Old Sarum, Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Avebury

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve given you guys an update on my trip, but it’s because I’ve been really busy!  There is always something going on, and when there isn’t, I am usually scrambling to work on my papers!  But I am thoroughly enjoying myself here and I’ll try to start posting more.

This past Sunday, my friend and I made a little day trip to 4 different places: Old Sarum, Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Avebury.  It was an amazing trip and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Old Sarum was an ancient hillfort that has been occupied for thousands of years.  It was great to just be able to wander around (and step on the grass, that has pretty much been beaten out of me after Oxford!)

Ruins of the Treasury of the Cathedral


View of Salisbury from the Old Sarum hill

Moving onto Salisbury, we had lunch and wandered around the town, and then went to Salisbury Cathedral which really was just beautiful.

This tomb is for Edward Seymour, cousin of Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who was married to the sister of Lady Jane Grey.

After Salisbury, we went to Stonehenge.  Though I’ve been before, it was still just amazing.

(It  was REALLY windy.)

Finally, we went to Avebury, which is another stone circle.  Diameter-wise, it’s the largest stone circle in Britain, but it’s a lot more subtle than Stonehenge.  Additionally, you can walk right up to and touch the stones of Avebury, which is very cool.

A house with a thatched roof in Avebury


The church in Avebury


The stones of Avebury

This weekend, we are heading to Bath and Windsor, plus I’m planning on wandering around Oxford a lot more this week so hopefully I will have more pictures to share soon!

Comments

  1. Wow, I’m so glad to see that you’re staying busy and getting to do some fun things! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

  2. Wow, I’m so glad to see that you’re staying busy and getting to do some fun things! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

  3. I’m so jealous about Avebury! I recently had a vacation to England, and we saw Stonehenge & the Cathedral, but I didn’t know about Avebury. Stonehenge was cool, but touching the Avebury circle sounds even cooler.

    I completely sympathize about the wind at Stonehenge! When we were there it was cold AND windy AND rainy, and that was the day I had foolishly decided to wear my hair down. Every picture we have of me there, my hair is essentially obscuring my face. 🙂

  4. I’m so jealous about Avebury! I recently had a vacation to England, and we saw Stonehenge & the Cathedral, but I didn’t know about Avebury. Stonehenge was cool, but touching the Avebury circle sounds even cooler.

    I completely sympathize about the wind at Stonehenge! When we were there it was cold AND windy AND rainy, and that was the day I had foolishly decided to wear my hair down. Every picture we have of me there, my hair is essentially obscuring my face. 🙂

  5. Yea! Pictures! I’m so glad you’re having a great time. By the way, have you read the book SARUM, by Edward Rutherford? It is a novel that spans the history of Sarum – it is really good!

  6. Yea! Pictures! I’m so glad you’re having a great time. By the way, have you read the book SARUM, by Edward Rutherford? It is a novel that spans the history of Sarum – it is really good!

  7. I thought Salisbury was such a lovely town. Bizarrely, my most memorable picture from that day trip (which included Stonehenge) was a shot inside a crazy space-age public bathroom we found. I guess stuff like that happens when you let 18 year olds run around England…

    Can’t wait to see your pictures from Bath. What a fantastic place – have fun!

  8. I thought Salisbury was such a lovely town. Bizarrely, my most memorable picture from that day trip (which included Stonehenge) was a shot inside a crazy space-age public bathroom we found. I guess stuff like that happens when you let 18 year olds run around England…

    Can’t wait to see your pictures from Bath. What a fantastic place – have fun!

  9. Oh very very cool! Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd is one of my all time favorite books and I hope to re-read it before the end of this year. I’ll have to bookmark this post to come back to see the pictures when I do re-read it.

  10. Oh very very cool! Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd is one of my all time favorite books and I hope to re-read it before the end of this year. I’ll have to bookmark this post to come back to see the pictures when I do re-read it.

  11. Yay! Looks wonderful. I will be in Bath Wed-Fri and going to see Stonehenge and Avebury on Thursday. Can’t wait. Your pictures have me very excited. 🙂

    Suzi- I completely forgot about Sarum. I have that book. may have to take with me on my trip. 🙂

  12. Yay! Looks wonderful. I will be in Bath Wed-Fri and going to see Stonehenge and Avebury on Thursday. Can’t wait. Your pictures have me very excited. 🙂

    Suzi- I completely forgot about Sarum. I have that book. may have to take with me on my trip. 🙂

  13. Lovely, lovely!!!! Suzi: too funny, I just tweeted Swapna about that book.

    So happy you are working hard but finding time to enjoy yourself.

  14. Lovely, lovely!!!! Suzi: too funny, I just tweeted Swapna about that book.

    So happy you are working hard but finding time to enjoy yourself.

  15. Great pics I miss all those places, was wondering where Bath was but I see you are going on the weekend. Are you going to catch Legoland in Windsor?

  16. Great pics I miss all those places, was wondering where Bath was but I see you are going on the weekend. Are you going to catch Legoland in Windsor?

  17. Sounds like a fantastic day trip! I think Stonehenge is always windy, I’ve never seen a picture of anyone there and not windblown! Looking forward to more pictures, you’re going to places I’ve never been next. =)

  18. Sounds like a fantastic day trip! I think Stonehenge is always windy, I’ve never seen a picture of anyone there and not windblown! Looking forward to more pictures, you’re going to places I’ve never been next. =)

  19. The pics are awesome! Glad you’re having a great time!

  20. The pics are awesome! Glad you’re having a great time!

  21. At least I get a vacation vicariously through your blog posts! I like the one of you at Stonehedge!

    Sheri

  22. At least I get a vacation vicariously through your blog posts! I like the one of you at Stonehedge!

    Sheri

  23. Yep, it was windy and cold when I was at Stonehenge. That was 20 years ago…and your pictures make me long for a return visit! 😀

  24. Yep, it was windy and cold when I was at Stonehenge. That was 20 years ago…and your pictures make me long for a return visit! 😀

  25. Wow! That is so cool! What a great day trip.
    Great pics. Thanks so much for sharing.

  26. Wow! That is so cool! What a great day trip.
    Great pics. Thanks so much for sharing.

  27. What lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

  28. What lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

  29. Very cool! I love the pics of Salisbury Cathedral.

  30. Very cool! I love the pics of Salisbury Cathedral.

  31. Here I was coming to ask if you’d read Rutherford’s “Sarum,” but I see that multiple people have beat me to it. I’ll have to chime in my agreement though, and I’m sure it will be even cooler after having been there.

  32. Here I was coming to ask if you’d read Rutherford’s “Sarum,” but I see that multiple people have beat me to it. I’ll have to chime in my agreement though, and I’m sure it will be even cooler after having been there.

  33. Wow..what amazing pictures. I’m so jealous!!

  34. Wow..what amazing pictures. I’m so jealous!!

  35. Looks like you’re having a great time. Thanks for sharing your pics!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  36. Looks like you’re having a great time. Thanks for sharing your pics!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  37. the cathedral is gorgeous. We have a little attraction in VA called Foamhenge…that is quite hilarious looking with a foam carving of merlin…at least I think he’s made of foam

    glad to see you are getting out from under the papers to take in the sites.

  38. the cathedral is gorgeous. We have a little attraction in VA called Foamhenge…that is quite hilarious looking with a foam carving of merlin…at least I think he’s made of foam

    glad to see you are getting out from under the papers to take in the sites.

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