A Stone Mystery Of England

Stonehenge is one of the most famous archaeological sights in the world, located in the UK which entered the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO in 1986.

Stonehenge is a megalithic stone structure located on Salisbury plain, 130 kilometers south-west of London, 13 miles north of Salisbury and just over 3 kilometers west of Amesbury. You can get to Stonehenge any way you like: take a personal or rented cars through M3 and A303 highway which will lead you to Amesbury, and then drive through the city in about 3 kilometers, turn to the A344 road - and you are there. You can also get to Salisbury by train, and take a bus from there which goes you up to Stonehenge. You can also take a group tour bought in London or Salisbury.

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A Stone Mystery Of England
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Take care of some things before you take a trip to Stonehenge. 
First: Stonehenge is located on a plain, and strong winds can be met there .
Second: There are no cafe or snack bars at the territory of Stonehenge, so, you better take a snack with you. The nearest place where you can eat is Amesbury, and it has a very limited menu actually.

Scientists are not sure about the time when Stonehenge had been appeared, and what it had been used for. The first researches of this structure associated it with the Druids, but later excavations moved the time of its creation to New Stone and Bronze Ages. Today, Stonehenge dating is divided into several phases, and it is based on a radiocarbon method. 

The first phase is a building of the moat and ramparts, dated on 3020 - 2910 BC. The second phase is a secondary filling of the moat, a building of wooden construction and the Aubrey holes, named in honor of the man who led the first scientific study of Stonehenge - John Aubrey. The third phase is a stone rings building which are made of sandstone and blue stones, dated on 2440 - 2100 BC.

It should be mentioned that Stonehenge, as well as any other museum, is open to the public at certain times: June - August (9 am to 7 pm), September - October 15 (9 am to 6 pm), October 16 - March 15 (9.30 am to 4 pm), March 15 - May (9.30am to 6 pm). Stonehenge is closed for Christmas (December 24-25). Entrance fee is about 8 pounds for adults, 5 pounds for kids of 5-15 years, and free for younger children. 

When you visit Stonehenge, you will meet several restrictions. You are not allowed to come closer than 20-30 meters, and you will walk beside on a special asphalt path. There is a rope you can't cross and walk on the grass. The official web site of Stonehenge gives you an opportunity to order such a service, and it will cost in about 20 pounds, but the price is not fixed. The point of this service is the following: you will be able to visit Stonehenge whenever you want (during its closing hours in the evening or in the morning - it is up to you). During such a visit you can come closer  to stones and rocks, sit on the grass, or walk around the surrounding area.  Moreover, you will have an opportunity to enter the stone circle of Stonehenge.

Certainly, this service is very popular among tourists popular, that is why you will meet some limitations here as well. The group which will be allowed to visit Stonehenge after its working hours consists of 26 people maximum. Each visit lasts one hour. This service is impossible to realize on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and there are also some restrictions in August and September. You should book such a visit in advance, but the English Heritage has the right to cancel any of these visits at the last moment, and it is not responsible for any material costs.

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