Private Tours of Stonehenge and Salisbury or Winchester
Find out exactly why men dragged huge stones to build Stonehenge in Wiltshire over 3000 years ago, see the stunning landscape around the stones with its burial mounds and the new exhibition. South of Stonehenge is the city of Salisbury, famous for its 404ft cathedral spire and mediaeval Close.
Further east, in the county of Hampshire, Winchester has Europe’s longest mediaeval cathedral, a famous public school and castle with the Winchester Round Table on the wall.
Stonehenge: prehistoric landscape – walk/land train to stones – new visitor centre and exhibition.
Salisbury: Cathedral and Close – mediaeval city centre – market cross – Salisbury Museum – watermeadows – Old Sarum.
Winchester: Cathedral and Close – Winchester College – Castle – Hospital of St Cross – Buttercross – Jane Austen’s house and grave.
Our customised private tours of Stonehenge and Salisbury cross the chalk uplands of Wiltshire to reach Stonehenge and your Driver-Guide will point out burial mounds and barrows. You may see the remains of the timber circle at Woodhenge before reaching the stones themselves. Marvel at their size and the ingenuity it took to transport them, and explore the new exhibition with digital imagery, artefacts and facial recreations of ancient man.
A short drive south, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral is visible long before the city itself. It soars above the water meadows, painted by John Constable and described by Thomas Hardy. Your Driver-Guide may start at the first site Salisbury, Old Sarum, on a hill above the city, before taking you into the Cathedral Close – which shuts every night – to admire the houses, some still occupied by clergy.
Our private tours of Stonehenge and Salisbury will then take you to the cathedral, with its huge cloisters, scissor arches, the world’s oldest working mechanical clock and original Magna Carta, one of the four in existence. If there is time, you may see the Amesbury Archer and Stonehenge finds at the new £2.4m Archaeology of Wessex Gallery in the Salisbury Museum opposite.
Our guided tours of Winchester then continue east to the pretty cathedral town, where Alfred the Great, King of the Anglo-Saxons, died in AD899. Look out for walls made of flint, the hard grey stones found locally, and note the street pattern: Alfred built his towns on a cross formation.
The cathedral is enormously long and houses a shrine to St Swithun- but why is Jane Austen buried here and what exactly is the memorial to a deep-sea diver? Your guided tours of Winchester guide will explain all this and more while showing you the Close and the choir school with its carved beams, the public school famous for producing Prime Ministers and the Buttercross, or market cross, carved with 12 mediaeval saints.