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Wiltshire, England, UK
  • Building at the site started some time between 2000 BC and 3000 BC, archeologists don't agree on an exact date yet
  • On the other side it does ruin a bit of the experience
  • I think we got a good view of the site from the road around it, you certainly get good views and good photos
  • As the road is flat and paved, access shouldn't be a problem for anyone

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      Stonehenge is one of the most well known tourist attractions in England. It has been in books, films and TV series, and a lot of myths and tales are connected to it. It is one of the most famous Neolithic sites in the world, and each year a lot of tourists go there. It is a lot of other Stone age and Bronze age monuments and burials in the same area, so it is perfect for a day out to see a lot of English history. Building at the site started some time between 2000 BC and 3000 BC, archeologists don’t agree on an exact date yet.

      In 2002 it was voted one of the Seven Wonders of Britain in a public poll. One of the things


      that I didn’t quite like about Stonehenge is that it at the moment is between two roads, the A344 on one side and the A303 on the other side. This means that it is easy to get there, you don’t have to walk far and it’s easy access also for buses and bigger vehicles. On the other side it does ruin a bit of the experience.

      There have been several plans to move one of the roads and rebuilt parts of the monuments that are currently under the road. When Stonehenge became open the to public you could walk among the stones and climb them if you wanted to. As this lead to the henge being ruined, there’s a paved road leading around it so you can see it from all angels. If you want to go inside, you have to either to there for solstice or equinox, or join one of the special guided tours that takes you inside the monument.

      I think we got a good view of the site from the road around it, you certainly get good views and good photos. However, you don’t really get a feeling for how big they are. We had just been to Avebury where you can walk amongst the stones, and that gave us a much better view of the scale of Standing stones. As it is so popular, you also have to walk in a line.

      I imagine the line will turn into a queue in the summer, so if you can go ...


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      there early or late in the day it might be less crowded. As the road is flat and paved, access shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. We had to walk from the parking lot and through a tunnel under the road, about 5-10 minutes I think. The road goes past the visitor centre and souvenir shop, so we got plenty of opportunities to by postcards and other souvenirs.

      There’s a good selection of books on ancient English history and paganism, and some nice water-color paintings and sketches. Of course there is also the normal selection of weird sweets, blankets and key-rings. There’s a kiosk if you’re hungry, they have soft drinks and sausage rolls, but not really a very good choice. For a hot meal you’re

      better off driving to one of the nearby villages, we had some great local fish and steak.

      In summer it is open from 9. 30 am to 6 pm. You can of course see it when it’s closed, but you can’t get inside to the walk around the henge. It costs about 7 pounds to get in (2010), so about average for Britain.

      We used about an hour for both the walk and the visitors centre and shop, and we got audio guides so we got the story of the place while we were walking. They were well worth the price I think. Remember good shoes and rain jackets if you’re there in the winter/autumn, the weather can change quite fast as we experienced when we got drenched in about 15 seconds.




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