Excursions from Salisbury
We offer all our students the chance to visit historic Stonehenge and the glorious city of Bath while they are studying here with us.
Salisbury is ideally located to explore the many tourist attractions of the South of England. Just 1½ hours by train from the centre of London, 1 hour by bus from Bath, Portsmouth and Bournemouth and 1½ hours from Oxford and Windsor. Below are a few ideas for you; there are many more! Babylon organises a programme of weekend excursions either using our school-owned minibuses or in buses provided by our local transport provider.
No visit to Salisbury would be complete without a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site Stonehenge with its world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.
At Avebury, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle partially encompasses a pretty village. Millionaire archaeologist Alexander Keiller excavated here in the 1930s, and there is a museum bearing his name.
Only an hour from Salisbury is the Georgian city of Bath which is so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Independent, creative, unique and stylish, Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original Roman Baths. Bath’s great shops are scattered between the elegant Georgian parades, intriguing side streets and picturesque alleyways – all within an easy walking distance of one another.
We take our students on a walking tour of the main sights and attractions and make sure there is plenty of time for exploring, shopping, eating and enjoying all that this wonderful city has to offer!
Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town.
JURASSIC COAST – DURDLE DOOR
The magificant Durdle Door arch and beach is part of the Lulworth Estate and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
You can access the shingle beach on foot via a path and steps over the hill from Lulworth Cove or down from the Car Park (located on the cliff top at Durdle Door Holiday Park.).
The beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for excellent water quality.
Explore the medieval streets of Winchester and admire the history of Winchester Cathedral, Wolvesey Castle and Winchester City Mill before strolling along the River Itchen to The Hospital of St Cross.
Make sure you visit the largest Farmers’ Market in the UK or indulge in a pub lunch and sit beside a roaring log fire.
THE BEACHES OF BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth is one of England’s premier seaside towns. A trip to the great British Seaside is a fun-filled excursion.
Fun on the beach (with a swim if you feel like it) and a visit to the amusement arcades on the pier can be combined with trying traditional English fish and chips.
LONGLEAT SAFARI park and stately home
Just 35 minutes drive from Salisbury. Longleat is the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. It is home to over 500 animals including giraffe, monkeys, rhino, lions, tigers and wolves.
In the afternoon you can either visit the magnificent stately home or enjoy the many other attractions of this leading tourist venue.