In my latest Disney Parks Blog series, I’m taking you on a tour of destinations throughout Europe you can visit with Disney Cruise Line. For the first time this summer, we’re calling on Portland, England, a charming limestone island in the English Channel —just a short distance from Stonehenge and a central part of the Jurassic Coast. Both in and around Portland is a wealth of cultural and historic treasures awaiting your family.
History and Mystery at Salisbury & Stonehenge – This excursion combines a visit to the most sophisticated and mysterious stone circle in the world with time to explore a fascinating medieval city. You’ll have two hours at Stonehenge, an amazing feat of engineering and one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World. Next up is free time in historic Salisbury to explore the city’s Market Square and stunning cathedral, home of England’s tallest spire and the historic Magna Carta.
Jurassic Coast Fossil Hunt Adventure – Bring out the archaeologist in your child when you venture to the incredible Jurassic Coast, renowned for being one of the richest heritage sites for prehistoric remains. After a visit to the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, you’ll be led down to the beach by an expert who will guide you to the most likely spots to find hidden gems unearthed daily by the powerful tide. The ammonite fossils you collect are yours to keep and a great souvenir for your family adventure!
A Lord’s Private Manor and English Cream Tea – Step onto the private grounds of an English heritage house for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour led by the lord of the manor. Your visit to the historical 17th-century ancestral home includes tea time in the family dining room and a chance to explore the exquisite Himalayan gardens just outside the mansion. As you walk the trails, enjoy the hundreds of unique flowers and shrubs planted by passionate gardeners over generations.
Keep following along as I give you suggestions for adventures in Europe with Disney Cruise Line. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!