Salisbury: The gateway to Wiltshire

Venue: Salisbury & Wiltshire
Date: 29 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019

Salisbury Cathedral. Photo credit:


This Reader Club trip will showcase the medieval city of Salisbury and the highlights of Wiltshire.

The two-day trip in March will highlight just a few of the many attractions and destinations for groups planning a visit to the city of Salisbury and county of Wiltshire.

Taking place on Friday 29th March and Saturday 30th March, 2019, the trip includes something for everybody, from the historic Salisbury Cathedral to the impressive Longleat House and the glorious gardens of Bowood.

The familiarisation trip is £50pp (or £80 for a couple sharing a room, either twin or double) and includes…

•    Guided tours of Salisbury Cathedral, a tour of the city and entrance to other attractions
•    Lunch on both days and dinner on the first evening
•    Overnight accommodation
•    Tours of Longleat House and Bowood House and Gardens
•    Selected transport

Longleat House

Longleat House. Photo credit: Longleat.

Salisbury is known as the ‘city in the countryside’ and is where the Reader Club Trip begins. You’ll be taken on a guided tour of the gothic Salisbury Cathedral where you’ll see the best preserved of the four original Magna Carta manuscripts dating from 1215AD – part of an exhibition in the Cathedral’s Chapter House.

You’ll hear about the new tours available for group bookings including those taking in the clock, library and tower.

The cathedral is one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings and the Magna Carta one of only four in the world.

After lunch you’ll be taken on a tour of the city taking in some of its magnificent medieval and 17th century architecture as well as the Market Place, which has been holding regular markets since receiving its charter in 1227.

There’ll be free time for you to explore other attractions in Cathedral Close including Mompesson House, Salisbury Museum, the Rifles Wiltshire and Berkshire Museum and Arundells, home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

You’ll enjoy dinner in Salisbury in the evening and transport back to your hotel will be provided.  

On Saturday, you’ll explore some of the highlights elsewhere in Wiltshire, starting with Longleat. Nestled within 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds, it’s home to the UK’s original Safari Park, one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture. Visit Longleat House and experience one of the behind the scenes group tours – new for 2019.

You’ll have lunch at Bowood House and Gardens before exploring the 18th century family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne and a tour of the grounds. The park contains the laboratory which saw the discover of oxygen.


Friday 29th March

10.30am Arrival in Salisbury – recommended by train
10.45am – 12pm Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta Tour
12.30pm Lunch in Salisbury
1.45pm – 2.45pm Tour of the city
2.45pm – 5pm Free time to visit other attractions or shopping
7pm Dinner in Salisbury
10pm Transport back to hotels

Saturday 30th March

9am Depart hotel, transport provided
10am-12pm Visit Longleat House
1pm-3pm Lunch at Bowood House and Gardens
2pm-4pm Tour of Bowood House and Gardens
4pm Trip ends at Bowood.

Important information:

The group may be accommodated in different hotels depending on the size. If you’re driving you’ll meet the rest of the group at Salisbury Cathedral on the first morning. If arriving by train in Salisbury there’ll be transport provided to the Cathedral. The trip will finish at Chippenham station so GTOs will make their own way home from there.

Main image: Salisbury Cathedral. Photo credit:

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