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The road to Stonehenge
My co-workers and I had a few minutes to spare on a business trip to London, so we decided to take a guided tour to Stonehenge. I never thought to associate London with this famous stone circle, but it’s in-fact a quick hour and a half drive from downtown London.
Stonehenge at first glance
Who would believe that Stonehenge would be visible from a common motorway in the UK? It was particularly odd to see such a striking and famous set of structures directly from the road. In-fact, if you were just driving southwest from London, and didn’t know this famous place was on the way, it might be a bit of a surprise.
Getting to Stonehenge
The original route directly to the ancient site isn’t passable anymore as they’re allowing nature to reclaim the path. Also, due to the massive amount of tourists visiting the site every year, the new visitor center (which commercializes the visit with a café, souvenirs, and a pay-to-ride bus) helps keep things orderly, clean, and safe for both visitors and the grounds.
Since we were on a tour, we parked in the tour bus parking area, and walked behind the visitor center where we picked up a shuttle. The shuttle took us through open fields of grazing sheep and beautiful expanses, directly to Stonehenge. There is a designated path around the boulders to both protect the grounds, and allow every visitor a great photograph. Normally, the route completely encircles Stonehenge to allow visitors a view from every angle, however the path was closed when I was there.
The visitors center
Back at the visitor center, check out the exhibit which explains more about Stonehenge, it’s origins, and what it likely looked like when it was built. Then, head over to the visitor center, and after grabbing some souvenirs and a coffee, take a look at the Neolithic huts directly behind the center.
Overall, I was a bit surprised that Stonehenge was so small. So what were your impressions? Have you visited? Leave your thoughts for other visitors in the comments!