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Top Reasons to Go

Salisbury Cathedral: At one of England's most spectacular cathedrals, try a tour around the roof and spire for a fascinating angle on this must-see monument.

Stonehenge: At the right time of day (early or late is best), this mystical ring of stones can cast a memorable spell against the backdrop of Salisbury Plain.

House and garden at Stourhead: It's the perfect English combination. An 18th-century Palladian mansion plus acres of landscaped parkland, induce feelings of bliss.

The New Forest: Get away from it all in the South's most extensive woodland, crisscrossed by myriad trails that are ideal for horseback riding, hiking, and biking.

Literary trails: Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, John Fowles, and Ian McEwan have made this area essential for book buffs, with a concentration of sights in Chawton, Dorchester, Chesil Beach, and Lyme Regis.

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