My favourite way of visiting Stonehenge from London, is to approach it on foot, walking across the fields and up the ancient Avenue so your first view of the monument is the way ancient man would have done. By exploring the surrounding area of burial mounds and understanding the recent archaeological evidence, you get a much better experience than just arriving in the busy car park!
We will then join the tourists as we walk around the outside of these mighty stones.
Following your tour of Stonehenge, we can visit more stone circles and prehistoric remains at Avebury, now a pretty village. Here you can get up close to the stones and there is a chambered long barrow which can be visited too.
Alternatively, I recommend a visit to the charming city of Salisbury which is dominated by the magnificent cathedral with the tallest spire in England.
Find out how the medieval stone masons created these mighty skyscrapers as we explore one of England’s finest cathedrals. There is some very fine stained glass to enjoy. In the Chapter House are medieval carvings depicting biblical stories as well as a copy of the famous Magna Carta.
We can have lunch in a 14th century haunted inn and explore the lovely buildings that surround the cathedral. It is no wonder the area inspired writers such as Hardy, Trollope and Golding as well as the artist Constable.
This day requires hiring a driver and car. It also means we can drive through some pretty villages with thatched cottages and even a manor house owned by a pop star!