With the summer on the way and the new visitors’ centre open, why not add a prehistoric date to your diary and take a trip to Stonehenge?
The original circular ditch and bank dates back 5,000 years ago. Then came a timber structure at around 2,500 BC which when rotted away, were replaced by the first stones – sarsen stones from north Wiltshire and smaller bluestones from west Wales. Other burial mounds are clustered on the surrounding hilltops too so this entire area is a veritable treasure trove of ancient archeological treasures and now a World Heritage Site.
Much of the information about Stonehenge is speculative and you must decide on which of the many theories engrossing archeological circles is right for you.
Stonehenge is managed by English Heritage and is located off the A344 road, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE. You can walk within the stone circles themselves – out of the normal visiting hours of course – but must book way in advance. See their website for booking information. Until 31st May, opening hours are 09.30 – 19.00. The site is open during Easter and the May Bank Holidays and English Heritage members are offered free access with adult non-members paying GBP13.90 per adult. Family tickets are available.
Contributor & photographer: Sue Lowry.
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