven to be The Oldest Town in Britain as recognised by Guinness and predates Stonehenge by 4500 years. Learn the reason for Stonehenge and its existence.
Stonehenge 2200 BC
The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar? How did our ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure? Surrounded by mystery, Stonehenge never fails to impress. At Stonehenge we shall provide you with an excellent English Heritage commentary allowing you to move around the mysterious stones at your own pace.
Salisbury is a beautiful medieval town with opportunities to shop or relax in a street café. The Cathedral Close is home to two museums and is an ideal spot for a picnic. It also is home to The Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin.
Famous for having the highest spire in England, Salisbury Cathedral also is proud to have the best preserved of only four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. It also boasts the world’s oldest working clock.
Duration of Tour: 7 hrs. Book Now…
Cost: £475 for 2 people, additional guests £45 per person
Price includes entrance tickets to all venues.
This tour could be extended by 1 hr to include either an additional 60 mins in Salisbury or a drive through the “New Forest” additional cost £50
Close to Southampton is the New Forest. The “New” Forest was in fact created 1000 yrs ago as a place for William the Conqueror and his successors to enjoy their sport of hunting wild deer and other animals.
Today, the New Forest, which is a National Park, is home to 3000 wild ponies and other animals and a popular destination for rest and relaxation. The ponies roam freely amongst the woodland and heath land and can be seen on the village commons. One half expects to come across Robin Hood and his Merry Men in any clearing. We shall briefly stop at the spot where William Rufus (William the Conqueror’s son and successor) was killed by a stray arrow .
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Grave goods from the Amesbury Archer. Click on image to enlarge
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