You read about it as a child. You see it on the National Geographic specials that air on public television. What’s the big deal? What’s the buzz all about? This stone structure that’s half way across the world. Maybe it’s a fairy tale? Made or brought here by….aliens?? You never really think that it’s an actual thing. IS it real?? Well my friends….of course it is. lol. But you don’t truly believe it until you witness this otherworldly prehistoric monument with your own two eyes. On my trip to the UK, my friend and I made a few stops and this was absolutely a must for me. We made reservations in London with Evan Evans tour group. (FYI, get there early peeps. It’s a virtual sea of people trying to find their 1/2 mile long line to get onto their bus. Including us.) We were lucky enough to get a seat at the very front. Was it luck? I’ve been to virtually hundreds of concerts in my day and wiggling my way through a sea of people to get to the very front has been, well, a gift of mine. So I think it was a bit of determination.
After the not so exciting drive out of town we began to witness Englands country side. Approximately a 90 min drive through a virtual sea of rolling green hills and you start to see this teeeeeny tiny spec off to the right up on a hill, next to the highway. Upon closer inspection, and the bus driver telling us “hey look over there!” we begin to focus our eyes on what looks like a few boulders.
This is it folks. What the tellies have been showing us. It IS actually REAL!! The hairs stood up on my neck. Even seeing it from far away. I was witnessing one of the great wonders of the world. In person. With my own two eyes. Wowzers!
When you actually witness Stonehenge in person, it’s truly a sight to behold. Gazing upon these massive carved stone structures makes you really wonder…. WTF??
I mean seriously. Dig deep into the history of this sight and it makes you think how the heck this even came to be! Ancient civilizations didn’t have tools like we do today to move a massive stone. Let alone MULTIPLE! Crazy when you really think about it.
When you arrive you can first enter the gift shop adjacent to a cool little deli type eatery. (Veg options available!) They offer headphones to listen to (in a multitude of languages) a narrative about the history of this site. I highly recommend listening and stopping at each numbered post. You no longer can walk up to the stones as so much tourist traffic has been ruining the grounds around it, unless you purchase the special “Inner Circle Access” tour, which is sunrise or sunset. Regular tours you’re roped off to gaze from a number of feet away. I wish I could’ve touched the stones, but I’m glad it was roped off because you probably would have multiple random strangers in every photo opportunity. This way you get stranger free photos. Next visit! A sunset viewing would be so bad ass!
Getting to the actual circle of stones, you have 2 choices: take a trolly or walk. We were limited on time as we were with a tour group, so we opted for the warm bus there and back. Glad we did…our bus driver totally left some people there as a result of tardiness. o.O yikes!
I won’t get deep into the history of Stonehenge. You can do that yourself if you choose.
Stonehenge Go take a peek and get yo learn on!!
You can learn about it here and take a 360 degree virtual tour inside the stones! I do recommend learning a bit about it though, because there is so much more than just the “stones” to learn about. I just want to show you how bad ass it is. Ya really gotta see this at least once…kinda like Disney. I was in total awe!
But for the mean time, here are a few (dozen) different angles of the stones from my iPhone 6.