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Discover a 5,000-year-old World Heritage Site at Stonehenge

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How to get to Stonehenge by train

The nearest train station to Stonehenge is Salisbury Station. If you’re travelling from London, you can reach Salisbury Station direct from London Waterloo, Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter and other major cities.

The distance from Stonehenge to the station is around 9 miles, but you have a few ways of getting there. You could jump in a taxi from outside the station, or to make things a little cheaper, hop on a local bus service to take you to the ancient landmark.

Alternatively, there’s a hop-on, hop-off Stonehenge Tour Bus that’ll pick you up and drop you off exactly where you need to be. The tour bus is usually a 30-minute trip, but you’ll be sure to learn a thing or two along the way!

About Stonehenge

Stonehenge on a sunny day with sightseers in the background

One of the most iconic and mysterious prehistoric monuments across the globe, Stonehenge leaves many still scratching their heads today. Work initially commenced a staggering 5,000 years ago and went through several building stages to look like what we see today.

Its mystery, uniqueness and beauty mean that together with Avebury, Stonehenge is one of very few World Heritage Sites existing today.

The site is constructed with two types of stone. The smaller ‘blue stone’ came from the Preseli Hills in southwest Wales, meaning these 2- to 5-tonne stones would have been transported 160 miles (257km). The larger sarsen stones can be found across the south of England. However, with modern archaeological technology, it’s believed these stones can be traced to a specific area on the Marlborough Downs, 20 miles (32km) away. The sarsen stones, on average, weigh 25 tonnes, with the largest weighing 30 tonnes!

There are many theories as to how these giant stones were transported and constructed. But with only prehistoric tools available, human power is the most feasible suggestion.

To learn more about this ancient wonder, there are various Stonehenge tours available. Tours can be found and pre-booked across the internet or at a local travel desk.

To see the sun glisten through the structure, the optimum times to visit Stonehenge are in the morning and afternoon, during the sunrise and sunset. Although, visiting any time of day is spectacular. Before you plan your journey, it’s best to check the site opening and closing times. A record 1.6 million visitors came to Stonehenge in 2019, the highest figure recorded.

At the visitor centre, find fascinating artefacts like the ancient tools, an art exhibition and discover the Neolithic houses to imagine how people lived 4,500 years ago. There is also a restaurant and shop onsite.

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