A visit to England isn't complete without a trip to Stonehenge on the picturesque Salisbury Plain. Nearby is the even bigger and older complex at Avebury.
Experience firsthand the mystery of Stonehenge, arguably the largest and most enigmatic man-made stone circle
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The legendary Stonehenge, a stone structure dating back to the Neolithic Age, is located some 13 km from the centre of Salisbury on a now closed and protected area. The tour from London to Stonehenge takes approximately 2.5 hours by car.
The peak hours when tourists travel to Stonehenge are between 11:00 and 16:00. It is best to come early in the morning to avoid the tours. You must purchase your Stonehenge tickets in advance as only time-limited tickets are sold. Stonehenge can be visited all year round. Whether sun or rain, Stonehenge has its own unique charm in all weather conditions. By the way, the visit at sunset is especially popular.
|1. Jun - 31 Aug||1. Sep - Oct 15||16 Oct - 29 Mar|
|Opening hours||9:00 - 20:00||9:30 - 19:00||9:30 - 17:00|
|Last admission||6:00 p.m||5:00 p.m||3:00 p.m|
If you would like to gain a deeper insight into the history of Stonehenge and its origins and significance, a guided tour is well worth your money. But in the museum, which is part of the Stonehenge complex, you can also get great insights into the legendary history of the stone constellation without a guided tour. Audio guides are available free of charge on site or can be downloaded from the various app stores. A day trip from London is possible either with a rental car or as a booked excursion.
By the way: The side trip to Salisbury is worthwhile.
For a trip to Stonehenge we recommend to plan a full day. You will need about two hours to visit Stonehenge itself and explore the museum. Please note that although tickets are scheduled, many tourists will be on site at once. Depending on the number of visitors, the tour can take a little longer due to waiting times in the museum or in front of the stones themselves. Early in the morning there are fewer tourists. From 11:00 a.m. onwards most of the tour buses arrive.
For visiting Stonehenge, only tickets for fixed periods are sold. Select a date and your preferred visit time when you purchase your ticket. From the booked time you have a time window of 30 minutes to pass the entrance to Stonehenge. As tickets for Stonehenge are limited, tickets on site are often fully booked. At the box office the tickets are also more expensive than the online tickets. Children and seniors only pay the reduced price. Tickets including transfer from London are slightly more expensive.
The fastest way to get to Stonehenge is by car. By rental car you can reach Stonehenge via the A360 at Airman's Corner. Parking spaces are usually sufficiently available. You can take the train from Waterloo Station to Salisbury. The journey takes about 1:30 hours. The Stonehenge Tour Bus is a public bus that departs from Salisbury Rail and Bus Station. After another 30 minutes you will reach Stonehenge.
The rock constellation called Stonehenge, which means "hanging stones", is considered the most famous prehistoric building in Europe and has almost one million visitors annually. It was already built in the Neolithic Age, i.e. over 4500 years ago. The stone circles were probably used until the Bronze Age. The structure consists of a trench system surrounded by several concentrically aligned stone circles. These are the most interesting facts about the magic stone constellation:
Numerous scientists have already addressed this question. It is clear that whoever built Stonehenge had a well developed trading network. At the time of the main settlement between 2000 BC, various drawings of weapons were found in the area around Stonehenge, which came from quite different parts of the world. The 400 or so tumuli around Stonehenge also had various grave goods that were atypical of the culture.
Scientists have found out that the plant is probably much older than previously thought. The so-called megalithic structure (a component of Stonehenge) was built according to the latest findings after 3000 BC. Some researchers go even further and date the origin of the constellation to 8000 BC.
Many findings concerning the millennia-old stone complex have not yet been clarified in detail. Researchers suspect that the site was used as a cultural and meeting place or religious site. Some assume an astronomical use as an observatory, since the stone circles were oriented towards the summer solstice. The many graves on the site indicate that a large number of burials took place, which could confirm the religious purpose.
Anyone who has stood in front of these stone circles once in their life will agree that the air seems to be flittering with magic. No wonder the craziest myths and legends are still being told about Stonehenge. The heel stone was formerly also called "Friar's Heel". Some believe that the name of the Germanic goddess Freya and the word for "way" can be derived from this name. They see Stonehenge as a magical place that reveals the way to the goddess Freya. Many pseudo-scientists claim the site is a meeting place for aliens who wanted to get in contact with humans. Who knows, after all, there's a little bit of truth in every lie. Right?