Salisbury & Stonehenge tour
May-September hours 1pm – 7 pm
Stride through history in a tour that takes in two extraordinary sites: the beautiful Cathedral City of Salisbury, and Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.
Salisbury Cathedral can boast Britain’s tallest spire (404 feet/123 metres) and the world’s oldest working clock but its story begins 2,500 years ago when an iron age fort was built on Salisbury Hill about 2 miles north of the modern town centre. It is also home to the finest of four original 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts, housed within the 13th century Chapter House, at the heart of a permanent interactive exhibition. (See below for Chapter House opening times to see the Magna Carta). The Cathedral Close is an oasis of calm. Other treasures include the National Trust’s Mompesson House, The Salisbury Museum, Arundells (home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath), The Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum and Sarum College.
Exploring the town you will discover a delightful array of shops, restaurants and cafes. Salisbury Charter Market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays and the Farmer’s market is also on the first and third Wednesday of each month
As the afternoon progresses you will step further back in time and travel 9 miles north to the prehistoric site of Stonehenge. Built more than 5,000 years ago, this ancient Neolithic monument continues to inspire mystery and awe today. Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors and explore the world-class exhibition, visitor centre and cafe.
Chapter House (Salisbury) opening times to see Magna Carta are:
1 APRIL – 31 OCTOBER
Monday-Saturday: 09.30 – 17.00
Sundays: 12.00 – 16.00
1 NOVEMBER – 31 MARCH
Monday-Saturday: 09.30 – 16.30
Sundays: 12.00 – 15.45
Further reading on Salisbury’s fascinating history can be found here http://www.localhistories.org/salisbury.html
Find out about the incredible feat of building Stonehenge http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history/building/#