How to experience a great day visiting Stonehenge

How to experience a great day visiting Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an English Heritage site (the National Trust cares for the surrounding landscape) and is situated in the county of Wiltshire close to the cathedral city of Salisbury. The stones were raised 4500 years ago as an ancient temple by prehistoric people.

The visitor’s centre

When you are visiting Stonehenge you will arrive at the visitor’s centre as your first port of call. It consists of an exhibition, a café and a gift shop as well as an outdoor gallery where the reconstructed Neolithic houses can be found.  The exhibition is very good we spent quite some time reading and learning more about Stonehenge and the surrounding area.

Outside the centre are reconstructed Neolithic houses. You can enter the houses and gain some insight into how people lived 4500 years ago.

Can you imagine lugging one of these across half the country!?!!

How the stones were moved to Stonehenge - visiting Stonhenge

How do I actually get to the stones?

There are buses that then take you up to the stones themselves. When I last came to the site the visitor centre was across the very busy A303 but that has now been demolished and the larger visitor centre built a little bit further away from the stones. Although it was a breezy, cold and rainy April day there were still a lot of visitors to the stones – such is their attraction.

visiting stonehenge - the buses

There is a free audio guide available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or you can pick up an audio guide at the site (cost £3.00)

Seeing the stones!

The surrounding landscape is full of barrows – Bronze Age burial mounds. And standing at Stonehenge you really get a sense of how it looked during prehistoric times.

The heel stone – during the summer solstice the sun rises behind the heel stone and its rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge.

Heel stone

After a good walk around the stones we caught the bus back to the visitor’s centre and warmed up looking around the gift shop! There were lots of Stonehenge themed merchandise to suit everyone’s taste and pocket! As I am collecting fridge magnets from each World Heritage Site I had to buy one.

gift shop

Logistics when visiting Stonehenge

Plan and BOOK your tickets in advance!

Entrance to Stonehenge is managed through timed tickets. If you want to guarantee entry on the day and time of your choice then you will have to pre-book! It states on the website that by booking in advance you will also benefit from an advanced booking discount.

I booked my tickets on-line – click the link HERE . When we arrived we collected them from the ticket office.

Entry is free to members of English Heritage and members of the National Trust in England or those who hold a National Trust Touring Pass only.

Click through to the Stonehenge website to plan and book your visit! Enjoy!!


Pin – Visiting Stonehenge

Stonehenge


You may be interested to read more about UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK and Europe

Cromford Mill

The Lake District

Ironbridge Gorge

Visiting 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the north of the UK

A guide to Visiting Fountains Abbey

Visiting Kew Gardens

Saltaire

UNESCO World Heritage sites in London

15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in UK

15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe

3 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.