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Why Visit Salisbury?

In 1549, when the infamous Henry VIII was on the throne, Salisbury was the 7th biggest city in the country and its cathedral was the tallest building – some must of predicted great things for the city at the time…

Salisbury Cathedral

Today, Salisbury is the UK’s 262nd largest settlement- but it still has the UK’s tallest

cathedral, which itself possesses the largest cathedral close and the longest cathedral cloisters. Besides, Salisbury is still alive with the history of its former glory, every street steeped in intrigue or beauty of some kind, a truly delightful place to visit. Wandering the streets, you will give thanks that it hasn’t maintained its position in the top ten cities, but what will you see?

Salisbury Cathedral

Since 1258 Salisbury cathedral has been the most important building in Salisbury. And Salisbury Cathedralsince the spire was added in 1320 it has towered over the city, standing at 123m. It is the unignorable pride of the city (The only reason we can call Salisbury a city at all).

A fine example of early gothic architecture, as a spectacle, the cathedral in itself is reason enough to visit. Those with a keener eye will also notice the tilt of its spire; caused by shallow foundations (and inspiration for William Golding’s The Spire)

Yet, inside the cathedral is where you can find one of the most valuable treasures of all – an original copy of the Magna Carta. Displayed in the cathedral’s chapter house, the 804 year old document is shielded from any natural light. The document represented an agreement to lessen the powers of the King, still considered an important early symbol of liberty today.

Salisbury Market

Salisbury’s market is a crucial part of its identity – and has been since it began in 1219! Today, the market runs twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is still as varied and vibrant as it has always been.

Other Buildings

Salisbury also contains a variable treasure trove of antiquated buildings.

One of the most famous is John a’Port’s House and William Russel’s House, located in the Market Place next to Guildhall. They are regarded as the oldest buildings in Salisbury – instantly recognisable by their twinned white and black timber frames.

Everywhere you go you encounter history – The Salisbury Tourist Information Centre on Fish Row occupies a 14th century former fishmonger. Even the Odeon Cinema on Salisbury’s New Canal inhabits a 15th century Tudor mansion.

And if you fancy some refreshments but still want to remain an antiquarian- The Haunch of Venison, a pub, is over 800 years old- complete with its own folklore – a severed hand and a secret tunnel leading to a church.

Old Sarum

As old as it is, Salisbury wasn’t always here! In fact, it was preceded by Old Sarum, a near prehistoric site, the remains of which are still visible today. 2 miles north of Salisbury or New Sarum, the settlement it was abandoned for in 1190- the walls of the cathedral close are built from stones taken from the site! Hand in hand, Salisbury and old Sarum bridge over 2,000 years of history. It is worth the walk up the hill to visit the ruins of Old Sarum – which hosted both Romans and Saxons in its time.

So why not visit Salisbury? Take a walk-through centuries of British history, see how it has blended with the modern day, see the magnificent cathedral that still towers over us, see the pubs, the market, the beautiful cathedral close, take a walk up to old Sarum and cast your mind back thousands of years- doesn’t sound like such a bad day?

Salisbury Guided Tours offer tours from Salisbury, Bath, London or Southampton.

We are a small family-run business based in Salisbury. We offer discreet, bespoke and entertaining private guided sightseeing tours in the comfort you deserve. Our tour itineraries are original, imaginative, well-paced and carefully balanced.

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Ticking Stonehenge off your bucket list.

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For people across the world- Stonehenge is a must see location, it’s majesty as well as it’s mystery has made it a mainstay on everyone’s bucket list. 

Stonehenge sunsetHowever, here lies the problem. Is Stonehenge merely a pretty collection of stones which need only be sited to be ticked off the list? There is no doubt that the site itself, taken as it is, is fulfilling. However- the occasion of ticking such a magnificent and ancient spectacle off a list of things to do on this earth before you die, should be done properly. The site and the whole surrounding area deserve more than tentative voyeurism. To truly ‘tick off’ Stonehenge, one must engage with its history its myths and crucially observe the entire  surrounding area which is a veritable tapestry of Neolithic history. A tapestry which considered in its entirety enriches the ultimate site to see- Stonehenge itself. 

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Local Landlord recreates Stonehenge outside his pub.

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A LANDLORD at the Stonehenge Inn has created a mini version of Stonehenge outside his pub for tourists

Stonehenge replica Daniel King has created a mini replica of Stonehenge outside his pub near Amesbury, Wiltshire

He commissioned artist and brickie Rhys Bliszko to make a 4ft concrete version for his pub, The Stonehenge Inn, three miles from the 4,000-year-old monument.

Stonehenge replica The Stonehenge replica is less than a third as tall as the 13ft original but the stones is shaped exactly as the real monument.

“It might be a bit smaller and not quite as old but at least you can get up close.”

It is less than a third as tall as the 13ft original but Daniel says each stone is shaped like the real ones and the circle aligns with the sun in the same way.  Rumor has it the whole thing will light up at night.  Meanwhile it’s a great…

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Get hands on with history at Stonehenge and help to move a 4-ton stone, similar to those used to build the stone circle. 12th – 16th April 2019

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MOVING AND RAISING A STONE: Friday 12th April – Tuesday 16th April 2019

Get hands on with history at Stonehenge and help to move a 4-ton stone, similar to those used to build the stone circle.  Using a hand-built sledge, and under expert supervision, visitors can experience for themselves just what it might have felt like to be involved in building Stonehenge.

20190408_112819 Using a hand-built sledge, and under expert supervision, visitors can experience for themselves just what it might have felt like to be involved in building Stonehenge

The experiment will run twice a day and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. It involves pulling the 4-ton stone on a hand-built sledge across a range of surfaces and around some obstacles to understand whether rollers, halved timbers or grass provides the most efficient surface and whether a sledge allows greater control of the stone.

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Stones from Pembrokeshire used in the construction of Stonehenge may have been transported by land rather than sea, archaeologists have found.

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Quarrying of Stonehenge ‘bluestones’ dated to 3000 BC

Excavations at two quarries in Wales, known to be the source of the Stonehenge ‘bluestones’, provide new evidence of megalith quarrying 5,000 years ago, according to a new UCL-led study.  The findings were published in the journal Antiquity.

Stonehenge (pictured) is made of natural pillars from Pembrokeshire, 180 miles (290 km) away from its current location in Wiltshire. Experts claim the obelisks were dragged there over land and not taken there by sea, as some theories have suggested Stonehenge (pictured) is made of natural pillars from Pembrokeshire, 180 miles (290 km) away from its current location in Wiltshire. Experts claim the obelisks were dragged there over land and not taken there by sea, as some theories have suggested

The discovery confirms a prediction made a century ago

It was Herbert Henry Thomas, a British geologist, who first declared that the “foreign stones” of Stonehenge—those that did not come from the vicinity of the prehistoric monument and whose raison d’être was therefore most shrouded in mystery—had been hewed from rocky outcrops in west Wales. In 1923 he pointed to the Preseli Hills…

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Airport / Sea Port / City Transfers and Private Hire in Salisbury

Transfer to or from Salisbury in one of our luxury 9-seater minivans and in care of one our highly experienced and licensed driver / guides who offer much more than simply a transfer.

Salisbury Transfer Tours

Luxury 9-Seater Mini Vans – 1-8 Guests + Luggage – Exceptional Service with Expert Driver-Guide

Salisbury Transfers and Privare Hire

• Airport transfers to/from Salisbury
• UK airport, seaport, airport and train station transfers
• Exceptional service with a local licensed driver
• 1-8 guests + luggage.
• Luxury 9-seater minivans.

Popular Transfer / Tour Services

• London(s) Airport to Salisbury- Salisbury to London Aiport(s)
• London Heathrow to Salisbury – Salisbury to London Heathrow
• Southampton to Salisbury – Salisbury to Southampton
• Portland to Salisbury – Salisbury to Portland
• Cotswolds to Salisbury – Salisbury to the Cotswolds

Salisbury to/from One Way from: Return from:
London Heathrow / Windsor £169 £345
West London (Kensington, Paddington etc.) £195 £365
London Airport / Centre £189 £169
Southampton (Centre / Docks / Airport) £139 £365
Bath £149 £295

We are a small family-run business based in Salisbury. We offer discreet, bespoke and entertaining private guided sightseeing tours in the comfort you deserve. Our tour itineraries are original, imaginative, well-paced and carefully balanced. 

The Stonehenge Travel and Tour Company
Stonehenge and Salisbury Guided Tours
The Local Experts

DISCOVER THE GREAT WEST WAY: PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS / TRANSFERS 2019

The Great West Way is a new sightseeing route, stretching between London and Bristol. It follows a 125 mile route based on the one of the first Great Roads commissioned by the Kings of England.

Get off the beaten track to discover the towns and villages that make up this diverse meandering path through southern England.

It’s for slow travellers just as interested in the journey, and the colourful characters encountered along the way. And the big adventures that lead to unexpected diversions. The long-awaited pilgrimage to Stonehenge, perhaps, that leads to the secret stones of Avebury and 4,000 years of history you never knew existed. It’s about saying yes to new experiences and delighting in smaller, simple, special things – as well as the superlatives

The Great West Way Touring Route

5 reasons to visit the new Great West Way from London to Bristol
The Great English Countryside
The stately homes (and impressive castles)
The vibrant and varied culture
Cosy pubs
The picture-perfect villages

We offer private customised guided tours / transfers departing from London, Salisbury, Bath and Bristol following the Great West Way. These are ideal for individuals, families and small groups visiting the area. Our custom guided tours can be full day, overnight or even 3 – 5 day tours. We have many years experience and would be delighted to assist with your travel plans. Drop us an email with group size, anticipated travel dates and we wll send some options and prices.

Great West Road Links:
Visit Britain
DISCOVER THE GREAT WEST WAY
Visit Wiltshire
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