The naval city of Portsmouth is home to the Royal Historic Dockyard, a World Heritage Site and collection of museums to the history of seafaring, with various attractions including: the Mary Rose, which once belonged to King Henry VIII and was rescued from the seabed in the 1980s; the Royal Submarine Museum where you can see the progression of submarine development and even take a tour through an old naval vessel; and the famous flagship of Lord Nelson, HMS Victory, the oldest naval ship still in commission!
Salisbury is not far from London and Portsmouth and is a delightfully welcoming city nestled in the county of Wiltshire and known for its Cathedral with the tallest church spire in the UK. Its also only a short drive from the mysterious and ancient circle of Stonehenge and the hundreds of other prehistoric monuments on Salisbury Plain.
The Georgian city of Bath can be visited on a day trip from London, but is worth a longer visit for use as a base to explore the region. The city is known for its extensive 18th century architecture in the famous, local Bath Stone, and also for being the location of Britain’s only 3 natural, thermal springs. Follow in the footsteps of the novelist Jane Austen, and various other famous visitors to Bath, on themed walking tours of the city; or discover Bath’s intimate connection with food and the unusual recipes it has contributed to British cuisine in the past, on a walking tour which includes samples of flavours produced in the city!
The Cotswolds is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers some of the best countryside in the UK, filled with tiny, quaint villages and towns with pretty stream and interesting shops, especially Aladdin’s-Cave-style antique shops! Discover the story behind the invention of the worlds first jet engine on a tour of the Regency town of Cheltenham, or visit England’s most haunted village on a ghost tour of Prestbury!... all in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Arthurian legend abounds in the county of Somerset, full of ancient intrigue and said to be the home of King Arthur and the ancient Isle of Avalon. Glastonbury Abbey is the alleged resting place of the ancient King of the Britons and the nearby Glastonbury Tor has been rumoured to have once been Camelot Castle! Not far away is Wells, England’s smallest city, home to a great Cathedral and a medieval, moated Bishop’s palace where the swans on the moat have been trained to ring a bell when they want to be fed!