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    Private Access to Stonehenge

    by KarenLee2 Written Mar 6, 2004

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    Many people are not aware that it is possible to arrange private access to Stonehenge through English Heritage. See http://www.english-heritage.org.uk for details. Private access means that you can wander freely through the site, with few restrictions beyond not damaging the monument. We were given an hour from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.

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    by doug48 Written Oct 10, 2006

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    located on the salisbury plain eight miles north of salisbury stonehenge is a marvel of the prehistoric world. this massive structure was built in three phases between 3100BC and 1600BC. the massive bluestones of the circle are believed to have come from pembrokeshire in wales and weight up to fourty five tons. the exact purpose of this structure is not known for sure. it probably is an astronomical calender, a religious site or a combination of both. a very interesting site to visit when in the salisbury area.

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    What a dissapointment

    by rachel_sun Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Worth seeing but not stopping

    I visited Stonehenge while on the way to Cornwall.As we drove upto it the view were amazing.We parked up and thought we would pay and go and have a look.We went to the entrance gate and it was £5.20 per person to get in.We thought we would cross the road and take a look instead of paying that amount of cash.We saw a fence and Stonehenge through it.We saw that they had a big rope around it anyway and I was glad I did not pay the £5.20 to get in as you could not get much closer to it anyway.I thought the fee they wanted for people to get in was a right rip off.You could see more from the road.We saw an American family do the same as us.I mean, imagine a family of 4 people.It would cost them £20 just to stand the other side of the fence.Do drive past it as the view as you drive past is the best.Do not bother stopping and paying the £5 per person.Do stop and cross the road, be careful but do not bother paying as you can see alomost as much just by standing on the road near the fence.

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    Look at the Stones

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Entrance is FREE to members of English Heritage, National Trust and Great British Pass Holders. Fortunately our daughter had both a National Trust and English Heritage passes. Otherwise for UK passport holders it is:

    Adult £5.00
    Child (5-15) £2.50

    For Overseas Visitors Pass (OVP) (non-UK passport holders) 7 Day Pass - Adult £12.00

    There doesn't seem to be an option for an OVP to go for just one day.

    Admission includes a free complimentry audio tour
    (available in: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish and Russian)
    10% discount for parties of 11+ paying as a group. You can also get a live person as a guide on site.

    Unfortunately for us, it was a very crowded day and they were out of the audio tours or else the batteries had run down.

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    Stonehenge

    by spidermiss Updated Sep 5, 2010

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    A World Heritage Site! The ancient stone circle of Stonehenge was evolved between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC. The stone circle aligns with the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset. However, the exact purpose for Stonehenge is unknown although there are claims that the site was built for use by the Druids and yet there are various scientific and religious claims disputing this purpose. No matter what is and isn't believed, Stonehenge attracts many worldwide to come and visit and admire the monument through being inspired or to worship and celebrate.

    Stonehenge can get crowded especially in the summer so it's best visiting first thing or just before closing (bearing in mind that you need to get there 30 minutes before the site closes).

    It costs 6.90 GBP (July 2010) including a complementary audio guide (highly recommended)

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    Walk round the site

    by uglyscot Updated Jul 1, 2012

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    Although some VT members think the site is a rip off, it is one of those places that must be seen.
    I first saw it as a nine-year old long before the site was fenced in and before there were audioguides.
    We were able to clamber on the stones; but to really see the majesty of the place , you need to be at a distance which is what you are nowadays. It had such an effect on me that I developed a love of archaeology that has never left me.

    Visits can be made at the following times:
    16 Mar-31 May 9.30am-6pm Mon - Sun
    1 Jun-31 Aug 9am-7pm Mon - Sun
    1 Sep-15 Oct 9.30am-6pm Mon -Sun
    16 Oct-15 Mar 9.30am-4pm Mon -Sun
    24-26 Dec and 1 Jan Closed
    Details Recommended last admission time no later than 30 minutes before the closing time. Stonehenge will close promptly 20 minutes after the advertised closing time.

    Entry costs 5.50 pounds, 2.80 for children, 4.10 for concession holders.
    2012 now £7.50 adult, £7.00 concessions., Family ticket £23

    Since 1978 it has been protected, and access restricted. Because of the busy road, access to the site is through a an underground tunnel.

    Many complaints have been raised about the commercialisation of the site, and about a highway's proximity to it.

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    How to get there

    by Rachael71 Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Stonehenge is in Wiltshire, and is easily accessible by car - there is plenty of parking near the site. Its location means that it is a good place to combine with a visit to the cities of Salisbury (about 10 miles away) or, slightly further afield, Bath. Coach trips run regularly from both cities. You could also take a coach trip from London, but bear in mind that the distance involved will mean that your return trip to the monument will take the whole day. The nearest train station is in Salisbury.

    The site is owned by English Heritage, and members of this organisation get free access to the site. National Trust members can also visit the site for free. Up to date prices and entry times are on the English Heritage website.

    The entry fee includes the loan of a tape-recorded tour, which you can follow at your own pace around the site. This tells you about the history of Stonehenge, and also tells some of the interesting stories and legends associated with the site. You can't actually go up to the stones - they are roped off to protect them from vandalism - but you can get close enough to get a real feel for their grandeur. It is possible to arrange private access visits that take you into the circle, you will need to book these in advance with English Heritage.

    The location of the monument is a fairly windswept open plain - I recommend wearing something warm and taking a rainjacket!

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  • Ther is nothing quite like ...

    by pepino1 Written Jan 22, 2004

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    There is nothing quite like Stonehenge anywhere in the world and for 5000 years it has drawn visitors to it. Standing like ‘soldiers of time,' we shall never know what drew people here over the centuries or why hundreds of people struggled over thousands of years to build this monument, but visitors from all over the world come to marvel at this amazing feat of engineering. To this day Stonehenge remains a mystery. In the landscape around it, the National Trust – who own nearly 1500 acres – are equally concerned for the well-being of this area.

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    Stonehenge

    by annase Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    This world famous Neolithic period stone monument consisiting of three different stones (Bluestones, Walsh Sandstone and Sarsen) is located on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986 for its outstanding prehistoric monuments and is the most famous of such sites in the UK and the whole world. It is also a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument.

    The monument is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. Archaeologists believe that the unparalleled stone circle that was built around 3000-1600 BC. The standing stones were erected around 2200 BC and the surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.

    The site is surrounded by a ceremonial landscape comprising more than 300 burial mounds and major prehistoric monuments such as the Stonehenge Avenue, the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls. The nearby Avebury henge and the surroundings were co-signed to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

    Getting there

    Car: From London, take the M3/A303. From Salisbury take the A345. On both routes just follow the signage for Stonehenge.

    Train: Get a train to Salisbury, then take a bus from there. There is a direct connection from London Waterloo.

    Bus: From Salisbury, catch the 'Service 3' bus to Stonehenge (Wiltshire & Dorset bus company).

    There is a small gift shop and cafe on site and toilet adjacent to the car park.

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    Just park up and cross the road.

    by rachel_sun Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Me at Stonehenge Carpark

    We just parked in the carpark then walked out onto the road.We had pretty good views without paying the £5.20 per person.It just is not worth paying that.They had huge ropes around it anyway and you could not get very near it and you would not want to spend say more than 15 mins there anyway.Save you cash and just have a quick look like we did.

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    Visiting Stonehenge

    by mallyak Written Sep 24, 2008

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    Silbury Hill, also near Avebury is accepted as the largest man-made mound in pre-industrial Europe, estimated at being 4,500 years old. At 130 feet high and definitely not a burial mound its purpose is still very much a mystery.
    Stonehenge seems to have been constructed in three phases, covering the period from 2200BC to 1200BC. It was magnificent feat of megalithic engineering. The gigantic sarsen stones, great sandstone boulders arranged like doorways and capped with stone lintels, weigh up to 50 tons and were dragged to the site from the Marlborough Downs 30km (20 miles) to the north, in a time when wheeled vehicles were unknown.
    Detailed analysis has shown a whole series of astronomical alignments which would explain why Stonehenge was built in this precise spot, regardless of the problems posed by bringing stones from distant quarries

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    Walkabout

    by SLLiew Written Sep 11, 2006

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    I guess the thing to do is to walkabout and marvel at the construction of Stonehenge and the mystery behind it. Following a tour guide or reading your guide book as you stare at this structure does not take a long time. It is a distance to get here from London but once you are here, it is just this structure out there. So take your time to take enough pictures. Of course arrive early if in winter.

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    What is Known about Stonehenge

    by Goner Updated May 12, 2003

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    Stonehenge in southwestern England, dates from the late Stone and early Bronze ages (about 3000-1000 BC). The monument, now in ruins, consists of a circular group of large upright stones surrounded by a circular earthwork. Stonehenge is the best preserved and most celebrated of the megalithic monuments of Europe. It is not known for certain what purpose Stonehenge served, but many scholars believe the monument was used as a ceremonial or religious center. Stonehenge is not a single structure, but a series of structures that were rebuilt, revised, and remodeled over a period of approximately 1,500 years. Little is known of Stonehenge’s architects. In the 17th century English antiquary John Aubrey proposed that Stonehenge was a temple built by Druids, a caste of Celtic priests encountered by the Romans as they conquered ancient Britain in the 1st century AD. Another early notion was that the Romans themselves constructed the monument. These theories were disproved in the 20th century, when archaeologists showed that work on Stonehenge began some 2,000 years before Celts, and later Romans, had arrived in the area. Today it is widely believed that Neolithic peoples of the British Isles began constructing the monument about 5,000 years ago.

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    Listen to the headset

    by jusdenise93 Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    Frog Faced Stone

    There is not much to do in here in Stonehenge.

    Listen to the headset that they give you. Enter in the numbers near the rocks.

    It is so interesting how much story you can get out of these rocks.

    The history, the names, and how they are positioned.

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    Sarsen Stones

    by stevezero Written Jul 6, 2006

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    The larger stones in the circle are Sarsen stones, which were bought to the site from Marlborough downs, almost 30kms away. The stones are evenly spaced approximately 1.0 to 1.4 metres apart, and stand on average 4 metres above the ground. There were originally 30 neatly trimmed upright sandstone blocks of which only 17 are now standing.

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