Visit Stonehenge

By: Robert Thomson

Stonehenge is perhaps considered the most significant prehistoric monument in Britain. It has attracted visitors for many years. It is a testament to the skill and dedication of the people who builtit many centuries ago.
The Stonehenge that stands in its present location is the final phase of its construction that was completed about 3500 years ago. The final stage began soon after 1500 BC when the bluestones were transformed into the horseshoe and circle that is viewable in the present. The original number of stones in the bluestone circle has been estimated to be around 60, many of these have been removed or destroyed. Some are currently mere stomps in the ground.

To Go To Stonehenge by Car
From Amesbury the directions are as follows: go 2 miles west on the junction of A303 and A344/360.
From London Gatwick Airport: take the M23 motorway and join the M25 motorway, following the signs for Heathrow Airport.
From London Heathrow Airport: follow signs to the M4 West then continue for about 2 miles and come off at junction 4b onto the M25 South bound.
From the M25, exit at junction 12 for the M3 motorway towards Basingstoke. Once you get on the M3 follow it to junction 8 signed A303 Andover. Then continue on the A303 all the way until you arrive at a roundabout. Go straight once you reach this point and 2 miles on bear right onto the A344 and the car park is on the right hand side about 500 metres on.

To Go To Stonehenge by Train
The closest train station to Stonehenge is Salisbury which is about 9.5 miles away. From London the trains depart from Waterloo Station to Salisbury. You should check for times and prices as these may be subject to change, additionally, the trains depart approximately every hour. The journey takes about an hour and a half.

To Go To Stonehenge by Bus
The buses depart from Heathrow Airport and from Victoria Coach Station in the centre of London. The journey takes just about 2 hours. You can get off at Amesbury. From there you can either walk (about 2 miles), catch a local bus, or get a taxi.

Additionally you can buy tickets on the coach, at the coach station, or from ticket agents for National Express. It is considered the cheapest way to travel to Stonehenge.

The entry fees for Stonehenge are currently as listed below.

Adults will pay 6.60 pounds
Children between the ages of 5-15 will pay 3.30 pounds
Children under 5 enter free of charge.
People over the age of 60 and students get a concession and pay a lowered price of 5.60 pounds
A family ticket may be bought which includes 2 Adults and up to 3 children and costs 16.50 pounds. However if all the children are below 5, then a family ticket may not be practical.
For additional information you may call the following numbers and visit the following websites:

British Rail's Information line:
08457 48 49 50
National Express link
08705 80 80 80 (10p per min)
Local buses to Stonehenge

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