SALISBURY AND STONEHENGE
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This tour includes a visit to Salisbury,home to one of England's most venerable and important cathedrals and Europe's most famous prehistoric monument: Stonehenge
- This excursion begins with a trip North of Southampton to Salisbury,home to one of England's most venerable and important cathedrals, through rural scenery with small villages and isolated farm buildings. Since the 13th century this has been the inspiration for many other cathedrals and became world famous thanks to John Constable's masterpiece Salisbury Cathedral, which now hangs in London's National Gallery. Construction of the cathedral began in 1220 and took 38 years. Around the cathedral you can have a look at the English lawns and the old half-timbered houses, small shops and pubs. Salisbury became famous through its cloth trade and today remains a picturesque market town with stone gateways on Cathedral Close and the Poultry Cross with its surrounding brick buildings.
- After a further half-hour journey through Woodford Valley you reach Europe's most famous prehistoric monument: Stonehenge. It consists of upright monoliths, mostly in groups of three, the largest of which is 7.3 m tall. Stonehenge was erected from an astronomical standpoint and even today its origins remain unclear. Giants, druids or even alien astronauts have been suggested as possible builders. After this impressive tour we return to Southampton
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- The tour includes a 3,5 -hour coach ride in total