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The Stonehenge Adventure (Part 3) – Stonehenge and Woodhenge

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This is the third and final part of my adventure to see Stonehenge and other ancient sites nearby with my good friend Simon. In part 1 I blogged about Avebury Stone Circles. In part 2 I blogged about Glastonbury, The Chalice Well and the city of Wells. In this part I will blog about Stonehenge and Woodhenge.

Stonehenge is perhaps the most well known and one of the oldest stone circles in the world. It is not only a World Heritage Site but also 1 of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Stonehenge is managed by English Heritage and the on-site Visitor Centre includes an exhibition, reconstructed neolithic houses, audio guide handsets, a cafe and gift shop.

Stonehenge its self is a short bus ride away from the visitor centre and busses are provided as part of the admission price (as is access to the exhibition, access to neolithic houses and use of audio guides). The stones themselves are roped off, not allowing the thousands of visitors per day to get too close. Here are some photos:

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An illustration of how they think ancient man moved the Stonehenge stones from Wales to England.

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A hut ancient man lived in whilst building Stonehenge (1).

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A hut ancient man lived in whilst building Stonehenge (2).

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Examples of pottery that ancient people would have had.

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Examples of tools that ancient people would have had.

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Stonehenge (1).

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Obligatory Stonehenge Selfie.

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Stonehenge (2).

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Stonehenge (3).

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Stonehenge (4).

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Stonehenge (5).

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Stonehenge (6).

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Stonehenge (7).

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Stonehenge (8).

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A crow opening its beak and cawing to try and get food from tourists.

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Stonehenge Merchandise: Stonehenge as it would have looked in a tin.

Essential Info

  • Stonehenge is the remains of an ancient stone circle. The site includes a Visitor Centre which includes: exhibition, reconstructed neolithic houses, audio guide handsets, a cafe, toilets and gift shop.
  • Highly Recommended.
  • Opening Times: For opening times click here.
  • Admission Price: £18.20 (with gift aid) and £16.50 (without gift aid).
  • Parking: Free on-site.

Woodhenge is a series of concrete posts in the ground where the poles of wood that made up Woodhenge would have been. Simon and I both felt that the site, managed by English Heritage, was a missed opportunity to recreate Woodhenge, restoring it to its forma glory. Here are some photos of Woodhenge:

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Concrete stones representing where the poles of Woodhenge would have been.

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A burial of a baby at the centre of Woodhenge. Nothing is known about the baby or reason for burial.


Essential Info

  • Woodhenge is a series of concrete posts in the ground where the poles of wood that made up Woodhenge would have been.
  • Recommended.
  • Opening Times: Any reasonable time during daylight hours.
  • Admission Price: Free.
  • Parking: Plenty of free parking on the street.

Write soon,

Antony



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