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Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

An awe inspiring place to visit

sunny 22 °C

On our first full day in Burton Summerset we decided to drive to Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Afe monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The site was added to world heritage sites in 1986. Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could have been a burial ground fromantic it's earliest beginnings. What a surprise we got when we arrived here. We first visited Stonehenge about 10 years earlier on a freezing winters day. There were big recent changes. Now there was a huge parking area. Also a large new visitors Centre and shop and Cafe. Also attached to this a big museum. This was all located some distance down the road from the Stonehenge Monuments. We got into this using our National Trust Pass or National heritage, I can't remember which. Your tickets give you a free bus ride up the road to Stonehenge. You can choose to walk. We got the bus there and walked back through the fields. Took about 20 minutes to walk. By then it was very hot. We also got the audio guides. You really need these as they give lots of information. We spent a long time here just admiring this great monument, taking photos and listening to our audio guides. There was a huge number of tourists here. You here so many different languages being spoken. Also a lot of people visiting from the United Kingdom with it being summer holidays for the children. We are often asked when we go into these places where we come from they seem to want to record where everyone is visiting from. We always get a great response when we say we come from New Zealand. They have either visited or know someone that has visited or they want to visit New Zealand. People certainly seem to love New Zealand. It gives oe a lift to hear that. After visiting the Monuments we had a late lunch then visited the Museum. These museums have certainly embraced the computer age with lots of audio visual and new ways of presenting the facts. They had a round room with surrounding screens which works great show casing Stonehenge. I enjoyed looking at the souvenirs and photos from bygone times. There were examples of pottery and skeletons found on some of the sites. This place is a must see while visiting England, especially if you are in the area. On the way back to our home swap in Burton we spotted the sun starting to set so hurtled down narrow country lanes looking for the way to the beach. After a short walk found the beach just in time for some photos. A very rocky beach. You could look across to the nuclear power station where Jacquie works as an Engineer. Apparently there is another nuclear power station going to be built 1 mile from Burton. Another great day lots of good memories.

Posted by kiwiscanflyto 14:00 Archived in England Tagged stonehenge

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