October 2012

YOUNG Britons have hailed Big Ben, Stonehenge and the Tower of London as their favourite landmarks, according to a survey.

Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Hadrian’s Wall also featured high among the popular attractions chosen by six to 16-year-olds.

Stonehenge was ranked high in the survey

Stonehenge was ranked high in the survey

Theme parks Alton Towers, Legoland and Thorpe Park failed to make the top 10 list as the survey by hotel group Travelodge revealed that British youngsters were traditionalists at heart who preferred exploring Britain’s heritage.

Also included in the top 10 poll of 2,500 children was Blackpool Tower and Windsor Castle. The only modern-
day attraction to make the poll was the London Eye – in at fifth place.

Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: “This summer of patriotic fervour has created an appetite for young Britons to discover what makes Great Britain so great.”
Full article: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/354226/Stonehenge-top-as-favourite-landmark-for-youngsters

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The latest 3D laser technology has revealed new evidence of the importance of the midwinter sunset to the ancient creators of Stonehenge.

The detailed laser scan and digital imaging of Stonehenge commissioned by English Heritage showed significant differences in how various stones were shaped and worked.

The varying techniques and amounts of work confirms not only that the builders intended to align the monument on the axis of the sun at midsummer and midwinter, but also that the view from the north east was particularly important.

Researchers said it was clear the stones were meant to be approached from the north east up the ancient processional avenue towards the direction of the midwinter sunset.

Approaching and viewing the stone circle from this direction meant the winter solstice sunset had particular importance to prehistoric people, and efforts were made to create a dramatic spectacle for those coming from the north east, experts said.

The stones in the outer circle which could be seen on the approach from the north east have been completely “pick dressed”, removing the brown and grey crust of the rock on the surface to reveal the bright, grey-white underneath.

But the outer faces of those on the other side of the outer circle were not worked in the same way.

The stones facing the north east are also the largest and most uniform, and the lintels are very well-worked and finished compared to those elsewhere in Stonehenge.

Stones that flanked the north east/south west axis of the summer and winter solstices were most carefully worked to create straight and narrow rectangular gaps.

The researchers said that as other stones in the monument have more natural, less neat outlines, it seems that the creators were making a special effort to allow a dramatic passage of sunlight through the stone circle at midsummer and midwinter.

Link: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/midwinter-sun-linked-stonehenge-230914781.html
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Hotels, Bed and Breakfast’s near Stonehenge and Salisbury.

England is renowned for the variety of its serviced accommodation and the Salisbury and Stonehenge area is no exception – from hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to farmhouses, pubs and inns, a warm welcome awaits you in south WiltshireWith so many visitors each year, hotels in Salisbury get booked up quickly and early booking is essential. In summer it is unwise to arrive without a reservation and it is advisable to book your hotel and tours in advance when staying anywhere in England

The appeal of Wiltshire doesn’t end there: with almost half of the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we’ve over 8,200 paths for walkers and cyclists. You’ll also find plenty of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, as well as interestingly different festivals and events throughout the year. At the end of a busy day you can relax at one of our quality hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and inns, comfortable farmhouses, well-equipped self-catering properties, or friendly camping and caravanning sites.

Highly Recommended
The Compasses Inn in Wiltshire is a 14th century thatched coaching inn with just four bedrooms and a cottage next door: Superb food, stunning scenery. Click here
Dean Lodge.
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dean Lodge is surrounded by picturesque grounds and features a sun terrace and a modern open-plan interior. Click here
Burcombe Manor Bed and Breakfast. Set in its own grounds of three acres and situated just over four miles west of Salisbury,
Burcombe Manor offers the perfect location, whether for quality Bed and Breakfast or as a stunning venue – click here
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Antrobus HotelAntrobus Hotel (2 Miles)* – Rooms from £65.00 
In the ancient town of Amesbury, this charming hotel is a 17th-century Listed coaching inn, with a picturesque garden. Stonehenge and Salisbury are close by. Check availabilty
George HotelGeorge Hotel (2 Miles)* – Rooms from £56.00 
Comfortable hotel offering ideal accommodation for both business and leisure. Relaxed restaurant with wide choice of menu. an a good base for exploring the local area. Check availability
Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge (3 Miles)* – Rooms from £54.00 
Situated in the heart of Wiltshire on the A303, Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge offers stylish accommodation and free parking and is thenearest hotel to Stonehenge. All rooms have a modern decor and luxurious bedding. Check availabilty
Premier Inn SalisburyPremier Inn Salisbury (6 Miles)* – Rooms from £52.00 
Just off the A30, only 2 miles (3.2 km) from Salisbury’s city centre and with easy access to the A303 and M27, the hotel offers great value, with free parking and comfortable, modern rooms. Check
Milford HallMilford Hall Hotel (7 Miles)* – From £51.75 per person 
Originally a Georgian Mansion House, the Milford Hall – a member of Classic British Hotels, is now a highly rated, family owned hotel, representing a new concept in hotel comfort, convenience and value.
The Cathedral Hotel (8 Miles)* – Rooms from £60.00 
Reopened on 12 March 2009 after a major refurbishment, the Cathedral Hotel now offers contemporary style and modern comfort, right in the heart of Salisbury city centre. Check availability
Best Western Red Lion Hotel (8 Miles)* – Rooms from £50.00 
This hotel is Salisbury’s hidden treasure. Walk through the 13th century coaching archway to the unique courtyard that lies beyond. Situated in the heart of the city, the Red Lion offers a warm welcome and convivial atmosphere. Check availability
City LodgeCity Lodge (8 Miles)* – Rooms from £29.00 
In a 15th-century merchant house, this affordable lodge provides comfortable accommodation in an excellent location in Salisbury, a cathedral city in Wiltshire. City Lodge has a 24-hour reception and newly refurbished en suite bedrooms. Check availability
The Old Mill Hotel And 12th Century Restaurant (8 Miles)* – Rooms from £85.00 
Overlooking the River Avon, The Old Mill offers magnificent views towards Salisbury Cathedral. Set in a 12th-century building, the hotel has free parking, free Wi-Fi and a traditional restaurant. Check
Mercure White Hart Hotel (8 Miles)* – From £41.00 per person 
This 17th century 3 star hotel with 68 en suite rooms stands in the centre of Salisbury overlooking the famous Cathedral. An ideal base to visit Stonehenge and the New Forest. Check availability
Grasmere House Hotel (8 Miles)* – Rooms from £95.00 
Grasmere House is just a short walk from Salisbury and offers superb cathedral views. The fine Victorian house is situated on the banks of the rivers Avon and Nadder, and surrounded by mature gardens.Grasmere House Hotel is set amid 1. Check
Red LionLegacy Rose and Crown Hotel (8 Miles)* – From £52.50 per person 
The Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel, is an original 13th Century riverside coaching inn, offering stunning views of Salisbury Cathedral. Check
The Swan InnThe Swan Inn – From £42.50 per person This 150-year old coaching inn features individually designed, stylish rooms, real ales, and fresh, local cuisine.Check availability
Qudos HotelQudos Hotel. 38 Castle Street, Salisbury. Qudos is a newly refurbished Victorian hotel in Salisbury city centre, just a 5-minute walk from Salisbury Cathedral. It offers spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms, satellite TVs and free Wi-Fi.Check availability
Lazy CowThe Lazy Cow. A 5-minute walk from Salisbury Cathedral, The Lazy Cow has a steakhouse restaurant and a modern, boutique feel. The refurbished rooms have a creative décor, an iPod dock, and free Wi-Fi access. Check availability
Stonhenge campsiteStonehenge Campsite – Small Award Winning Eco friendly Campsite – ” As featured on Sky & Caravan Channel ” (Luxury Glamping Fox Pods, VW Campers, Motorhomes, Tents, Caravans, & Small & Large Groups )
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Link: http://www.VisitWiltshire.co.uk

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