Bath and Stonehenge
The tour will start with a visit to Stonehenge and then proceed
Stonehenge was built in three phases. The first stage was
built about 5,050 years ago.
Then about 4,500 years ago – 2,500 BC and about 2,400
years before the Romans set foot in Britain, it was rebuilt.
This time in stone called : Bluestones. These came from the
Prescelli Mountains in Pembroke, South Wales 245 miles (380kms),
dragged down to the sea, floated on huge rafts, brought up
the River Avon, finally overland to where they are today.
It was an amazing achievement when you consider that each
stone weighs about five tons.
Before the second phase of Stonehenge was complete, work
stopped and there was a period of abandonment. Then began
a new bigger, even better Stonehenge, the one that we know
today- this was approximately 4,300 years ago, about 2,300
BC, the third and final stage of what we see now.
The bluestones were dug up and rearranged and this time even
bigger stones were brought in from the Marlborough Downs,
20 miles (32 kms).
How did they get these stones to stand upright? The truth
is nobody really knows. It required sheer muscle power and
hundreds of men to move one of these megaliths, the heaviest
of them weighing probably about 45 tons.
It's thought that the name Stonehenge originates from the
Anglo-Saxon period – the old English word ‘henge'
meaning hanging or gibbet. So what we have is literally ‘the
hanging stones', derived probably from the lintels of the
trilithons which appear to be suspended above their massive
uprights. Today the word ‘henge' has a specific archaeological
meaning: a circular enclosure surrounding settings of stones
and timber uprights, or pits.
After leaving Stonehenge behind we travel towards Bath.
A city of gracious crescents and golden streets, Bath is a
city with a unique character and inviting atmosphere, full
of colour and culture, style and sophistication.
Bath is a very old Roman Town where the Romans built the first
Central Heating system as we know it today
The main attraction is the Roman Baths where Britain's only
hot spring can be found and where almost every visitor goes
to see the water's source still flowing with natural hot water
and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements.
The extensive ruins and treasures from the spring are beautifully
preserved and presented using the best of modern interpretation.
On your way out you will go through The “Grand”
Pump Room: overlooking the spring is the social heart of Bath.
The elegant interior of 1795 is something every visitor to
Bath should see. You can enjoy a glass of spa water from the
fountain, perhaps as an appetizer to a traditional Pump Room
tea. Musical accompaniment is provided by The Pump Room Trio
at certain times.
Then you can visit No.1 The Royal Crescent. Number 1 was designed
by John Wood the Younger, and was the first house to be built
in the Royal Crescent, now designated a World Heritage Building.
It has been redecorated and furnished to show how it might
have appeared in the late eighteenth century.
The City of Bath has a beautiful Church right in the city
centre waiting to be visited.
Because these are individual tours, (up to 16 persons), the
minibuses used for these is far more versatile than the usual
large and cumbersome coaches, so we can take you to see places
where otherwise many tourists undoubtedly miss out.
One other great advantage is that we can stop anywhere you
choose rather than the pre-arranged, obligatory stops tourists
have to do when in larger groups.
The tour will last approximately 8 and half hours departing
from your Hotel at 09.00 returning to the hotel by 17.30.
Price on application.
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