Stonehenge is one of the first things that comes to mind when people think about England and tourism, perhaps after London and fish & chips. So why is this site so popular and is it worth your time and money on a trip to England?
What is Stonehenge?
Basically a circular setting off upright standing stones, big stones. Located in Wiltshire, the stones are believed to have been erected anywhere between 3000 & 2000BC and were added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 1986 along with the surrounding area.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
Flickr Credit: Waaghals
What can you expect at Stonehenge?
Although all photographs of Stonehenge appear to make it look isolated in a field away from any disturbances, that isn’t quite the case. The large stones are actually located very close to a road and thanks to the rather large entrance fee has a great big fence running the course of the field to prevent anyone skipping the charge.
As the older generation would tell you it’s not quite like the good old days either where you could just park your car up, stroll over to the stones and have a good look around. Everything is now controlled by a single file walkway from the moment you pay, no photo’s showing that either.
So unlike our parents before us, getting up close and carving your name in one of the stone’s isn’t going to happen, you won’t even get to touch.
Is Stonehenge worth visiting?
Any historical monument like this is worth seeing if you’re in the area but whether it’s worth the journey from afar I’m not so sure.
Why not stop near by and have a look from the fence at the road, it’s not much further away than you get by paying.