Known as “the city in the countryside”, Salisbury is surrounded by a landscape that is quintessentially English.
Its Cathedral, begun in the year 1220, houses the best preserved of the four original manuscripts of Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in English – and world – history.
It also has, at 404 ft or 123 m, the tallest spire of any church in the country.
Begun around 3000 BCE, the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge lies about 8 miles northwest of Salisbury.
Their orientation to the rising and setting sun at the summer and winter solstices is remarkable and, clearly, these were important events to the original builders.
A new Visitor Centre tells the story of Stonehenge. From here a frequent shuttle bus service takes you to the monument itself.
As well as travelling by car, bus, train or London Underground, you can speed down the Thames on a streamlined catamaran, fly 90m high above the river on the Emirates Airline (the UK’s only urban cable car), walk under it through a foot tunnel or take the automated metro system, the Docklands Light Railway.
``We spent a fabulous day with Glyn touring Stonehenge, Avebury and Bath. We had a delicious lunch in Avebury and enjoyed every moment of Glyn's informative excursion. Glyn took excellent care of us and attended to the needs of our three young persons. It was a day of fun and fascination.``