A sunny Sunday made us wonder what we could do to make the most of the nice weather. After discussing several ideas we settled on Stonehenge seeing as it’s right on our doorstep yet neither of us had been before.
I booked a time slot though the English Heritage website to guarantee entry and to be able to skip the queue and chaos of people buying tickets. We decided on 4:30 to watch the sunset.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a large new building which housed the ticket office/reception and a small museum which contained information about how Stonehenge was built and some artifacts that had been found in the area. Behind this was huts which demonstrate the style of living that the creators of Stonehenge would have stayed in.
The stones themselves are located around a mile away and a shuttle bus is provided to take you to the area.
Having only seen photographs of the stones before, it was good to finally see them in the flesh. A rope barrier surround the stones. At its closest point you are about to get around 20 feet away which provides an excellent view although it would have been nice to get closer and walk between the pillars.
A flock of crows were in the area the whole time and particularly grouped in one part which i guess they classed as home. A road runs adjacent to the site but apart from that nothing else could be seen, just rolling hills and fields.
As the time went on the sun started to go down. The sky was clear and only a couple of clouds clouds floated by.
We walked around the stones three times before finally sitting on the grass to watch the sun make its final decent. Last entry into Stonehenge is 5 o’clock so by this point, many of the other visitors had left and there was only a handful of us left.
Stonehenge was a very good experience and something that can finally be crossed off my list of things to do. Although now its been done, I wouldn’t rush back. Not for several years anyway.