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.

Contact us for a quote – it may be cheaper than you think: experts@stonehengetours.com

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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.

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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

Article source:http://www.anglotopia.net/british-history/seeing-stones-10-facts-figures-stonehenge-might-now-know/
March 26, 2015 By

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