Ancient Britain: Salisbury

A highlight of our trip to the UK was a guided day tour to the ancient sites of Salisbury, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, West Kennet, Silbury Hill and Avebury. I don’t usually link to commercial sites but this tour pleased us so very much that I’m going to recommend at least reading it for the background so I don’t have to write so much. We truly enjoyed the knowledgeable and friendly guide/driver (I wished I’d recorded his fascinating stories) and that we were a small group of about fourteen in a van rather than an enormous bus. I’m having a hard time choosing from the many photos so each stop will merit its own post.

Being the first to be picked up, we got the choice seats at the front of the van. Once we were out of London and on smaller winding highway, we enjoyed the lovely greens and canola yellows of the Wiltshire countryside.

The town of Salisbury was our first stop. Here’s where the van was an advantage as we wove through the narrow old streets past interesting old buildings, doorways and arches towards Salisbury Cathedral.









The cathedral, consecrated 751 years ago, is a lovely example of Early English Gothic architecture. I’m always awed by the amazing skills of the craftspeople of those early days, and even more astounding is that this was built in 38 years. Note the model of the construction in progress. A modern addition is the font as a reflecting pool with the water slowly pouring out of the four corners into floor drains and being recycled back.
After a short explanatory, we were on our own to wander about the cathedral and a bit of the town. Now that’s a town we could spend more time in to explore more!

Further posts about our Ancient Britain Tour:
Old Sarum
Wiltshire Flint
White Horses
Silbury & West Kennet

June 29, 2009 in Culture, History, Travel by Marja-Leena