Stonehenge, Windsor Castle & Bath Day Trip
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Situated in Wiltshire, west side of Amesbury, Stonehenge is an ancient monument that consist of ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, 7 feet (2.1 m) wide and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set in the complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England.
As the famous landmark of Britain, walking around the Stone Circle is a main activity to do. When you are visiting Stonehenge, take your time to admire this Stone Circle which have different meanings for today's people. The meaning of the Stone Circle is not the same as 4500 years ago. It can be the wonder of the world, mystical place and inspiring place. This is a masterpiece that takes hundreds people to build this Stone Circle.
Although this house is not in the visitors' area, you can step inside to imagine how the life was in 4500 years ago. Ask the volunteers and find how the house was built with the uncomplicated tools and technique at that time. The Stonehenge volunteers will demonstrate the prehistoric native skills such as how to flint knapping, making rope out of rushes, and crushing seeds with a quern and a rider.
The museum is the partner of Stonehenge Heritages. You can lengthen your visit and find more the history of Stonehenge in the museum. The collections of the Museum are archaeologies from south Wiltshire and the history from the prehistoric until the present time. The Devizes Museum displays gold of Stonehenge which used by the people who worshipped inside the Stone Circle from time to time.
How to Get Tickets?
Entry tickets to Stonehenge can be purchased online or at the visitor center. You can buy tickets for group, but you have to book the tickets online. Stonehenge offers 10 tickets such as adult tickets, infant tickets and family of 5 tickets. You have to choose your tickets 30 minute before your entry time. For the e-tickets, make sure you have already printed it out before visiting Stonehenge. Tickets cancelation is non-refundable.
How To Get Around?
You can take a stroll to get around the Stonehenge. You can get close to the stone outside the public hours. It is called Special Access Visit. National Trust, as the management which is responsible to this place provides 260 hectares area for walkers in order to make the walkers easy to visit the stone and its surrounding area. Also, there is a little path that connecting the park to visitors' center. Leaflets are provided to make you easy get around the Stonehenge. Bicycle is also provided by National Trust for visitors who want to ride in the area.
What Should I Wear?
Since Stonehenge is the outside tourist attraction, make sure you wear suitable outdoor clothes and comfortable sneakers. You can other clothes depend on the season when you are visiting Stonehenge. In summer, you can use t-shirt, short and sunglasses. Do not forget your sunscreen and your camera to take this prehistoric attraction pictures. While in winter, you can use coat, jacket or sweater. Boots are suitable for winter season.
Best Time to Visit
The summer month is the time when Stonehenge full of visitors. There will be the busiest place from July to mid-September. Since it will be the crowded place, visiting Stonehenge on Spring or Autumn can be the good option. In those two seasons, the weather is warm and the temperature is not as cold as in the winter months. The best time of day to visit is before 9:30 am and after 4 pm. Stonehenge will have many visitors between those times.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site.
How To Get There?
Public transportations make it easy to get to Stonehenge. There are bus and train that will help you to visit this cultural icon of Britain. By bus, you can use the bus service from Heathrow Airport. You can buy tickets for the bus in the bus station or at the tickets agent. You will stop at Amesbury, from there you can choose to walk or hire taxi. This is the cheapest way to reach Stonehenge. While if you are going to use train, the nearest train station is the Salisbury Train Station which 9.5 miles away from Stonehenge.
Stonehenge provides around 200 wheelchairs for people who need it. The path is fully accessible for people who use wheelchair. The management also offers tour for those who need it.