Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, close to Amesbury and Salisbury. As one of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones that apparently opened in 2000 BC with construction commencing in 2600 BC.
Now I say apparently because before visiting I knew very little about it and now, after the visit, well I still know very little.
Travelling from London to Stonehenge is pretty difficult to say the least. My friend and I researched train and car routes that in all honesty, would have been very expensive. Average train fare from London to Salisbury amounted to £79 each return. This excluded the additional bus journey from Salisbury to Stonehenge and a separate ticket for entry to Stonehenge that costs £14.90 per adult.
We started to consider that the trip may not happen after all, but thankfully the coach services from London proved to be our saviour.
Transport from London Victoria to Stonehenge was provided on a direct coach that includes entry to Stonehenge for a total of £44. This also included entry to Stonehenge – bonus!
We chose to travel with Evan Evans Tours as they had last minute availability but other companies also offer a similar deal from London. Our driver was chatty and interesting with a great knowledge of London and the route to Stonehenge, something that he imparts throughout the journey for any travellers with keen ears.
We left London at 12.30pm, arriving at Stonehenge around 2pm. As the coach departs at 4.45pm, visitors have more than two hours to explore the stones, listen to the audio guide and explore the visitor centre. This is perfectly sufficient time to cover everything. We even had time to stop off for lunch in the visitor centre canteen.
Close to the visitor centre, there is also an example of a rock on makeshift wheels (shown above). This is the anticipated way that the stones arrived at the henge… however it’s all unknown. An ongoing mystery.
In all honesty, Stonehenge is a great place to visit for an afternoon out but I wouldn’t pick it as a destination or a must-see if visiting the UK. The location is remote and it’s literally, well, just rocks.
The ‘henge itself is a mystery. I was there on the coldest, windiest and rainiest of days and still wanted to make sure that I took it all in and of course, try to form my own logic of its existence.
The audio guides are handed out to all visitors and are well worth taking. It guides users through the site and talking through each part of Stonehenge including the Heel Stone.
As one of the worlds oldest monuments, Stonehenge has a lot that is unknown. It can be quite intriguing but otherwise, it’s a place that will continue to be observed and respected as one of the world’s most famous monuments.
Tips for visiting:
- The weather is windy and cold. According to our driver, this doesn’t change during the year; bring a warm coat or wear layers to block the chill.
- Try to pick a sunny day to see it if possible. Grey stones against a grey sky are pretty dull.
- Wear good shoes, if the weather is kind then it’s around a 30 minute walk from the visitor centre to the stones although a shuttle bus is available and included in the entrance fee.
- Use the audio guide. It’s incredibly helpful for ensuring you learn about different areas of the site.
Have you visited Stonehenge? Any hypothesis around its existence?