What is so fascinating about Stonehenge?

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Stonehenge is one of the Seven Wonders in the world and an absolute must-see when planning your trip to the UK. This prehistoric monument is only a 1.5 hour drive from central London so you can relax from start to finish with the pefect daytrip from central London in a luxury bus. Or why not make a stop in Stonehenge yourself when traveling in the UK? With an English Heritage Pass or National Trust Sightseeing Pass you have access to many heritage locations including the mysterious ring of standing stones. This British cultural icon is even better up close and well worth a visit!

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History

Stonehenge remains to be a mystery for many researchers. The site dates back to 3000 BC and originated as a cremation cemetery which you can still see today by the ditches surrounding the stones. Make sure to turn up your audio guide during your visit and find out how many people were actually buried here. Good to know is that the place we see today was actually constructed later on when the stones were erected by digging large holes to put them in position.

Did you know there are two type of stones at Stonehenge? The larger stones pointing upwards are a type of sandstone weighing approximately 25 tons with the largest stone, the Heel stone, weighing about 30 tons. The smaller stones at Stonehenge is the Bluestone, originating from south-west Wales. They weigh between 2 and 5 tons each. It is still a mystery as to how the bluestones were transported.

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Things to see and do

Upon arrival, you can enjoy a walk around the Stone Circle and find out more about the history, the mastermind behind engineering and why it is considered by many a spiritual place for healing.

In the visitor centre awaits another outstanding immersive experience! Here you can see a fantastic audio-visual 360 degree view from inside the stones, a truly magical experience for young and old. Outside the Visitor Centre you can admire the traditional Neolithic houses and see how people lived 4500 years ago. You can even step inside the house where you will get more information about the former inhabitant’s daily activities, such as grinding grain and making a rope out of rushes.

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Daytrips from London

The VisitBritain shop gives customers the chance to visit Stonehenge with a return trip from London. The Stonehenge Direct Tour includes Stonehenge entry, a free audio guide and the opportunity to visit the modern Visitor Centre and Neolithic houses.

If you want to see more of England, have a look at our Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge Tour or Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford Tour. If you want to discover the most important highlights of England, the Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Bath Tour might be the perfect fit for you. During this tour, you will be travelling on a luxury coach and enjoy free entry to Windsor Castle and the beautiful State Apartments, Stonehenge and even Salisbury Cathedral. The last stop before you return to London is the beautiful city of Bath where you can enjoy a fantastic walking tour and admire the city’s beautiful landscaping and historic architecture.


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