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Stonehenge

One of the world's most famous and mysterious prehistoric monuments.

TravelCurious Tip

Walk through the ancient and sacred landscape from the visitors centre as far as the Stone Circle – a unique experience. If you aren’t feeling so fit you can take a shuttle half-way to the Stones and walk the rest of the way.

History and mystery

Stonehenge is a fascinating monument. The earliest archaeological finds here indicate that the area has held significance since about 8000 or 7500 BC. The first known incarnation of Stonehenge was a huge earthwork ditch built about 3000 BC, which circled an area of 100 square metres including two entrances and some wooden structures. The massive stones we see today were placed there around 2500 BC atop a sacred burial ground for the cremated dead of the Neolithic era. Sarsens – the larger stones – are arranged in two concentric formations; an outer circle and inner horseshoe, with the smaller ‘bluestones’ set up around them in a double arc. Four Station Stones are also located on the outside. An earthwork avenue was created connecting Stonehenge to the Avon River a few hundred years later.

Stonehenge retained its importance throughout the early Bronze Age. Four of the sarsens were carved with pictures of Bronze Age weapons like axes and daggers, marking the change in burial traditions during this era as people began to be buried with their belongings, and many round barrow burial mounds began popping up nearby. The site remained in use throughout the Roman occupation and many Roman artefacts have also been found there.

Enigmatic stones

Stonehenge is the most sophisticated prehistoric monument of its type anywhere in the world, and surrounding Avebury the largest prehistoric burial site. It was clearly a project of dedication and mass importance, as construction would have required huge numbers of organised and skilled workers.

Although we have dates for its creation and we know that people were buried here, exactly who built this spectacular monument and why remains unknown. What was the importance of its layout? Its location? How were these huge stones transported and erected from 150 miles in the north with such primitive technology?

Some theories as to its function and significance have included a druidic temple, a pagan ritual arena, an astronomical observatory, a place for worshipping ancestors or a site of healing. During the Middle Ages it was widely believed that Merlin, the famous enchanter of King Arthur’s court, had brought the stones over from Ireland. The modern contention is that it is some kind of prehistoric temple aligned with the movement of the sun - but it seems that it will forever be shrouded in mystery.

Megalithic museum

In addition to the stones themselves there is plenty more to see at the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. The Neolithic Houses in the visitor centre explain how people lived in Neolithic times. These recreations inspire the imagination and further highlight the grandeur of human achievement in Stonehenge. Experts talk about methods of building and primitive tools and techniques and also provide demonstrations of Neolithic domestic skills using natural materials, such as flint knapping, grinding grain and making rope out of rushes.

There is a great audiovisual show inside the visitors’ centre. This gives visitors a 360° display of the changes of the seasons from the perspective of inside the stone circle, including the winter and summer solstices. These were sacred times of year in the druidic calendar and the mysterious positioning of this ancient monument catches the light at these times in such a way that the sun lights a path through it (the summer solstice continues to attract around 20,000 worshippers a year). Visitors may also experience the changing landscape throughout the ages with an interactive map and can enjoy coffee or a bite to eat in the local café.

This ancient and deeply mysterious site never fails to inspire wonder in all who visit. It is a truly unique place and one of the most memorable attractions in the whole of the UK - do not miss your chance to pay a visit.

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Related Tours

Private Excursion to Stonehenge & Bath
Experience a truly special and comfortable excursion through the English Countryside, as you visit the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge and the beauty & charm of Bath.

  • Visit the world-famous Stonehenge, an enigmatic collection of 5000-year-old Neolithic stones.
  • Wander around the site with your expert guide and try to uncover the mystery of Stonehenge for yourself. 
  • Learn the story of the people who lived and worshipped at Stonehenge.
  • Experience the Georgian architecture of Bath, regarded by many as England’s prettiest city.
  • See Bath’s stunning sites: from Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge to the famous Roman Baths.
  • Enjoy a relaxing journey back to your hotel after a long day of sightseeing in your own private car.

Secrets of the Stones

You will be picked up from your hotel in a comfortable car and journey to the enigmatic Stonehenge - a mystical collection of 5000-year-old Neolithic stones, located on the rolling plains of Salisbury, Wiltshire. This monumental stone circle is still very much a place of strong spiritual and esoteric significance - a haunting echo from Britain's forgotten past. It is a mystery as to why the stones were placed here and what purpose they served. Why not wander around the site with your expert guide and see if you can  attempt to unlock the secrets of the stones for yourself? There is also an excellent visitors’ centre that will help to shed light onto the fascinating people that lived and worshipped at Stonehenge. 

Charm of Bath


 In the afternoon you will continue onward for a private walking tour of Bath - famous for its elegant Georgian architecture and widely considered one of England’s prettiest cities. Follow your expert guide on a picturesque tour of the city, through its beautiful Regency squares and quaint mews. You will see Bath Abbey and the stunning Pulteney Bridge, modeled after the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will also have the pleasure of visiting the city’s famous Roman Baths - the best preserved and most stunning Roman spa from the ancient world. You will end your comprehensive tour with a pleasant car journey back to your hotel. 
Private Stonehenge and Magna Carta Day Excursion
Experience a truly special and comfortable excursion through the English Countryside, as you visit the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge and the Magna Carta inside Salisbury Cathedral.

  • Enjoy hotel pick-up as you are comfortably whisked to the English countryside
  • Take in the picturesque views of the rolling hills and (hopefully) blue skies 
  • Uncover the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge- learning about its traditions and myths 
  • Visit the museum and snap photos of the archaeological artefacts 
  • Listen to stories of the Neolithic site as you are whisked to Salisbury Cathedral 
  • Take in this English Gothic masterpiece, with its towering spire and medieval clock
  • Walk inside the cathedral to view scriptures from the Magna Carta
  • Conclude with a drive back to your hotel
At Stonehenge, try to unravel the mysteries surrounding this pre-historic stone circle that has baffled historians for 5,000 years - and you can also enjoy the fabulous new visitor centre with its museum at its centrepiece, perfect for understanding the rituals, religions, archaeological artefacts and stories connected to this enigmatic Neolithic site. 

Salisbury Cathedral is a short drive away, and what a surprise is in for you as you get to splendour this 13th century English Gothic masterpiece, take in the tallest spire in Great Britain, view the Magna Carta (which dates back to 1215) and marvel at the oldest working (medieval) clock in the world.
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