Is Stonehenge worth seeing? How close can you get to Stonehenge? What else is there to do at Stonehenge? We answer these questions and more!
Not far from London, is the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of over 100 stones. The drive from London to Stonehenge is approximately two hours. You can do the trip on your own or take a tour.
Personally, we didn’t feel comfortable driving on the opposite side of the road, so we chose to take a tour. The bus was comfortable and we enjoyed seeing the English countryside through the window.
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History of Stonehenge
The construction of Stonehenge started roughly around 3000 BC. It was built in phases and was continuously used for over 2,000 years. And although we have been able to learn much about the site through archaeological means, there are still many unknowns about the monument.
What was Stonehenge used for?
Findings such as cremated human remains reveal that early on it was used as a cemetery. But what about later on? Some have speculated that it was a place of healing. Others, that it was a druid temple. Of course, there’s always the alien theory too.
Today, most archaeologists have come to the consensus that Stonehenge was a temple that was built in alignment with the movement of the sun. Today, there are still those that believe Stonehenge is a sacred monument and living temple, visiting during the autumn and spring equinoxes and the mid-summer and mid-winter solstices.
How did they get the stones there?
The prehistoric monument is comprised of sarsen stones and bluestones. The sarsen stones are a type of sandstone and an average stone weighs 25 tons. The sarsens most likely were brought over from an area called Marlborough Downs, approximately 20 miles away.
The smaller bluestones, weighing between 2 and 5 tons, were brought from Preseli Hills in south-west Wales which is over 150 miles away. That’s a long way to carry those heavy stones! Did they transport the stones over water? How did they move it over land? These are questions that we may never know the answers to.
Is Stonehenge Worth Seeing?
So is Stonehenge worth it? We definitely say yes. We love history and we’re fascinated by what humans have been able to do and create over the centuries.
While we were there, we marveled at the stones and wondered what it must have taken to move the stones over so many miles. What drove them to do it? If we were living back then, could we have helped? Would we have wanted to?
If you’re not that into history, maybe you’d think it’s just a pile of rocks. If you don’t like crowds, maybe you’d get a little annoyed. Stonehenge is one of the most visited sites in Great Britain, with over 1 million visitors a year.
If you are expecting a towering monument; you might be a bit disappointed in the size. They’re big, don’t get me wrong. But Stonehenge has been built up so much that we think everyone has this idea in their head that they’re some huge gargantuan sized stones. However, with all of that said, we still think it was one of the highlights of that trip to Europe.
How Close Can You Get To Stonehenge?
We’re often asked, “How close can you get to Stonehenge?” If you’re expecting to walk among the stones, sorry. To preserve the site, visitors are only allowed to walk around the stones. But you can still get pretty close.
What To Do At Stonehenge
Another reason we think Stonehenge is worth seeing is because there’s more to the site than just the stones. With your Stonehenge entrance fee you get a free audio guide so as you’re walking around Stonehenge you get to learn about the different stones and during what phase of construction they were built.
There is also a museum with over 250 archaeological items found in the area, and recreations of Neolithic houses that show visitors what homes looked like 4,500 years ago. You can also test your strength and see if you can move a sarsen stone. For more information on things to do on site, we recommend visiting Stonehenge’s website.
Is Stonehenge Accessible?
For wheelchair users and those with mobility issues, the main areas in and around the parking lot, the visitor center, and the Stone Circle are accessible by wheelchair via tarmac and grass paths. They also have some wheelchairs available upon request.
For those that are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Stonehenge offers tour transcripts and audio installation transcripts. Additionally, assistance dogs are welcome at Stonehenge.
More Info and Tips For Visiting Stonehenge:
Here is some additional information you may find useful for your trip to Stonehenge:
- Stonehenge entrance fee is £19.50 for adults and £11.70 for kids ages 5 – 17.
- Be mindful of the weather. Any rain will make the paths extremely muddy; your shoes will get dirty.
- Because the stones are in an open field, it’s cooler and the wind can be pretty strong. Dress appropriately.
- There is a small cafe to get snacks.
- Along with your Stonehenge day trip, you might consider adding a second stop. You won’t spend the whole day in Stonehenge, so we recommend getting there early and then spending the rest of the afternoon in nearby Bath.
Stonehenge Is Worth Seeing
We definitely think Stonehenge is worth it! It’s an iconic relic with such an interesting history. We may never find answers to all of the questions we have about it, but the mystery is just part of what draws you in.
Have you been to Stonehenge? What do you think, is Stonehenge worth visiting? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂