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Stonehenge - Be awestruck

October 28th 2008 05:24
Was it an ancient burial site, or a site for human sacrifice? Perhaps it is where ancient pagans went to worship?

Whatever Stonehenge’s original purpose, it is still a remarkable structure. It is thought Stonehenge was built between 3100BC and 1600BC. Imagine how difficult that would have been, with no trucks to transport the huge stones, and no cranes to lift the slabs, and balance them on top of each other. Something to ponder as you gaze in awe, at this magnificent structure.

Stonehenge is located in the Wiltshire area just 10 miles from Salisbury, and about an hour’s drive from Bath. There is plenty of car parking near the site. If you don’t want to drive, you can get a coach from Salisbury or Bath. When we visited, we did it as a day trip from London. Our ticket included a return trip to Salisbury by train, and the coach trip from Salisbury station to Stonehenge. There is an additional fee to enter the grounds.

Stonehenge is clearly visible from the road, and it is easy to just park and view it, without actually paying for the privilege. The stones are roped off, so you cannot get right up close and touch them anyway. What you do get for you entrance fee though is an audio tour.

English Heritage members and members of the National Trust get in free. For more information about getting there and opening times, see The English Heritage website.


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