When we visit England (not for work) we always make our way to beautiful Bath to visit my brother in law and his wife. Every time we go there I look at where Stonehenge is and sure, it’s a small detour but it’s RIGHT there and we have never seen it. This time, I was GOING to see those bloody stones. And I did, from a car in passing.
After a really cool visit to Adams Calendar last year, the whole Neolithic stone circle thing has been something I have spent quite a few hours reading about. It fascinates me and nothing more so than the famous Stonehenge.
This year, instead of taking the train to Bath our (very cool) friends offered to drive us down from Crawley to Bath. A roughly 3-hour drive. We decided to stop in Salisbury that I will tell you more about in another post. Boy did I lick some things in that little village. Then it happened. We drove passed Stonehenge and my heart skipped a beat. I did notice something a tad odd about them but was too excited to explore the thought any further. The stones seemed lighter.
We got to Bath and after the obligatory Portuguese pleasantries and coffee, then a whisky then a piece of cake we whipped out our phones to check out admission prices to see these ancient stones. Turns out they aren’t all that ancient. In the early 1910’s the stones were “restacked” to remember what experts “think” they looked like. Look it’s still cool, but Adams Calendar is exactly as it and its WAY older.
Also, 16 Pounds will get you about 20 meters away from the stones. So what you see from the road is pretty much what you see from the paid point.
So here is what we did, we went to Avebury instead. Just a short drive from Bath there are HUGE stone circles with paths to walk where you can touch these ancient wonders. It was glorious.
Avebury henge and stone circles are one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. Built and much altered during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC, the henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain – originally of about 100 stones – which in turn encloses two smaller stone circles.
Best part? It’s FREE. Yup, you just pay for parking and off you go.
As an average traveller, I would one hundred percent recommend skipping stone henge and drive just a little further and TOUCH history, walk between them and feel the whole ancient vibe. It’s really cool and trust me anywhere you can save a pound and still do something cool is a win when you are South African.
But drive passed Stonehenge just to be able to say you have seen it anyway 😊
Stonehenge – proof that I saw it.