Don't be alarmed if suddenly a helicopter whizzes past above you - quite low flying too! This is probably the reason I saw so few livestock and sheep in the fields on Salisbury Plain. We didn't spot any here - perhaps they're not allowed to fly straight above Stonehenge what do I know - but we kept hearing them all around in the distance.
At present as you drive along the A303, you get a free view of Stonehenge nad you can also park nearby and look through the fence for free. But this may not be the case in future if English Heritage get their way. They plan on buiding a visitor centre some kms away and transporting everyone to the site on some sort of Noddy train (at a cost of course) They also plan taking the present road under the site in a tunnel, so you will no longer get a view from the road.
In addition to the difficulty in getting a picture without a lot of people in it (see 2nd photo), there is also the lighting of the site itself. This picture was taken with a point and shoot film camera at about 2:15 p.m. (the camera is still on EDT which is why the dateline says it was taken at 9:15), and the sun is so strong that not many details are visible.
When we visited here, I was just starting to use my digital camera, and had already taken some pictures at Salisbury, so my camera battery was running low. That's why I have so few digital pictures.
When we visited, there were a lot of people there, and there weren't enough of the audio tours to go around. Some of them that were there didn't work because their batteries had run down or they had some other problems. We could only get one for the four of us. I walked out of the tunnel, and commandeered some of them from some kids who were leaving. And later I found one on one of the benches that someone had left.
Our daughter and grandson had been before so they weren't quite as important for them. I found the pace too slow for me, so Bob did the most listening.
The audio tours are included in the admission price. You don't have to pay for an additional guide.
I'm sorry that I did not get to visit this site in 1950 the first time I came to England. At that time, I could have walked right into the middle of the circle. In those days people were even encouraged to take a bit of stone with them.
Nowadays the only way you can get in among the stones is to take a special tour like this one
Cost per party: up to 2 Pax: Dusk/6 hours £395
I have not done this.
"Birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people, in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. "
Tagline from Hitchcock's "Birds"!
The black birds all around Stonehenge look majestic and don't mind you taking their pictures but get too close and they will let you know that they are not happy!
Don't expect that you can touch the stones, there's a circular chain going around the rocks, and there's fairly a great amount distance. So it's not possible to get close to the rocks.