A lovely day out in the beautiful Dorset to see three of the most important places in England. Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its prehestoric stone buildings. Salisbury is famous for its cathedral which has got the tallest spire in the UK with 404 feet. The New Forest is full of lovely wild animals including the gergous New Forest ponies, they are a must to see when you are in the area.
No, lunch isn't included. There will be plenty of opportunities at Salisbury or in the New Forest.
No, dogs are not allowed on the full day tours
There are no toilets on the buses, however we will make plenty of convenient stops throughout our tours.
You should definitely not touch or feed the animals in the New Forest as this could be dangourous for them and for you. Human food can give ponies bad stomach ache, which is very painful. And also they may look friendly but they are unpredictable and can bite and kick, especially mares with foals.
Please purchase a ticket without the Stonehenge entrance fee and bring your EH/NT card with you on the day. Please note without the card you will have to pay even if you are a member.
Stonehenge no longer offers handsets to hire on site, you will have to download their app for free to hear the audio guide (available in twelve languages)
To ensure your entry, you should book in advance if you wish to enter the cathedral.
Leave Bournemouth and drive North through Cranborne Chase, the heart of Neolithic England.
Visit Knowlton Church & Henge, magnet for those interested in the mysteries of Earth Energy.
Get back on the bus and after a short drive, arrive at Stonehenge. Get to the award winning visitors’ centre early to avoid the crowds. You will be allocated a space on the shuttle bus to take you down to the site itself and there will be plenty of time to visit the various exhibits and have refreshments in the café after you return from the stones. Learn about the millennia of use that created Stonehenge as we see it today. Fortress, calendar, temple or hospital? The visitor centre has an amazing array of exhibits found through archaeological research conducted at the site.
After approximately two hours at Stonehenge we head south past Old Sarum and into the City of Salisbury. Stopping right outside the cathedral walls, your guide will take you through to the green and after giving an overview of the Cathedral’s 800 years of history, you will be given a map and time to explore the Cathedral or City at your leisure. There are many volunteer guides within the Cathedral, when you enter simply join the next tour and be sure to see one of the best remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Salisbury Cathedral now has an entrance fee and they recommend visitors to book in advance (book here). With a couple of hours in Salisbury there is time to have some lunch and explore the city centre. Market day on Tuesdays and Saturdays fills the Guildhall Square with a buzz from local sellers and producers.
The afternoon is spent driving through the ancient wilderness of the New Forest National Park. Learn about the people and practices that have shaped the forest over the last 1000 years. Enjoy walks through the forest and observe some of the wildlife that help to form this unique environment including the thousands of famous new forest ponies which roam the national park. Please make sure you keep your hands to yourself and don't feed these animals as this could harm them. Perhaps enjoy an afternoon cream tea in one of Burley’s tea rooms.