Full-day tour from Chippenham to Avebury, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral
Visit Avebury’s stone circle, one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge
Tour the Salisbury Cathedral, holder of multiple records and stunning architecture
Explore prehistoric and medieval architecture on this full-day trip from Avebury to Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral from Chippenham Station. Travel effortlessly in an air-conditioned private car while spending time in Avebury, visiting the largest stone circle in Europe, and continuing to visit Stonehenge, Europe’s best-known prehistoric monument and lastly a trip to the cathedral in Salisbury.
What to Expect: Avebury Stone Circle
After being picked up from the Chippenham train station meeting point, travel by comfortable private car to your first stop:
Avebury is one of the most thrilling facets of prehistoric Britain, containing the largest Neolithic henge monument in Europe and the supposed sacred meeting place for our ancestors, which may have been constructed to align with the stars. An archaeological survey at Avebury in Wiltshire suggests the Neolithic monument had far stranger beginnings than previously believed. With the help of radiocarbon-dating researchers have found that the construction of the site must have taken place in the middle of the third millennium BC. An estimated 90,000m³ of hard chalk, weighing 165,000 tons, was dug up to create the inner ditch and used in building the site. In fact, the huge circle started out as a 100ft square, archaeologists now believe, after discovering a mysterious box-shaped enclosure of giant stones in the middle of the henge. This tremendous feat was accomplished with the use of stone mauls and antler picks. The result of these efforts are two circles, surrounded by one larger stone perimeter, an inner ditch and an avenue leading from the southeastern entrance to the western one. You will surely be left breathless at the pathway of paired stones lead you to wonderous panoramas, showcasing the incredible spectacle. Though the intended purpose of this monumental mystery may never be known, you'll marvel at the grandeur of the site; perhaps it will strike a prehistoric chord within you!
What to expect: Stonehenge
After the wonders of the ancient stone circle you are bound for your next stop though the fabulous Salisbury Plains from Avebury to Stonehenge, the next UNESCO listed monument on your tour. Come take in this old-world marvel; you'll theorise on how these monolithic stones were moved from the Preseli mountains in Wales, over 240 miles away! Wonder at this prehistoric mystery, whose beginnings reach back four and a half millennia and is built in alignment with the midsummer sunrise. Through carbon dating, scientists identified that the building of the monument began around 3100 BC and ended around 1600 BC; it took over one and a half thousand years to be built as you can see it today! There are three main reasons why Stonehenge could have been built: a temple aligned to the sun, a site for worshiping pagan gods, or a place of rituals for the enigmatic druids. After seeing the henge, go and frolic in the cutting-edge visitor centre to explore displays and virtual presentations about the religious site, hosting over three hundred archaeological findings for you to discover, including jewellery, pottery, and burial remains. We may never know exactly what was the aim of this eerie prehistoric building, but it is difficult not to be in awe when you see it for the first time.
What to expect: Salisbury Cathedral
Next, we’ll go on to Salisbury Cathedral where you’ll transcend through 800 years of history! It is an excellent example of Early English Gothic architecture, keeping the style consistent because it was built in only 38 years, being completed in 1320. Salisbury Cathedral is a gathering of wonders, playing host to the highest church spire in England at 123 meters, which you can discover on the ‘Tower Tour’ seeing the hollow interior; the greatest cloister in Britain; and the oldest still operational modern clockwork dating back to 1386. This is one of the UK’s most famous medieval buildings and an award winning tourist attraction of Wiltshire. The highlight of your visit may very well be seeing one of the original 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four in the world, and the most well-conserved copy, that you can learn more about in an expansive exhibition! You don’t want to miss Salisbury Cathedral!
This one day trip in South-England contains many wonders of the past and the ingenuity of the people who built them. From Avebury to Stonehenge and lastly to Salisbury it is sure that you are going to have an exciting day.
Your tour ends where it began: at Chippenham Train Station, after a soothing ride in the comfort of your private car.
Book your tour from Avebury to Stonehenge and Salisbury today at Comfort Taxi Tours!
Chippenham Train Station, in Short Stay car park
Concludes at Chippenham Train Station at approximately 5:30 pm
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