Being one of the oldest prehistoric monuments in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site, Stonehenge is definitely an exciting day trip from London. Here are some useful tips on how to plan your perfect Stonehenge day trip from London.
- How to get there?
To get there using public transport, you can take a train from London Waterloo station to Sailsbury, and then a bus to Stonehenge. The whole trip will take 2.5/3 hours. There is no direct public transport to get to Stonehenge. The other option is to take a tour from London. Some tours also include Bath, Salisbury, Oxford or Windsor. I don’t usually take tours as I find them annoying but this time I chose to take one and I have no complaints. There are many companies providing a Stonehenge day trip from London.
I used Golden Tours and recommend it. If you have more time, I would recommend to get to Stonehenge independently and visit Salisbury and Stonehenge at your own pace.
- What are these stones standing in the middle of nowhere?
Stonehenge was built approximately 5000 years ago and it is believed i was a burial ground as human bones were found on the site. There are many other myths about the function of the place: a healing site, a memorial site, a ritual site, etc. The only thing we can be certain is that Stonehenge was an important place for neolithic people, as it would have taken huge effort took and time to transport the rocks.
I can’t put into words how windy it was at Stonehenge. I’ve read it is always windy, even in sunny days. I could barely take photos, so you will see some of them are blurry. The walk around Stonehenge is nice, and you get to see the monument from different perspectives. Unfortunately, I was there for a few minutes because of how windy and rainy it was.
On your way back you can visit the exhibition centre, which is really informative. You get into an amazing 360 degree view from inside the Stones and see them change throughout time. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant.
In spite of the awful weather, I really enjoyed my day trip to Stonehenge. Next time I would definitely visit Salisbury and roman baths as well.