The local bus company does a good tour of Stonehenge, Old Sarum and the cathedral for £22. That includes all entry fees, so it is worth it. While waiting for the first bus out I used the internet at the library, which is free for 30 min.
You can’t go right up to the stones but can get quite close. There was definitely a crowd and I’m glad I went in the off-season.
The other mystery was the gift shop. They sell lemon curd.
From there the bus goes directly to Old Sarum, a hill fort.
The Norman ruins, only uncovered in the 1890s, are reasonably large.
The tour pass lets you take any bus back to town so I didn’t have long to wait. Then it was off to the cathedral!
They have free guides who give a good spiel.
The altar fronts are made to be seen from the rear of the cathedral. This ones is the London skyline.
I didn’t know that the Magna Carta was here, but it is – the best preserved copy that exists (there are only 4). It’s a surprisingly understated exhibition, and you can go right up to it, but no photography is allowed. It’s only slightly bigger than A3 but with very small print.
Then there’s the gift shop, which is NOT understated.
From there I wandered about the town a bit.