On our way to Cornwall, Stonehenge was close to the way and and I wanted to see it for a long time. So we made a little detour after Bristol and camped very near. But there was so much else too look at in this area. We roughly planned a whole day to look at stone circles and other neolithic sites. As usual with my photography posts: click to enlarge.
When we walked around the stone circle two things stood out to us. First the outer circle is really big, about a few hundred meters in diameter and second, there is a village in the middle of it. While many stones are not there anymore, the henge and ditch show it's dimensions.
We had to cross a some roads and then stopped by the pub for a pint. On-wards to the second half, we saw the remains of the two smaller circles and a lot of sheep. Away from (or towards) the stone circle leads the West Kennet Avenue, but we didn't have the time to explore.
In contrast to the last landmarks, Stonehenge is very busy and you have to get a (paid) ticket. As we are members of English Heritage entry was free, but I booked online two days before. I choose the last time slot of the day, as I wanted the highlight with the least amount of other people.
There was an impressive multi-media exhibition and reconstructed neolithic houses next to the modern building, where we spent almost an hour. Then we took the bus to the stone circle, but got out half way to walk the rest. I'd definitely recommend seeing it from the top of a hill first.
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