There is evidence that it was a burial site, and theories abound that it has astronomical, spiritual or even supernatural meaning. Unfortunately, these days a couple of major roads rush by on either side ruining the vista but Stonehenge still manages to retain its magic and mystery. People flock there at the time of the summer and winter solstices.
Since 1986, Stonehenge (together with nearby Avebury Henge) has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of other things to see in the area, too. The town of Salisbury is 8 miles south and the beautiful medieval Salisbury Cathedral is a must. The famous Magna Carta is also housed there.
Review by Diane G, May 2013
Doing what: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London
Our tour guide Monica was wonderful. She really knew her stuff. The day was well organized and Monica let us know when we should buy food and eat it on the bus between stops so we wouldn't be hungry. The amount of time given at each site was sufficient. It was a packed day of sightseeing and travel. If you're looking for more time at Windsor don't go on this trip. You could easily spend a whole day just at Windsor and the town around it but this trip isn't meant for that. This trip is a "taste" of Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge. If you're in London for just a few days this is a perfect option.
i only had a few days in london and wanted to maximize my time and experience. this was definitely the way to do both. my tourguide (eek, can't remember his name) was fantastic -- full of great facts and information, but didn't overdo it.
stonehenge was moving -- as you stand there, you're in awe of how it came to be. it is an exposed area, so if it's chilly or windy, you'll definitely feel it. make sure to bring a jacket...or two.
my favorite part was bath -- a really great little town if you can get away from the main tourist streets. it's definitely worth crossing the Pulteney Bridge and if you're looking for a quick lunch, I recommend the Rising Sun.
my only regret is that we couldn't spend more time in stratford-upon-avon, but there's just no way to make it work. but the time you do have there with shakespeare's birthplace is really fun.
the bus rides are long, so bring a book or prepare to nap, or enjoy the countryside.
one last note -- the pickup at victoria coach station can be a little confusing, but just be patient and listen for your tour.
Review by Carmen L, April 2013
Doing what: Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath Day Trip from London
We were in London, Paris and Barcelona for 10 days, and this was the best tour of our trip. The tour guide was excellent, he new his material, well prepared. We had enough time to enjoy every stop.
The Roman Bath and the Salisbury Cathedral were also excellent. The best of the three was the Stonehenge....just as powerful and beautiful as I always pictured.
Thank you for a such of beautiful day.
Carmen LeVon, students, grandma and teacher of Wayne, New Jersey. USA