Overnight Stonehenge tours
The medieval City of Wells, Glastonbury and Stonehenge tour
1. Tour the glorious English countryside to the medieval city
of Wells, Your Chauffeur-Guide will take the countryside routes. Wells
is named after St Andrew's Well, a sacred spring that bubbles up near
the majestic Bishop's Palace, official palace of the bishops of Bath
and Wells. The spring still trickles along an ancient conduit through
the streets. Wells is the smallest city in England and looks more like
a tranquil market town, famous for its magnificent Cathedral. The Cathedral
was begun in the 1100s, the west front features 365 life size statues
of Kings, Knights and Saints. The most striking architectural feature
is the "scissor arch" installed to support the collapsing tower. Wells
Bishops palace is surrounded by a protective moat and beautiful gardens,
ideal for a stroll after lunch. See the old Vicars Close the most complete
medieval streets in Europe.
Tour Glastonbury, shrouded in Arthurian myth, celtic and re-historic
mystery. The town of Glastonbury was one of the most important places
of pilgrimage, many thousands flocked to the Abbey to see the last resting
place of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Glastonbury Tor (natural hill)
seems to be the inspiration behind all the mystery. Climb the Tor to
St Michael's chapel for impressive views of the Somerset levels. Tour
the extensive ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, founded around 700, the monastery
became the richest in the country, and eventually was dissolved during
the reign of King Henry VIII. Overnight Wiltshire.
2. Experience Stonehenge at dawn, we can arrange a private
visit to Stonehenge before the crowds arrive, this will also enable
you touch and walk around the stones, which is not possible during normal
hours. This is one of the most wonderful ways to see, experience and
enjoy Stonehenge, as the sun rises your guide will explain the astronomical
alignments and purpose of the arrangement. After your tour we can a
arrange for a breakfast stop nearby.
Salisbury Cathedral is one of Europe's greatest medieval buildings.
The spire reaches 404 ft and must be described as a medieval sky scraper.
Built in one style of architecture in a just over 38 years (1220-1258),
which is remarkable for the period. Churches of this magnitude usually
take hundreds of years to construct. You can visit the octagonal chapter
house and see one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta, the
great charter of English liberties and the back bone of our modern democracy.
Tour the Cranbourne Chase, dotted with pretty villages and steep hills,
enjoy lunch in a cosy English country pub.
Lunch, take the country roads to Chawton, the location of Jane Austen's
house. Jane Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists
that England has ever produced. The house at Chawton is where she spent
the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance
as the place where she compiled the majority of her mature writing,
at the same time the 17th century house and village are charming. A
visit helps tell the story of Jane Austen and her family. Return
Stonehenge, the Old capital of England and a forgotten Castle
Day 1. Enjoy a private tour of Stonehenge, Europe's
most most famous pre-historic monument with shaped stones weighing up
to 45 tons, erected almost 5000 years ago. Your expert guide will explain
the different theories of construction and purpose. You will also have
the time to get up close to bronze age burial chambers. Enjoy lunch
in at a lovely country inn.
Winchester Cathedral, the most important church historically and architecturally
in the region. The arms or transepts of Winchester Cathedral date from
the 11th century, and featuring round arches with thick cylindrical
columns. The nave and choir were built in the later gothic style, the
length of which is over 535 ft, once the longest church in England.
Winchester Cathedral has a series of strange mortuary chests containing
the bones of some of England's early Kings, who ruled over this land
over a thousand years ago. The church is also famous for its elaborate
chantry chapels and last resting place of one of England's greatest
novelist, Jane Austen. It is not surprizing to learn that the City of
Winchester, was once the Royal capital of England. Enjoy a private guided
tour inside Winchester Cathedral with your expert guide.
Wardour Castle is our forgotten castle, rarely visited due to its limited
access. The unusual hexagonal ruins of this medieval castle stand in
beautiful landscaped gardens by Capability Brown. This is a firm favourite
with children and the perfect place for a picnic lunch, Wardour Castle
is truly a magical place. Tour the rolling Wiltshire countryside and
see pretty villages. Overnight Wiltshire.
Day 2. After breakfast, visit Stourhead House and Gardens,
an outstanding example of the English landscape style of garden. Famous
for its large collection of exotic trees, magnificent vistas with carefully
placed classical temples. This was the garden that inspired the English
aristocracy to change the way their estates were laid out, and adopt
the romantic idealized landscapes of paintings by Claude Lorrain.
Tour Longleat House, set within 900 acres of landscaped grounds, the
house is regarded as one of the greatest examples of Elizabethan architecture
in Britain. The house was built by Sir John Thynne from 1568 and is
the current home of the 7th Marques of Bath. Some of the most interesting
works of art to see at Longleat are a series of murals created by the
present Lord Bath dating from 1964. Separate guided tours can be made
of these private rooms, you will get an insight into the personality
of the artist and his influences, truly fascinating. Longleat also features
the UK's first animal safari park, see Lions, Tigers and Bears! Return to London.
Stonehenge, Stately Homes and the Jurassic coast tour
Day 1. Tour Stonehenge with your expert guide. Continue
south to the county of Dorset. Kingston Lacy lies at the heart of a
traditional Dorset estate. The house is situated a little off-the-beaten-track
and maybe Kingston Lacy has been forgotten, it has been regarded as
'the secret estate'. As the home of the Bankes family for 300 years.
kingston Lacy replaced the original family seat of Corfe Castle and
is now presented by the National Trust as it was in its Edwardian heyday.
This elegant country mansion contains an outstanding collection of fine
works of art, including Titian and a Velazquez, as well as an unique
group of Egyptian artefacts. Kingston Lacy is surrounded by 32 acres
of formal grounds and hundreds of acres of woodland. Events and activities
occur throught the summer season.
Enjoy a lunch at Corfe Castle. Corfe Castle is one of England's most
impressive ruins, once controlling the routes through the Purbech hills.
In AD 1090 following William's conquest of Britain, the Corfe Norman
Castle was begun. For the whole of the Medieval period, Corfe was a
Royal Castle. Kings used it as one of the five royal castles. King John
kept his crown jewels here. Edward II was imprisoned here, much torturing
and murder took place. Overnight Dorset.
2. Tour the Jurassic coast line and visit Lulworth cove and
Chesil beach, famous for the outstanding examples of beach geology.
Visit Athelhampton and its estate have been in private ownership for
over five hundred years. The House has been owned by the Cooke family
for three generations Patrick and Andrea Cooke now run Athelhampton
and they have managed much of the restoration and improvement you will
see if you visit.
is one of England's finest 15th century houses and is surrounded by
a supurb architectural garden of great note. The wonderful grade one
listed gardens, date from 1891, and contain the famous topiary pyramids,
fountains and the pretty River Piddle. Collections of tulips, magnolias,
roses, clematis and lilies can be seen in season. The dovecote is of
particular interest being one of the earliest in the county of Dorset
and with the capacity for 1200 birds, which would have feed a large
family during winter months. Continue on to the famous Cerne Giant,
The Cerne Abbas Giant is the largest hillfigure in Britain. The giant,
carved in solid lines from the chalk bedrock measures in at 180 feet
high, and carries a huge knobbled club, which measures 120 feet in length.
Enjoy afternoon tea in the picturesque village of Shaftesbury. Return
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