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Salisbury Cathedral & Close

Salisbury Cathedral is a 13th century cathedral located in the largest cathedral close (80 acres) in the country. It is a cathedral of superlatives having the tallest spire in the UK (123 metres), the oldest working clock in the world (1386), and is home to one of only four remaining copies of the original Magna Carta. 

The Close was built around the cathedral to house the clergy and boasts an impressive history.

'Arundells' was the home of Sir Edward Heath, the Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1970-74, and has an impressive collection of artwork. 

Salisbury Museum is an award winning museum with national collections of National importance, including the Pitt-Rivers collection, The Amesbury Archer, the Warminster Jewell and the Monkton Deverill Gold Torc. 

The city of Salisbury evolved around the construction of the cathedral and was built in chequer squares with watercourses that ran through the streets. It was once known as 'English Venice'. Salisbury replaced the old city of Old Sarum, which became redundant when both the cathedral and local population moved. The wealth of Salisbury came from the export of wool to the continent. 

The New Forest 

The New Forest is a National Park and covers an area of 150 square miles in the county of Hampshire. It was created has a Royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror at the end of the 11th century.

The New Forest is a very beautiful place with traditional villages and thatched cottages. It's a place where commonable animals, such as ponies, cows, donkeys and pigs have the right of way.


Buckler's Hard is a small hamlet lying on the Beaulieu river. Originally built as 'Montagu Town' for the importation of sugar cane, it became a hub for shipbuilding. Henry Adams came here in the 18th century to build warships for the Royal Navy and his sons continued to build ships well in to the 19th century.  

Burley is a traditional village in the heart of the New Forest, where commonable animals roam the streets, and you can enjoy a cream tea. Burley is famous for witchcraft. Sybil Leek was a white witch who used to walk around the village in her long black cloak and a Jackdaw on her shoulder.   

Beaulieu Abbey & Motor Museum

Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum, and has over 300 cars, covering the evolution of the motor vehicle, including an exhibition of 'James Bond vehicles', and an amazing collection of motorcycles.

The Motor Museum was opened in 1952 by the 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, which was originally located in Palace House (pictured opposite), the family home, and is now housed in a state-of-the-art building.

Beaulieu Abbey was demolished during the 'Dissolution of the Monasteries' in the 16th century, but Palace House (originally the Great Gate House) and the Domus (Lay Brother dormitories) remain. Palace House has been used as the family home until recently.  

Beaulieu Abbey was originally a Royal hunting lodge, which was given by King John to Cistercian Monks in 1204. The Monks called the area Beaulieu', meaning 'beautiful place' in Norman French. 

Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery


Based at Laverstoke Mill in rural North Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history.

For over 225 years, the Victorian and Georgian buildings set astride the crystal clear River Test produced bank note paper for the Bank of England and the British Empire.

Now, Laverstoke Mill is a state-of-the-art sustainable distillery, which produces every drop of Bombay Sapphire gin. Learn about the ten botanicals which make Bombay Sapphire so exquisite in the iconic glasshouses designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Chart hundreds of years of Laverstoke Mill’s illustrious history, married with the fascinating heritage of gin and Bombay Sapphire. Watch the production of gin behind the scenes in the Dakin Still House, and uncover the secrets of Bombay Sapphire’s unique vapour-infusion distillation process.

Discover your personal taste profile in our Dry Room, then use your profile to order a complimentary cocktail from the Mill Bar suited to your tastes. The distillery offers self-discovery and hosted tours, as well as cocktail masterclasses for guests, and offers several event spaces for bespoke organised events.


Goodwood Estate

The Goodwood Estate covers 12,000 acres of land in West Sussex, just a few miles from Chichester. Goodwood House dates from c.1600 and came into the family of the 1st Duke of Richmond in 1697 (the illegitimate son of Charles II). The Dukes of Richmond have owned the Goodwood Estate ever since.

Lord March, heir-apparent to the 10th Duke of Richmond, is the owner of the estate, which has diverse business interests including, a 90 bed hotel, a horse racing track, a motor circuit, an airfield, 4,000 acre organic farm, and two 18 hole golf courses. Lord March brought motor racing back to the estate with the 'Festival of Speed' in 1993 and 'Goodwood Revival' in 1998.

Many famous F1 World Champions raced at Goodwood including Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Jim Clarke, and Jackie Stewart. Roger Penske, an American NASCAR driver and later team owner, also raced at Goodwood. 

The 'Festival of Speed' is held at a hill-climb in the grounds of the house during June and July, depending on the dates of the F1 and 24H Le Mans races (Lord March never lets the Festival of Speed dates clash with other racing events).

Goodwood Revival is an event held every year for 3 days in September, where period cars and motorcycles (from the 40s to 60s) participate in a series of races at the motor circuit. Famous championship winning drivers like Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss still race at the Revival.

There is horse racing at Goodwood from May to September, with the highlight of the year being 'Glorious Goodwood', held this year from the 1st - 5th August. This year the racing season will be televised on ITV (the 3rd channel on British television). 

The Isle of Wight & The Needles 

The Isle of Wight has many places of interest. It became a popular place to holiday during the Victorian period, when the railway was built. 

Osborne House is a beautiful house, built in the Italian Renaissance Palazzo style, and was home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their nine children. 

The Needles is a famous geological feature, with chalk rock needles and a lighthouse.

Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum, built in the shape of a pterodactyl, and has over 30,000 geological specimens, mostly fossils, including Neovenator salerii (New hunter), which was first discovered on the Isle of Wight by Steve Hutt (et al), the curator of the museum.   

Winchester Cathedral and The Great Hall

Winchester Cathedral is dedicated to St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Swithun. It was built by the Normans and opened on St. Swithun's Day (15th July) in 1093. It is the longest Cathedral in England (170 metres), and has many different styles of architecture, due to it's expansion over hundreds of years. Here you can see the Crypt where 'Sound II' is located, the 12th century Tournai marble font, which is still in use today, and the chests that hold the bones of the Anglo Saxons kings, and their successors.

The Great Hall is the only part of Winchester Castle that is left standing. It was originally built by the Normans and expanded by Henry III in the early 13th century. During the English Civil War the castle was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell, but the Great Hall was kept to be used for assemblies and as a court. Many famous court cases have been held here including that of Sir Walter Raleigh.

The Great Hall is also home to King Arthur's Round Table, and a statue of Queen Victoria in a seated position. There is also Eleanor's Garden, a representation of a 13th century Royal garden with a fountain and arbour.       

Exbury Gardens and Steam Train 

Exbury Gardens was the brainchild of Lionel de Rothschild, a Banker who had a passion for gardening. He bought the Exbury Estate in 1919 from Lord Forster and employed 250 men to clear the woodland and create the gardens.

Lionel was a great hybridiser and produced many new varieties of rhododendron, many of which named after members of his family. 

The Gardens were first opened to the public by Edmund de Rothschild, Lionel's son, in 1955. They cover an area of 200 acres and have 20 miles of walkways.

The best time to visit the Gardens is in April and May when the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons and azaleas are at their best.   



  

Southampton - Medieval Walls 

Southampton is a famous port due to it's double high water, (17/24 hours of high water), which means that boats can access the port more often. The first people to make use of the rather unique geographical feature were the Romans, who made a settlement on the east bank of the Itchen River, in a place known today as Bitterne. The medieval town of Southampton was developed during the Norman period, and it's wealth grew from the exportation of wool. Walking around the western walls of the medieval town you will see where Henry VIII met with Anne Boleyn in secret, also what is the oldest working building in Southampton, that has served the community for nearly 1000 years, where Shakespeare gave performances of his new plays to the Earl of Southampton, and where the Pilgrims Fathers sailed from on their way to the 'New World'.    



Stonehenge 

Stonehenge is a magical place that takes you back to a time when people lived simple lives and placed great emphasis on the cycle of the sun and the moon. This was important, not only for rituals and ceremonials, but also for agriculture. People were transitioning from Hunter-Gatherers in to Farmers.   Construction started around 5,000 years ago with the henge, (the ditch and bank), and the stones were first placed approximately 500 years later. The huge sarsen stones came from the Marlborough Downs and the Bluestones came from the Preseli Mountains in Wales(140 miles away). The name 'Stonehenge' comes from the Anglo Saxon language and means 'hanging stones'.  


Portsmouth Historical Dockyard and Old Portsmouth

 Portsmouth Historical Dockyard is home to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and The Mary Rose.  HMS Victory (1759) was Lord Nelson's flagship in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 against the Spanish and French Navies in the Napoleonic wars. Today, HMS Victory is flagship of the first Sea Lord and a museum to the Georgian Navy.   HMS Warrior 1860 was Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship and the pride of Queen Victoria’s Fleet. On her first voyage, HMS Warrior caused a sensation; people crowded to see her and she was considered invincible. The combination of iron sides, which offered protection from the exploding shells and the ability to carry large guns, changed the nature of marine warfare.

The Mary Rose was Henry VIII's flagship that sunk in the Battle of the Solent against the French in 1545. It was found on the seabed in 1971 and raised in 1982. The Mary Rose has gone through nearly 40 years of restoration and can be seen in a specially built building that includes the many artefacts that she contained.  Old Portsmouth dates from 1704 when people were given royal permission to build houses near the dockyard. Old Portsmouth occupies the south west tip of the island (Portsmouth is actually an island), and is also known as Spice Island, as it is where all the spices were imported to.  


Windsor Castle & Eton College

Windsor Castle is the oldest continuously occupied castle in the world. Originally built by William the Conqueror as one of nine castles to protect London, it has been expanded and rebuilt over hundreds of years to become the majestic castle it is today. Windsor Castle is one of the Queen's official residences, and she likes to come to the Castle at the weekend. You know when the Queen is in residence as her flag flies from the Round Tower. You can visit the State Apartments and see many of the castle's treasures, including famous works of art, and Queen Mary's Doll's House.    St. Georges Chapel is home to the Knights of the Order of the Garter since it's inception in 1348 by Edward III. The Chapel was expanded from 1475 to 1523 with help from Sir Reginald Bray who bequeathed a large sum of money in this will. 


Eton is home to the public school where Prince William and Prince Harry studied. The school was founded by Henry VI in 1440 and has educated 19 Prime Ministers of Great Britain. Today Eton College has 1300 students from 13 to 18 years of age and costs £25,000 per year......!!! 



The Dreaming Spires of Oxford

Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires” boasts 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British architectural history from the 11th century onward. The centre looks like an enchanted fairy-tale city and is a firm favourite with film makers from all over the world. Oxford has inspired countless famous writers over the centuries. Oxford is flat and compact, with many of its major attractions, such as the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges, the Bodleian Library, museums, and Oxford Castle right in the centre; perfect to explore on foot. Just outside the centre, you can find large green spaces like Christ Church Meadows (with excellent views of Oxford’s spires), University Parks, the riverbanks and Port Meadow.



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