Stonehenge and Salisbury

I only had 2 days left before my mom was going to meet me in London.  So I was trying to think of things I could do in London and the surrounding areas that she might not be as interested in.

One thing I knew I wanted to see was Stonehenge, so one 1.5 hour train and a hop on hop off bus later, and I was there!

How many pictures can you take of a bunch of big rocks?  The answer is apparently a lot!  There was a free audio tour, with stops all around the structure, so there were many opportunities to just stand and snap photos. Built over 5,000 years ago, with bluestones brought from 240 miles award in Wales, there’s still no conclusive evidence on how or why it was built.

Stonehenge (8)

Stonehenge (14)

After spending a lot of time looking at rocks, I hopped back on the bus and went down to Old Sarum. One of my very favourite books, The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones, took place around these areas (Sarum and Salisbury), so I’ve wanted to see it for myself ever since I was a small child.

Old Sarum is a huge earthwork raised in about 500BC by Iron Age settlers, and later occupied by Romans, Saxons, and Normans.  They built a castle and royal palace, and by the mid-12th century it was a busy town with a new cathedral. However by the 13th century a new settlement was built by the river, now Salisbury, and Old Sarum was abandoned.

Now just ruins, it provides an interesting look into life in the 12th century as well as a great view of the English countryside and Salisbury.

My final stop of the day was in Salisbury itself. Its most famous for its magnificent 13th century Cathedral with the tallest spire in the land (404ft!), and one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta signed by King John in 1215.

And then back to London I went.