1: Prehistory

Travel through the beautiful Woodford Valley, home of the pop star Sting, to visit the World Heritage site of Stonehenge. On the return journey visit Old Sarum, the Iron Age hillfort which became home to a medieval castle and cathedral.

Stonehenge
Old Sarum

2: Prehistory

Cross Salisbury Plain to visit the World Heritage site of Avebury. On the way see a white horse carved in chalk and sites where crop circles have been found.

Avebury
White horse
Crop circles

3: Salisbury

Walk round the medieval market town with its timber framed shops dating from the 13th century. Enter the Close with its charming houses. Tour the Cathedral and view an original copy of Magna Carta from 1215.

Salisbury and surroundings
Salisbury Cathedral
Magna Carta

4: Jane Austen (1) Rural Hampshire

Visit Chawton Cottage where Jane wrote her books, the church where her mother and sister are buried, and the grounds of her wealthy brother’s house.

Jane Austen’s House
Chawton House

5: Jane Austen (2) Winchester

Visit Winchester to see the house where Jane died (outside only) and her grave in Winchester Cathedral. Tour the treasures of the cathedral dating from 1079.

Winchester Cathedral
Jane Austen’s last house

6: Jane Austen (3) City of Bath

Visit the Jane Austen Centre. Tour a house furnished in the style of the period and visit the Assembly Rooms (now a fashion museum) where dancing parties took place in Jane’s day.

Jane Austen
Bath Assembly Rooms
Fashion Museum

7: City of Bath

Visit the world famous Roman Baths. Enjoy the beautiful medieval Bath Abbey, and the 18th century masterpieces of the Royal Crescent and the Circus.

Roman baths
Bath Abbey
Bath attractions

8: Cotswolds

Visit Lacock Abbey, home of a pioneer of photography and scene for Harry Potter movies. Tour the historic village, frequently used as a film location.

Cotswold guide
Lacock Abbey

9: King Arthur

Visit Winchester, ancient capital of Wessex in the days of Alfred the Great, to see the Great Hall with the famous Round Table.

Winchester
Great Hall

10: New Forest (1)

Drive through the New Forest, with gorgeous scenery, charming ponies running free, and thatched cottages to see the National Motor Museum set in the stunning gardens of Beaulieu Abbey.

New Forest National Park
New Forest guide
National Motor Museum

11: New Forest (2)

Drive through the New Forest, with its thatched cottages and charming views, to see how ships were built for Nelson’s navy at Buckler’s Hard.

New Forest National Park
New Forest guide
Buckler’s Hard

12: Stately Homes (1)

Wilton House near Salisbury is the home of the Earl of Pembroke and has been used for many films including Pride and Prejudice.

Wilton House

13: Stately Homes (2)

Breamore House is an Elizabethan manor house with a Countryside museum showing how rural life worked in bygone years. Visit the nearby Saxon church.

Breamore House
Church of St Mary

14: Stately Gardens (1)

Visit Stourhead to enjoy its grand house and its world famous garden set around a lake, with a bridge, classical grotto and stunning views.

Stourhead

15: Stately Gardens (2)

Originally a priory, then a private house Mottisfont offers an interesting house to visit with beautiful grounds including a walled rose garden.

Mottisfont Abbey
Mottisfont (Wikipedia)

16: Stately Gardens (3)

Journey up the enchanting Woodford Valley, home of the pop star Sting, to view the gardens of Heale House with their unique combination of a Japanese garden dating from c1900 with traditional English features.

Heale House

17: Sculpture Gardens

Visit the Garden Gallery near Stockbridge where exciting new work by contemporary sculptors is displayed outdoors in delightful surroundings.

Garden Gallery