On day two of our trip to Somerset I fulfilled a childhood dream to visit Stonehenge.
Stonehenge, which is in Wiltshire, was a 90-minute drive from our holiday cottage. We had booked our tickets in advance from the English Heritage website. The tickets cost £20 per adult which you can claim back if you buy membership. There was plenty of parking at the attraction, which was included in the price of the ticket.
We were visiting off-season, so there were no queues, although I suspect this wouldn’t always be the case. The first stop is the visitors’ centre where there is an interactive display explaining the history of the stones and their significance.
Like many children, I had first learnt about Stonehenge at primary school and had been fascinated by them ever since. Not only is it an impressive feat of engineering, but the huge sarsen stones hold a mystical and spiritual appeal. It’s incredible to think that Stonehenge was first constructed about 5,000 years ago and that the some of the stones were brought to the site from as far as west Wales.
You can either walk or take a bus to the stones. We walked there and took the bus back. There isn’t much to see on the walk, so you’re not missing anything if you take the bus!
The stones lived up to my high expectations. You can no longer touch them or get too close but that actually made for better viewing and photographs. We had some moody skies that day. I would imagine they would be even more amazing at sunset or sunrise.
After Stonehenge, we went to Glastonbury. This is a very hippy town, famous for its music festival. I really enjoyed mooching around the shops selling witchcraft remedies, crystal healing, arts and crafts, and bohemian clothing. We stopped for a drink and a snack at the Lazy Gekko café before heading back to the cottage.