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.
I really enjoy Stonehenge and it is always a mind-blowing thought as to how it was built all these years ago. It is amazing yet just a little daunting.
I know. Nothing else like it in the UK. When did you last go? Hope it wasn’t too crowded and the weather was nice.
I went about 10 years ago and it was nice and quiet. Weather was also perfect. Absolutely awe-inspiring.
I had a great time. Thanks for inviting me along. Very mystical place x
Well you were already in the car when I went to drive there so I sort of had to 😉
Like I had a choice being tied up in the back of the trunk and all. Haha! Really, it was a lovely day and you really know your way around a stick shift Can’t be serious for a minute, can I? Thanks again for the hospitality and company. I’m lucky to call you friend and Der.
Was there recently myself! It’s an amazing place! Though there were a lot more visitors the day I was there!
Was it like you expected?
Mostly! I had been there as a kid when you were still allowed in among the stones. But even from a little distance it’s awesome!
If you knocked them over down the hill you could call them the Rolling Stones 😉
Ha! The ultimate Rolling Stones!
Thanks. I wanted to give a sense of what it was like. I hope you get to see it one day.
I hope so too. It must feel so great just walking amongst those huge stones.
Wow! Thanks for the trip. You are adorable and your shots bring back a lot of memories. Thanks, Alex.
Happy to do so 🙂 That shot of me was not posed. I really was trying to get the perfect selfie. Failed miserably, but it still worked out ha.
I say this with absolutely no intention of raining on anyone’s parade, but man was I underwhelmed when I finally went and saw this. The idea of Stonehenge to me is far more fascinating than standing in the grass in between the freeway and in crowds looking at rectangular rocks. I’ve felt this way with oth3r places too, but Stonehenge has this mystique about it (or at least it did) so I think in my case the disappointment factor was notable. It was still an opportunity I’m glad I’ve had, but I can’t say I am desperate to go back.
Your opinion is always welcome. Stonehenge isn’t a place for everyone. Once is enough to see it. But i still found it interesting to get an insight into the world thousands of years ago and discover more about a British landmark. And as a Spinal Tap fan…
Oh for sure. The whole idea of Stonehenge’s existence is fascinating. Maybe it was more of a location thing. I really wasn’t expecting roads to be quite so close to the site. Like, I was expecting it to be more remotely located, you know?
I wasn’t even quite sure what to expect. Great place for puns. Stones throw away, wonder if they’ll play any rock music, not the Druids we’re looking for etc
Lovely photos Alex. I loved Stonehenge – we visited for my birthday when we were in London! I was blown away. It’s such a special, magical place. I felt quite emotional when visiting.
What a great birthday present 🙂 Amazing to think something from the past has lasted so long. And really, how little we know of its origins and how they moved the stones.
Fantastic! I want to go there one day 🙂
I hope you get to go too. There’s nothing else like it around.
I went years ago with a friend who had a friend of his visiting from South Africa. It was pretty impressive but I somehow thought it was going to be bigger.
By pictures you’d seen or the description from people who had been there?
Looks like you had a great time. Love your shots of it. There is something very mythical and mystical about it.
It’s like no other attraction I’ve been to. So much curiosity and mystery. No dwarves though 😛
I’m making it a mission of mine to go.