Tintagel This is a region of ancient history, embracing the mysterious stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury. Legends of King Arthur abound – from his birthplace at Tintagel to his burial at Glastonbury.
Reading enthusiasts can call at the former homes of Thomas Hardy, and see the towns and landscapes in which his novels are set, follow John Fowles’ French Lieutenant’s Woman to Lyme Regis, and discover the Cornwall described by Daphne du Maurier.
Through the New Forest to Lymington and a half hour’s ferry journey to the Isle of Wight. Visit Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, the imposing Norman fortress of Carisbrooke and enjoy an extraordinary variety of scenery.
Arthurian legends about Glastonbury are rife… the mystical ruined abbey is said to have been his burial place. Glastonbury is supposed to have been visited by Joseph of Arimethea and possibly, Jesus.
Few areas offer such a choice of ancestral homes, groaning with wonderful artefacts, set in delightful grounds. For example, Longleat, Wilton, Corsham Court, Bowood, which are all still inhabited by aristocratic families.
County of lush green hills and picturesque villages. Discover the cradle of Christianity at Glastonbury, which also has connections with King Arthur. See Wells cathedral nestling in England’s smallest city, and Cheddar with its deep gorge.
Chepstow sits at the southern end of the River Wye and the ruin of the Norman castle dominates the border town, guarding a strategic crossing point. The river forms the frontier between Wales and England.