The famous stone circle near Amesbury in southern England is thousands of years old and is probably the most famous prehistoric monument in the world.
The formation of Stonhenge is divided into three phases, in which first an earth wall with ditches, then a wooden structure and finally the striking megalithic structure, which can still be seen in parts today, were erected. Since 1986, the stone circle, which is still the subject of much scientific debate, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The topics of discussion are still the exact age of the stone circle and the surrounding area as well as the purpose. Mostly the construction of Stonehenge is dated from 3100 to 2000 B.C., the surrounding area is said to have a history of at least 11,000 years. In the course of time, Stonehenge has been associated with various stories and legends, some of which have survived to this day. For example, the stone circle was not built by Celtic druids, as they lived in the area much later. It is certain that the complex is part of a huge ritual landscape that was discovered around the stone circle. Numerous traces of other Henges, ditches and earth walls and also villages of the builders can be found in the region around Amesbury. The whole complex dates far back into our prehistory and the stone circle is probably one of the most recent features. In the course of time the arrangement of the stones was changed and new elements were added. This reflects the long history, over time the rituals and use of Stonehenge have probably changed – no wonder in such a long time.
Opening hours vary depending on the season. In summer usually from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., in winter from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before the visit, inform about the exact opening hours.
Adults: from 19 £ Reduced: from 17,10 £ Children (5-17 years): from 11,40 £ (as of August 2019)
It is best to book your tickets in advance. Then you can choose the day and time. Otherwise it is not certain that you can visit the stone circle at the desired time.