Welcome to Wessex


Welcome to Wessex

Mark Thomas, Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Explore wider Wessex in 2018 with a qualified Blue Badge Tour Guide

....(but it's not him....)

Alfred the Great,

King of Wessex 871-899


The Wessex area is a beautiful, varied and vibrant part of the country, full of ancient and modern heritage which tells fascinating stories about the local area, about the nation, and about Europe as a whole, from the Stone Age right up to the present day ’phone age’.


Wessex was an English kingdom which more than 1100 years ago prospered and grew. With attacks from the Vikings eventually rolled back Wessex became the hub of what emerged as the English nation and an English identity for the first time, a nation that is diverse, historic and beautiful.


I grew up in different parts of this area. As a Blue Badge qualified Tour Guide it will be my pleasure to show you its wide variety of great attractions and scenery. This includes some of the UK’s best known sites, as well as some other less well known gems. Amongst these highlights are:


  • famous attractions such as Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, Beaulieu, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Blenheim Palace, and many more


  • fascinating and contrasting cities: Oxford, Salisbury, Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth


  • fabulous scenery, flora and fauna, including in the New Forest


  • cathedrals, historic houses, churches, museums, beautiful and interesting gardens of all sorts.


Wessex is larger than just the area around Dorset and Wiltshire written about by author Thomas Hardy in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Its original capital was Dorchester-on-Thames near Oxford, before moving to Winchester.


My area covers the counties of Hampshire, South Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, Berkshire, Dorset, and The Isle of Wight


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