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Stonehenge, Amesbury

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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. Our Amesbury visit planner makes visiting Stonehenge and other Amesbury attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Stonehenge is really a marvel, how it came about is a real mystery. But the caretakers must add something to the experience for people hiking up to see it all the way, other than just picture-like sto...  more »
  • After booking an Inner Circle Access Tour, you are asked to pay by calling directly or via wire transfer. I have tried without success for 6 days to call -- all circuits busy every call. I tried 30 ti...  more »
  • We had wanted to see the new visitor centre since it was finished. The last time I went it was a fairly grotty experience with no way to feel the atmosphere of the stones. When I went as a child it wa...  more »
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  • In A Nutshell: -Stonehenge, we've all read about it in our world history books during school. -Should be on your bucket list. -Why? It's was established around 3,000 B.C. -This place is pretty easy to get to, the drive from London is only a little over an 1 hour w/ pleasant scenery. -Parking is easy, make sure you get there by 10am or else the small parking lot will fill up fast. -After you purchase your tickets (you can purchase a guided tour if you want, but it's not necessary), you should start w/ the small museum where you'll learn about the easy-to-read history of Stonehenge, what is as like living in that era, what the people ate, etc... -Speaking of eating, these people ate very, very well. -Very amazing to see how they were able to get many ingredients from all over the world (even from New Zealand!) -A new feature are the huts, these are very cool b/c you'll learn what their thatched-roofed homes looked like inside and out. -You can then walk (about 1 mile) to Stonehenge or you can take the free shuttles. -I walked, then took the shuttle back. Overall, plan on spending about 1 1/2 to 2 hours here. It's enough time to learn a lot about this place. Very cool!
  • I loved this place. The sight of the ancient monument that has been the object of so much confusion and study felt magical. It's not cheap though, 5 quid to park (you get this back when you pay your entry fee). And £19.50 each to get in to the site itself. Once you're through the door you can either walk to the monument (it's a long walk, so be prepared) or you can get on one of the buses that take you up the hill. The monument itself is cordoned off, so you can't touch it. This is for the conservation of the stones and makes good sense given that people would graffiti them and chip chunks off them in the past. Once you're back at the visitor center, there's an exhibition to look around, which is quite interesting. A mock up of a small village to check out and a cafe and souvenir shop. I will definitely be going back.
  • It's an amazing and beautiful place. Unfortunately, it is forbidden to get close to the stones, you can not even touch them because there is a rope around the path and people avoiding you to get close enough. But still, it's a great place to visit for those who love ancient constructions and the midterm behind these stones.
  • I wanted to visit Stonehenge since I was a child. I finally booked a tour while in London and I got the chance to see the place. As most people expect (and it's true) there are "just rocks". If you are interested though in their history, the unknown things behind their story and other interesting facts related to Stonehenge it's worth paying the visit definitely. I would recommend going in the evening (somewhere after 16:30 - check their schedule in advance) as there are not so many people and you can actually get nice pictures.
  • Although I have been here a few times its still a great place to visit. This is the first time I have been since they spent a lot of money renovating, and they've done a great job. Although the parking, main building, cafe and gallery are quite a distance from Stonehenge it's not a problem as they give you an option to walk there or just jump on the free bus service. Ticket is around £45 for a family, but is free if your an English Heritage member (plus you get the audio description free). Definitely worth a visit as it is an extremely interesting visit.
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