Founding Connections: Windsor, Salisbury & Southampton

Trace the story of the key royal, constitutional and founding links between the United States and United Kingdom visiting some of the most iconic sites in southern England with Blue Badge Tours.

Where? Windsor, Salisbury & Southampton

Tour provider Blue Badge Guides

Contact

Online booking

www.absolutours.co.uk 

Tour Highlights

  • A full day tour led by your very own local Blue Badge Guide with private transport
  • A guided / accompanied visit of Windsor Castle, a royal stronghold since the Norman Conquest and favourite home of our present Queen Elizabeth. King George III spent much time here during the American War of Independence and many Presidents have made state visits since. Walk through the spectacular State Rooms, explore the castle grounds and view the famous Round Tower
  • Walk the aisle of St George’s Chapel, Windsor to stand among the stalls of the Order of the Garter, in the quire where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in 2018
  • Discover the meadow at Runnymede where King John sealed the Magna Carta with his rebellious barons, a key step in the development of constitutional government around the world
  • Come face to face with one of the most significant constitutional documents ever written; Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta and witness evidence of great religious upheavals written into the fabric of this outstanding cathedral that are testimony to the forces that drove the Mayflower Pilgrims to seek freedom across the Atlantic
  • Explore the medieval walls and waterfront of Southampton where the Mayflower and Speedwell met to begin their journey to the New World and spend a moment at their memorial to consider their endeavours and achievements

 

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Your qualified Blue Badge Guide will reveal, at each location you visit, fascinating details of how the foundations of the special relationship between the rulers and the people of both nations were forged.  

We visit Windsor Castle, a royal home for 1,000 years, where great matters of diplomacy and independence have been decided and royal weddings celebrated. We walk the meadow at Runnymede to uncover the history of the Magna Carta and take a scenic tour on to Salisbury to see the document itself. At medieval Southampton we link the constitutional story with the bravery and endeavour of the Mayflower Pilgrims when they embarked upon their voyage to the New World in 1620.

This tour can be experienced as a full 1-day tour or extended over 2 days for visitors who wish to take longer to explore these places and stories or extend the tour to include another location such as Winchester.

Customisable Options

Additional option for a 2-day tour: Winchester: an Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal capital and home to ‘King Arthur’s Round Table,’ Winchester is one of the oldest and most interesting cities in England

Magna Carta

Price

1-day tour from £170 per person, min. 2 persons in SUV. (transport included in price); 1-day tour from £60 per person (coach estimate included)

Group size

2-6 people using SUV transport for excursion; 20-45 people for coach excursion

 

Length

Up to 9 hours for a 1-day tour or 2 x 8 hours for a 2-day tour

Equipment

Sensible walking shoes, clothing suitable for weather. For example, waterproof coat and sun hat

Accessibility

Windsor and Salisbury are wheelchair accessible. Steps on medieval walls at Southampton are not suitable for guests for whom mobility is a concern. Tour can be tailored to suit.

Availability

1 March to 30 October dependent upon availability. Minimum of 7 days notice dependent upon availability of transport

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