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Small Group Day Tour Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury From London

Small Group Tour with a Maximum of 16 Passengers, Guaranteed Departures Year Round, Every Thursday


Salisbury Cathedral Interior

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury Small Group Tour Included Highlights:

- Visit to Old Sarum Castle

- Entrance to Salisbury Cathedral - see an original Magna Carta of 1215

- Priority entrance to Stonehenge included

- Visit to Avebury Stone Circle, largest stone circle in the world

- Photo stop at Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow, Neolithic burial chamber

- Luxury air conditioned 16 seat purpose built touring bus

- Lecture standard tour guide

Days Of Operation & Duration:

Runs all year every Thursday.

Pickups in London between 7:20 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

The tour returns to London Victoria Train Station by around 6 p.m. normally with stops offered in Kensington too around Gloucester Road Underground Station.

Victoria Train Station is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

Tour Itinerary:

The Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury tour from London has an ancient Britain theme, with the most recent attractions viewed dating back to the 13th Century.

It is a busy schedule but all of the places visited are within 20 miles of each other.

 

We first visit Old Sarum Castle, dating back 5000 years, followed by Salisbury Cathedral (viewing the Magna Carta) in the morning. After lunch we travel up the idyllic Woodford Valley, taking the back roads to the world famous Stonehenge, where you will have priority entrance. We then travel to the ancient burial chambers of the mysterious Silbury Hill, Europe's tallest prehistoric structure and explore an ancient burial chamber, West Kennet Longbarrow. We end the day at the largest stone circle in the world, the circle that surrounds Avebury.


The small bus used also comes into its own on this tour as we use narrow lanes not used by the big tour buses.

The Small Group Tour Difference

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Small Group Tour Bus

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful countryside.


The small group size means you are not subjected to long hotel pick-up journeys around London and as a small group the guide can offer a more personalised guiding service. So don't hang back, ask your questions and you'll be helping the guide tune their commentaries to the interest of the group on board that day, every group is different!

Another advantage of a small bus is we can go places the big tours cannot and wherever possible we'll head off down a country lane to to show some hidden gem.

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury Tour - What To Expect

Salisbury & Old Sarum

Our first stop is Old Sarum Castle where layer after layer of history is brought to life during our guided tour. This hilltop site has been settled for over 5,000 years, long before work began on the replacement city of Salisbury below. We can see evidence of Iron Age, Norman and Medieval remains before we make our way down the valley to the River Avon below.


Here, within the water mills and meadows, where five rivers meet, stands the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. Our guided tour inside will reveal how quickly it was built, a construction date of 1220 - 1258, we will visit the Chapter House and see an original Magna Carta of 1215, England's only major constitution, then admire the height of the tower and spire, rising up to 404 feet, the tallest in the country.


Stonehenge

Stonehenge

After lunch and free time, we travel up the Avon Valley taking the back roads to Stonehenge, through the pretty villages of the Woodfords, with thatched cottages with well kept gardens.


Upon arrival we enjoy priority entrance and head up to the ancient neolithic site, over 5000 years' old, and World Heritage Site. Through your audioguide (in ten different languages), you will learn of the people that constructed Stonehenge and the possible methods they used, how far the stones were moved to get them here, the purpose of the circle and how many questions still remain unanswered.

 

You will see the different stones, the heel stone, and the slaughter stone, with their various myths and legends, smaller bluestones (still weighing up to four tons) and the megaliths themselves, the sarsens. You will get to see the long path, with raised banks and ditches, known as the 'avenue'; a processional route stretching about three miles or two kilometres, marking the the entrance to Stonehenge. From this point you can learn about how our ancestors understood the turning of the year, and the importance of aligning with the sun.

 

The visitor centre, a mile from the stones themselves, is well worth finding time to see. It displays nearly 250 archaeological treasures, which were used or buried at Stonehenge as well a regularly changing programme of special exhibitions. In addition, reconstructed neolithic houses outside the visitor centre, provide living history with regular demonstrations of ancient domestic skills such as flint knapping, and rope making.

 

A gift shop offers an extensive range of books, gifts and souvenirs, many made in the UK exclusively for Stonehenge.

A 110-seater counter service café serves hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, cakes, salads and other sweet and savoury delicacies.


Avebury Henge

Avebury Henge

West Kennet Longbarrow, Silbury Hill and Avebury

Stonehenge isn't the only Neolithic site in the area, for on this day of discovery we also set foot inside an ancient burial chamber, West Kennet Longbarrow, built over 5,500 years ago and one of the largest in the country.

 

We see mysterious Silbury Hill, Europe's tallest prehistoric structure, and end the day at the largest stone circle in the world, the circle that surrounds Avebury. There are in fact, three circles altogther; Avebury is noted not just for its size but also for the fact that it is the only stone circle with a village buit within it.  Avebury is far, far larger than Stonehenge - about a mile to walk around the perimeter on the bank alone. Unlike Stonehenge, the stones have completely free access, so you can walk among and touch the stones free of charge.

 

Its now late afternoon and time to make tracks back to London two hours away.

Prices & Tour Reservations

Prices displayed on the banner link are the current prices for this tour. Sometimes on special occasions there may be slight changes to the tour, dates or price so do check on the booking page linked below. Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation. The booking reference and the name of the person ordering is all that you need to quote when joining the tour, there are no paper tickets.


On the tour detail page from the link below, there is a date drop-down at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process. Once we list a date for operation it is guaranteed to run, there are no minimum numbers.


Small Group Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury Day Tour From London Ticketing

Departure Details

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The tour makes several pick-ups at key strategic locations through major hotel districts in London.

Departures Until 28th February 2017

  • 7:20 a.m. - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (nearest Underground Russell Square)

  • 7:30 a.m. - International Students House Car Park, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN (nearest Underground Great Portland Street / Regents Park)

  • 7:40 a.m. - Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (nearest Underground Marble Arch)

  • 8:00 a.m. - Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborough Place, Earls Court (nearest Underground Earls Court)

Departures Froml 1st March 2017

  • 7:20 a.m. - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (nearest Underground Russell Square)

  • 7:30 a.m. - Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (nearest Underground Marble Arch)

  • 7:45 a.m. - Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborough Place, Earls Court (nearest Underground Earls Court)

The tour returns to London Victoria Train Station normally by 6:00 p.m.


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