All roads in Salisbury lead to the breathtaking Salisbury Cathedral. Its spire – Britain’s tallest – beckons visitors from miles around. A medieval masterpiece, the cathedral is home to the best preserved of the original Magna Carta manuscripts, housed within an exhibition opened in the cathedral’s Chapter House in 2015. Make sure to stop in at the Salisbury Museum in The King’s House opposite for an engrossing journey through the rich history and archaeology of ancient Wessex.
Too modern for you? Then travel even further back in time at the Iron Age hill fort of Old Sarum Castle, where Salisbury’s first cathedral once stood and where these days costumed actors recreate medieval village life. You can indulge your inner Caesar at the Rockbourne Roman Villa in Fordingbridge and, of course, take a bus tour out onto Salisbury Plain to visit the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge. There’s a bus that leaves from right outside the train station. We bet the druids wished it had been so easy to get there in 3,000BC.