It is believed to be one of the wonders of the world. Constructed around 3000BC and standing at 13 feet tall, it is no surprise that it is visited by 800,000 people a year! Located in the hills of Wiltshire, Stonehenge is now owned by the English Heritage and is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK and a British Cultural Icon.
Five years ago I was working in a small village in Wiltshire and promised myself that I would one day return to visit Stonehenge.
Fast forward to November 2017, and I finally got the opportunity while also visiting one of my favourite UK cities, Bath.
Even though it is solely owned by the English Heritage, the surrounding fields are owned by the National Trust which in turn allows members of the Trust, free admission to the site - bonus!
When we arrived, we had the choice of either going into to the visitors centre or head straight up to the field. We chose the latter, as we could see that rain clouds were forming and wanted to get up there quickly. Thankfully there was a shuttle bus to take us up, didn't fancy the long walk in the cold, well.. 1.5 miles to be exact.
God knows what their use was!
Samuel Pepys, MP and diarist, 1668
After a short drive we arrived at the top and realised how incredibly windy it was, but this didn't deter the visitors and if anything it felt less busy than we expected it to be. Great chance of getting photos without people getting in the frame.
We then caught the shuttle bus back down and popped into the visitor centre which was lovely and warm. It was really informative and fascinating to see the artefacts that they found on the site during the excavations. There was a virtual room which made you feel like you were in the centre of the monument, it was great and the guides are really helpful and passionate when sharing their knowledge.
I would love and hope to return in the summer or even for Summer Solstice, just to see the sun align with the Heel Stone - I can only image that this would be an incredible experience.
Thinking of going?
Here are just a few tips for your visit:
Pre-book your tickets. This will guarantee your visit and you also get an online discount!
Majority of the site is outside, so wrap up warm in the winter.
Take full advantage of the shuttle bus - If you don't fancy the long walk a shuttle bus is available.
Your ticket includes a look into the visitor centre - have a look at some of the artefacts they found!
Fancy it? You can find more information and book tickets on the English Heritage website.
**I would like to lastly mention that I have not been endorsed to write this post, I have done this on my own back as I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and wanted to share this with you**