Magical History Tour

Salisbury, Old Sarum, Woodhenge, Stonehenge, Avebury

Duration:

7 hours

Costs:

Please contact us for more details on the cost of this tour.

Extras:

Pack in more of the South of England’s attractions on this full-day tour from Salisbury.

Perfect for history buffs, this excursion visits the magnificent medieval Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of the world's most important documents; the iconic Magna Carta, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of England’s most famous landmarks; un-misable Stonehenge as well as the Neolithic stone circles at Avebury and the prehistoric Silbury Hill.

You will be met at your accommodation in Salisbury and from here you will start your Stonehenge experience tour.

Firstly, travelling around the city of Salisbury, you will hear about the building of this
Medieval city.

From ghost stories to beheadings to card cheats, Salisbury has a fascinating history.

Whilst in Salisbury, you will visit the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, home to the world's oldest clock and of course, one of the world’s most important documents; The Magna Carta.
 
The spire of Salisbury Cathedral stands 123 metres high, and is one of the tallest in the UK, and is not all it seems!!!

Dating back to the year 1220, Salisbury Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the UK. 
With all its history, you will hear about Bad King John, the 3rd Earl of Salisbury and his rat(!), the relationship between the military and the clergy as well as one of the countries most respected Prime Ministers.

you will also stop briefly at Old Sarum – The original City of Salisbury.

Old Sarum is one of the most enthralling and historically important sites in Southern England.
Uniquely, it combines a royal castle and cathedral within an Iron Age fortification, and for 150 years was a major centre of both secular and ecclesiastical government. 

Neither castle nor cathedral was occupied for long: in 1226 the cathedral was moved to Salisbury, although the castle remained an administrative centre into the 14th century.

Leaving Salisbury, we travel narrow country lanes, alongside the river Avon towards Stonehenge.
 
Through picturesque villages with thatched cottages, we see the house where William Pitt, after whom Pittsburgh is named, once resided.
 
A little further we pass the house of the singer songwriter Sting and travel through the fields of barley which inspired his haunting song ‘Fields of Gold’.

You will continue your tour to West Amesbury (Blue Henge), Durrington Walls and Woodhenge which have increased our understanding of the purpose of Stonehenge.

Arriving at Stonehenge you firstly visit the new exhibition which is located at the Visitor centre.
 
From here, English Heritage will transport you to Stonehenge itself and you can have an audio guide in any one of 10 different languages if required.

Leaving Stonehenge you will drive over Salisbury Plain, famous for its crop circles.
 
You will see The Alton Barnes' White Horse & the West Kennet Longbarrow, Avon Canal and Silbury Hill (the largest man-made Neolithic mound in Europe)

Avebury is the largest stone circle in Britain and here you are free to walk around the stones and touch them – unlike Stonehenge. Your guide will take you through the history, myths and legends of Avebury.
 
Constructed over several hundred years, in the Third Millennium BC, during the Neolithic or New Stone Age, the monument comprises a large henge (a bank and a ditch) with a large outer stone circle and two separate smaller stone circles situated inside the centre of the monument.

Following this tour of some of the countries most improtant historical and ancient attractions, you will be transported to your accommodation in Salisbury.

PLEASE NOTE: Please contact us if you are not staying in Salisbury, we run this tour from airports, cruise terminals, train stains etc, just ask, we're here to help.

Entrance to Salisbury Cathedral is not included as it is by voluntary donation