How to Make the Most of Your Stonehenge Visit
Visiting Stonehenge is like stepping into a time capsule that takes you back thousands of years. This iconic prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, has been a subject of fascination, speculation, and admiration for centuries. Whether you’re a history buff, a fan of ancient mysteries, or simply someone looking for a unique travel experience, Stonehenge is a must-see. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your visit to this enigmatic site.
- Make sure you have your tickets before you leave
Stonehenge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK, attracting over a million visitors each year. Tickets often sell out, especially during holidays and special events like the summer and winter solstices, so book your tickets in advance.
- Choose the right guided Tour
There are various types of tours available, ranging from unguided to semi – guided to Stonehenge special access. You need to make sure your tour includes transport to the stones as taxis in the west country are few and far between.
Our Stonehenge tours can be combined with a trip to the bath for shopping and museums or combined with Avebury, another stone circle where you can touch the stones and explore the little hippie village. Our tours are Semi-guided to give you some free time to explore the museum and take lots of photos whilst still discovering all the myths, legends and rich history behind the stones.
We also offer an exclusive night time access to the inner circle of stones, which is generally off-limits to the public.
- Learn Before You Go
The more you know about Stonehenge, the more rewarding your visit will be. Familiarise yourself with its history, theories about its purpose, and its cultural significance. This will help you appreciate the monument on a deeper level and make your visit more meaningful.
- Dress for the Weather
Stonehenge is an outdoor site exposed to the elements. The weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers and be prepared for anything from sunshine to wind, mud and rain. Comfortable walking shoes that you don’t mind getting mucky are a must, as you’ll be doing quite a bit of walking.
- Take Your Time
Don’t rush through your visit. Take your time to walk around the site, listen to the audio guide or tour guide, and soak in the atmosphere. The surrounding landscape is also worth exploring, as it’s dotted with other ancient sites like burial mounds and ceremonial pathways.
- Capture the Moment, But Also Experience It
While it’s tempting to spend your time capturing the perfect photo, don’t forget to put down your camera and simply experience the site. Feel the weight of history, ponder the mysteries that surround it, and let your imagination roam free.
- Visit the Exhibition and Visitor Centre
The Stonehenge Visitor Centre offers a wealth of information and exhibits that provide context to what you’re seeing. There are also replicas of Neolithic houses, giving you a glimpse into the lives of the people who may have built Stonehenge. Don’t skip this part of your visit; it’s essential for a well-rounded understanding of the site.
- Consider Nearby Attractions
If your into stone circles we recommend also visiting the hippie village of Avebury, Avebury circle is another stone circle that is larger than Stonehenge and built at a similar time
Unlike Stonehenge, Avebury doesn’t have burial mounds in and was thought to be a fertility circle. It has a very special energy and is well worth a visit.
We also visit West Kennet Barrow where you get to go inside one of the famous mounds from the era.
For a true British experience you can combine this tour with a trip to Bath where you can take a step into Georgian Britain and the world of Jane Austin. You can also visit the old roman baths or take a dip in The Rooftop Thermae.
- Respect the Site
Remember, Stonehenge is not just a tourist attraction; it’s also an archaeological site and a place of spiritual significance for many. Follow all guidelines and restrictions, and treat the site with the respect it deserves.
- Reflect on the Experience
After your visit, take some time to reflect on the experience. What did you learn? What surprised you? What will you take away from this journey back in time? The true magic of Stonehenge lies not just in its stones but in its ability to inspire wonder, curiosity, and a sense of connection to the mysteries of our shared human history.
By following these tips, you’ll not only have a memorable visit but also gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of this ancient marvel. Happy exploring!
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