During my trip to London, I was able to sneak in a trip to Stonehenge. I am so glad I made this a priority. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's located in the countryside of Wiltshire, England. There has always been mystery surrounding the stones and how they got there and how they were raised in such a time where machinery was not available. Also there are discrepancies between who we believe built them and why. We do know a few things about Stonehenge though.
What We Know
1) Archaeologist have discovered that they were constructed around 3100BC and 1100 BC
2) Gerald S. Hawkins and other astronomers believed that the stones were used to predict astronomical events but many have discredited this theory due to incomplete data
3) There have been human remains found around the sight making archaeologists think it was used as a holy or burial grounds
4) The original layout of the stones has been modified by ancient Britons
5) Currently the land is actually owned by 3 different owners. This creates issue when decisions about renovations need to be done
During our trip, we left from Windsor Castle and hopped back on the bus. I'm glad we were nice and cozy during our hour long bus ride through the English countryside because the weather was at its worst. The winds were very fast and it was of course raining. Stonehenge has undergone a lot of renovations to the actual tourism aspect of it. They added a building where you buy tickets that is a far walk from the site and then you have to actually drive to another site to get in line for a bus that takes you to Stonehenge. The idea was to not have a bunch of buildings and people near the exact site taking away from the view. Also, England has been very consciencious about keeping things at their natural beauty. On a warm day you could walk a half hour to the site, but on a day like to this, the bus was the only option.
Once we actually got to the site I didn't want to take out my nice camera so I snapped a few shots with my iPhone, took in the beauty for about 5 minutes and then had to head back on the bus much like everyone else. But it was worth it. I mean look how beautiful this is!
Once you get back to the site where the buses take off there is a gift shop and a small museum. I think the picture above shows a replica of one of the stones and how the ancients possibly raised them. This was a once in a lifetime place to visit and I'm so glad I did.
Planning a trip to Stonehenge? You can go as part of a tour like I did (which is the easy way because it's in the middle of nowhere) or go here.
Last Stop: The Roman Baths in Bath, England
There are three previous stops on this trip:
London (Day1)|London (Day 2)|Windsor Castle
Is Stonehenge on your travel list? Do you have your own theories?
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