Erected by Neolithic peoples in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is believed to be built over the course 2300 years, and dates back to 2200BC. The entire area around Stonehenge is painstakingly stunning and contains many other sites from the Neolithic period and Bronze age, most notably Stonehenge Cursus, King Barrows Ridge, The Avenue, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls. In total this World Heritage Site is over 2000 hectares.Stonehenge is said to be one of the most impressive archeological sites in Britain, being just on the edge of the Salisbury plain it boasts expanses of beautiful rolling hills and soft valleys that make for excellent stress-free hikes. Stonehenge's original purpose when built was a calendar and center for religious rituals, to this day it is still visited by neo-pagans and druids on Summer and Winter Solstice, as well as Spring and Autumn Equinox.
The best time of year to enjoy the wholesomeness that Stonehenge has to offer is June, but anything in the spring and summer is also a good bet. The scenery around the many bridal path's and footpaths that surround Stonehenge are lush and green, perfect for a relaxing tour of the country side.
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It costs about $15.00 Canadian for entry to the main Stonehenge site, this gives you access to an audio tape that explains the history of the site and a closer view but still roped off. If you want to get inside the actual site, “Stone Circle Access” then you can arrange to have private guided tour early in the morning or evening, the cost of these is approximately $130 Canadian per adult and should be booked a few weeks in advance. Or if you want a more condensed viewing just take the M3 from London and A303 to Amesbury, off to the A344. The stones are quite near the road and in plain view of all who pass by. Once on site there are limited offerings so if you are looking to eat, drink and sleep something in the surrounding Amesbury would be best. An extended trip is needed if you plan on taking in the many archeological sites in the area.
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