Join us for a once only (maybe), never to be repeated (perhaps) tour of Medieval England in the Land of King Arthur!
Off the top of my head we’ll see at least 10 medieval sites on this tour plus 6 sites associated with that most elusive of British figures – King Arthur. As well as soaking in the history we’ll be taking in the charming English countryside on this day packed with history and mythology for 1 day only in July, the date of which is to be confirmed.
So we’ll see:
10 Medieval sites
1 Medieval document, Magna Carta – the foundation of English Law in the English speaking world.
1 The Wayfarer’s dole. Free beer! Since the Crusades the dole has been given to anyone who asks of it – a beer and a slice of bread – en route to Southampton and the Holy Lands.
1 Medieval chalk figure on the lanscape
5 sites associated with Arthur including candidates for “Camelot”, a refortified Iron age fortress in the time of Arthur, the Chalice Well, Arthur’s burial place and the mound under which Merlin is said to be buried along with the round table.
Plus a bonus of churches, pre-historic mounds, burial mounds.
08:00 Depart Gloucester Road, London in a purpose built luxury mini coach
09:45 Arrive Winchester for photo opportunity of Winchester Cathedral
If that doesn’t bring us down we’ll go up to
10:00 The Great hall, built in the early 1200. It houses the Round Table
10:45 Arrive for our Wayfarer’s dole and view the magnificent C13th almshouses
11:30 Arrive Salisbury, with its famous spire it houses one of the great treasures of the medieval age, Magna Carta. We’ll also see a medieval clock and friezes. Quick lunch in the canteen (if you bring your own lunch then a visit to the South Wiltshire museum is to be highly recommened).
12:30 Depart. A drive through some lovely villages with thatched rooves, past a very famous singer’s home to see from a distance one of the sites associated with King Arthur
14:00 Arrive Glastonbury. A visit to the Abbey to see the resting place of King Arthur (as legend would have it) and to see the remarkable intact “Abbot’s Kitchen” – a marvel of medieval civil engineering.
14:40 A visit to the Chalice Well. Here a healing spring has welcomed pilgrims for 100’s if not 1,ooo’s of years. Take the waters yourself and discover the Well in which the Holy Grail was secreted by Joseph of Arimathea.
15:15 Now for the adventurous, a hike 500 feet up to Glastonbury Tor for stunning views across to the mendip hills, the city of Wells and, on a good day, the Principality of Wales and over to South Cadbury – another site associated with Arthur.
16:00 Depart. En route we’ll cross an old canal, see a magnificent chalk figure carved in the landscape, the largest pre-historic mound in Europe, to reputed burial place of King Arthur, two lovely coaching towns and a river made world famous for its fly fishing.
19:30 Arrive Gloucester Road, London