A visit to Stonehenge

On the way back from Knepp last weekend we dropped into Stonehenge for a quick visit. The Stones themselves are owned and managed by English Heritage but 2500 acres of the surrounding landscape which is also very rich in archaeology and important for wildlife is owned and managed by the National Trust.

It is probably Britain’s most visited countryside attraction and is very very busy attracting visitors from all over the world. If you want to visit booking is essential – see here for full details. Access is free to National Trust and English Heritage members otherwise it costs over £17 to enter.

The National Trust property is known as Stonehenge Landscapes – details here and is free to enter.

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If you bide your time and get your camera angles right it can look like you have the place to yourself!

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It was a glorious sunny afternoon and it is always fun trying to get photos whilst shooting into the sun.

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This is the entry point to the NT land – there is lots to see here too and this area gives the Stones themselves context

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The new visitor centre has been open for over a year now and is located around 2km from the Stones – good exhibition along with a huge and very busy shop and tearoom. You can either walk to the Stones from here or catch a shuttle bus

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I really liked the mock hut circles that have been built as part of the interpretation – the NT Upper Plym Valley property on Dartmoor has a large concentration of Bronze Age hut circles and it is interesting to see what they might have looked like

Stonehenge 5In the back ground you can see the notorious A303 – clogged up on a late sunday afternoon – there is currently much debate going on regarding improving the road and the context of Stonehenge by putting this road in a tunnel.

Perhaps the most iconic Britain place – well worth a visit but prepare yourself for the crowds

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