Stonehenge, Salisbury & Beyond

We have returned to England from Wales and are staying at Chitterne, a small village which is about halfway between Bath and Salisbury.  It is reasonably located to many of the areas we want to visit so we have 5 nights here.  It is nice to be settled for an extended period in one place.

On our first full day we went to a place which needs no introduction.  The iconic images of these famous stones are some of the most recognisable in the world.

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The Visitor Centre and carpark which used to be quite close to the actual site have been relocated some distance away and you now catch a shuttle bus.  Doing this has resulted in creating a much more amenable setting for the ruins.

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The Visitor Centre is a very modern building which appears to draw inspiration from the stones.  There is an exhibition which has a lot of information and highlights the ongoing archaeological discoveries.

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There are also some replicas of the types of accommodation that are believed to have been in use around the time that Stonehenge was built.

A short drive further on and we we came to the city of Salisbury and its beautiful cathedral.

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One of the highlights for me was the adjacent cloisters.

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The decorated ceiling matched that of the interior of the cathedral.

25 e blogThe other claim to fame of this particular cathedral is one of the surviving copies of the Magna Carta is held here.  We saw it and other associated information displayed in the Chapter House, however, there was no photography allowed in that particular area.

Our final piece of sightseeing for the day was at Cheddar Gorge.  I had never heard of it and certainly would not have gone here unless it had been recommended to me by a work colleague who described it as “the most spectacular scenery in England”.

Naturally, that piqued my curiosity.  We drove through ‘typical’ green rolling hills and fields until we reached the village of Cheddar.  Nothing prepared us for what we saw once we drove a little further and around the corner.  Here are a couple of views.

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What do you think?

We drove on through the Mendip Hills and made our way back to our accommodation after a full and varied day of sightseeing.

 

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