Stonehenge is one of those places I’ve meant to go to for ages. Living in London it seems like I have no excuse, especially as friends of the family who live outside of the country have been before me. I finally decided it was time to go. I went with a friend (hi Tosha) who was also keen to visit the prehistoric site.
Located in Wiltshire, in the Southern part of England, it’s believed Stonehenge was constructed around 2000 to 3000 BC. It’s been a legally protected site as far back as 1882, and has long been one of the UK’s most famous landmarks. From London it takes about an hour to drive and a half to drive. The car park was spacious which was great. There is free wifi when you arrive for you to download the audio. You can buy tickets beforehand or on the day. There wasn’t a queue.
As the main building is a mile and a half away from the stones, you can either go by the free coach or walk up. It’s a straight line so you wouldn’t get lost. From the drop off point it’s a short walk where you do get to slowly see the impact of the stones as you get closer.It really is such a distinctive place. The circle is made up upright stones, that are each around 13 ft/4.1 m high, 6 ft 11 in/2.1 m wide and weighing around 25 tonnes. And yes, I did make the famous Spinal tap reference.
There’s also neolithic houses, a cafe, small museum and a merchandise shop. The flowers are pretty and there’s some nice paths for you to walk down. Really though, it will be the stones themselves that will stand out most. It really is incredible to think that over 4,500 years ago, people without anywhere even remotely close to the technology we have could have found a way to move these huge and heavy pieces. For extra detail check here.