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Stonehenge VIP Private Access Trips: Custom tours departing from Salisbury, Bath and Southampton.

Exclusive Private Guided Stonehenge Inner Circle Tours.  Ideal for individuals, families and small groups.

In the evening after Stonehenge is closed to the public, or at dawn before it is open, we can arrange exclusive private access for you to visit this awe-inspiring prehistoric monument and walk among the giant sarsen stones towering 6.4 m high and weighing up to 50 tonnes. Go beyond the fences & after the crowds have gone home. Walk amongst the stones & experience the magical atmosphere within the inner circle.

Our local expert Stonehenge tour guides are considered as the very best in Wiltshire!

Our custom special access tours visit Stonehenge in the early morning (sunrise) or evening (sunset). Walk amongst the stones and stand within the stone circle!

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Join a local expert on our VIP Stonehenge guided tours

Normal viewing only permits access from the path that surrounds the circle. Stonehenge dates from 3100BC, and you will be walking where very few people have access. Your guide will explain some of the theories behind this amazing feat of Prehistoric construction.

A unique photo opportunity….

Explore the beautiful Wiltshire countryside in the luxury of your own private car, MPV or mini bus, enjoying the knowledge and expertise of our professional Stonehenge guide.

Our private access tours can also include Bath, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), Salisbury Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Winchester, Avebury Sone Circle, Silbury Hill, Lacock Village, Glastonbutu, The Cotswolds or where ever you want to visit.  Many of our clients choosing to depart from one location and be dropped off in another
Tour / Transfer example itineraries;

Depart Southampton | Visit Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury. Ending in London.
Depart Bath | Visit Stonehenge, Salisbury and perhaps Windsor Castle. Ending in London.
Depart London | Visit Stonehenge, Salisbury, Avebury. Ending in Bath.
Depart Salisbury |  Visit Stonehenge, Avebury, Lacock, The Cotswolds. Ending in Bath
the list goes on…………

Stonehenge Private Tour Prices departing from Salisbury, Southampton and Bath. 

Passengers Price
Medium Car up to 2 from £245.00
Large car up to 5 from £345.00
Extra large up to 8 from £445.00
Minibus up to 16 from £695.00
We are pleased to offer this service from London, Bath, Oxford, Salisbury and all U.K airports / seaports

Visit our website for more tour information or contact us today. Tours@StonehengeTravel.co.uk

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Latest Transformers film shot in Wiltshire.

Hollywood film crews have descended on Wiltshire to film the latest blockbuster from the Transformers franchise.

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Stonehenge film setting

Scenes from the sci-fi epic – Transformers: The Last Knight are being filmed in Wiltshire using the famous Stonehenge monument.

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Scale model of Stonehenge built near the real Stonehenge

There is no doubt that the spin-offs of such a big budget movie could be enormous and will be felt throughout the local tourism industry and economy. History proved this much when Harry Potter was filmed in Alnwick. At present there are an estimated 200 crew members staying in accommodation in the area and spending money in local shops and restaurants. In the longer run, the film will bring the type of international publicity for the area that no amount of advertising could buy. It is fantastic that they have chosen our beautiful county as a film location.

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Fundraising Event: A talk by Mike Parker Pearson ‘Stonehenge and Durrington Walls: new research’

Stonehenge News and Information

Archaeological excavations are being carried out in 2016 at Durrington Walls and in Preseli, to shed yet more light on the mystery of Stonehenge and its stones. Was there a ‘superhenge‘ of standing sarsen stones at Durrington Walls that dwarfed Stonehenge?

mppWas Stonehenge itself actually a ‘secondhand monument’, built from bluestones brought from an earlier monument in west Wales? New advances in scientific methods, both in the field and in the laboratory, are also helping archaeologists find out more about the people who built Stonehenge, how they lived and why they went to such effort to build this remarkable structure.

Join Mike Parker Pearson for an evening lecture to hear about the latest exciting developments in Stonehenge’s story.

Salisbury Museum: Thursday, October 13th, 2016 – 18:30 to 20:00
Booking required. Please contact the museum.~

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John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral masterpiece to be shown in city that inspired him.

Painter’s 1831 work completed after his wife’s death is centrepiece of new exhibition at Salisbury Museum.

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Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows was bought by the Tate for £23.1m. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

After 185 years, the trees around Salisbury Cathedral have grown taller and thicker, shrouding all but the magnificent tower and spire. But, remarkably, the water meadows are still as lush and unspoilt as they were in John Constable’s day.

This is the view, including the shallow stream that draws the eye toward the magnificent cathedral, painted by the acclaimed British artist in one of his most important and best-known works, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows. And for the next six months, there is a rare opportunity to compare masterpiece and present-day view within a few minutes’ walk.

The painting, finished in 1831, is going home to the city for which Constable had a special affection, as part of a five-year tour, taking in Wales, Scotland and East Anglia. From Saturday, people will be able to see it at the Salisbury Museum in the cathedral close, alongside dozens of other paintings, watercolours, etchings and drawings of one of the country’s most awe-inspiring buildings.

“We are very excited that we’re displaying Constable’s masterpiece in the city that inspired him,” said Adrian Green, the museum’s director. “The museum is located opposite the cathedral, backs onto the water meadows and is adjacent to where Constable stayed in the close – so one can literally walk out into the canvas and see a landscape that has changed little since Constable’s time.”

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows is one of a series of 6ft canvases painted by Constable. Encouraged by his close friend and archdeacon John Fisher, who lived in the cathedral close, he began to make sketches for the painting while grieving for his late wife Maria.

“Constable drew Salisbury Cathedral many times from different viewpoints,” said Gracie Divall of the Tate, which owns the painting and organised its tour around the UK. “It was the place he visited most outside his home in Suffolk. But this painting is seen as one he poured his emotion into, rather than just depicting what he saw in front of him.”

The turbulent sky provoked much comment when the painting was first exhibited; one Morning Herald reporter remarked that “the sky is in a state of utter derangement”.

Meteorologists have pointed out that the rainbow depicted in the painting would be impossible given the cloud formations. However the Tate has commissioned new meteorological research, to be published this year, which suggested that a rainbow over the cathedral was not beyond the realms of possibility.

“Constable was using the weather to tell a story,” said Divall. Some have interpreted the storm clouds as a reflection of the painter’s turmoil at his wife’s death; others suggest they reflect the storms surrounding the Anglican church – in which Constable was an ardent supporter of tradition against reform – at that time.

The painting was bought by the aristocratic Ashton family in 1850 but was on loan to the National Gallery for many years. When the family decided to sell a few years ago, the National Gallery was already committed to buying works by Titian in the most expensive purchase in its history.

The Tate stepped in, raising £23.1m to buy the Constable, described by the gallery’s director, Nicholas Serota, as “one of the great masterpieces of British art”.

A delicate cleaning process in 2013 “made a huge difference to the vibrancy of the work”, said Divall. “There was a lot of staining, mostly nicotine, from when it was in private ownership and from when people were allowed to smoke in galleries. The painting wasn’t glazed.” The cleaning process had revealed details such as a cow in the bottom left of the painting, she added.

The painting has returned to Salisbury once before, in 2011, when it attracted about 36,000 visitors. The new exhibition runs until 25 March.

Article extracted from The Guardian

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