26 Oct Stonehenge – A Prehistoric Monument
Welcome to Stonehenge
Stonehenge stands impressively in Wiltshire as a prehistoric monument
and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Journey back in time to the ‘Bronze Age’ to discover this historic Monument.
The 5,000-year-old Stonehenge monument is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England and is amongst the world’s most iconic archaeological sites.
Legends and folklore depict various stories either created by Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend, who magically transported the massive stones from Ireland; another theory says they were the ruins of a Roman temple. It was created with no written records.
Despite the old tales, the landscapes and inter-related monuments help us understand Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and mortuary practices.
How To Get There
Stonehenge is approximately 88 miles or 145 km from London via the M3/A303 and A360. The beautiful drive takes around two hours with no traffic. Allow plenty of time, especially during the summer months, as the roads can become very busy around Stonehenge.
If travelling by train, Salisbury, is the nearest train station to Stonehenge, which connects with a public bus to Stonehenge.
Alternatively, you can take a day trip from London by train. There are many things to do between London and Stonehenge so adding other popular destinations such as Bath, the Cotswolds and Oxford into your trip would be a great idea.
The best time to visit Stonehenge?
My preference is to visit Stonehenge as early in the day as possible, as the roads around Stonehenge can become gridlocked, particularly during the busy summer months. In winter, it gets dark around 4 pm.
The visiting hours are 9:30 – 3:00 during the winter months and 9:30 – 5:00 over the spring/summer/autumn months.
Arrival at Stonehenge
Once you have arrived at Stonehenge, free shuttle buses leave from the visitor’s centre and take you to the site. The bus ride takes approximately 10 minutes and leaves every few minutes.
I highly recommend planning your visit and booking your tickets in advance as Stonehenge is a major tourist attraction and is always busy, even in winter.
You can buy Skip-the-queue tickets through Get Your Guide (my tour operator of choice) to avoid crowds and queues.
Museum & Exhibitions
Exhibitions at the Stonehenge visitor centre share information about prehistoric life during that time. Visit the authentic replicas of Neolithic Houses 4,500 years ago and see the tools and implements of everyday Neolithic life.
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