Salisbury Cathedral

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Southampton–London via Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

1. Southampton–London via Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

The first stop on your excursion is Salisbury, boasting one of the finest Gothic Cathedrals in Britain, built in the 13th century, and a stunning medieval town center. You’ll spend an hour in Salisbury before departing for mysterious Stonehenge. The drive from Salisbury to Stonehenge takes you through some beautiful English countryside and villages, passing historic churches and thatched cottages. Before arriving at Stonehenge your guide will tell you about the many myths, legends, and facts surrounding this prehistoric structure. Stonehenge has been described as one of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world. Was it a temple, a clock, a burial site, or something else? On arrival you’ll have time for a visit and an audio-guided tour around the world famous stones (admission fee not included), or time to browse the gift shop. After 90 minutes at Stonehenge you’ll depart for Royal Windsor, where you’re scheduled to arrive in time for a late lunch. You’ll then have some time to explore the city and castle. Windsor Castle is the largest continuously occupied castle in the world and your guide will tell you about its history from William the Conqueror to the current Queen (admission not included, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). If you opt not to enter Windsor castle, enjoy a stroll through the old town and Eton. The coach departs Windsor at 16:00 and passengers will be dropped off at major Heathrow hotels beginning at 16:45. When booking, please specify your hotel and the terminal, if applicable. Drop offs are also provided at terminals 1-5. A drive into London is next, which is less than an hour from Heathrow. The guide will manage the hotel drop offs, where additional vehicles or taxis may be used (included in the price) to ensure the hotel drops are completed as quickly as possible. Drop off options include 250 London hotels and selected main line London train stations.

Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

2. Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of the west of England on a 10-hour tour from London, and learn about the rich heritage of its pagan past and royal history in Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath. Departing from central London, drive west to the monoliths of Stonehenge, which have confounded people for over 5,000 years. Having baffled historians and archeologists as to how it was built, your guide will explain some of the theories. Continue to the market town of Salisbury, best known for its 13th-century cathedral. Built during the reign of Henry III, it boasts the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom at 404 feet (123 meters), and is one of the finest examples of early Gothic English architecture. Marvel at the Magna Carta, the famous agreement made between King John and his barons at Runnymede in 1215, and now housed in the Chapter House. Then, drive to Bath on the slopes of the River Avon. Explore the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gorgeous 15th-century Abbey, stunning Georgian architecture and romantic Pulteney Bridge - modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence - are all sights to linger at. You will be free to explore on your own, with plenty of time for tea at the Pump Rooms, or a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Explore Royal history with a visit to the queen's official residence, Windsor Castle: witness the changing tastes in decor of the State Apartments over centuries of monarchs living there; see paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt; admire Queen Mary's dolls house, the most famous dolls house in the world; and see St George's Chapel, the final resting place for several monarchs.

From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

3. From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

Mystical Stonehenge You'll never forget your first glimpse of spectacular Stonehenge, its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Theories abound about the mysterious rock formation. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Salisbury Sample the splendor of Salisbury! Soaring into the skyline, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral stands at an astounding 123m (404ft)! Erected 800 years ago, the revolutionary spire is considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Delve into the charms of the bustling market at your leisure. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, beautiful Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The gorgeous 15th century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio, are all sights to linger on in the memory of your day. Explore the delights of Bath at your leisure. Windsor  Windsor is a stunning English town, rich in history and located on the River Thames. The town is famed for its royal connections, and is home to Windsor Castle which is the queen’s official residence. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, it has a diverse mix of history, culture and heritage so is well worth visiting while in the UK.  This tour will finish at approximately 8:00 PM in London.

From Bath: Private Stonehenge and Salisbury Trip with Pickup

4. From Bath: Private Stonehenge and Salisbury Trip with Pickup

Stonehenge is the greatest and most iconic marvel of prehistoric Britain and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Travel back in time and discover what inspired stone age people to start erecting this monument 4,500 years ago. Upon arrival your guide will offer you an entertaining and informative privately guided tour of this unique Stone Circle and you will learn about recent archaeological discoveries. Stonehenge still retains its power and sense of wonder over all those who gather here. Later, enjoy a traditional pub lunch in the centre of Salisbury and explore this charming mediaeval city. Soak up the splendour and scale of Salisbury Cathedral, which boasts Britain's tallest spire, the world's oldest working clock, and the best-preserved original 1215 Magna Carta, an ancient pact safeguarding individual liberty. This document inspired America's Founding Fathers to write their Constitution and Bill of Rights. Journey back to the delightful Georgian City of Bath, where you will either be dropped off at your accommodation or in the centre of town. This will definitely be a day to remember.

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What people are saying about Salisbury Cathedral

Overall rating

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based on 219 reviews

I thought I was going to be able to get the entrance tickets for Stonehenge and Windsor Castle from the guide, but that wasn't the case. While we were able to get entrance tickets to Stonehenge when we arrived, we were not able to get entrance tickets to Windsor Castle because it was sold out. I was very disappointed to not be able to go into Windsor Castle.

This tour was so nice, Bath is a small city but it's so cute, it has so many pretty things to see, Stonehenge was another incredible place especially about his huge legends behind the rocks, Windsor is another pretty town especially for the castle. The tour guide was so funny and so friendly he brought us to amazing spots.

We caught this tour after our cruise and it was the best way to finish off a great vacation. Rob provided great insight and historical information of these sights, as well as some other insights into the town. We were limited on time at these great stops but overall, with everyone penny. Highly recommend it!

Really great way to get from the Southampton port to London after a cruise. The bus was great - modern tour bus, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Stonehenge was a great learning experience, and seeing Windsor was good for someone from the USA.

It was a great trip with wonderful Tour guide name Sona. She is very knowledgeable, open to people and very friendly! All four stops are great, a lot of knowledge, things to see and enjoy. Highly recommended.