Stonehenge is a prehistoric stone monument dating back thousands of years. Whist there is much mystery about the site, it is believed to have a history as far back as 3000BC with the stones themselves being erected around 2500BC.
There are various theories as to the origins of the site with many believing the stones to have strong healing powers. It is thought to have been a place of worship, the remains of a burial ground and also part of an ancient calendar to track the movements of our solar system.
Each year over 800,000 people visit the stones, which are also widely celebrated and worshipped by the pagan, druid and spiritualist community. Crowds gather to welcome both the summer and winter solstice and in 2003 alone over 30,000 people were reported as having attended the summer event.
Stonehenge is open 7 days a week, with opening times dependent on the time of year:
1st June to 31st August – 9am to 8pm
1st September to 15th October – 9.30am to 7pm
16th October to 31st March – 9.30am to 5pm
1st April onwards, dates are to be confirmed nearer the time (best to check with venue)
Due to the popularity of the site advanced bookings are required. Prices are £15.50 for adults, £9.30 for children and £40.30 family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) with the optional additional fee of a charity donation.
Nearest airport to Stonehenge is Gatwick, with trains available out of London direct to Salisbury. Summer Solstice falls on 21st June and Winter Solstice December 21st, if you are interested in attending it is best to check directly with the site as alternative arrangements are often in place.
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As well as the stones themselves, visit the English Heritage museum about Stonehenge or the lesser known Woodhenge nearby. The magnificent Salisbury Cathedral is also a local landmark, visit hangar 1 and the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection or just relax in the surrounding countryside.
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