Welcome to Salisbury
Centred on a majestic cathedral that's topped by the tallest spire in England, Salisbury makes an appealing Wiltshire base. It's been an important provincial city for more than a thousand years, and its streets form an architectural timeline ranging from medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Salisbury is also a lively, modern town, boasting plenty of bars and... Read More
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Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
Discover famous treasures lying in the English countryside on this day trip from London to Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath. See England’s tallest spire and an original copy of the ‘Magna Carta’ at Salisbury Cathedral, and admire the famous stone circle at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Then visit the city of Bath to admire England's finest Georgian architecture and tour the world-famous Roman Baths.Board a luxury coach at your London hotel or in downtown London in the morning. Pop in your state-of-the-art Vox headphones and listen to your guide’s informative commentary as you begin your day trip into the English countryside. After a 2-hour drive west, arrive in the beautiful Wiltshire town of Salisbury, world-famous for its 750-year-old cathedral that boasts the tallest spire in England. Enter Salisbury Cathedral to soak up the history and grandeur of one of the leading examples of Early English architecture; don’t miss the church’s chapter house, which displays the best-preserved of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta. Spend two hours perusing the cathedral, exploring the captivating town and having lunch (own expense) at your leisure before boarding the coach and drive to your next destination. Traveling even further back in time through the rolling Wessex landscape, you will arrive in Stonehenge. Who dragged these massive stones to this lonely plain near Salisbury 5,000 years ago, and why? These questions have haunted the minds of centuries of scholars. You will have the opportunity to walk around these magical stones and contemplate the landscape in which they were erected so many centuries ago. Re-board the coach for a 30-minute drive to your final stop, Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture. Take a panoramic city tour to see Bath Abbey, the Pulteney Bridge (modeled after the Ponte Vecchio in Florence) and the Circus and Assembly Rooms. These 18th-century structures are considered the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom.You’ll also visit the Roman Baths, the best-preserved public baths from the ancient Roman world, beautifully restored during the Victorian era. Learn about the source of these famous hot springs, discover the baths' uses by the Celts and Romans over the centuries, and learn about the redevelopment efforts to keep this stunning ancient treasure alive.Take some time to explore Bath’s compact pedestrian city center before embarking on the 2.5-hour drive back to London.
Small-Group Day Trip to Salisbury, Stonehenge and Avebury from London
Grab the opportunity to go on this small-group tour to learn about the unique history of the great British Empire, from the Stone Age to the Victorians. Journey back in time to a land of stone circles, burial chambers and hill forts to discover fascinating reminiscences like Stonehenge, Old Sarum Castle, Salisbury Cathedral and the huge stone circles at Avebury. Head west by comfortable mini-coach along the chalk countryside of Wiltshire and visit one of the oldest sites in England, Old Sarum, where the Iron Age hill fort bears witness to layers of British history. Learn from your expert guide how every culture from the Celts to the Normans has left their mark on this impressive and primeval site. Take a guided tour of the 11th-century castle and take in the spectacular views down the Avon Valley before continuing on your tour.After a short drive, arrive at the magnificent 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral, featuring one of the tallest spires in the country. Discover one of the oldest working clocks in Europe and the country’s best preserved original copy of the major constitution from 1215, the Magna Carta. Take time to explore the city and have lunch in one of the nearby restaurants (own expense).Pass beautiful villages of thatch and flint while taking the back roads through Woodford Valley. Arrive at the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. Here, your guide will share mysteries, theories and facts of this enigmatic site, and will enlighten you about the different building periods, the stones’ alignments and the people who worshipped here. Take time to absorb the powerful monument before continuing to other Stone Age sites in the area.Go inside the 5,500-year-old Neolithic burial chamber of West Kennet Long Barrow and see the remains of the ancient people who once lived there. You will be stunned by the area’s landscape, including Silbury Hill – one of Europe's tallest prehistoric structures. Finally, visit the stone circles at Avebury. Sixteen times larger than Stonehenge, this historic location features more than 100 standing stones and a circumference so large that the village of Avebury fits inside! Explore the ancient stones and quaint village, with its thatched cottages and pub, before returning to London.