Stonehenge: Family day out

Stonehenge Wiltshire
On our way back from Cornwall over half term we took a break half way through our journey home and visited Stonehenge in Wiltshire, a landmark that has been on my Bucket List since Forever.

I was not disappointed.

Our Family ticket cost £36.10 – This covers a family of 2 adults and 3 children, the audio guide plus the shuttle to and from Stonehenge and the visitor centre were included in the ticket. We were lucky and after queuing a while we managed to get tickets and enter but it was out of season. Reading on the English Heritage website you will see it is highly advisable to book your tickets and times online prior to arrival.

Interestingly if you are members of the National Trust or English Heritage, Stonehenge would be a free entrance for you but still needs to be booked in advance.

stonehenge - neolithic huts

Once you have paid for your tickets and collected your audio guides you walk through the visitor centre to an area which is currently a work in progress; a team of volunteers  are constructing a cluster of Neolithic houses using authentic materials in the outdoor exhibition space. Due to open at Easter (2014) you’ll be able to walk inside the huts and see how people may have lived 4,500 years ago.

stonehenge close up

A short shuttle ride takes you to the site and there you can walk around Stonehenge. The audio guide will encourage you to stop at each numbered point and listen to the facts, we did this and loved it. We were advised to use the Family Tour and at the end of each numbered area the parents are asked to turn off the guide as there are facts for the children only to listen to. The girls were really tickled to be privy to knowledge we weren’t, they listened carefully and refused to tell us what they heard :)

stonehenge family audio guide

Stonehenge is majestic, it is spellbinding, it is breathtaking and it is fascinating. I believe it had this effect on all of the visitors present with us and I believe it was constructed to do just that.

I learnt that the site had been used as a ceremonial centre long before the massive stones were erected and that the exact position was not chosen by chance. In fact the Stonehenge timeline tells us that Mesolithic posts were raised to north-west of Stonehenge between 8,500 – 7000 BC and the positioning of the site is in line with the midsummer sunrise on one side and the mid winter sunset on the opposite.

Heel stone Stonehenge #Iseefaces

This is known as the Heel Stone and stands at the entrance from The Avenue leading up from the River Avon onto the sacred Stonehenge site, can you see the face I see #Iseefaces

After years of waiting to visit I was not disappointed, I came away with my guidebook and I’ve actually read this one rather than shove it on a shelf for future history lessons when the girls reach this part of the national curriculum.

I would thoroughly recommend a visit and definitely look into the English Heritage membership as you could save yourself a small fortune on entrance tickets all over the UK.

3 Comments

  1. March 3, 2014 / 8:23 AM

    I haven’t been to Stonehenge for 35 years. We went on our way back from a holiday when i was very small and you get right in amongst the stone (all the way back then!) The houses sound really interesting – perhaps we’ll have to get down there this summer!

  2. March 3, 2014 / 12:14 PM

    Second Daughter and I visited Stonehenge in 2012 and we both loved it. A very impressive place.
    Interested in visiting Neolithic houses! Will definitely go back. xx

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