Question to the Concierge; Can we visit Stonehenge without going to Bath as well?

This is a good question as nearly all the tours that visit Stonehenge also go to Bath, which although always a fantastic place to visit, sometimes you may wish to see somewhere new.

We have looked for you and there is a tour that also goes to Windsor and Oxford.

Medieval Oxford

The present surviving parts of Oxford’s medieval town wall date from the first half of the thirteenth century, when the older wall was overhauled and the remaining sections of rampart replaced by stone. Although it is commonly called the citywall, Oxford was in fact a town until the creation of the See of Oxford in 1542.

 Much of ancient Oxford still exists

An area of approximately 115 acres was enclosed within the wall, which originally had an internal wall walk and at least 21 semi-circular bastions. Its circumference was approximately two miles.

Courtesy of and for further reading see – Oxford History 

Windsor in the Middle Ages

Windsor began as a Saxon village. The name Windsor is believed to be a corruption of the Saxon words ‘windlass Oran’ meaning a bank with a windlass. After the Saxons founded the settlement it grew into a town because of its position by a river. In those days it was expensive to transport goods by land. It was cheaper to transport them by river. The Thames was an important artery between London and the heart of England. It was inevitable that a town would grow up on the site of Windsor.

  Windsor Castle Today

By the time of the Domesday book (1086) Windsor was a small town it probably had a population of only a few hundred, which seems very small to us but settlements were very small in those days. A typical village only had about 100 to 150 inhabitants. William the Conqueror took Windsor as his own property. There was already a royal palace in the town. Windsor was near a forest were the king could go hunting and it was near a river which could be used for transport so the king liked it.

Courtesy of and for further reading see –Local Histories 

By Tim Lambert

Here is the tour we found at – Stonehenge Windsor and Oxford Tour

Description

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle perches proudly on a lush wooded hill overlooking the Thames. With its sweeping landscaped gardens and turreted Round Tower, it’s easy to see why it’s the Queen’s favourite weekend residence.

Enjoy a fascinating through-the-keyhole peek at the lavish State Apartments, home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, and visit St. George’s Chapel, the atmospheric final resting place of former monarchs including Henry VIII.

You can visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a truly incredible structure complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and wine bottles, all in miniature!

Mysterious Stonehenge

You’ll never forget your first glimpse of spectacular Stonehenge, its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Plain.

Theories abound about the mysterious rock formation. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore the unique landmark.

Walking Tour of Oxford

Follow in the footsteps of Oxford’s famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town.

Take in the famous ‘city of dreaming spires’ and see the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest libraries in Europe – on your visit. You’ll be captivated by the unspoilt narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town.

Courtesy of – www.sightseeingtours.co.uk

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