GREAT WEST WAY
We at ArchaeoMuse are very proud to be an official Tour Operator for the Great West Way®!
Who we are!
ArchaeoMuse specialises in theme-based travel and educational experiences exploring the origins of civilisation and the connections our ancestors have with the present.
The Great West Way provides an exciting range of options to explore these connections between the past and present.
ArchaeoMuse is based in the region with local archaeologists and experts with a background in culture, literature, and art.
Below you will see thought-provoking itineraries inspired by our Muses.
We can do all the work for you in advance to prepare for your visit and personally guide you through the region to make the most of your time.
Let our Muses show you the way!
Why The Great West Way?
If you are curious and want to discover the quintessential essence of England, The Great West Way is perfect!
An ancient route that meanders through charming idyllic towns and quaint villages, explore the secluded countryside and relax on the soothing waterways
Immerse yourself in stories of the past with so much extraordinary history that has influenced and shapes the development of the modern nation the United Kingdom.
Explore World Heritage Sites whilst replenishing in traditional pubs, frequented for hundreds of years, serving local hand-pumped craft ales and fresh local farm food.
Discover ancient archaeological sites, such as Stonehenge, learn about ancient Britons, the Roman invasion, and more!
History of The Great West Road
In 1635, King Charles I (proposed by Thomas Witherings) ordered “Six Great Roads” to be built with the purpose to shorten the time it took for the King’s messages to reach the ports from London.
The Great West Way follows a 125-mile route based on one of the first Great Roads commissioned by the Kings of England linking London to Bristol.
"Did you know you can explore the ancient origins of modern Britain along the Great West Way. Follow the fascinating path from Ancient Bronze Age Britons, Iron Age Celts, and Romans, Medieval Anglo-Saxons, and Normans to Modern Great Britain. "
Taras is traveling by canal and river now since he is out of his native, Mediterranean, and Aegean context. His Dolphin has also had to adapt to swimming in more shallow, murky, and muddy waters.
WHO ARE THE MUSES?
The 9 Muses of ancient Greek mythology, daughters of the Titaness Memnosyne or Memory, and Zeus, supreme leader of the Olympians, are bound to inspire with a heritage like this!
In fact, the very word ‘muse’ in English. and many other modern languages. comes from ancient Greek meaning 'inspiration' and is the basis of many words in English like museum, music, amuse, and many other words.
Our theme-based experiences along the Great West Way centre around the wonderful Muses.
Click on a Muse, and Taras, to reveal who they are and what they represent.
Let the Muses Inspire you!
Scroll through the Muses' favourite experiences along the Great West Way. and find some compelling itineraries based on what they uncovered.
With the Muses and Taras, you will truly grasp, and uncover, fascinating stories, anecdotes, and archaeological sites along the Great West Way.
You can also share with us what you are interested in, or which Muses inspire, and we can tailor-make a bespoke itinerary for you!
Clio - Muse of History
Explore the continuity of civilisation from the Bronze Age through the Roman times to the present, all along the Great West Way!
Melpomene - Muse of Drama and Theatre
With the Great West Way starting in London and ending in Bristol, there is an abundance of theatres along the way!
Visit Bristol Old Vic The oldest continually-running theatre in the English-speaking world. A visit to The Pounds Art Centre is a must! Here you will find theatre, exhibitions, live music, cinema, stand-up comedy, and creative workshops!
Polyhymnia - Muse of Religion and Politics
Thalia - Muse of Comic Drama.
The pub has played a central role across the UK's communities for hundreds of years. There are approximately 48,000 pubs in the UK, with many dating back centuries.
Explore the many pubs along the Great West Way, tour the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, experience Aldwick Estate - Vineyard Tours And Tastings, try local beers at Wadworth Brewerysample the delights, and learn about the traditional brewing methods used at the site since 1875.
Calliope - Muse of Literature and Architecture
Literary and cultural itinerary following the poetry and prose of Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, two writers with strong connections to the Great West Way.
Euterpe - Muse of
Arts and Dance
Experience a vibrant art and culture experience along the Great West Way! From gilded galleries to lively community arts centres.
A must-visit includes Katharine House Gallery where you can purchase esteemed local art. The gallery specialises in modern British art, particularly by post-war artists such as Roy Turner Durrant and Sandra Blow. As well as paintings and ceramics you’ll also find unusual antiques.
Euterpe - Muse of Music
Urania - Muse of Philosophy and Science
With many miles of open countryside, with little or no light pollution, there are plenty of options to enjoy an evening of stargazing during your Great West Way trip with us. Enjoy the tranquillity and majesty of the night sky, you can admire the sweep of the Milky Way, and see how many constellations you can spot.
Erato - Muse of Love and Romanticism
Explore the natural beauty along the Great West Way route. There is something very romantic about traditional quintessential English gardens. The National Trust has a number of different spectacular properties and gardens along the Great West Way.
Enjoy inspiring walks, reading poetry, literature, viewing art, and listening to music.
For more details on our itineraries,
please contact us.
We can tailor-make your travel experiences for you and your desires. We provide experiences for individuals, groups, families, friends, academics, and history buffs (beginners to experts).
We are enthusiastic and passionate about what we do and specialise in providing thoughtfully prepared, and tailor-made, travel experiences in collaboration with writers, storytellers, historians, philosophers, archaeologists, gastronomical connoisseurs, and passionate locals.
“I cannot praise ArchaeoMuse enough. Lucy and Antonio worked tirelessly to tailor make our Y7 trip to the Bay of Naples; such a wonderful experience for pupils and staff.”