Stonehenge is one of the leading UK Tourist attractions in the UK and has grown to over a million visitors a year getting up close and personal. It is most definitely one of those attractions that visitors either love or hate, some see it as amazing and wondrous and others wonder what all the fuss is about. The one thing that is certain is that to have an opinion on it you have to see it and you have to see it in its surroundings and hear the story of how the Stones came to be in order to make an informed judgment.
A bit of history
Stonehenge was built 2000 years after the very first farming community settled down on Windmill Hill. They started to build Avebury, and it is the decedents of Windmill Hill that constructed the Avebury complex. Their ancestors also created the long barrow that is in West Kennet.
A lot of people have speculated as to why the site was chosen. It was decided that because the area was very populated and was a lowland plain that was bounded by the Marlborough Downs where the top of this ratio the Ridgeway. Because Windmill Hill is located towards the northwest, and the nearby water that is near the south is also near the River Kennet. It is also close by to significant burial sites that surround the area. The most popular one is the West Kennet Longbarrow.
Avebury is believed to be a magical place. Mary and Michael a pair of ley lines that come all the way from Lands’ end and arrive at Bury St Edmund’s, they kiss close by to the stones on the south side of the circle. The gigantic sarsen in the north of the village of Avebury crosses over the road when the clock hits on midnight. Local villagers say that each house has a least one spirit living inside. Making the village one of the most energetic and spiritual bound ones in the UK. Many locals and tourists have laid their claims that they have seen fairies dancing around the stones in the night. Many say that Satan himself decided to bury Avebury but was unable to because he dropped his spade of dirt, making the famous Sidbury Hill!
Built in stages
Stonehenge was built in three different phases. Around 30 million hours of manpower and labour would have been needed to construct the popular site. Many a rumour goes around about the Stonehenge construction making many curious to see the UK attraction. People think that the henge was built for sacrificing humans; some say that is an astronomical site. The age of Stonehenge is around 3100 years before Christ. It is actually in the borough of Wiltshire in the UK. The formation is made of sarsen, Welsh sand stone; worship lunar, solar and bluestone. You have to pay a small few to view the stones so make sure to carry some cash along with you. You are not able to walk in the actual stone area, but you can see them at a distance.
How to see Stonehenge
So now you know why Stonehenge is very well sought after for UK visitors, and hopefully after reading this post you may want to investigate for yourself. You can make your own way to Stonehenge by driving – it is located just off the A303 and you will see it from the road as many people do who are travelling from the West Country to London and vice versa. You can also take the train to Salisbury and then get a taxi from there to Stonehenge (9.5 miles). Alternatively you can take a short trip by an organised sightseeing tour company who will pick you up from Central London and return you back later in the day.