SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Stonehenge

From Stonehenge, ancient Britons to the Romans and beyond.

The South West and South East of the UK includes Bristol, Oxford, Bath, Cirencester and the Cotswolds, London, the counties of Kent and East Sussex as well as Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. These regions were connected as early as Roman times with a vast network of roads and settlements established as military camps or ‘castrae’, the origin of the term ‘chester’, surviving in the names of several British towns and cities, including Chester, Manchester, Leicester, Cirencester, Worcester, Gloucester, and many more.

Each of these towns, originating from the unwanted presence of military camps meant to monitor the local populations, nevertheless shaped and influenced the development of the modern nation of Great Britain and the United Kingdon. Each of the Muses, with your guide Taras following closely, will inspire you to explore this wonderful area of the country.

Literature & History:

The literature, art, history represented in the South of Great Britain is vast and diverse. Begin with Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire, monuments dating as far back as the Bronze Age, and continue through the Iron Age into the Roman period.

Figures such as Julius Caesar, emperor Claudius, Boudica, as well as later figures such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, the romantic poets (Shelley, Keats, Byron, Wordsworth), Newton, Darwin are just a few examples of great figures represented in this region that have had a lasting impact on human civilisation.

Cherhill white horse, Wiltshire

Canterbury Cathedral

Attractions:

  • Numerous Roman cities & villa remains (Chedworth & Fishbourne)
  • Magnificent cathedrals & ancient castles
  • Ancient monoliths & hill-forts
  • Jurassic Coast
  • Oxbridge Universities’ Classical heritage
  • Roman military stronghold of Colchester
  • Londinium

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