We’ve all heard about Stonehenge and the myths. But how much of it is real? It is probably the most important prehistoric monument in Britain and has attracted visitors from earliest times. The Stonehenge that we see today is the final stage that was completed about 3500 years ago. There is a lot of mystery around the monument and the feeling you get once you are in front of it is difficult to explain in words. So our advice is that you go and check it out for yourself. You won’t regret it!
Once you are there you can’t help but feeling that the monument it’s just impressive. It’s been there for so long and you wonder… How did they do it? It’s not very easy to set up incredibly heavy stones on top of each other. And then more questions start to arise. Who build it and why? What where they doing there? Where they doing anything at all? It definitely takes you to a whole other place and have no doubt that you will be amazed.
A little bit of history
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It was constructed in three phases and it has been estimated that the three phases of the construction required more than thirty million hours of labour. Speculation on the reason it was built range from human sacrifice to astronomy.
- The first stage: The first Stonehenge was a large earthwork or Henge, comprising a ditch, bank, and the Aubrey holes, all probably built around 3100 BC. Excavations have revealed cremated human bones and it’s believed that these were part of a religious ceremony. Shortly after this stage Stonehenge was abandoned, left untouched for over 1000 years.
- The Second Stage: This phase started around 2150 BC. Some 82 bluestones from the Preseli mountains, in south-west Wales were transported to the site. It is thought these stones were dragged on rollers and sledges and then they were carried by water by loading them onto rafts. This astonishing journey covers nearly 240 miles (Roughly 386 km). Once at the site, these stones were set up in the centre to form an incomplete double circle.
- The third stage: The third stage of Stonehenge, about 2000 BC, saw the arrival of the Sarsen stones. These were arranged in an outer circle with a continuous run of lintels. The final stage took place soon after 1500 BC when the bluestones were rearranged in the horseshoe and circle that we see today.
Some of the myths about this intriguing place:
- A place for burial.
- A place for healing.
- Stonehenge’s circular construction was created to mimic a sound illusion.
- A celestial observatory
- A team-building exercise
The truth is that we might never know what activities were taking place there. Maybe one of the above, maybe all of them at different stages. Who knows? Perhaps it meant something completely different and you might come up with the correct answer!
And what about the tours?
You can go to visit only Stonehenge or also to go on a tour that includes other destinations. You can ask our receptionists for more information about it and buy trips with us directly at front desk or online from the famous Anderson Tours just by clicking here.
Some of the tours that include a visit to Stonehenge:
- Stonehenge and Bath (This tour INCLUDES entrances into the Roman Baths & Stonehenge)
- Stonehenge Private Viewing (Late evening viewing)
- Stonehenge Private Viewing (Evening viewing special access)
- Stonehenge Private Viewing (Morning viewing special access)
- Mysterious Britain: Stonehenge and Avebury.
- Windsor, Stonehenge & Salisbury.
As one of the country’s most famous World Heritage sites, Stonehenge is a “must see” for anyone visiting the UK. So don’t miss out!!