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Discover the historic gems on our doorstep

YOU can travel back in time on this holiday and trace thousands of years of British history, from Stonehenge up to the signing of the Magna Carta.

Visit Salisbury Cathedral, is unique among English medieval cathedrals having been built in a single architectural style - early English gothic.

Visit Salisbury Cathedral, is unique among English medieval cathedrals having been built in a single architectural style – early English gothic.

From the famous standing stones through to the celebrated document inspired by King John and the Georgian streets of Bath, this is a trip that will no doubt fascinate and delight.

After boarding the private coach in the early morning you will travel towards your hotel, visiting the quant villages of Castle Combe and Laycock along the way.

Both have featured in major films and TV series, Castle Combe in Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse and Lacock was used in some scenes for the Harry Potter films. Lacock also featured in the popular TV programme The Cranford Chronicles.

After dinner and a chance to relax in the hotel, day two will be all about Stonehenge, where you’ll head after breakfast.

The first stop of the day is the famous standing stones and its long-awaited and now open exhibition and visitor centre.

The exhibition contains nearly 300 archaelogical treasures found in the area, and also valuable insights into how and why the stone circle was built, and the people responsible.

The monument itself is a little over a mile from the centre, so you will have the choice of walking to it with a complementary audio guide or using the shuttle for the ride to the stones.

After seeing the stones, you will then travel to Salisbury Cathedral, which is unique among English medieval cathedrals having been built in a single architectural style – early English gothic.

The Chapter House here is home to the finest of only four surviving Magna Carta, the first formal document of its kind that paved the way for democracy. An exhibition explaints how it came about, and what its significance is even today.

On day three you will head to Bath and enjoy a full day at leisure in this fine city, which boasts its famous Roman baths, the Royal Crescent and beautiful Pulteney Bridge.

After breakfast the following day you will enjoy a brief tour of the Cotswolds, including the charming village of Malmesbury, before heading home.

Full Article in the excellent Bristol Post: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Discover-historic-gems-doorstep/story-25845069-detail/story.html#ixzz3OmEXVcC8

We operate guided tours including Stonehenge, Salisbury, Lacock, Castle Combe, Bath and the Cotswolds

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Salisbury a top city for 2015, Lonely Planet Guide Book.

Lonely Planet has named the southern English city of Salisbury to its Best in Travel 2015 list, according to VisitWiltshire.

welcome2salisburyThe city, established as New Sarum in the 13th century, is a common jumping off point for visitors to Stonehenge. It is also famous for its original copy of the Magna Carta; the historic document is one of four original copies in existence.

“We are delighted Lonely Planet has recognised Salisbury as one of the Top 10 Cities in the World to visit,” VisitWiltshire’s CEO David Andrews said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of Salisbury’s history and heritage such as Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, as well as our arts and culture, shopping, food and drink and nightlife. Salisbury is also a great base for visitors to experience popular attractions further afield such as Stonehenge, Avebury and our White Horses.”Salisbury-Blue-Ribbon

Salisbury ranked No. 7 on the list, while Washington, D.C. took the top spot. Milan, Italy, and Vienna, Austria, also ranked on Lonely Planet’s top 10 list.

Full article: Todd DeFeo – Atlanta Headlines Examiner

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Salisbury, Stonehenge and South Wiltshire is a truly unique destination. Set among some of the most beautiful countryside and with a 5,000 year old history the area is steeped in history but with its eye firmly fixed on the future.

The Stonehenge Travel Company provide expert guided tours of Salisbury, Stonehenge, Avebury and Wiltshire, these depart from Salisbury or Bath.  Coach tours of Salisbury departing from London are also available

Turner’s Wessex: News of the upcoming exhibition at Salisbury Museum, opening in May 2015.

Salisbury Museum is extremely proud to announce a new exhibition of national importance, throwing new light on the earliest work of the young artist J.M.W. Turner in and around Salisbury and its magnificent cathedral.

Salisbury from Old SarumThe museum is situated a few meters from Salisbury Cathedral in the historic town of Salisbury, where the 800 year-old Magna Carta will be displayed in 2015. Salisbury Museum is also less than 20 minutes by car from the ancient monument of Stonehenge, and houses a fabulous new gallery where the archaeology of Stonehenge can be explored.

Building on recent successes, particularly the 2011 exhibition exploring Constable’s links with the area, Salisbury Museum will showcase Turner’s meteoric rise as he worked for two very rich patrons in the Salisbury region.

Turner first visited Salisbury in 1795 when he was 20 years old. As his career developed, he returned to paint an area that captivated him as an artist.  Set in the vast plains of the Wessex landscape, his depictions of Stonehenge in particular proved to be among his most hauntingly atmospheric works.

In the late 1790s, Sir Richard Colt Hoare commissioned Turner, then barely into his twenties, to produce a series of watercolours of Salisbury, the most impressive of which depict the newly restored great cathedral. Hoare was a wealthy gentleman-antiquarian who inherited the nearby Stourhead estate in 1784. His involvement in the first archaeological surveys of the ancient landscapes around Salisbury led him to publish volumes documenting the history of Ancient and Modern Wiltshire.

Another local patron, who gave the young Turner invaluable work, was William Beckford, described by Byron as ‘England’s wealthiest son’. Turner turned down a commission to work with Lord Elgin in Greece for a year, in favour of Beckford’s much more lucrative commission to paint the famous folly that Beckford was building at Fonthill.

The third part of this exhibition will chart Turner’s fascination with the wider Wessex region – spanning the area of Wiltshire around Salisbury, as well as the Dorset coast, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It culminates in Turner’s record of the historic visit made by the French King, the first such visit to England since the fourteenth century, to Queen Victoria in 1844

The exhibition has been selected by Turner scholar Ian Warrell to build a picture of a brilliant young artist, driven by self-belief and limitless ambition, grafting his way in the world.

The inventive and dizzying watercolours at the heart of the exhibition, reassembled for the first time since 1883, will show how commissions from Wiltshire’s great patrons provided the crucial springboard for the career of one of England’s best-loved artists.

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Another great reason to visit Salisbury in 2015!

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Salisbury is the only UK city in Lonely Planet top 10 must-see places in the world

The Wiltshire city is home to the iconic Magna Carta, and is listed among places such as Vienna, Chennai,  and Toronto

PAHotspot: Salisbury has made it into a top 10 world cities' list

PAHotspot: Salisbury has made it into a top 10 world cities’ list

Historic Salisbury – home to the iconic Magna Carta – is the only UK city to make it into a top ten “must-see” places in the world.

It joins a dream list that includes US capital Washington DC, stylish Milan in Italy and skiing paradise Zermatt, Switzerland.

A short hop from awe-inspiring Stonehenge, Salisbury was put on the world map by travel guide Lonely Planet as one of the key destinations for tourists next year.

It was rated above sight-seeing in Vienna, Austria, Chennai, India and Toronto, Canada by experts.

The Wiltshire backwater with a population of just over 40,000 was tipped as one of the world’s travel hotspots as it gets ready to celebrate 800 years as the nation’s keeper of the original 1215 Magna Carta.

Only four copies have survived and historians say the one kept at Salisbury Cathedral is the finest of them all.

Signed at Runnymede near Windsor Castle, Berks by King John the life-changing document which limited the once absolute powers of the monarch became the cornerstone of law, civil rights, and democracy and was used as a model for the US Constitution.

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Iconic: Stonehenge is a short distance from Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 guide said: “For too long travellers have considered Salisbury a short stop on the way to Stonehenge.

“But 2015 is set to be the year visitors linger in this quintessentially English city as Salisbury uncorks the champagne for the 800th anniversary of its greatest treasure, the Magna Carta.

“The lightning rod for the celebrations will be Salisbury Cathedral, the neck-straining medieval masterpiece whose Chapter House holds the Magna Carta.

“The cathedral itself boasts a clutch of superlatives, with the tallest spire in Britain, the world’s oldest working clock and Britain’s largest cloister.”

Best in Travel 2015 spokesman Tom Hall added: “We included Salisbury because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK’s most important destinations for travellers next year.

“Bursting with history, top class restaurants, atmospheric nightlife and a host of festivals planned for 2015, we believe Salisbury is a must-see for domestic and international travellers alike.”

Lonely Planet’s top ten cities to visit in 2015:

1. Washington DC

2. El Chalten, Argentina

3. Milan, Italy

4. Zermatt, Switzerland

5. Valletta, Malta

6. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

7. Salisbury, Wiltshire

8. Vienna, Austria

9. Chennai, India

10.Toronto, Canada

Article source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/salisbury-only-uk-city-lonely-4472062

More good news for Salisury tourism

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Visit Salisbury and Wiltshire in 2015: Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

The four surviving original copies of Magna Carta will be brought together in 2015 for the first time in history, the British Library has announced.
Salisbury Cathedral is expecting a huge influx of visitors from all around the world as the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary is marked.magna-cart-2015

The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, says: “Plans are being advanced here at Salisbury Cathedral to commemorate the forthcoming 800th anniversary of Magna Carta by promoting the values and ideals that it represents. Our ambition is to present a wonderful mix of spiritual and secular celebrations, promoting justice and freedom in a practical sense, and running a full programme of learning and outreach events for people of all ages. We aim to inspire further activity in the years that follow by leaving a lasting national and international legacy.”

Salisbury Cathedral will re-display and re-present its Magna Carta in the newly-conserved Chapter House, safeguarding the document for the future and using the latest interpretation techniques to communicate Magna Carta’s historic background and modern significance to the many extra visitors it expects to welcome in 2015. It has already conserved and repair the Cathedral’s medieval Cloisters where the Chapter House is located.Magna Carta

Plans for further celebrations are underway, and are expected to include a lecture series chaired by the Dean of Salisbury featuring international speakers exploring topics inspired by Magna Carta. The Cathedral will also work with partners to present a Medieval Fair for all the family, a pageant involving hundreds of local people, a special concert, a Celebratory Eucharist and a week-long flower festival (15-20 September 2015), as well as other events. Alongside this activity, the Cathedral’s education department will work closely with schools throughout the year to deliver curriculum-focused programmes supporting citizenship and history.

Salisbury Cathedral will work closely with partners to deliver its ambitious programme, these include: The British Library, Diocese of Salisbury, Lincoln Cathedral, Magna Carta 800th Committee / Magna Carta Trust, Wiltshire Council, Dorset County Council, Salisbury City Council, Visit Wiltshire, UNESCO, and AGEAS Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Further details of Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations will be published on a regular basis as 2015 approaches.  The Stonehenge Travel Company will be operating guided tours of Salisbury and Stonehenge throughout 2015.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

“Wiltshire is the only county in England which has both a Magna Carta Baron Town and a Magna Carta Charter Town,”

DID YOU KNOW:  Hip hop artist Jay-Z – husband of Beyonce and the king of America’s music scene – named his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail and looked to Salisbury for inspiration for the album cover artwork, before finally launching his latest product in the Chapter House itself.

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Salisbury is one of England’s most wonderful cities

Salisbury, Stonehenge and South Wiltshire is a truly unique destination. Set among some of the most beautiful countryside and with a 5,000 year old history the area is steeped in history but with its eye firmly fixed on the future.

Salisbury is one of England’s most wonderful cities – a medieval masterpiece with something for everyone. From traditional English pubs to cosmopolitan street cafes and from hard-to-find specialist shops to major high street stores, you’ll find it in Salisbury. And at its heart there is the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, towering over the city as it has for over 750 years.

Step outside of the city and you are in another world. Green hills, crystal clear rivers and picturesque towns and villages just waiting to be discovered. And, of course, there’s Stonehenge. The world’s most famous stone circle stands just a few miles north of Salisbury – a must see destination

 

Link: http://www.englishcathedrals.co.uk/news/2013/08/salisbury-cathedral-and-magna-carta-800th-anniversary-2015/
Link: http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/news.php?id=712
Link: http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/ideas-and-inspiration/salisbury-cathedral-and-magna-carta-p130493
Link: http://www.stonehengetravel.co.uk/stonehenge-salisbury-guided-tours.htm

 

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SEE SALISBURY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FROM THE TOP OF SALISBURY CATHEDRAL TOWER!

Salisbury Cathedral is running special Twilight Christmas Tower Tours from Thursday 28 November, the day Salisbury Christmas Market opens, until the start of the New Year.  Beginning at 3.15pm you climb 332 steps through the Cathedral’s secret roof spaces to the base of the Cathedral spire from where you can step outside to see spectacular views of medieval Salisbury City’s Christmas illuminations at twilight.  Then it’s time for a delicious cream tea in the Refectory restaurant, and afterwards those who want to complete their afternoon by attending Choral Evensong at 5.30pm can simply go back into the Cathedral.

David Coulthard, Director of Marketing and Communications, said “We first Salisbury Cathedral Christmasran Christmas Twilight Tower Tours last year and they were hugely popular – especially with those planning a day out in Salisbury to attend its festive Christmas Market!  It’s a fabulous option as it combines our popular tower tours, led by knowledgeable and personable guides, and wonderful photo opportunities of the city’s Christmas lights and market from the highest vantage point possible, with homemade cream teas!  We believe many will enjoy completing their afternoon by attending Evensong with its time for reflection and the beautiful sound of the cathedral choir.”

The Cathedral is also offering its regular 90 minute daily tower tour beginning at 12.15pm.  Visitors can enjoy spectacular views in daylight and explore the roof spaces and tower, climbing to the foot of the spire in easy stages by narrow winding spiral staircases to see over the city and surrounding countryside.

Twilight Christmas Tower Tours run between 28 November to 23 December at 3.15pm, and from 26 December to 2 January at 2.15pm.  Tickets, to include tower tour and cream tea, cost £13.50 (adults), £11.50 (concessions), £40 (family ticket, 2+3). The standard daily lunchtime Tower Tour at 12.15pm costs £10.00 (adults), £8.00 (concessions), £27.00 (family ticket, 2+3).

All tours are limited to 12 people per tour and early booking is recommended.  Book online at http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk , email frontdesk@salcath.co.uk or telephone 01722 555156.  Please note you need to be 7 years or older, and over 1.2m tall, to go on any tower tour.

There are also special Christmas lunches in the Refectory from Monday 9 December onwards.  To make your booking (groups welcome) telephone 01722 555175.

Salisbury Cathedral is just a few minutes level walk from Salisbury’s German-inspired Christmas Market (28 November – 21 December) located around the Guildhall Square, so make a day of it by visiting both.  }http://salisburychristmasmarket.co.uk/

The Cathedral is open every day, guides provide a warm welcome and lead regular tours of the Cathedral and Chapter House, home to the finest original Magna Carta 1215.

Salisbury Cathedral Events: http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/special.events.intro.php

Wiltshire’s official tourist information: http://www.VisitWiltshire.co.uk

Needless to say we will be operating private guided sightseeing tours of Salisbury and Stonehenge.  Please visit our website: http://www.stonehengetravel.co.uk/

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