Why You Should Visit Stongehenge

Stonehenge is one of those amazing places at the top of every history buff’s bucket list, especially mine. On my recent trip to London we decided to take a day trip to visit Stonehenge and surrounding historic sites. We joined a tour with Archeologist Guided Tours which included transportation, admittance, and a guided tour. What made it even better was having a certified archeologist with us for the whole day. Archeologist Guided Tours provides the unforgettable opportunity to hear the historic side of some of England’s best preserved sites. 

WOODHENGE

We started our day with a fact filled bus ride while on our way to the sites, it was informative to know what we were getting ourselves into. Surrounded by beautiful English countryside we first at arrived at Woodhenge, just two miles from its famous neighbour, Stonehenge. Woodhenge is an Neolithic site, built about 2300 BC, which was originally believed to be the remains of a large burial mound. This is a must see- visiting the site is a strange experience as small concrete markers are used to mark the location of timber post holes. The result is a small forest of concrete markers, which can initially be difficult to interpret. There is a lot of mystery of what Woodhenge was meant to be. Can you take a few guesses?

STONGEHENGE

Close by was Stonehenge where we spent an hour with our guide. We learnt the extensive details on the theories and facts about how Stonehenge came to be. It is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, which archaeologists believe was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Stonehenge is one the UK’s most visited tourist attractions and one of the world’s most mysterious ancient monuments. From all over the world, people come to decipher and stare at these iconic stone pillars to question why and how they were made. 

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT:

Mystery- There are so many speculations as to what Stonehenge was actually used for. From stories about giants hauling stones from a distant land, to myths about the rocks have healing powers. This site draws in people due to its mysterious and historic qualities.

History- Visit the Neolitic houses where you will learn about how our ancestors lived. This archaeologist site dates back almost 5,000 years, and transports you back to a unique world of magic.

Size- Stonehenge is grandeur in size from which the world marvels over its splendor. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each stone around 13 ft high, 6 ft 11 in wide. They weigh around 25 tons!

BATH

After lots of great conversations and pictures we moved on to the town of Bath. An ancient city coincidently with natural hot spring roman baths from the 18th century. We had 2 hours to freely roam at our own pace. Our guide gave us great recommendations on where to eat and see. In the heart of the town we ate at a wood oven pizza shop with the most amazing pizza, so delicious!

After lunch we hurried to the Roman baths to get the most of the bustling tour site. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum, each offering their own unique displays. The preserved details of the site are incredible. After our short but sweet visit to Bath we ventured off to another burial ground. Avebury is over 5000 years old where to this day locals and visitors still bring flowers and candles to respect the dead. To end our day we toured the town of Avebury housing Europe’s largest stone circle. Theres also a great English pub there, perfect treat after a day of exploring.

This was the perfect day trip from London- seeing this wonder will be unforgettable. Being able to check off Stonehenge from my bucket list is a major accomplishment! I definitely recommend taking a trip out here with Archeologist Guided Tours as we learnt so much, and left with so much knowledge and love for history. 

2 Comments

  • Kellyn September 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge even though some say it’s overrated. Definitely a must see if visiting England. I first heard about Bath a book I read as a child, would love to visit there too. It’s filled with beautiful architecture.

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    • My One Big Planet September 22, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Definitely one of the most beautiful places! Yes you have to visit 🙂

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