Friday, 10 January 2014

Stonehenge - Step Inside The Circle


Stonehenge - the prehistoric wonder of the world. Surrounded by speculation, Stonehenge's mystery intrigues the world daily as thousands of tourists flock to get a glimpse and the chance to feel its magic. 



The other day I was chatting to a friend of mine who is about to venture off to the UK for a month of exploring. As we were sharing travel tips and tricks the topic of Stonehenge came up so I thought it would be the perfect time for me to give you all a tip of my experience with this extraordinary sight. 


What most people don't know is that there is an affordable way to get up-close and personal with this iconic sight. Given you are traveling all that way, don't you want to be able to get inside the circle and really get a sense of the power of these massive stones? 


For most of the year the English Heritage offer Sunrise and Sunset Stone Circle Access. Allowing you the possibility of access the inner circle. In 2011 I was fortunate enough to do just this. My travel partner and myself left our hotel and drove through the rolling Salisbury Plain through the beautiful morning mist towards this magnificent sight.


As the golden sun woke the countryside, we joined 20 other eager tourists for our chance to step inside the circle, and get a sense of just how incredible these stones really are. 


For most people, their experience of Stonehenge is joining thousands of tourists on the surrounding path, only to view the circle from a safe distance. Not terribly personal in my opinion. This however, is the opportunity for you to stand right up next to each stone, dancing through their shadows and allowing their sheer size to swamp you. 


You can view the textures of these majestic bluestones that were transported hundreds of kilometres and specifically placed thousands and thousands of years ago. 


All you need to do is visit the English Heritage site and find the link to the Stone Circle Access booking form (found under "Prices and Booking Times"). Any out of hour visits must be pre-booked as availability is very limited. Be sure also to go through the form carefully to check when access is available as the days and times changes throughout the year depending on the season. 


Fun fact! Did you know that Stonehenge isn't actually a henge? (Thanks QI!)  Even though the word "henge" is named after Stonehenge, archaeologists define a henge as having an embankment area outside the circle and a ditch inside, where as Stonehenge is the other way around. 


Regardless of all the speculation surrounding Stonehenge, the suggestions to how and why the stones were put into place, its magic and mystery has intrigued visitors for centuries and no matter how you experience it, it is one that will stick with you forever. 

"Whoever was the person behind Stonehenge was one dickens of a motivator, I'll tell you that!" 
- Bill Bryson 


13 comments:

  1. Stunning photos! I am definitely bookmarking this page for future reference.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you get to make it over there one day! x

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  2. It's a party of "Alixs'" around here. I was caught by the spelling of your name, which is also how I spell mine :) Alexandra->Alix->Al for the blog. Kindred spirits. :)

    I am glad I found you, and though it seems you are fairly new to blogging, your pictures and concept are wonderful! Looking forward to more in the future...

    xo,
    Al (ix)

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    1. Well hi there Alix! There aren't many of us, so we really should stick together ;)
      Yeah this blog has been quite a new project for me, but I am very much looking forward to meeting likeminded people around the world and sharing stories.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and I am looking forward to the party of "Alixs" to be had! x

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    2. I had to join the Alix party too!

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  3. Wow, so cool!! I have always wanted to do this!

    Found you via Essex Girl btw :)

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    1. Thanks so much Anna! It really is worth it - if you get the opportunity all I can say is GO! Thanks so much for stopping by :) x

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  4. I would love love love to travel there and see and stand inside Stonehenge with Jen! <3

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    1. It is so worth the trip Angie! Highly highly recommended. Thanks so much for stopping by x

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  5. Wow. Thanks for the wonderful tip, Alix. I'll certainly remember that for next time I'm in England.
    Jane

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    1. My absolute pleasure Jane! So pleased to be able to spark inspiration and excitement of future travel plans. Thanks so much for stopping by :) x

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  6. I just stumbled onto your blog from Crowley Party and I have to say, I love what you are doing here. You have a lovely blog with great photos and information. I'm now following and excited to see what future posts will bring!

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    1. That is so kind of you to say!! Thank you so much for stopping by :)
      This is a fairly new project of mine, and the support and encouragement of lovely people like yourself has been so wonderful. I can't wait to share more stories and photos with you all. x

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