Available every Thursday
- Small group tour with maximum 16 people
- Expert, friendly guide
- Entries included to Stonehenge, Old Sarum Castle, Salisbury Cathedral – see an original Magna Carta of 1215
- Visit to Avebury Stone Circle included
- Travel in executive, air conditioned minicoach
- Small group day trips allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to destinations impossible by large coach!
Detailed Tour Description
The only tour from London visiting Old Sarum Castle in Salisbury!
Travel back to a landscape that has played witness to every aspect of Britain's history, a history that has helped shaped these islands, from the Stone Age to the Romans, from the Medieval to the Victorians. On this tour we visit the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge plus the delightful city of Salisbury with its beautiful cathedral and water meadows. We also include a photo stop at the mysterious Silbury Hill.
Our first stop is Old Sarum Castle where layer after layer of history is brought to life during our guided tour. This hilltop site has been settled for over 5,000 years, long before work began on the replacement city of Salisbury below. We can see evidence of Iron Age, Norman and Medieval remains before we make our way down the valley to the River Avon below. Here, within the water mills and meadows, where five rivers meet, stands the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. Your guided tour inside will reveal how quickly it was built, a construction date of 1220 - 1258, we will visit the chapter house and see an original Magna Carta of 1215, England's only major written constitution then admire the height of the tower and spire, rising up to 404 feet, the tallest in the country.
After lunch and free time, we travel up the Avon Valley taking the back roads to Stonehenge, through the Woodfords, passing thatched cottages with colourful gardens. Upon arrival we enjoy priority entrance and head up to the stones where we learn of the building and rebuilding of this awe inspiring monument. Learn of the people that constructed Stonehenge and the possible methods they used, how far the stones were moved to get them here, the purpose of the circle and how many questions still remain unanswered.
Stonehenge isn't the only Neolithic site in the area, for on this day of discovery we also see ancient burial chambers and mysterious Silbury Hill, Europe's tallest prehistoric structure. We end the day at the largest stone circle in the world, the circles that surround Avebury. Here we have full access to the stones, no ropes keeping you apart from these megaliths. Explore the giant rings of stones and wander through the village of thatched cottages that lies within.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.
• Fully guided lecture standard tour
• Entrance to Stonehenge
• Entry to Old Sarum Castle
• Entrance to Salisbury Cathedral - see an original Magna Carta of 1215
• Visit to Avebury Stone Circle
• Photo stop at Silbury Hill
Why choose this tour?
On this day trip there will be no more than 16 people - guaranteed! Our luxury Mercedes mini-coaches have climate control/air conditioning, large windows and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort and guide you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.
07.45AM Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance. Short walk from Gloucester Road tube station) (MAP)
If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website - click here
Make the most of your time with us
We prefer to spend your valuable time touring the places you have chosen to visit and we therefore offer a choice of 3 meeting points, which are easiliy accessible by public transport from all parts of London and form our natural route to the west. Many tours spend over an hour driving around the busy congested roads of London.