Stonehenge and Wiltshire have strong military connections, particularly as Salisbury Plain, a major training ground for the Army is located in the county. Visit some of the most important WW1 and WW2 sights and museums in Wiltshire on this bespoke guided tour with a military expert. Full day and overnight tour options available.

First World War soldiers training at Stonehenge

Stonehenge and Salisbury Plain
Stonehenge stood at the heart of the world’s largest military training camp during the First World War. One million men trained for war there between 1914 and 1918, coming from across the Commonwealth.

The MoD has been using the land for training for more than a century, its historic legacy can still be seen today, but it’s also home to the largest area of chalk land in North West Europe, and holds a number sites of great archaeological significance. The War Office first purchased land on Salisbury Plain in 1897. The main acquisition programme was finished in 1920, and the major garrisons were constructed over the next 30 years. The village of Imber was requisitioned by the War Office in 1943. Approximately 12,150 ha is used for live firing and as impact areas This tour covers how aviation developed on Lark Hill from 1909-1914 and how military aviation ‘took off’ around Stonehenge from 1914-1918.

DID YOU KNOW? Spielbergs epic film ‘1917’ was made entirely in the UK using Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

The Army Flying Museum
The Museum holds an extensive collection charting over 100 years of the British Army in the air. With over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft on display, the Museum is the perfect place to explore the fascinating history of army aviation.

Military Memories of World Wars 1 and 2. Soldiers carved these regimental badges into the chalk hills in remembrance of those who died in World War I

The Fovant Military Badges
Military Memories of World Wars 1 and 2. Soldiers carved these regimental badges into the chalk hills in remembrance of those who died in World War I.  The Regimental Badges that have been carved into the downs.  It was during World War I (1914/1918) that there was a need to establish training camps for troops engaged in the battlefields of France.

The Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum within Salisbury’s Cathedral Close.
his museum showcases the service of men of Berkshire and Wiltshire from 1743 to the present day. Various temporary exhibitions take place here too and there is a charming riverside garden you can explore after checking out all of the exhibitions on display.

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Here, you can come face-to-face with aviation restoration, climb aboard several aircraft and learn more about the connections the local area has with flight. The collection is held within a military hangar at Old Sarum Airfield, having relocated from Boscombe Down Airfield a few years ago. Guides are on-hand to help tell you about various aircraft here and if you have children with you, they will love the opportunity to be able to touch the majority of the planes and other aircraft found here.

Church of St. George at the village of Fovant
The church of St. George in the village of Fovant has rows of war graves of British and Australian soldiers and it was to the memory of those who had died that the Regimental Badges were carved by their comrades. Many of the original carvings failed to survive the elements and at the end of world war I there were 20 identifiable badges.

Tank Museum.
Visit the world’s best collection of tanks. Guaranteed to stop you in your tracks and tonnes of fun for all the family, the world-class Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset is home to almost 300 vehicles. You can even see the world’s first ever tank – the Tiger Tank. Be in awe of the heavy artillery as you explore six powerful exhibitions spanning 100 years from the ‘Trench Experience’ to ‘Battlegroup Afghanistan’. Seasonal live Tank Action displays take place in the outdoor arena where visitors can even find out for themselves how it feels to ride in a tracked vehicle.

Our private guided military tours can depart from London, Bath, Southampton, Salisbury and can be customised to suit you.


• Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Royal Navy Museum
• RAF Uxbridge
• Bletchley Park
• Imperial War Museum
• IWM RAF Duxford
• National Army Museum
• RAF Museum
• HMS Belfast
• Bovington Tank Museum
• Winchester Military Museums – Including the Gurkha’s, Royal Green Jackets, The Kings Royal Hussars regimental museums.
• Fleet Air Arm Musuem

You can view and book our military tour here

Stonehenge Guided Tours
Operating Stonehenge Tours Since 1990

A unique look at the dramatic landscapes, rich history and picturesque villages surrounding Stonehenge, Salisbury and the Plain.

Binky.jpgFrom our Land Rover Discovery (As used on Safaris the world over) you will enjoy an on and off road experience, resulting in dramatic vantage points, unique plants and animals and visits to places around Salisbury and Stonehenge that your average tour bus just cannot match. In the company of our fully qualified and licensed drivers, you are sure to have a blast.

“A unique look at the dramatic landscapes, rich history and picturesque villages surrounding Stonehenge, Salisbury and the Plain”

Our Journey begins from Salisbury train station (local hotels or combined with our Stonehenge private tours or popular helicopter flights), this tour takes in Wiltshire’s delightful villages such as Wilton, Wishford, the Langfords and Stoford offering a picturesque view of Salisbury unavailable from the usual bus tours.

“Capture your memories at stunning locations. Down small roads and byways that are inaccessible by Coach, Bus or Car”

From here we take a short trip down the A303 before turning off at Yarnbury Castle. (the first view of the Plain is breathtaking we promise) Following some very rough byways (don’t worry we go slowly and our Land Rover is more than up to the job) we stop next to Parsonage Down Nature Reserve for more spectacular views and a short photo and refreshment break, before climbing back in and making the trip across the Plain as only a Land Rover can! We pop out just west of the tiny village of Shrewton and make our way via Larkhill (Home of the Royal Artillery and birthplace of the Royal Air force) to see an alternative view of Stonehenge (This view puts the stones in a real perspective, set in the landscape and seen as they would have been for thousands of years) One last off road trip will see us hit the roads again and make our way back to Salisbury for the end of the tour.

A 2 hour tour will cost £120 with a £10 supplement per person up to a maximum of 6 people. each tour can be tailored to suit your taste if needed.

Guests can be driven to Stonehenge visitors centre or perhaps Durrington Walls and collected at a pre-arranged time for ongoing travel at additional cost.

A four hour tour will cost £230 with a £10 supplement per person up to a maximum of 6 people and includes a more detailed glimpse at the monuments above with the opportunity to explore the area on foot with one of our guides and really get a sense of what the plain can offer.

All tours will include refreshments which include biscuits and a flask of tea or coffee.

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Customised Private Tour Service
This 2 hour landrover experience can be booked separately or easily combined with our customised private tours with departures from London, Southampton, Salisbury, Bath or Oxford.

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The Stonehenge Experts

Providing unique experiences since 1995

Stonehenge is one of the most recognized monuments in the world. We thought it would be fun to delve into the history of the place and focus on 10 interest facts and figures that people may not have known about Stonehenge.


Date Built?

Much about Stonehenge remains a mystery – the biggest unanswered question is when was it built? Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating done in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.

Big Visitor Numbers

Stonehenge has over 1,000,000 visitors from all over the world ever year – making it one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Stones Are Generally Off Limits

When Stonehenge was first opened to the public it was possible to walk among and even climb on the stones, but the stones were roped off in 1977 as a result of serious erosion. Visitors are no longer permitted to touch the stones, but are able to walk around the monument from a short distance away. English Heritage does, however, permit access during the summer and winter solstice, and the spring and autumn equinox. Additionally, visitors can make special bookings to access the stones throughout the year.

Massive Weight

Some of the stones can weigh up to 60 tons. One of the biggest mysteries is how the builders managed to get them onto the site and lift them in the prehistoric era.

The Stonehenge site is more than just the iconic stones at the center – the land surrounding the henge is a massive burial ground with over 200 people buried on the site.

A Bit of Wales

Some of the stones are Welsh bluestone – which only exists in Wales. The stones have been geologically placed to have in origin in western Wales – which is very far away from Wiltshire!

Who Owns It?

Stonehenge used to be a neglected monument on some absentee landowner’s land (and much damage was done to the monument). Eventually it was decided to be too important to trust to private ownership and the British Crown now owns the site. It is managed by English Heritage and the land surrounding the site is owned by the National Trust (which has a remit to protect its properties forever).

Check Your Sums

Those who built Stonehenge had to have been extremely sophisticated in mathematics and geometry. It was aligned with the midwinter sunset and the midsummer sunset. It was also aligned with the most northerly setting and most southerly rising of the moon.

Multiple Stones

The monument is made of two major types of stone, sarsens and bluestones (mentioned above). Sarsens are the larger ones, some of them reaching 9m tall and weighing over 20 tons. They are thought to have come from the Marlborough Downs, around 20 miles from Salisbury Plain.

Building A Tunnel

You can see Stonehenge from the main road – the A303 – as you drive by. This is also a major problem for the site as it creates a lot of road noise and pollution that damage the stones. The British government has just announced that they’re going to build tunnel under Stonehenge that will make the site almost as it was when it was built – silent to the winds of the Salisbury plain

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March 26, 2015 By

The Stonehenge Experts