ASE Day Trips are optional, and open to all students on the Programme.

Stonehenge, Salisbury and Lacock

Each semester, Orientation Week concludes with a Day Trip to introduce students to some of the best-known sites in the South West of England.

The day begins with a visit to the famous stone circle at Stonehenge, Britain's greatest prehistoric archaeological monument. We spend lunchtime in the elegant market town of Salisbury, and visit its magnificent cathedral. Later that afternoon, you are free to wander the pretty medieval streets of Lacock village, and the halls and cloisters of Lacock Abbey. Don't be surprised if the place looks familiar - in recent years it has been used as a location for various films and TV dramas, including, most famously, a number of Harry Potter movies.

Other Day Trips

A typical ASE semester also contains two other optional Day Trips.

The first trip is a visit to nearby places of historic and cultural interest. In previous semesters, destinations have included picturesque villages and historic houses in The Cotswolds, or the Tor and ancient ruins at Glastonbury, reputed burial place of King Arthur, and the country town of Wells, with its own delightful cathedral and Bishop's Palace.

The second trip involves a substantial hike in remote, stunning countryside. Favourite past locations have included the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, with its spectacular peaks and views, or the coastal paths and ruined castles of Dorset, the so-called Jurassic Coast.

The cost of all ASE Day Trips is included in the Programme fee.

Stonehenge Dancers
Picturesque Lacock
Hiking the Brecons
Glastonbury Tor
Getting out and about