(Breakfast, Afternoon Tea & Accommodations, London)
(Breakfast & Accommodations, London)
Your accommodations are at the Thornbury Castle which once housed Henry VIII and his new bride, Anne Boleyn. Construction of the castle commenced in 1508 by Edward Stafford 3rd Duke of Buckingham. In 1521, when he was convicted of high treason and executed, Henry VIII appropriated the castle. Returned to the descendants of the late Duke in 1554, the castle was unoccupied for two centuries and fell into ruin. In the 1850s the castle became once more a family residence. Thornbury Castle's dining room features a delectable range of traditional fare or more contemporary cuisine with an international flavor. For hundreds of years, the kitchen garden has provided fresh and flavorsome vegetables, edible flowers and seasonal fruits for use by their chefs. You might choose to book a special wine dinner in their dungeon wine cellar.
(Breakfast, London; Accommodations, Thornbury)
A short drive takes you to Corsham, a historic market town and civil parish in west Wiltshire. Historically a center for agriculture and later the wool industry, Corsham remains a center for quarrying Bath Stone. It contains several notable historic buildings, such as the stately home of Corsham Court. During the Second World War and the Cold War, it became a major administrative and manufacturing center for the Ministry of Defence, with their numerous establishments both above ground and in the old quarry tunnels. The early 21st century saw growth in their role in the film industry.
Your last stop for the day will be in the delightful village of Lacock. Untouched by modern hands this charming place has been used in many films such as Cranford, Moll Flanders, Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter. Return to Thornbury Castle for overnight.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Thornbury)
Leaving Stonehenge, you'll make your way to Salisbury located in the southeast of Wiltshire. Construction of Salisbury cathedral began in 1221 and is considered a masterpiece of Early English architecture. The spire's large clock was installed in 1386, the oldest surviving mechanical clock in the world. The Cathedral also contains the best-preserved of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. The Salisbury Museum, housed in The King's House whose history dates back to the 13th century, is across from the west front of the cathedral. Their permanent Stonehenge exhibition gallery has interactive displays about Stonehenge and the archaeology of south Wiltshire.
Departing Salisbury, you'll head east to London where you will be dropped off at the end of the day. Spending the night at a London or Heathrow hotel is recommended.