TOUR DURATION: 9.5hrs (Approx.)
Your driver-guide will first take you to the most famous prehistoric monument in the world that is now a world heritage site. Stonehenge stands alone as it has done for thousands of years on the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back about 5000 years, and its exact alignment to the sun’s position during the Equinoxes has led people to believe it must have been a place of spiritual worship, particularly given the existence of other archaeological remains in the surrounding area. What was it really for? And how did the 40 ton bluestone rocks make the 150 mile journey from their original site so long ago? Was it an observatory for the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself, and marvel at this remarkable ancient Monument.
You then travel to the historic city of Salisbury that dates back to 1220. It was known then as Sarum – and the Bishops here still sign their names as ‘of Sarum’. The striking spire is in fact the tallest in the United Kingdom, rising to 404ft (123m). The best preserved copy of the Magna Carta document, the foundation of the Anglo-Saxon legal system, is located in the Chapter House here. The city itself is a delightful blend of medieval and Victorian buildings, and it can come as no surprise to learn that many famous writers made this their home, including William Golding, V S Naipaul and Henry Fielding, and the former British Prime Minister Edward Heath lived in the shadow of Salisbury Cathedral till the end of his life.
We then travel to Old Sarum. This is an incredibly atmospheric place, where you really feel like you are stepping back beyond the history that has been preserved. Old Sarum was first mentioned as far back as 552AD, and it has been occupied since at least the Neolithic period (around 5000BC). William the Conqueror is known to have come here twice – the first time soon after a fortress here was completed in 1070, and then in 1086 to commemorate the 20thanniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Much more recently Old Sarum had the dubious honour of being a so-called rotten borough, whose MP was William Pitt the Elder – a staunch advocate of the rights of American colonists. You get great views of the surrounding landscape from here, and visiting Old Sarum is a rare opportunity to cast your imagination back to what this place once represented.
- Children under 16 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult
- Tours cancelled within 48hrs will be subjected to a cancellation fee
- Pickup times must be strictly adhered to, no variance to be allowed
- Max of 5 passengers per taxi (Iconic Classic London Cab)
- Max of 6 passengers per taxi (Mercedes Vito London Cab)
- Multiple Pickups are not available
- Please inform your guide if you wish to be dropped off at an alternative London location at the end of the tour. (This is included in the package)
Tour includes a Professional Driver Guide & Photo Opportunities. Tour Excludes Foods/Drinks, Entrance Fees to Attractions, & Gratuities.