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Reasons to be Cheerful: Part 4

Your London Tours wants to encourage you to spend your vacation in the UK. But what can the UK offer that other countries can’t? In the latest instament of a blog series, we continue to list our all-time favourite places that can be visited in a day-trip from London.

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Welcome Back to Britain

This month, the area south-west of London that includes the counties of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset.


5 reasons to visit Salisbury:

  • Salisbury Cathedral: the tallest medieval building in the world.
  • Magna Carta: original copy of the famous written constitution.
  • Cathedral Close: Once described as the most beautiful place in England.
  • Old Sarum: deserted iron-age hill-fort with spectacular views of the town.
  • Wilton House: stately home with renowned gardens.


5 reasons to visit Wiltshire:

  • Stonehenge: jewel of England’s mysterious neolithic landscape.
  • Castle Combe: village with a reputation as the ‘prettiest in England.’
  • Stourhead: one of the finest landscaped gardens in the world.
  • Old Wardour Castle: historic romantic ruin set in a hidden beauty spot.
  • Caen Hill staircase: flight of 29 canal locks – an engineering masterpiece.


5 reasons to visit Bath:

  • Roman Baths: best preserved ancient Roman bathhouse in the world.
  • Bath Abbey: built on a monastery here the first king of England was crowned.
  • Pump house: try the hot spring mineral water at this elegant tea room.
  • Georgian City: architectural splendour of the Crescent and the Circus.
  • Jane Austen Centre: museum dedicated to the famous 19th century novelist.


5 reasons to visit Mid-Dorset:

  • Kingston Lacy: Grand Tour relic. Most complete Italianate house in UK.
  • Cerne Abbas Giant: 180ft tall ancient carving of a man standing to attention!
  • Thomas Hardy Cottage: memorabilia-filled rural family home of great writer.
  • Gold Hill, Shaftsbury: the most famous hill through a town in the UK.
  • Sherborne: former Wessex capital, built from distinctive ochre-coloured stone.


5 reasons to visit Somerset:

  • Montacute House: fine example of Elizabethan manor house.
  • Wells Cathedral: founded 704. Rebuilt as world’s first truly Gothic Cathedral.
  • Cheddar Gorge: 400ft high limestone cliffs above 3mile long glacial ravine.
  • Wookey Hole: unique show caves near Wells.
  • Glastonbury Abbey: one of the world’s most magnificent ancient ruins.

Your London Tours chief administrator Jo Bull said: “We cannot force anyone to spend their vacation in the UK, but we can entice them with these recommendations. We hope they will take them into account when making Your London Tours their first port of call for a trip to remember.”