This is a must see if your going to London (or even bath nearby). LOOK UP THE HISTORY OF IT BEFORE GOING TO SEE IT!!! Looking up the history before seeing it might change your mind whether you want to pay to go up close to it or not. If you don't want to pay to get close up (entrance fee) to it there is a road leading up to it on the side where you can see it from a distance and take pictures of it from there FOR FREE. Or if your not that interested at least drive by it lol. You'll realize its a lot smaller than you probably expected (another reason why i say look it up before you see it or you might be disappointed to find out what happened around 1950. Truthfully I think the cheapest way to see this place is if you have a car so you can park it on the side road and see it from a small distance away, or if you take a tour then its gonna be expensive and force you to pay the entrance fee in your package, etc. Private tours get to get closer though past the ropes so.... its up to you how much of a fan your of this place or how badly you want to see it. Originally I really wanted to see it because its so famous but once I did research kind of didnt want to anymore. I heard there is a gift shop also from some people coming back from stonehenge in the hotel lobby I was staying at....so if you want a remembrance item/souvenier lol.
Overall, I recommend seeing it but there are a few different options of different price ranges and distances from how far and how close to want to see stonehenge.
The site itself is impressive and the audio tour informative. A bit expensive when considering the cost of getting there from London and the entrance fee. Luckily the weather was perfect for my visit so I wandered the grounds and soaked it all in but be prepared for rain which is pretty common in England.
I took a bus from the Salisbury train station. Be careful not to miss the last bus back. They literally wait for no one and if you're 1 minute late you'll have to call for a cab in the member center (this isn't experience talking here or anything like that)
The visitor center was very nice but the wait times for the bus to Stonehenge from the visitor venter was unnecessarily long. The staff wasn't very friendly either.
If it wasn't for the historical significance of Stonehenge I would rate this visit 3 stars based on the price of the bus, entrance, and audio tour as well as the poor service at the visitor center and site.
This place has been on my "must-see before I die" places for as long as I can remember. It was cold, windy, and pouring down rain on the day that I finally got to see it in person, but that didn't take away from the experience even a little bit.
The only disappointment, albeit very tiny, was that the shop/visitor center was already closed when we got here. I would have liked to purchase some other memento of my visit, but oh well. We were on a privately guided tour, so we were actually able to walk right up and among the stones instead of only up to the ropes. I think I would have been a little disappointed if I had only purchased a regular ticket and definitely recommend booking a private tour.
It was really an amazing experience to see it up close. Everyone should go at least once in their lifetime.
Went to see the new visitor centre at Stonehenge that opened around Christmas 2013. I was very impressed. Now that they have closed the road that used to run down by the stones it has placed them in a much better setting. As you don't get onto the side of the stones by the A303 you hardly notice the traffic.
The visitor centre itself is lovely, a new cafe (nice coffee and hot chocolate), a new exhibition, shop and buses or the land train down to the stones.
It is much improved on the old setting and the exhibition was good with a great room that allows you to stand within the stones and watch the sunrise and sunset and see the stones develop over time.
I took three kids (boys aged 14, 11 and 6) and they all loved it, the free audio guides are cool and have different setting for families, kids and adults.
I will give yourself at least a couple of hours to do the stones, shop, cafe and exhibition. If you want to explore the rest of the landscape bring decent walking shoes as it is mostly grass.
Stonehenge was something I knew I needed to see after taking an Art History course.
Visited with my family and tour group on August 10, 2013. It was a sunny, but breezy day and there were lots of tourists there. I almost missed getting in with my group due to the really long line at the restroom.
- Stop for a bite to eat and rest stop before you get to Stonehenge.
- Give yourself enough time to walk around and enjoy it.
- Patience is necessary to handle all the tourists like yourself.
- Definitely visit the store before you leave to pick up some books or mementos.
It was built in the Neolithic Period or the New Stone Age. This is when humans started settling in fixed abodes and domesticating plants and animals. All the stones were aligned to mark the passage of the sun and changing seasons. The largest stones weighed as much as 40 tons and it took at least 200 people 12 days to transport the stones from about 15 miles to the north.
The reason Stonehenge was built is still a mystery that archaeology cannot answer. Some think it was built for the farmers to mark the winter solstice and the turning of the year and some think it was just a burial ground since there are many burial mounds in the area.
I'd highly recommend visiting this World Heritage Site, taking advantage of the audio tour and stopping by the Visitor Centre Store where they have a nice selection of books.
It's well worth the trip from Oxford! Been here twice but I'll never get tired of going back again. The place is just magical and mysterious! Right in the middle of nowhere.
Stonehenge. It's a bunch of rocks in a circle, right? Should be unimpressive, and yet somehow it's one of the coolest darn things I have ever seen up close! And despite the simplicity of it all I would highly recommend checking it out to anyone with time on their hands whilst in England. As a matter of fact, if I ever get back, there's a good chance I'll revisit it! Seeing it up close (though I wish I could have gone inside the circle) against a backdrop of green hills and England's notoriously moody weather was incredibly surreal!
When we visited we got audio equipment that unpacked the history and legends of Stonehenge. It was very fascinating learning about all the possibilities of it's origin (the devil? aliens? Merlin and some giants?) and use; of particular interest (to me at least) were the flatter stones in the ground around Stonehenge that were rumored to have been used as sacrificial areas.
Also, something in particular that really stood out to me about Stonehenge was it's proximity to the A303. How ironic that this prehistoric monument is now located so close to an incredibly congested, man-made "trunk road"? Seeing the road out of your peripheral doesn't draw you out of the magic of the experience of being here, but it does add to a certain level of paradoxicality.
One of the most memorable moments of my time in England happened at Stonehenge. We were about halfway around when someone's mobile near us started ringing. The tone? "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. Hopefully it was just a random coincidence and not something planned!
Stonehenge is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking places in the world. Simply amazing!
On a trip to London, my family took a day trip west to visit Warwick Castle, Salisbury, and Stonehenge. My dad has a friend that is originally from Salisbury and we got a nice tour of that town. It's really amazing--surrounded by a wall and the town is beautiful. I believe that the town still locks the gates at 8:00 PM sharp and the only way in or out after that is to possibly bribe a guard. Warwick Castle is also worth a visit. Take a train ride and day-trip from London to see these spots. It is definitely worth your while.
Stonehenge was the most intriguing of the three destinations. The mystery surrounding the place is quite surreal. The first thing that comes to mind is the purpose for the stones. It could be some kind of altar or maybe even a calendar. At one point, these giant stones formed a perfect circle. Even the ruins of today are a remarkable sight! How did they lift these stones?
The site is quite remarkable as well. It has some kind of magnetic field around it. Our tour guide gave each of us an L-shaped piece of metal. We were then instructed to hold the short end of the L loosely in our hands. As we walked around the stones, the metal would move to always point toward the center of the structure. Creepy right?
Stonehenge is a must-see spot in England. It's one of the few ties to the ancient world that still remains.
Rather long bus ride from London, but I am glad I went.
The scale and history of Stonehenge... Midsummer sunrises, midwinter sunsets... Over and over for how many years?...
For bus tours, like our group taken, admission is included, otherwise, you pay at welcome center. There is a gift shop, restrooms and cafe as well.
As you walk to Stonehenge via covered walkway, watch for swallow nests in the corners, they are so stinking cute! I loved little buggers when I lived in Crimea, did not expect to see them here.
At Stonehenge site, you can stroll around, but you cannot go inside the circle. Still impresses the living daylights out of you.
A lot of people seating around on the grass praying and meditating.
I sit here for a while as well. It's a lot to take in and think about.
IMHO, this place has more hype than it should. Ok, it's popular and many people know it, but it's not the best experience for a buck, as some would say.
The biggest disappointment is the lack of freedom. There are paths made for tourists, so you can't or at least shouldn't go off them. You can't even go 360° around the stones.
I would recommend to park your car anywhere you can close, but don't buy tickets. Go on the side of the road by the fence and enjoy stonehenge view for free.
Verdict, not worth visiting, if it's not on the way.
We had a private tour of Stonehenge through the tour company. We booked a day trip to Bath and Lacock, and it included a private sunrise tour of Stonehenge. I highly recommend doing this is you want to actually walk around the stones. If not, you will only be able to get as close as the cordened ropes. We had the place to ourselves and weren't rushed. Fun history lesson for the day, and it was pretty amazing to think of how they were able to get the stones here, and how they have been able to stand the tests of time. It was interesting to read about UNESCO site, and the different theories behind Stonehenge.
There are bathrooms available, a gift shop and a snack shop too. Bring a jacket if you're going in the morning.
I spent a month in europe (england, france and poland) and this site was defiantly one of the highlights. Words and yelping cannot describe the sheer beauty and size of stonehedge. Spend a day here. Do the audio tour then relax on the grounds. This truly is an experience i will never forget. August 2103
Smaller than I imagined but still magnificent. Free audio tour in different languages available, or you can download the free official app "Stonehenge" on your iPhone or Android.
I basically paid $30 to have this picture taken. Yep. There I am. By Stonehenge. Impressed aren't you? No? Yeah, neither were we ;p
I want to let you know I have been utterly fascinated with Stonehenge since I was in the 4th grade and checked out a library book about it. I was SO excited about checking off the oldest thing on my "Bucket List!" A real dream come true!
As soon as we drove nearby enough to see it I gasped and pointed at it. I was in awe and got goosebumps for split-second and then it was no longer in view.
By the time we got closer to Stonehenge all the mystique, or even interest for that matter, had evaporated. I walked closer and expected something in me to react, but there was nothing. I stared at these colossal gray rocks hoping for them to do something more interesting--- like a back flip or a song and dance. *Anything* to make a more interesting and worth the $30 I paid to see them. But no, that was it. You couldn't even go close or touch them.
The audio guide wasn't terribly interesting either. It was semi-intriguing to hear how people throughout the ages used to chip a little bit of the rock to keep as a souvenir or how the English used bits of it for other construction.
Perhaps I was too jaded by seeing more monumental and impressive things in the UK. Maybe if this was the first day we had spent in England it would have been amazing... but as it was we had seen better and this was pretty boring. At least I got a cool photo of me by it.
After 4 long grueling days in London, I was excited about our day trip to Bath, Lacock and Stonehenge.
We took the "inner circle" tour with Golden Tours and were not disappointed.
We arrived at Stonehenge just before sunset and had the entire place to ourselves. Yes, it's just some rocks out in the middle of nowhere, but when you think about how heavy they are and how long they've been there its pretty magnificent.
The timing at sunset made for a memorable experience and a great way to end the trip.
I often wonder if the Brits deliberately create these iconic places simply for the tourist dollar. No, it wasn't the Druids nor the aliens that put these huge megaliths together but it was "somebody" who saw the future of mankind shaking their heads in bewilderment at a jumble of big rocks while local merchants rang up the till in glee. Not far from here, you can find numerous "wanna-bes" in the weird rock or wood formations with the closest called "Woodhenge". The same questions apply ("WTF did this and why?") only it's cheaper (free). Keep on to the coast and you'll find "King Arthur's castle" near a small town called Tintagel where all the tourist-trappings offer plastic swords and Merlin wands even though it has nothing to do with reality. It doesn't stop the tourists from spending.
That being said, if you have the time (and dinero) for a look-see at what all the fuss is about, always remember that the nearest pint is just a pub away and with visions of a bearded Merlin casting malicious spells on your enemies, you can enjoy some real English lore before retiring to that lovely down bed at the B&B.
As the best preserved UNESCO site, if you haven't had a chance to say you've been to Stonehenge, I would say it's worth the trip if you have the time. I was here 20 years ago with my wife and it was interesting. Now we brought our kids. I wasn't excited to go back, but happy wife (happy life) and my kids wanted to go.
So we made an adventure out of it and took the train from Waterloo to Salisbury and visited Salisbury Cathedral. We then took The Stonehenge Tour bus that took us to the site and got us in the fast lane to enter the site. Once there, I loved seeing the faces of my kids with the fascination of what in the world? The photo opportunity is perfect and we had a fun day.
I love the Stonehenge. I think it is an amazing place and beautiful. It is best to visit on sunny day and take various photos from many angles. However, due to London's weather, this part can be a bit incalculable. As part of the entrance ticket, every ticket holder gets an audio tour, which explains quite a bit of the history of the Stonehenge as well as the burial mounds around. Make sure to walk through every part of the henge and see every stone including the Heel and Slaughter stones. This place is filled with history and beauty of nature, a wonderful combination.
We were warned to "not expect much" before going to Stonehenge. How did my friend put it... "you'll see this field of really green grass, maybe some sheep milling about, and this big fence that won't even allow you anywhere close to these really big rocks..."
Ok... set expectations - Check!
Off we went anyway. I don't care if we can't go close enough to lick the stones (not that I want to)... but it's one of those things that if you are on a UK trip, you have a car, you are within a certain distance that makes it feasible, how can you say 'no' to Stonehenge?
We got there early because we wanted to save every precious daylight hour in the winter time, so we actually got there before they even open the parking lot up for visitors. We parked nearby, walked outside of the fence. Took a bunch of pictures outside of the fence. When the parking lot opened up and we tried to buy tickets, we found out the place doesn't open for another 30 min (at 9:30). So we were waaaay early.
We didn't want to spend another hour or so having 30 min just waiting in the parking lot so that we can walk the perimeter of the fence again (even though it would get us a little closer), so we left, well, after taking more pictures...
Was it a "wow" moment? Not really. Was it worth it? Are you kidding? It's STONEHENGE... gotta at least go once!
-we got there by bus
-also burial grounds:)
-constructed in 3 main phases:
3050BC - circular ditch and bank
Circa 2600BC - wooden structure constructed at centre
2500-1500BC - stone monument constructed at centre
-how the hell did they do that back in the day?
=ALIENS DO EXIST
Stonehenge, an English heritage monument of inspiration and fasination, draws in visitors, like myself, from all over the world.
Start at North Barrow and trace the ancient stone circle evolution from the circular ditch and bank to the circle of sarsen and blue stones.
The purpose of Stonehenge is mysterious. The informative audio guide mentions that the monument aligns with the midsummer sunrise and midsummer sunset.
The stone circle is unique and worth an exploration!
Bring your own earbuds to plug into the audio guide so that your hands are free to take pictures.
It's Stonehenge. The oft-parodied, imitated, ridiculed and marveled upon monument. You should see it. Yes, yes you should.
The best part is shelling out money for the cheesy audio guide, which gives unnecessary amounts of overinformation, silly sound effects, and pithy one liners. Of particular interest is the final line: "Now, turn around and take one last look at....Stonehenge." Absolutely priceless.
Yes, you'll be a tourist, but it's a freakin' neolithic henge o' stones. Go.
Large rocks piled on top of each other, making a circle.
That's what I thought of Stonehenge before I even checked out the site. Not until you get there and rent the audio guide (which I definitely recommend), is when you learn about the history of Stonehenge and what makes it so unique. Don't think you can learn about Stonehenge's history by saving some pounds and just visiting the site. The audio guide is very informative and definitely worth its weight in pounds.
I heard a couple of years before we visited in 1997, Stonehenge wasn't fenced in and you could walk right up to a stone and probably carve your initials in it or something...which is why it's fenced in now. But you don't need to be up close to it to appreciate its mysterious beauty.
What can I say, it's our first time in Europe so we're doing the whole tourist thing... we gotta do it, right?
After renting a car we decided to drive out to see Stonehenge. It was a 2 hour drive and we arrive 10 minutes after 6 pm. Well guess what? They closed at 6 pm! D'oh! We were able to see it through the chain-link fence, tho it was a couple hundred feet away. So what's the big deal? It's a bunch of big rocks stacked up in a half circle, whoopee.
I'm kidding of course! It was pretty darn cool to see even if it was 200 feet or so away We were there maybe 15 minutes, took a few photos, but photos through a chain-link fence, um, not so great.
It was worth seeing even though we couldn't get "up close and personal".
Ah! Weide now understands the symbolism of Roman Polanski having Natasha Kinski rest on the fallen monolith at Stonehenge just before she was arrested in his version of Tess of d'Urbervilles.. that was the alter stone and as such her laying on it was indicative of the sacrificial scapegoat role she was playing in service to the unjust class-structured society that had branded her a whore, driven her to murder, and would put her on trial and pronounce her unfit to live...
Look.. coming from California where man-made *anything* over fifty years old is *old,* how am I going to rate an impressively-engineered structure, 3000 years old and cloaked in genuine mystery, anything less than five stars?
OK if the site had been allowed to become all commercialized and tacky or simply turned.. oh.. hum drum.. under the constant onslaught of tourists visiting from around the world, I might have flicked off a star.. but really.. I think the English Heritage organization is to be complimented on the job it is doing.. handling the thousands of daily visitors without spoiling the bucolic setting.. *not* ripping you off .. and providing at *no extra charge* the very useful and informative audio phones that decently imbue you with the knowledge that you require to fully appreciate the achievement and the mystery of the ruins you see before you.
(of course, everyone holding the audiophones to their ear *does* give you the misleading impression, as you approach the ruins, that every visitor is standing in front of the stones on his or her *cell* phone, describing in breathless tones what they are seeing at the very moment to thrilled relatives back home.. Well, of course, Stonehenge does not provide that kind of thrill.. But still is a place well worth seeing. If you are staying in a town 20 miles away, as we were.. Well.. then no question.. you *have* to see it before you leave.)
Stonehenge was on my list of places that I needed to see while in England. I had watched the National Geographic documentary on Stonehenge so I didn't see the need to carry one of those cell phone-like contraptions while I walked around in the circle bordering Stonehenge.
Who knew that these huge rocks could draw so much awe and excitement?!
Great photo opps at every angle. The time that we went, the people seemed pretty mellow, except when we got to the gift shop. If you can, avoid it. It's small and crowded and difficult to move about with 50 people crammed in there.
Okay, okay, okay - were this anything BUT Stonehenge, I would not be giving it 5 stars for what you get
In the middle of a Sheep Paddock, smack-dab in the middle of nowhere, you'll find a big pile of rocks w/ nothing else. No museum, no coffee shops, nothing......just some phenomenal, gargantuan, wondrous rocks in the middle of a mysterious field. No way to get there via public transportation - either drive yourself or take a Bus Tour.....but you know you're driving to something worth its weight in gold
The day we went, the Pagan gods were frowning down upon us. It was cold as balls w/ a fierce wind whipping across the paddock, highlighted by the torrential rain, smacking us sideways. Really just added to the mystique of it all & seemed kinda appropriate
Some of our audio tour devices were broken so we didn't get to hear the full tour but it was so cold & miserable that we didn't care - we just wanted to get back to the warm, dry bus. We got our pics, we got to see the magnanimous beauty & gawk & awe at its splendor. That was good enough for us!
Roped off from getting too close due to pathetic vandals who desecrated this wonder of history....but we were fine w/ the views we had & are thankful it's still here for all to enjoy
Something everyone should see at least once in their lives!
There are only several times in the entire year when they let the public go inside the Stonehenge circle to party and watch the sunrise. I had an unforgettable experience celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge in July.
I was staying at a hostel in Cardiff, Wales, where I shared a room with a German girl by the name of Kat. She was pretty cool and we decided to check it out together. So, off we went, on a train to Salisbury and transferred to another bus that took us to the site.
When we were boarding the bus, there were lots of other young party-goers like us. All of us out to have a good time.
I carried a large backpack and a duffel bag, so I worried about where to put it after I entered. Lucky thing, they had a booth where you could check in your belongings and give you a claim number (at your own risk).
It was already dark when we got there and the party was just getting started. There were lights, several food booths, but (surprise!) no alcohol for sale. You can BYOB but they won't sell any on the premises. This led to people bumming off each other for drinks.
Lots of people were playing music, some guy had drums, another had a clarinet and other musical instruments. It was a unique experience being inside the Stonehenge circle, touching it, sitting on it and partying in it amongst crowds of people.
The party lasted til sunrise... as the whole point of it was to witness a sunrise in Stonehenge.
There were definitely drawbacks, such as the cold weather, despite it being summer... at times, it was kinda cloudy with misty rain. Some people got really nasty.. but hey, it was worth the once in the lifetime experience.
Also note that if you visit during other times of the year, you cannot touch the Stonehenge stones. There's a thin yellow rope lining the site so that you can't even go inside or close enough to touch it. I also found out that they may let you in during the winter solstice and Glastonbury festival.
An experience you'll never forget.
As I continue my world travels, this time the most exotic Hampshire, I make a point of going to the local history hotspots, and in the uk you don't get more famous than Stonehenge.
Ok I did manage to choose a day when it was pissing down and brass monkeys were definitely feeling it.
First off this place is run by English Heritage, so if you are a member of any of the affiliated organisations remember and take your card. Being the good and loyal national trust member that I am #, I forgot to take my card, bang goes £7.80.
A lot of people seem to moan about the size of the place, but remember they were a lot shorter in times gone by and I still think they are reasonably sized.
As for facilities I have to say they were kinda lacking, you have tickets, toilets, gift shop and a snack van. There is talk of building more, which I think would make a huge difference.
All in all lovely place but typically British, so much more could be made of it.
This other website has more specific info, I think: english-heritage.org.uk/… Their customer service contact number per that website is 0870 333 1181
This UNESCO world heritage site is a very peaceful place, and to just see the size of those prehistoric rocks and how they were perfectly assembled and organized is a very cool experience.
I actually visited Stonehenge as part of a tour that included Bath and Windsor, including Windsor Castle. I can't remember what company it was, but it was a pretty good deal. Yet the adventure of renting a car and doing the GPS madness should be great. Brits are super polite and hospitable, so I'm sure if one gets lost it wouldn't be a scary experience; and I haven't driven a car in the UK, but I have in New Zealand, which is also a lefty-country, and at first it's scary driving on the opposite side of the road, but you get it after a few minutes. :-)
Not many times in one's life will you be able to see one of the "wonders of the world". This place is another world heritage site on our bus tour. We had to hurry on a frantic time table to get here because it's a long drive from London. The bus drops you off at the "car park" (parking lot) and you can walk into the tiny shop for souvenirs or toilet (I headed to the toilet). It's a bit of a walk on a paved trail to the monument and the weather was cold with heavy drizzle, requiring the use of umbrellas.
They've been able to identify that the large upright stones were brought from the Marlborough Downs 19 miles away and there are smaller upright stones inside the large circle (Bluestones) brought from the Preseli Mountains in Wales (240 miles away) but no one knows how they were even transported to this site which has been identified to have been around since the Middle Stone Age.
We took our cursory pictures and circled the monument (chained off so you can't get close) and hurried back to the mini-gift shop to buy our mini-verison of the Stonehenge for souvenir, cognizant of our time, for we did not want to left behind in the dark at this "mystical" place which may have had human sacrifices. We only had 45 mins. to enjoy this place and it would take us 2 hrs. by tour bus back to London.
Ongoing exclavations will hopefully provide us with more information in the future as to what ongoings occurred at this site by it's previous occupants. Besides human sacrifices. woooooohhhhh.
Aside from the fact that it was the 9th straight day of gray and drizzle that is England- the site itself was simply stunning.
I too, was put off by the fact that you couldn't actually touch the stones (or get within 20 feet of them for that matter), but there was something very mystical just being there.
The audio tour was a bit much so I just turned it off about halfway through- it was more interesting listening to my mom who'd been to Stonehenge back in the 70's when she was studying at Warwick University for a semester. There's something about historical sites of such significance that seem to transcend the generations- I was just happy that I got to see something like this in once in my lifetime.
100% Worth a stop!
My suggestion is see Stonehenge for FREE, You can see the monument just as well from the side of the road as from the viewing area which charges 7 so save the money and view it from the street.
On the enquinox 's entry is free and you can cross the tape and get amongst the stones, this is also an interesting time to visit to witness the other visitors in addition to the stones.
Travelling by public transport is impossible! So an organised tour / car are the only ways to travel.
now there are bathrooms anf coffee shop onsite if you want some over priced refreshments, ideally pack a picnic, check out stonehenge then picnic at Avebury stone circles where access is unrestricted, free and includes bonus sheep
Cross this one off the list of places to visit before I die. Definitely worth the trek. Managed to get here before sunset -- the clouds went away when we stepped onto the grass -- it was bright and sunny for a good one hour as we gazed at the giant monoliths.
Had the audio tour in hand, but tossed it aside. Who needs a guide when you're standing face to face with such history.
Everyone has their theories about what the stones mean, or how they got there. When you see it in person, the theories become real. There's an eerie calm feeling as if you are in another time and world.
My boyfriend would SOOOOO... disagree with me on my rating. Yet, I must admit that although I found the history of mysticism surrounding Stonehenge fascinating, I found the jostling bus to get there rather nauseating.
I enjoyed the audio-tour and it was definitely a once in a lifetime type of experience. Yet, I must admit that I got most of my laughs out of chasing and trying to take photos of curious sheep in the neighboring pastures....
I don't know what I was expecting but I am sure I wasn't expecting to see Stonehenge just off the road in the middle of the countryside with a large parking lot with tour buses.
I also didn't expect to see a chain around it so you can not actually walk up the the stones.
What I did expect was to feel moved by the experience. Like standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon or looking out your window of the plane in the Arctic and seeing the blue glaciers for the first time.
How did I really feel? Honestly? I felt as though I should hang out for a little while and act as though I was remotely interested.
Yes, it is a bunch of rocks.
Another one of those "must see" places if you are in London is Stonehenge. I read a lot about Stonehenge (read the wiki article here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St…) and it is not my intent to offend anyone if I completely missed the point, but it was a bunch of rocks. I paid the fee, walked around the rocks, took the obligatory tourist picture (see my profile) and walked out. They did have a really tasty snack bar (or maybe I was very hungry). I was just not moved by the experience.
There is a tremendous amount of history, a lot of speculation, conjecture, and outright guessing as to the origin, purpose, and reason for these rocks to be where they are. Some may find it inspiring, others may find it amazing. I somehow missed it. If I find myself back in London with some time to kill, I think I will come back. Maybe next time I will connect.
I took a bus tour to Stonehenge (it's a ways away from central London), as renting a car and driving where everyone is driving on the WRONG side of the road :) was not appealing to me. If you are in London I think you should come here. It's like coming to Tampa on not visiting Busch Gardens.
A pretty great experience. One of those "must do" sights regardless of how many tourists pull up in coaches. As long as you know what to expect, you'll enjoy yourself and get a lot out of the experience.
Adult tickets are currently £7.80 per person, and parking is £3, but that's refunded when you buy your tickets. It's done this way to discourage "park and peepers" who don't want to pay for admission. However it's well worth it - all tickets include an audio guide, and it's actually quite interesting and informative.
Yes, it's going to be crowded, and it is indeed right next to a major highway. But like the Pyramids of Giza, if you go in with the right attitude you'll come out of it being glad you went.
It's friggin' STONEHENGE after all; it was old when the pyramids were new!
To be honest, I feel as though I can't go less than 5 stars on this one - it's freakin Stonehenge!! Of course the stones are nothing like they were thousands of years ago, but there is still impressive shape to them and they offer amazing photo opportunities. Plus, you're standing on the freakin Stonehenge site!
We went in December; it was cool and foggy which was nice because it made our photos that much better. I find the set up very good and the audio tour very informative. People were complaining that you couldn't touch the stones, but I think this is a good thing for preservation. Also, I think there are certain times when you can go right up - just not peak tourist times.
My one complaint is that the gift shop is small and cramped. Of course people want souveniers - I think they really need to expand the shop.
Overall - it was an amazing thing to do - not to mention the drive in the beautiful countryside, complete with a pub stop afterward! A great experience!
The stonehenge itself is impressive and something you have to witness in person. I came away with more questions in my mind about it than before.
Less impressive is the visitor centre and small shop with tacky souvenirs that you pass through. I thought at least there would be an exhibit room showing some of the context of the stone circle and numerous theories around why it was built and what it was for? The audio guide addressed this to some extent. The leaflet they give you with the ticket is useless. Better go to wikipedia instead to find out more about it which is a pity.
After my visit when I was trying to find out more about the stones, I read on the English Heritage website that there are indeed proposals to completely revamp the whole area including removing the busy road which goes right past with larger and more comprehensive visitor facilities located further back from the stonehenge. Looks good. I hope the plans go ahead.
So the 3 stars here are for the missed opportunity to do justice to one of our key pre historic monuments.
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