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Are you arriving into Southampton via cruise ship? The advantages of a tour transfer service.

Are you arriving into Southampton via boat? Then making your way directly to London? Why not take a tour transfer and make the most of the historic and beautiful landscape that lies in between?20191019_100257

It is far too easy to storm up the M3, Southampton to London, oblivious of the landscape that surrounds you, oblivious to the history that is hurtling past you. Hampshire and Wiltshire play host to some of the country’s richest historical cities, so easily accessible from Southampton’s beckoning harbour. So instead of rushing past, take a tour transfer – spend a night in Winchester, or Salisbury – see Stonehenge and its surrounding area, teeming with Neolithic history. Turn a commute into an adventure, a private tour experience exhibiting the best of the area which you almost missed!

Visit Salisbury

Salisbury is Wiltshire’s historic capital – A tiny city of 40,000, with a thousand years of history. Just a 45 minute drive from Southampton, Salisbury is one of the finest possible pit stops for any lover of history and is simply beautiful to the objective eye.

Circa 1217 BC, after the clergy abandoned the truly ancient site of Old Sarum and the its cathedral, the formation of Salisbury began in earnest. The city quickly rose to prominence and was one of the largest cities in the country by the reign of Henry VIII (1491-1547).

The city didn’t remain so prominent but has always maintained a sense of bygone times and its former glory and one is confronted with an impression of England-past when exploring the various sights of the city.

Salisbury Cathedral, the tallest medieval cathedral in Europe, is the true bastion of Salisbury’s magnificent history. The main building was completed in 1258, the lofty spire added in 1320 raising the building to an astonishing 123m tall. The building has awed spectators for centuries; visible for miles around, it is a historic beacon that draws visitors to the city.

The city itself will not disappoint, with a wide variety of restaurants and pubs (some up to 800 years old) for you to explore and plenty of accommodation in which to rest.

Visit Stonehenge

Only 15 minutes out of Salisbury stands one of the world’s most intriguing monuments. The infinitely mysterious Stonehenge. Built over 4,000 years ago for unknown reasons, the ginormous stones – some of which were dragged 140 miles from wales – still stand erect, challenging and engaging us with their pure antiquity.

Spending a night in Salisbury makes this unforgettable landmark all the more accessible. A private guided tour will allow you to interact with the area surrounding Stonehenge, learning from an expert the history and the myths of Neolithic Britain. You won’t just see Stonehenge; you’ll discover the lesser known Avebury stone circle (the largest stone circle in Europe), West Kennet Long-barrow, Woodhenge and much more!

Visit Winchester

The city of Winchester can rival any of our county’s cities for pure historical value. From iron age beginnings, after roman occupation, it became the capital of Wessex and a powerhouse of a city after the Norman landings in 1066. Today, it has maintained a sense of this rich history, the highlight being the stunning cathedral, construction of which began in 1079. All of this can be enjoyed in just 25 minutes from Southampton and 45 minutes from Salisbury. Any tour can easily accomodate this charming Hampshire city.

This a small example of the rich history available to you when you disembark in Southampton, other locations include…. Taking an 8 seater private tour transferis a magical experience, turning transit into a truly enlightening experience – making the most of southern England’s historical effervescence.

  • Southampton – Stonehenge – Salisbury – London heathrow Airport Terminals
  • Southampton – Lacok Village – Cotswolds – Bath – Central london
  • Southampton – Stonehenge – Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) – Southampton / London
  • Southampton – Winchester – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Southampton
  • Southampton – Stonehenge Access – Traditional Country Pub Lunch – Southampton/ London

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Faces of the past at Stonehenge over half term holiday. Make a day of it in Wiltshire.

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Visit Stonehenge this half term and come face-to-face with prehistoric people.

faces Explore forensic archaeology this Half-Term at Stonehenge!

English Heritage experts how will show visitors how to use archaeological evidence and modelling clay to find out what their ancestors looked like thousands of years ago.

Visitors can have a go themselves and then take a look around the exhibition.

There is lots more to discover about the pre-historic site and what everyday life was like for the people of Stonehenge, in the galleries and Neolithic houses which are filled with replica stone age axes and tools, pottery, clothes and other objects.

Put yourself in the picture with Stonehenge’s new selfie wall in the exhibition everyone is talking about Your Stonehenge – 150 Years of personal photos.

People have been visiting Stonehenge for millennia and this special exhibition records day trips and memories from just the last 150 years.

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The South West of England is an area alive with history. Our private guided trips are designed to maximize your experience of the area in whatever time you have available.

The South West of England is an area alive with history, a landscape overflowing with beauty, an expanse that beckons to all budding adventurers it is so saturated with culture! From some of Europe’s most important iron age monuments, through Medieval cities, to verdant scenery and breath-taking panoramas that could rival anywhere in the country.Stonehenge Travel is dedicated to exhibiting the best the South West has to offer; private tours to all its finest locations, in a combination that suits you.

Stonehenge and Salisbury Guided Tours

Stonehenge and Salisbury Guided Tours

Our bespoke tours allow you to make your journey though the South West truly unique. Expert local guides can give you a private exhibition of the countryside we hold dear- illustrating the history and myths that inspire our passion in the area in which we live. Our tours aim to be consistently entertaining and enlightening – unlocking the secrets of the area that larger tour bus groups miss and creating brand new experts in the process! Our itineraries aim to strike a balance between well-trodden sites of significance and lesser known areas – original, imaginative, well-paced and carefully considered. Crucially, our itineraries are built around you – let us know where you want to go.

Our private guided trips are designed to maximize your experience of South West Britain in whatever time you have available.

We strongly believe that if you’re only doing it once, you should do It properly! In total comfort in our eight-seater tour buses, with panoramic widows to take in the delights that pass you between all our destinations, with an expert tour guide, avoiding the crowds at all the finest destinations.

Our Stonehenge and Salisbury tours for example, both of which ensure both an enlightening and relaxing experience – tailored to your timeframe.

Taking in the enigmatic 4,000-year-old monoliths of Stonehenge, and the magnificent 120m spire of Salisbury cathedral in a time period that suits you, because whatever suits you is what suits us. You can see them quickly, or we can take you on a journey through Salisbury, learning about its rich history; stopping off at one of its many pubs and we can show you the area around Stonehenge, taking in the various sites of prehistoric significance.

And for the true lovers of the prehistoric mystery of Stonehenge… Our exclusive scheduled small group Stonehenge sunset / sunrise special access tours depart throughout the year.

Once the crowds have departed you can experience the ancient stones up close and personal. Our exclusive access allows you, on these special occasions only, inside the inner ring of the stones. You can interact directly with our nations Neolithic treasures as our guides give you an in-depth insight into the strange history of the famous monoliths

Book early to avoid disappointment!

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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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