Visit the English Heritage website for Stonehenge: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, two miles (3 km) west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) wide, and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred tumuli (burial mounds).
Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first bluestones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, although they may have been at the site as early as 3000 BC.
One of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. It has been a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882, when legislation to protect historic monuments was first successfully introduced in Britain. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO‘s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another 500 years.
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This is Stonehenge Visitor Centre as seen from a distance.
A bed replica inside a mud hut of what was thought how the people of Stonehenge used to live.
These are mud huts replica to show visitors how the early people of Stonehenge used to live. We enjoy soaking up history. There is something enchanting or nostalgic to exploring how people of times past used to live. Its the same high you get from watching or reading a Western film or book.
The busy site was the location for the Summer Solstice Concert/Party the night before. So sad to have missed it but it looks like there ain’t much. Better luck next time!
Events team managing the after-party clean-up.
This is the view from Stonehenge Avenue, believed to have been the major processional route of the people of Stonehenge. You can see from here people queuing up for the shuttle service. From the Visitor Centre to the Site is about 2 miles so it is a pleasant walk provided the weather is nice or tolerable.
People queue for the free shuttle service to the Visitor Centre after having visited the site of Stonehenge. You can take the shuttle service to and from the site. We did not use the shuttle service as the weather was tolerable and it feels good to walk where the Stonehenge people once roamed the land. Walking adds a certain depth to the exploration of Stonehenge.
Visitors are strictly instructed to follow the footpaths as stepping on the grass would tamper the archaeological findings that are potential of Stonehenge.