Just a 30-minute drive from us is Stonehenge, perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument in the world and a Unesco world heritage site. This renowned attraction cannot fail to impress with its 83 stones, some of which stand at nine metres tall and weighing over 20 tonnes.
Built in several stages, Stonehenge began about 5,000 years ago as an enclosure where prehistoric people buried their cremated dead. It wasn’t until the late Neolithic period, around 2500 BC, when the iconic stone circle was erected.
You can easily pass a few hours in the Stonehenge visitor centre, which opened in 2013 and houses permanent and temporary exhibitions. On show are some 250 archaeological treasures found buried at the site, including jewellery, pottery and human remains. You can even come face-to-face with a 5,500 year-old man! Enjoy time in the gallery, gift shop and cafe, before taking the shuttle service 1.5 miles to the stone circle.
Pilgrims, poets and pagans have long been drawn to Stonehenge, and thousands of people gather there to celebrate every summer and winter solstice. It is a compelling and mystical place that is well worth a visit.
The English Heritage site is open 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily throughout the year.