Stonehenge is a pre-historic monument located in Wiltshire, England. It is one of the most talked about monuments in the world and is certainly worth viewing if you visiting UK.
Being one of the most famous sites in the world, it consists of large stones standing in a circle around some centre stones.
It is widely believed that Stonehenge was built as a monument that was created as part of a belief which is little understood. Stonehenge is one of the most popular unresolved mysteries of the modern day.
Stonehenge is situated in the centre of the some of the most complex Bronze Age and Neolithic monuments in Britain. There are also a hundreds of burial mounds which can be seen around the monument within around a few miles radius.
When was Stonehenge built
According to the archaeologists, the monument may have been built sometime between 3000 and 2000 B.C or 4000 to 5000 years ago. The findings also include discovery in 2008 as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project of human bone materials dating as far back as 3000 B.C.
The site itself consists of very large stones arranged in a large circle. This is an extra ordinary sight in person which will leave you how it was possible for people to carry these stones and align them so perfectly some 5000 years ago.
Some of the larger stones weigh between 25 and 30 tonnes. In a recent study, it was proved and confirmed that the inner horse shoe arranged stones may have been carried from as far as 160 miles in Wales.
The recent discovery has also opened doors to new wonders as it is still little understood how stones as big could have been carried hundreds of miles without use of any machines.
The larger stones which are part of the outer circle is believed to be have quarried 20 to 30 miles away in England where sandstones were common material to be found. However, the bluestones that are in the centre of the monument have become one of the biggest mysteries of the modern time as they cannot be found anywhere within 100 miles of Stonehenge.
The historic site itself is preserved with the care it deserves and offers a very detailed view of the monument. Visitors can walk around the monument with a wireless device that looks like a mobile phone and acts like a virtual guide.
There are numbered information points around the historic site, and the numbers can be entered on the wireless device to listen to information related to that particular point, point of view or a certain angle.
One cannot help but feel extra ordinarily close to the ancient civilisations by visiting Stonehenge. The mystery of the creation of the monument itself, human behaviours and culture dating back thousands of years are some of things you will find yourself pondering on if you visit Stonehenge.
How to get to Stonehenge
Getting to Stonehenge by car
The Post Code for Stonehenge is – SP4 7DE
Getting to Stonehenge by train
The nearest train station to Stonehenge is Salisbury which is about 9.5 miles from the attraction.
You can take the train from London Waterloo to Salisbury but you may need to check the times and prices as these may be subject to changes.
The journey time is about 90 minutes and you can take a Local bus or a taxi from Salisbury station to the attraction. There will also be plenty of tourist information in and around the station for visitors to the Stonehenge so finding your way around should be very easy.