Ranked #1 in UK Tourism
This is one of the most famous attractions in the world. From the mystery to the very age and history behind it, Stonehenge has never failed to thrill, marvel and educate. Standing in the county of Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain, you can expect the clime to be cold, as English climate is known to be. Pack accordingly.
The next thing you need to know is to appreciate Stonehenge in all her glory. For this to be possible, you need to stay a few days. Lodging and accommodation can be found at the Holiday Inn, Millford Hall and Burcombe Manor. The latter is a farm, while the others are relatively modern hotels.
Being a protected site, anyone can understand why a fee is levied for visitors and tourists alike. It’s quite affordable—£6.50 for adults, £3.50 for kids and a simple £5.20 for senior citizens and students. Be sure you know the timings, though. Get there on the dot or before to make the most of your visit.
There’s all this hype about the place, because not only is it the most important prehistoric monument Britain has, but it’s also a testament to how resolute the human will really is. After all, at 3500 years old, Stonehenge finds it initial origins back 5000 years, making it a symbol of human fortitude.
According to modern estimates, they say it took the laborers 30 million hours to construct the whole thing from scratch. Throw in the three phases it took to erect this edifice and you can understand how that’s possible. Bluestones and Sarsen stones make up this ancient marvel and they had to be carried or ferried hundreds of miles to the spot they stand in now.
Rumors, guesses and theories abound as to what Stonehenge is all about, and why it was built in the first place. Is it to worship the sun? Is it a time-piece to study the stars? Is it some key that opens a doomsday vault? Nobody knows.
All that’s recorded so far with total certainty is that Stonehenge was built with a specific plan in mind, one that incorporates the passage of the sun across the sky. Aside from a detailed plan of Stonehenge you can pick up for reference, you also get to partake of a ceremony or two at a given time. All to get into the feel of what Stonehenge could be about, a spiritual journey so to speak.
With all this and more behind an engineering feat like Stonehenge, visiting it and appreciating the press of purpose and history about the location and to feel like you’re part of something that goes back millennia is well worth it. Stonehenge is a special place. You merely need stand on her site to confirm that.