Visiting Stonehenge

05 July 2018

Did you know that Shamba has one of the best-known ancient wonders of the world right on its doorstep? If you're touring the UK and spending some time at the park, then be sure to take the opportunity to explore this fascinating heritage site of Stonehenge.

Visit Stonehenge

Only 45 minutes in the car, nestled in a site near Amesbury, Wiltshire, it's the ideal location for a day trip...and the perfect excuse to take a picnic too!

A step back in time

Estimated to be over 5,000 years old, Stonehenge is surrounded by mystery. No-one quite knows why it was built, or how ancient man was able to erect the structure, but this all adds to the magical atmosphere of the area. The stones that form the inner ring are said to have come from the Preseli Mountains in Wales, and with that much effort put into construction, it's clear that the Henge was meant for something great. The stones have been carefully placed and each appears to have its own role and purpose.

 

As well as the Henge itself, you'll also be able to experience everyday Neolithic life. Explore the ancient landscape and imagine what it was like, or take a look at tools and objects featured in the exhibition and visitor centre – you can also take a step inside the Neolithic houses to see what it was really like 5 millennia ago.

The stuff of myths and legends

With so much yet to be discovered, Stonehenge is a hotbed for the mystical and spiritual. Over the years it's been said to be the work of gods, wizards and even giants. Whichever you'd like to believe, the air certainly has an enchanted feel to it – this could be something to do with the ley lines that cross at the centre of Stonehenge.

Loved by many as a site for worship, Stonehenge has played host to the Summer Solstice celebrations for many years. Drawing huge crowds, the site is transformed into a peaceful and joyful event with many using it as a time to reconnect with the earth and natural spirits. With so much song in the air it's certainly a sight to see.

 

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Some of the braver folk also flock to Stonehenge when the Winter Solstice begins. With the sunrise heralded with drums, chanting and cheering it's a tradition that has been going for thousands of years and is said to have begun when the people of Stonehenge prayed for the return of longer days, light and warmth.

Accessible to all

Despite its rural setting, the area around Stonehenge has been carefully adapted to allow for everyone to take in its wonder, including a car park. There is a tarmac and grass path around the outer circle that's wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and a dedicated WC too. Everyone can learn about the history behind the Henge with braille guides and even an audio tour with hearing loop.

 

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Stonehenge Prices:

  • Adult: from £17.50 depending on the time of year
  • Child (5-15): from £10.50 depending on the time of year

Stonehenge Opening times:

  • 30th March to 31st May: 09:30 - 19:00
  • 1st June to 31st August: 09:00 - 20:00
  • 1st September to 15th October: 09:30 - 19:00
  • 16th October to 29th March: 09:30 - 17:00
Visit the Stonehenge Website