One of the most well known ancient attractions on earth – Stonehenge remains a mystery to this day.
The pre-historic monument is a stone circle made of massive standing stones, built somewhere between 3000 and 1600BC. In the middle ages, they thought it was built by magic, though it has been estimated that the construction of Stonehenge required more than thirty million hours of labor.
Prior to the 1950’s most archaeologists believed that Stonehenge’s use had been limited to the ritual activities of different Neolithic chiefdoms. However, it is now known that Stonehenge had another equally important function, which was its use as an astronomical observatory.
The monument is made from two types of stones: the ‘bluestones’ (weighing as much as four tons and brought from 240 miles away) and the Sarsen stones (averaging eighteen feet in height and twenty-five tons in weight).
Stonehenge tours from London take roughly two hours to get down to the site, however it’s truly a once in a lifetime experience to witness the ancient stone circle for yourself.
The time you spend once here may well be short – it doesn’t take too long to appreciate the stones and snap a few photographs, though tours which leave from bus stations across London will combine this day trip with a visit to other popular tourist towns such as Oxford and Bath. Cheapflights to London operate from throughout Europe daily, so if you find yourself on vacation with a few extra days, why not consider London for Stonehenge?!
For those geology geeks wanting more, head for the town of Avebury where the road actually goes through similar stone formations.
These are our best photos from London’s Stonehenge.
Photos by Meg and Mike Jerrard.