England’s Ancient Heritage
Oldbury Tours has linked up with Heritage Bed and Breakfast to suggest a very special deal. Immerse yourself in history by staying in an historic house at the gateway to the World Heritage Site of Avebury and Stonehenge.
England’s Ancient Heritage includes two nights in luxury bed and breakfast accommodation at Heritage B&B in Calne and a choice of two tours of Wiltshire and the west of England’s magical places. The inclusive cost would be £431 for tour option 1 or £535 for tour option 2. See below for your tour options.
For a real treat and to fully immerse yourself in the area’s heritage and history we recommend that you stay for two nights and do both tours. This is the perfect way to really get to know this special area. For three nights accommodation and two days touring England’s Ancient Heritage the cost would be £830.
Oldbury Tours will provide bottled water and picnic lunches so please let us know of any dietary requirements. Entrance tickets are not included in the price but will be organised in advance. Please let us know if you hold English Heritage or National Trust membership or are eligible for any concessionary rates.
Your accommodation: Luxury double room*:
Ellie and Gillian run a very special Bed and Breakfast in the heritage centre of the historic town of Calne. The term ‘boutique’ is perfect for their delightful house. Everything is taken care of for you and they go well beyond the extra mile to make sure your stay is a wonderful experience. Ellie has a passion for good food and her breakfasts are a step above. She cooks everything to order and caters for all dietary requirements.
The rooms are all individually styled and no expense was spared in their furnishings and decoration. You can choose to stay in the Victorian Room or The Gothic Room* which are both fully en suite and beautifully appointed. Your stay includes tea and cake on arrival and a sumptuous breakfast each morning.
The town of Calne is an interesting place to explore boasting its own 12th century church and some charming Georgian and Victorian architecture. It is also where Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen in 1774. There are lovely walks from the front door through woodlands and along the old canal and river valley, perfect for a summer evening stroll.
*If you would like to upgrade to a King size room there is a £15 per night extra charge subject to availability.
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Option 1. UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury and Stonehenge Price (including two nights accommodation) would be: £431
09:00 departure: You will go first to the Avebury area where your tour will begin with a visit to The Sanctuary for an overview of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site and an introduction to the prehistory of the UK. You will then walk part of the ceremonial West Kennet Avenue and visit Avebury itself with its prehistoric henge and the largest stone circle in the world.
Next you will visit Silbury Hill, Europe’s largest prehistoric man-made mound, and West Kennet Long Barrow, an extraordinarily atmospheric 5,600 year old hill-top tomb (a 20 minute each way walk)
Lunch will be a picnic on the downs or under cover if the weather isn’t favourable. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.
After lunch you will be driven through the beautiful Pewsey Vale with its famous white horses and picturesque villages. A few extra stops might include a Saxon church, some much lesser known prehistoric sites, a bubbling spring, a modern long barrow and a crop circle or two in summer.
You will then visit Woodhenge, Durrington Walls, the recently discovered village site where the builders of Stonehenge lived, and the iconic monument of Stonehenge itself (entry fee £17.50pp). Entry to Stonehenge is free to National Trust and English Heritage members so please let us know if you have membership to either.
At the end of the day you will be returned to your accommodation. Please see below for supper suggestions.
Optional add-ons include a visit to Devizes Museum to see the exhibition ‘Gold from The Time of Stonehenge’. This would be 40 minutes before lunch. Entry is £6 each.
Option 2. Medieval legends Tour (Salisbury, Glastonbury and much more) Price (including two nights accommodation) would be: £535
08:00 departure: You will be taken to Marlborough, a wonderfully historic town perhaps named after the burial site of Merlin, the legendary wizard: the prehistoric mound called Merlin’s Mount (Merlin’s Barrow) is visible from the road. From there you will be taken via Pewsey with its statue of King Alfred the Great to visit Old Sarum the hill top site of a Norman Castle and Cathedral and the gathering place for all William the Conqueror’s barons in 1086 at the time of The Doomsday Book. You will then visit the ancient market town of Salisbury with its magnificent 13th century cathedral and the best preserved of the four original copies of King John’s Magna Carta sealed in 1215.
Lunch will be a picnic in the Cathedral grounds or under cover if necessary.
In the afternoon you will visit Tollard Royal to see King John’s hunting lodge and Old Wardour Castle the epitome of a romantic ruined English Castle dating from 14th century, before continuing through Cranborne Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to Glastonbury. Here you will visit the hugely evocative ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, the legendary Isle of Avalon and burial place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.
At the end of each day you will be taken back to your accommodation in Calne in time for an evening meal.
Heritage Bed and Breakfast don’t provide evening meals but there are several places we can all recommend within a couple of minutes walk.
We can book you a table at The Lansdowne Strand Restaurant (excellent modern British cuisine using fresh local produce), Antica Roma (family run traditional Italian restaurant) or Bengal Spice (authentic Indian cuisine). On Friday and Saturday nights Divine Wine Bar is open for drinks and tapas. Please let us know if you would like to pursue any of these options so they can be organised for you.
If you can’t choose between them and would like to do both tours then we recommend you stay for a third night. This is the perfect way to really get to know the heritage of our wonderful area. For three nights and two days touring England’s Ancient Heritage cost would be £830.