Full-day tour from Chippenham to Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Lacock
Visit Avebury, one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain, the largest stone circle in Europe
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge
Tour the Salisbury Cathedral, holder of multiple records and stunning architecture
Sight-see in the medieval village of Lacock
What to Expect: Avebury
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 fantastic marvels of prehistoric Britain, containing the greatest Neolithic henge in Europe and the supposed sacred meeting place for our ancestors, which could have been built in alignment with the stars. Through radiocarbon-dating researchers have found that the construction of the site must have taken place in the middle of the 3rd millennium BC. An archaeological discovery at Avebury in Wiltshire suggests the prehistoric monument had far stranger beginnings than previously believed. In fact, the enormous circle started out as a 100ft square, scientists now believe, after discovering an enigmatic box-shaped enclosure of giant stones in the middle of the henge. This difficult construction feat was accomplished with the use of stone mauls and antler picks. The result of these immense 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. The sight of it all will leave you breathless as a pathway of paired stones lead you to fabulous panoramas, exposing an incredible spectacle. The purpose of this mysterious site may never be known, but you'll wonder at the grandeur of the site; perhaps it will even strike a primordial chord within you!
What to Expect: Stonehenge
Once you have thoroughly enjoyed yourself at Avebury, you'll be able to admire South-England’s countryside as you ride to Salisbury Plain, where you can visit another prehistoric religious monument: Stonehenge! Discover this old-world phenomenon and you'll wonder how these monolithic stones were taken from the Preseli mountains in Wales, more than 240 miles away! Take delight in this prehistoric edifice, whose origins reach back 4,500 years and is built on the axis of the midsummer sunrise. Carbon dating has allowed archeologists to identify that the construction of the building began around 3100 BC and ended around 1600 BC. Stonehenge took over 1500 years to be built as it can be viewed today! It is thought to have been an archaic temple aligned to the sun, a site for rituals in honour of pagan deities, or a sacred place of the druids. Then, go explore the extensive visitor centre to see the archaeological and virtual displays, including jewellery, pottery, and human remains. What was the meaning of Stonehenge? We may truly know, but it is hard not to be drawn into speculating the mystery of this incredible feat of ancient architecture.
What to Expect: Salisbury
The next stop of the day trip is Salisbury Cathedral where we’ll explore 800 years of English history! It is a prime example of Early English Gothic architecture, keeping the style consistent because it was built in only 38 years, finally finished in 1320. Salisbury Cathedral is a collection of marvels, it has the tallest 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 operational modern clock which was built in 1386. This is one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings and winning an award for the best tourist attraction in Wiltshire. The crown jewel 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-preserved copy, that you can learn more about in an immense exhibition! You don’t want to leave Salisbury Cathedral off your bucket list!
What to Expect: Lacock
After the sites of Salisbury Stonehenge and Avebury, your last destination will be the village of Lacock, famous for its medieval half-timbered houses. Pay a visit to St. Cyriac’s Church, built in the 14th century a building of exceptional interest ranked as a Grade 1 attraction! It’s certain to captivate you as well. Besides the church is a tithe barn that has been there since the foundation of the former; it’s stone and timber building in pristine condition preserved through the centuries with great care. The village is also a famous film location for British movies and TV series: Come see where they filmed parts of the Harry Potter series, Downtown Abbey, and Pride and Prejudice. The Lacock Abbey and grounds will surely make you gasp at its beauty, and marvel at the sights this church can offer to visitors. If medieval architecture is something you are fond of then you must absolutely visit Lacock!
Salisbury Stonehenge Avebury and Lacock all contain some of the best example of ancient and medieval british architecture that everyone can appreciate and enjoy on this day tour.
Your tour ends where it began: at Chippenham Train Station, after a tranquil ride in the comfort of your private car.
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Chippenham Train Station, in Short Stay car park
Concludes at Chippenham Train Station at approximately 6:30 pm
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