Day 1 (Thursday): Birmingham - Old Sarum
Departing from Hill Street in the City Centre at 08:30, we will pick up passengers in Harborne Lane (Selly Oak) at 8:55 and on the opposite side of the road to Kings Norton Railway Station at 09:15.
Driving South there will be a comfort stop on the way to Chippenham where there will be time to get some lunch.
In the early afternoon the journey South continues to Old Sarum. Old Sarum sits near to Stonehenge and Avebury and is the earliest inhabited settlement in the Salisbury. Archaeology dates the earliest settlement in pre-historic times around 3000 BC. Progressing to an Iron Age Hill Fort in 40 BC the site was favoured by the Romans and the Saxons, the latter building a fort to protect against the advance of the Vikings. The Normans built a Motte and Bailey Castle on the site and a great Cathedral surrounded by a stone wall. It became a favourite of the Plantagenet Kings for some 300 years. Following a long dispute between the Wiltshire Sheriff and Salisbury Bishop saw a great church being erected on Salisbury Plain during the 13th century, and the new town of Salisbury started to grow. The buildings of Old Sarum were slowly dismantled and used in the new constructions on the Plain below. The Castle was abandoned by 1322 and eventually sold by Henry VIII. Today the site is a protected monument and you can see the outline of the old Cathedral and Castle and recent archaeology has discovered the patterns of the streets of the Old Town.
The final stop for the day is our hotel the Holiday Inn at Eastleigh near Southampton.
Today includes a visit to Portsmouth Historic Docks. Included in the price of your holiday is entrance into the Dockyard area and the Mary Rose Exhibition. The time is yours to explore the area on your own, should you wish to explore other parts of Portsmouth the dockyard is fairly well positioned to get to the Spinnaker (entrance not included) and other attractions.
The dockyard has so much to see and do. Probably the most famos ship from the Battle of Trafalgar "HMS Victory
" the flag ship commanded by Lord Horatio Nelson is moored here and has been available to be visited by the public from 1922. Nearby is the Trafalgar Experience an interactive Gallery telling the story of that famous battle. HMS Warrior
is also available for your inspection. Launched in 1860 the first iron clad warship to set sail. Other exhibitions around the site include one dedicated to the Dockyard Apprentices
, another explores boat-building and Heritage Skills, and bringing things into the present there is another exhibition which is called Action Stations
The Mary Rose
became a household name when the remains of the ship were raised from the deep in front of television cameras in 1982. There followed a long period of restoration of not only the ship but many of the artefacts uncovered and these are now housed in a new museum that cost £35 million to build. The Mary Rose was built for Henry VIII and launched in 1512. She then went on to be a great war ship fighting wars against the French, Scotland and Brittany. Her final battle was in 1542 against a French invasion fleet and she sank in the Solent not far from Portsmouth. Lost in the Solent she was finally discovered in 1971. It took another 11 years to raise the vessel in one of the most complex and expensive projects in marine archaeology.
Bucklers Hard is situated in the New Forest on the River Beaulie. Ideal for boat building with an abundance of timber and a safe harbour on the banks of the River with easy access to the open sea. With the arrival of Henry Adams in 1744 a ship building industry began to flourish. Over the next 60 years some 43 Royal Navy warships were built some of them seeing service at the Battle of Trafalgar. Today there is a very interesting museum charting the history of boat building in the area on the banks of the river is a Georgian Village where the boat builders live some preserved in order that you can go in and have a look at what life would be like. The pleasant waterfront is bustling with small craft and you can take a boat trip up the river (not included) or just bask in the peacefulness of the river setting. It was from the banks of the River here at Bucklers Hard that Francis Chichester began and finished his single handed voyage around the world in Gypsy Moth IV.
Leaving Bucklers Hard the journey takes us back to Birmingham arriving in Kings Norton around 6p.m - 6:30p.m
The hotel is situated near Southampton within a short distance of Southampton Airport.
Hotel rooms are equipped with a Welcome Tray with tea and coffee, Flat Screen Satellite Television, Ensuite Bathroom with toiletries, Hair Dryer, and available wifi. All the rooms have air conditioning. Please note that none of the rooms have wet rooms.
The hotel has a swimming pool and mini gym. Rooms are on two floors,
What is included in your holiday:
Half board accommodation at the Hotel.
Entrance to Old Sarum (EH Members need to show membership card), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (ticket includes admission to the Mary Rose Exhibition), Entrance to Bucklers Hard.
Services of a tour manager throughout.
What is not included:
Door to Door Taxi Service
Drinks other than tea/coffee with breakfast/dinner.
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Personal travel insurance
Entrance fees to attractions not specified.
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or if you require more information please phone 0121 459 7524.
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