If you would like to travel a bit further than Winchester but still want to see some awesome medieval history, the city of Salisbury is the perfect destination. Around a 40-minute train ride from Southampton Central, Salisbury offers the charm of the English countryside blended with the luxuries of city living.
After sampling a few scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream in one of the quaint cafes, take a leisurely walk around the grounds surrounding Salisbury Cathedral. The grounds are vast and green, so you might find a cricket match to enjoy on a lazy summer's day.
Salisbury was the first cathedral to have a girls' choir (1991), and all visitors are welcome to hear the choirs practice. In addition to the cathedral's stunning architecture, there are a several other historic artefacts to admire. Salisbury Cathedral holds one of the four original surviving copies of the Magna Carta, so there's much history within its walls.
At 123 metres, Salisbury Cathedral also has Britain's tallest spire. While gazing at the spire, you might hear the sound of Europe's oldest working clock (AD1386) striking on the hour.
If you are willing to venture a short way outside of Salisbury, Stonehenge is open to visitors all year round. Learn the myths, mysteries and legends of this prehistoric monument.
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