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Historical tours of Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circle with expert guides. Collection by private car or mini bus from your Bath hotel.  Ideal for families and groups.

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VIP Access Tour Inside Stonehenge

See the West of England‘s best loved sights – the wonder of Stonehenge and Avebury, the glorious Cotswolds, castles & gardens on our day tours from Bath in a private car or minibus. We offer half and full day tours and can also arrange special access tours at Stonehenge.  In the evening at sunset after Stonehenge is closed to the public, or at sunrise before it is open, we can arrange for you to visit this awe-inspiring prehistoric monument and walk among the giant sarsen stones.

Popular tour itineraries:
Explore the World Heritage Site of Avebury Stone Circle.
Enter West Kennet Long Barrow Neolithic Tomb
View Silbury Hill, the largest prehistoric monumment in Europe.
Explore Durrington Walls, Woodhenge and the prehistoric landscape of Stonehenge.
13th Century Lacock Village and Harry Potter Film Location
Castle Combe Cotswolds Village, unaccessible to the big coaches
Enjoy a traditional country pub lunch in an historical setting
See mysterious crop circles and the Warminster Triangle
Climb Glastonbury Tor and here about the legend of King Arthur
Do a tower tour at Salisbury Cathedral and see Magna Carta.
Join one of our fixed itineraries or tailor your own.

Your Gateway to the West Country.
We can also collect you from London, Salisbury or Southampton Docks and this is a great wat to maximisee your sightseeing.  Some clients prefer to travel by train to Bath from London. Our local guides will be happy to meet you at Bath’s train station with a personalised name-board. This method of travel to Bath is suitable if you would like to spend the entire day in the city and not travel in the surrounding countryside. If you would like to incorporate countryside and other historic sights en-route then it is wise to choose our flexible chauffeur guided service.

Please visit our website and contact us for a quote.

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British archaeologists have created a map of a medieval settlement using state-of-the-art scanning techniques without having to dig in to the ground.

Relying on magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar and electric resistive tomography, the team from the University of Southampton uncovered the footprint of a town located at the Old Sarum archaeological site near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Non-invasive survey methods such as ground penetrating radar have helped archeologist to create a detailed map of Old Sarum without any digging [Credit: Scriniary]

Non-invasive survey methods such as ground penetrating radar have helped archeologist to create a detailed map of Old Sarum without any digging [Credit: Scriniary]

“Archaeologists and historians have known for centuries that there was a medieval city at Old Sarum, but until now there has been no proper plan of the site,” said Kristian Strutt, director of archaeological prospection services at the University of Southampton.

“Our survey shows where individual buildings are located and from this we can piece together a detailed picture of the urban plan within the city walls.”

Old Sarum is believed to have been one of the oldest settlements in England. Located about ten miles from the iconic Stonehenge monument, the site was inhabited as early as the Iron Age and bears some evidence of the presence of Roman soldiers in the early centuries AD.

In the recent survey, the archaeologists focused on the area around the inner and outer baileys of what was once a fortification. They discovered foundations of multiple large buildings concentrated along the southern edge of the outer defensive wall, which probably used to serve military purposes.

Some of the structures are believed to date back to the 11th century, about the time when the Salisbury (New Sarum) cathedral was built.

The researchers also found a large open area behind the big buildings, residential areas in the south-east and south-west quadrants of the outer bailey and evidence of deposits indicating industrial features, such as kilns or furnaces as well as signs of quarrying after the 1300s.

“Our research so far has shown how the entire outer bailey of the monument was heavily built up in the Middle Ages, representing a substantial urban centre,” Strutt said. “Results have given us compelling evidence as to the nature of some of the structures,” he said, adding that additional non-intrusive work will have to be carried out to further expand the knowledge about the site.”

The medieval city is believed to had been inhabited for at least three centuries but was eventually abandoned as the importance of the neighbouring Salisbury grew.

“The use of modern, non-invasive surveying is a great start to further research at Old Sarum,” said Heather Sebire, property curator at English Heritage, which is managing the site.

“From this work we can surmise much about the site’s past and, whilst we can’t conclusively date the findings, it adds a new layer to Old Sarum’s story.”

The team hopes to perform the next phase of non-invasive surveying in Easter 2015.

The research was conducted as part of the Old Sarum and Stratford-Sub-Castle Archaeological Survey Project, directed by Kristian Strutt and fellow Southampton archaeologists Timothy Sly and Dominic Barker.

Similar technology was recently deployed by archaeologists and scientists from Birmingham University and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Vienna to survey the landscape around Stonehenge. The results from there revealed that Stonehenge did not sit alone within its Neolithic landscape.

Full article by by Tereza Pultarova: http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/dec/old-sarum-non-invasive-archeology.cfm

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The Bath Christmas Market offers 18 days of magical festive shopping, as the areas between the stunning Bath Abbey and the renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland. Right in the heart of Bath’s main shopping district, more than 170 traditional wooden chalets line the streets; each one offering handmade and beautiful gifts from Christmas decorations and food to toys and festive tipples; everything you need for the perfect Christmas.

Bath Christmas MarketOnce in Bath this Christmas, you’ll find that there is a lot to explore and experience beyond the market too. The city centre is a shopper’s haven, plus there are many festive experiences for all the family to enjoy. It’s simply a question of what to do first: ice-skating in the crisp winter air, bathing in the warm spa water overlooking the twinkling city or enjoying a mulled wine in the Après Ski Bar. More family fun can be found at the beautiful Victorian Carousel in Stall Street, perfect for creating unforgettable festive memories.

Visit the Christmas market website here

Why not combine a visit to Bath with a private guided tour to nearby Stonehenge and Wiltshire. You could always take the train from London and enjoy the Christmas market, The Roman Baths and City and then join a guided private tour through ancient Wiltshire and then be dropped off for Salisbury Cathedral and Christmas market for your return to London via train from Salisbury.

Touring Wiltshire

The sweeping landscape of high chalk downs is a fitting backdrop to the great stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge. From the intimacy of villages such as Castle Combe and Lacock, there are the stately homes of Longleat, Stourhead and Wilton, not to mention Salisbury Cathedral and more.

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