England (3) – Winchester -> Stonehenge

Is this Stonehenge?

Before we went there, we reached Winchester with the Cathedral we already saw while descending into town.

Winchester Cathedral

With park4night, we found a parking, where we could use the coach parking area and headed into town. It was Saturday and there was a market in the centre.

Market, we could not resist …

The Cathedral was closed because of a special service but we visited the Mill, which was put in action just when we arrived.

And at the Great Hall we saw the table of King Arthus and his knights.

the round Table of King Arthus (at the front wall)

On the way to Mottisfont Abbey, we stopped at Hilliers Gardens, which had a beautiful and big parking where we had lunch.

Autumn @ Hilliers Garden

At Mottisfont Abbey, we visited the mansion and the gardens. The rose garden for sure will be more impressive in early summer ,but I still found some flowering.

Mottisfont Garden
Roses @ Mottisfont
nice interior @ Mottisfont

In the evening, we reached Salisbury. Already from far we saw the impressively tall tower standing out.  We visited the cathedral where a service was held with a choir singing and organ music which created a special atmosphere.

Salisbury Cathedral

During the night, it was raining and it kept on the next morning, so we slept long, worked on our photos and blog before we finally headed into town again.

traditional pub @ Salisbury
enjoying Salisbury

We visited Mompesson House near the cathedral and then went to the New Inn for a wee lunch.

Mompesson House @ Salisbury
Tea @ Mompesson House
before dinner @ Mompesson House

In the afternoon, we arrived at Woodhenge, a little henge made with tree poles and then finally at Stonehenge, which was really impressive, even though we had seen so many pictures and documentaries before.

tourists @ Stonehenge – like us …
impressive formation
especially compared to the trees in the background
about 1 million people are visiting Stonehenge per year ..
and it was very cold …

For the night, we returned to Woodhenge, where we had discovered a suitable parking for the night.

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