Junipers Bed and Breakfast

3 Juniper Road, Salisbury, SP5 1SS, United Kingdom
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Forum Posts

Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by oisha

Hello

We will be passing through Wiltshire by car on Christmas Day. I understand Stonehenge is closed that day. Is there anything of Stonehenge to be seen from any of the roads nearby? I'm guessing there are very few vantage points (ie. hills) nearby...

Re: Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by graeme83

You can easily see Stonehenge itself through a mesh fence from the road nearby. Although the stones are about 200m away it does save you on the entrance fee :)

Re: Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by oisha

Thanks Graeme! Very helpful :)
Do you happen to know which road? The A344?

Re: Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by graeme83

I don't know the name of the road, but it is the same road as the car park for Stonehenge. You should be able to use this car park and just cross the road to see it. The signposting is quite good from the main A-road.

Re: Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by puerto_lover

I did a walk around the area passing Stonehenge this year. More details on:

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/4ceb3/4a6b2/

Indeed you can get glimpses of Stonehenge from the A 303 the main road and elsewhere. The visitor centre (closed on Xmas Eve and Day) is on the A344.
Have a look at my info?
Great place to visit when the weather is good but at the moment its not brilliant.
That picture on my page showing the sheep and the stones was taken from the field that is owned by the National Trust and easily accessed.

The actual coordinates of the stones are here and can be seen on Google:

51.178844,-1.826189

Re: Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by qaminari

Anyone travelling down to the West Country on the A303 has to pass by Stonehenge and you can see it easily from the road, though stopping on the road would be another matter. But I hope you are following weather reports on TV, if it's as bad as it looks (hundreds of cars being abandoned in Basingstoke which is also on your route from London to Wiltshire) I have to wonder whether you will be making this journey...

Re: Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by chrisb106

Hi,
Hopefully I am not posting too late, but are you driving from london on Christmas day?..I am stuck in London after problems with trains and have to make it down to Salisbury or somewhere near there tomorrow. I would be very very grateful if you did have some space in your car to maybe share the ride ( and petrol costs etc) to within the vicinity of Salisbury!

Thanks

Chris Bennett
my email is chrisb106@hotmail.com ,mobile number 07810266654

Re: Stonehenge on Christmas Day

by oisha

puertolover, that info was amazing! I will definitely go prepared for some hiking next time (this time I had no wellies and no time)! g, the roads were absolutely brilliant on Xmas Day. Nicest drive I've ever done in the UK. Chris, apologies I did not reply in time, but we were headed the other way, in to Heathrow. Hope you got transport.

Travel Tips for Salisbury

Guildhall

by Sjalen

The Guildhall in the Market Place is where you find the helpful tourist information at the back. They've got all sorts of brochures and also bus timetables which even the bus station office had sometimes run out of.

Carvings.............

by leics

The wooden carvings in the 'quire' (choir) of Salisbury Cathedral are not all the Medieval originals, but are well worth exploring nevertheless.

The oak canon stalls date from 1236, and are the earliest in the country.

Look under the little drop-down seats (misericords) provided for weary monks to rest their bottoms during services. They date from the 13th century, and are decorated with foliage. The front row of seats are half-replaced with 17th century versions.

Look on the ends of the pews, and above the stalls.

Green men, musical angels, insects and animals abound. Many of them date from the restoration of the mid-19thcentury, but are beautifully skilful pieces of work.

Taxi Tour

by Goner

I received some information from Tony who has "Taxi Tours" in the Salisbury area. He will pick you up at your hotel and for 150 English pound will give you and six others an all day excursion of Stonehenge and other great tourist places with stops at The Red Lion, the only pub inside a circle, and time out for souvenior shopping. He has tours of specific sights also such as; Stonehenge, Bath, Avery Stone Circles and others.

For complete information check his website listed below or send him an email.

Salisbury Cathedral

by Tom_Fields

The spire of this cathedral stands 404 feet high--the tallest of any in the UK. The Cathedral was built from 1220 to 1270, and the spire was added during the 14th century. This huge spire is a masterpiece of medieval engineering, but due to its height and weight it was unstable. So an iron framework was added. During the Victorian era, a stronger frame was added to reinforce the older one. Taking a guided tour of the upper levels provides a great deal of insight on the architecture of that time.

While there, check out the medieval timepiece--quite a marvel, for its time.

..and see the clock.

by leics

Because it's the oldest working clock in Europe (and possibly the world) and a very impressive piece of machinery (most of which is original).

Dating from at least 1386, possibly earlier, and made of iron, the clock was originally housed in a bell tower. When this was demolished in the 18th century the clock was moved and forgotten about. In 1929 it was rediscovered and moved back into the cathedral proper, where it now stands. Restorative work in 1956 got it working again, although the striking mechanism has been silenced.

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