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   STONEHENGE AND OTHER DAY TOURS
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STONEHENGE
The famous 5000 year old stone circle never fails to fascinate and thrill. The largest and most important prehistoric site in northern Europe, and another World Heritage site. If you are interested in ancient man and Earth’s mysteries, ask me about exploring Avebury and other little known stone circles, or fixing up a special after-hours private viewing at Stonehenge.
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Salisbury Cathedral in the dawn mist - nestled in Southern England an hour from Bath.
SALISBURY
Not far from Stonehenge, this is a super example of a market town with many surviving 13th century buildings. The most famous is Salisbury Cathedral, reckoned to be our most beautiful church. I will show you the tallest spire in England, the oldest mechanical clock in the world, and the best preserved copy of Magna Carta, the document of 1215 that first laid down the rights and duties of kings and their subjects under the law.

BATH
Every child in England knows about the Romans and the hot baths they built 2000 years ago. Modern visitors can still wallow in healing spring water if they want, but most come to see the Georgian perfection of 18th century spa town. Walk in the steps of Jane Austen in the Royal Crescent, the Circus and the Assembly Rooms. Relax with tea and a Bath bun in a city that buzzes with the best of contemporary culture.

Famous Georgian architecture in Bath
Shakespearean theatre in action

STRATFORD-upon-AVON
A visit to William Shakespeare's birthplace is a must for understanding the story of English culture and language. We visit his family’s various homes and his grave, and walk around this pretty country town. Let’s watch a play rehearsal at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and then relax over lunch at the Black Swan pub, rubbing shoulders with the actors, who always call it the “Dirty Duck”.

THE COTSWOLDS
Everyone’s idea of quaint English villages can be found in these green sheep-covered hills. Among thatched cottages, stately homes and glorious landscape gardens, we can walk the country lanes, shop for antiques, and search for our ideal tea shop. The Cotswolds, Stratford, Warwick and Oxford can be visited together over a trip of a day or two from London.

Quaint English Cotswold cottages

Warwick Castle
WARWICK CASTLE
Often in combination with Shakespeare’s Stratford, we visit 11th century Warwick Castle, one of the most important and best preserved medieval castles, and a paradise for history buffs. Children can brave the battlements and find out what it was like to be a knight’s squire in the Wars of the Roses, while more recent society is on view in the rooms arranged for an Edwardian house party of a century ago.
OXFORD
Experience the famous “dreaming spires” of the city that has always been at the heart of education, politics and religion in England. Oxford and Cambridge are two of Europe’s oldest universities. We can climb the rooftops to view those spires, and wander round 12th century colleges. Christ Church college has England’s smallest cathedral in its grounds, and a dining hall that has inspired not only the Alice in Wonderland stories, but also the Harry Potter films. And nearby, Blenheim Palace – finer than any of our royal palaces, with gardens by "Capability" Brown, and now a World Heritage site. And for good measure, it was built for an ancestor of our great wartime leader, Winston Churchill, whose grave is in the adjacent churchyard.
Oxford spires

 

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