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  • £119.00 Adult
  • £109.00 Child
  • £109.00 Senior
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Archaeologist Tour of Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Avebury

This feature-packed archaeological tour takes in the iconic stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury and a delightful break in the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury.  Leaving from London by luxury bus, this Stonehenge tour will explore its iconic standing stones with expert analysis by a trained archaeologist.  Nearby Avebury is an even more impressive site, covering a much wider area and you will also encounter Neolithic burial tombs and the less visited ancient site of Woodhenge.   Midday is spent in the Medieval city of Salisbury, home to the finest example of Early English Gothic Architecture, Salisbury Cathedral.

Guaranteed small groups 5 – 18 participants.




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Prices

  • £119.00 Adult
  • £109.00 Child
  • £109.00 Senior

Enquire about this tour

Tour Highlights

  • Fully guided lecture
  • Standard tour admission to Stonehenge
  • Admission to Salisbury Cathedral
  • All travel in comfortable mini-bus from Central London
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Tour Schedule

Morning: Stonehenge and Environs

The morning starts with a visit to Durrington Walls and Woodhenge, home to the ‘Stonehenge Builder’s’ village and the most convincing evidence for human sacrifice.  We then travel a short distance to Stonehenge.  We enjoy a leisurely paced walk through the landscape immediately surrounding Stonehenge, visiting the Stonehenge Cursus, Bronze Age burial mounds and walk along the Stonehenge Avenue.  We complete our morning at Stonehenge with a guided walk around the stone circle, our archaeologists bringing to life this enigmatic, ancient and mysterious monument.

Midday: Salisbury Cathedral

At midday we arrive at the beautiful Medieval city of Salisbury.  Here we allow our guests aprox 2 hours to enjoy the centre of this city, famous for it’s cathedral.   We also use this opportunity for our guests to have lunch.

Admission is included for Salisbury Cathedral.

Afternoon: Avebury and Environs

The Afternoon is spent at the Avebury World Heritage Landscape.  We visit Silbury Hill, the largest man-made hill in prehistoric Europe.  We enter the 5500 year old burial chamber of West Kennet Long Barrow, entering a sacred space originally reserved only for ritual specialists and the dead.

We finish by visiting the largest stone circle in Europe at Avebury, with its beautiful medieval village situated inside. As John Aubrey in the 1600’s notes [Avebury]…”does as much exceed in greatness the so renowned Stonehenge as a Cathedral doeth a parish church.”



Important Information

  • Please be aware that the Stonehenge, Bath and Avebury Archaeology Tour entails walking between sites.
  • We advise you to bring appropriate footwear for walking over different terrains (including fields) and appropriate clothing (as British weather can be unpredictable at the best of times).
  • Please also note as part of the Stonehenge, Bath and Avebury Tour, the detailed walk around the Stonehenge Cursus, Stonehenge Avenue and Bronze Age burial mounds and the visit to the West Kennet Long barrow  only runs between March to October, this is due to time restrictions in the winter months.

Departure details

  • 07.30 am – Opposite the main entrance to the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD.
  • Return is around 19.00pm.
  • The pick up point for the tour is next to the 345 bus point, opposite the main entrance.
  • There are many ways to reach our pick up/drop off point:
  • By tube we are within walking distance of South Kensington station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.
  • By bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1 stop near.
  • By bicycle there are cycle parking facilities by the Cromwell Road entrance.
  • By car driving to the Museum is not easy and parking is expensive, there is limited meter parking on Exhibition Road.


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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