Stonehenge

by Cristina  

StonehengeThe well-known Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monument is thought to be constructed around 3100 BC. The speculation of the reason it has been built range from astronomy to human sacrifice. But no matter why it exists, it continues to amaze the visitors from all over the world.

Location

Stonehenge is located on Salisbury Plain, in Wiltshire, England (UK).

How to get to Stonehenge

By car

If you arrived on London’s Heathrow airport, follow the signs to M4 West then take M25 South bound. Follow the signs to Gatwick Airport. Exit at junction 12 for M3 motorway to Basingstoke. Follow it to junction 8 signed A303 Andover. Continue until you reach the roundabout, continue through it and then take A344. The car park at Stonehenge is on the right.

By train

The nearest train station to the site is Salisbury about 9.5 miles away. If you depart from London, you should take the train from Waterloo Station. There is a train departing almost every hour and the journey takes about an hour and a half.

By bus

Buses depart from London both from Heathrow Airport and Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes about 2 hours. Get off at Amesbury. Then you can either walk, take a bus or a taxi. It’s, by far, the cheapest way to get to Stonehenge.

Opening times and prices

Stonehenge is open daily, except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The opening times differ according to the season:

  • Spring (Mar 16 to May 31) and Autumn (Sept 1 to Oct 15): 9:30 AM to 6 PM
  • Summer (Jun 1 to Aug 31): 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Winter (Oct 16 to Mar 15): 9:30 AM to 4 PM
  • Boxing Day and New Year’s Day: 10 AM to 4 PM

The ticket price is £6.50 for an adult and £3.30 for a child.

» Stonehenge tours from London

The site at Stonehenge

Evidence shows that the area around Stonehenge has been inhabited around 8000BC. However, the majority of the monuments here have been built during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. The work at the Stonehenge site started around 3000BC but around 2500BC the Neolithic and Bronze age men started to bring the Bluestones and Sarsen stones from Wales. Stonehenge was completed around 1600 BC.

The stones can be seen from the car park and viewed quite clearly from the roadside. To get closer you need to pay the entrance fee (see above). The price includes an audio guide but you cannot walk among the stones (there are pathways surrounding the site).

But the site at Stonehenge is not only reduced to the famous stones. There are plenty other mysterious things to explore.

Stonehenge Cursus is a mysterious monument, just north of Stonehenge. It contains a ditch and a bank but its purpose hasn’t been discovered…yet.

The Avenue is a ceremonial way linking the monument to the river Avon.

Winterbourne Stoke Barrows is located close to the main site and contains a collection of every type of burial mound found in the UK.

King Barrows Ridge can be reached following the Avenue. It offers some of the most incredible views of the Stonehenge bowl.

Woodhenge was built at the same time as Stonehenge and consisted of timbers erected in oval rings. Today the old timber postholes are marked with small concrete plinths.

Durrington Walls has been revealed as the site of a great Neolithic village. The wall represents the remains of the largest henge in UK.

Do not miss

Visit the monument on the Summer Solstice (21 June), Winter Solstice (21st, 22nd or 23rd December), Spring or Autumn Equinox in order to be able to walk among the stones (not always, but sometimes allowed). Also, on these days, the entrance is free.

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