The world famous Stonehenge is a true icon of England that has mystified us for thousands of years and it’s still revealing its secrets. There is so much more to this place than “just” the stones; there is also the neolithic houses, exhibition and the vast wider landscape to explore. It is run with such efficiency, but that is largely a result of being so popular.
Tickets are timed and leave plenty of time to get there. Then add about 20 minutes. There is a permanent traffic jam near the stones because they are visible from the road and people slow down to have a look. It must be so frustrating for the locals! The visitor centre and car park is a fair walk from the stone circle but there is a shuttle bus that can take you. If you are able to though, I would recommend walking either there or back to fully appreciate the landscape.
The stones themselves were a marvel – how they managed to transport those stones all the way from Wales is unbelievable and who knew the formation had changed so much? The craftsmanship is amazing. They really are a wonder. I was expecting them to be bigger somehow but that did not make them any less dramatic. When you first get to the stones there is a bit of a bottle neck so it feels very crowded as everyone tries to get the perfect photo. As you move along though it opens up and is a more pleasant experience. Take the time to just sit and “experience” being there. Somehow it really is something you have to experience rather than just look at.
The only issue that we had when we visited was actually the other visitors. Maybe we went on a bad day but there were so many extremely rude people who were more than happy to physically push children around to get a photo or to get ahead in the queue. It did put a bit of a dampener on our day. Every single member of staff we spoke to was very friendly though.
Access is very good. As I’ve mentioned, there is the shuttle bus and the pathways around the stone circle are very easy to get around on.
A family ticket is £50.20 but it is FREE for both National Trust and English Heritage members. Blue Peter badge holders get in FREE, up to two card holders per full paying adult.
Ample on-site, free. Address – Near Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE
Picnics welcome, cafe on site
At the visitor centre
4 / 5 – It really is stunning but I think possibly it’s popularity has caused some issues.
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