Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Stonehenge is one of the world's most impressive prehistoric monuments. The construction of the ditch and surrounding embankment dates to 3100 BCE, and radiocarbon dating indicates that placement of the standing stones took place between 2400 and 2200 BCE. Spend time in the visitor's center before viewing the site. The interpretive displays and exhibits here tell stories about the monument and explain the popular debates about its possible prehistoric uses. These will help give you context to appreciate its significance--though the age-old question of how the giant standing stones got there remains unanswered. The cafe by the entrance provides a place to grab snacks before you proceed to the site by shuttle bus. Buy your tickets online before visiting to avoid waiting in line at the ticket kiosk, and check the weather forecast so that you can dress appropriately. To visit Stonehenge on your trip to Amesbury, use our Amesbury vacation route planner.
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Fair amount of parking, with 'managers' looking after allocation. Advanced booking saved a lot of time. Exhibit interesting on 'finds' at site but overall 'how they built it' was a little lacking. Ple... read more »
In the semi-remote farming countryside, with many burial mounds from druids/etc. Parking lot and visitor center is a good mile or so from the actual stonehenge. One can either walk thru a winding path... read more »
I think this has got better than the last time i visted a few years back, no longer is there a busy road running. I arrived at the visitors Centre shortly after 9 a.m. and with a very short bus ride a... read more »
If people would put their all-important "electronic devices" to rest and just spend a reflective and contemplative moment of wonder. There's no photos that are expected to be any better than the uncountable deluge that have been taken since the beginning of photography. In the Google 3-D imagery there are more people texting and phoning to tell where they are, than actually looking at the amazing subject. Ah, modern humans!?
A sacred, unique stone circle and monument - the only place in the world where huge "lintels" have been placed to join the tops of enormous upright stones. It would help if the path was a bit wider in the most photogenic spots. There are frequent shuttle buses to keep the cars away from the monument itself, or you can take a lovely 25-minute walk from the car park. If you want to actually get in among the stone, you need to apply months in advance for a "Special Access visit"
Surprisingly Small Don't get caught out. Stone Henge is really huge and impressive. Assuming that you are a neolithic person. If you are used to cityscapes.... it's pretty little. The first time I saw it I was stunned. I visited this time on the Summer Solstice, so I could go right into the stones, and even touch them. This only happens twice a year. Most of the time you are kept at a distance.
Every Summer Solstice, Stonehenge is open overnight for "managed open access". Normally one can only view the stones from a distance, but at the solstice one can walk right among the stones and touch them. During the solstice celebration there are musicians playing, singers singing, and Pagans conducting various rituals. You can stay overnight, either by the rocks or sleeping in your car at the car park, returning to the stones for the solstice sunrise. It's awesome getting up close to the stones. I recommend a solstice visit, because I don't think it's possible to get a good appreciation of the stones from the usual viewing point.
It's expensive, very expensive, but it's Stonehedge so they can kinda charge what they want. The new facilities are really quite excellent. Not so sure about the cramped / sweaty buses though. The audio guide was good though. Worth the extra to learn a little bit of history. The stones... Lots of annoying tourists with selfie sticks as you'd expect.
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