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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge December 31st 2021

Today was the solstice celebration, we had the hotel reserve a taxi for us when we’d first arrived so we had a taxi that would arrive at 7am. Since the hotel served breakfast until 10am we asked if we could get breakfast at 10 and they said yes. The tour company, who we’d done the day tour with Nicholas said that after the solstice celebration we could hop on one of their coaches and they’d drop us off across from our hotel as they would stop at the Salisbury Cathedral as part of their tour. We went out slightly before 7 and on the dot, the taxi arrived. There was frost everywhere, it looked like it had snowed. We hoped in the cab and turned up the heat in the back. We were at Stonehenge by ... read more
Winter Solstice sunrise
Some of the people
Burning sage

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge December 30th 2021

So now it was time to go back to Salisbury, the reason for this trip, Winter Solstice! We got to Salisbury on Monday afternoon and went back to the Chapter House where we had reservations. We were tired and knew that the following 2 days would be busy, like super busy, so we just had soup brought up to our room and blobbed. Tuesday, the 21st was actually solstice, but it occurred late morning so the morning sunrise would not be celebrated until Wed a.m. This was a change as, originally, I’d found that it would be celebrated on the 21st. We were going to spend the night of the 21st anyway so the only way it changed anything was to make the 22nd very busy. I had reserved a walking tour for us to walk ... read more
Walking the boulevard up to the stones
The stones with people
Sunset, the sun is between the stones marking the winter solstice

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge December 17th 2021

On Saturday we had to hop the train to Salisbury. Over one year ago we’d purchased tickets to spend sunrise inside the Stonehenge circle, and had arranged a private tour for all things Stonehenge for the day. This was rescheduled for Sunday. We had reservations to stay at the Chapter House, a 900-year-old building that we stayed in this past summer. Our tour guide would pick us up at the Chapter House and we’d just spend the day together. We got to Salisbury and found a pub that served gluten free fish and chips. The batter on the fish was one of the best ever, light and crunchy. Not only was the food good pub food but it wasn’t very expensive either. We woke up early as we had to be outside by 7:30 am when ... read more
The Haunch of venison upstairs dining room

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge July 21st 2021

We had to go get our 8-day mandatory Covid test then, catch a train to Salisbury, and be in Stonehenge by 3 pm. We left our bags at the hotel, got our mandatory test, picked up our bags and off to the train station for Salisbury. We got to Salisbury and Google said that it was a 10-minute walk to the hotel, which was fine. And it was fine until the hotel wasn’t where it showed it to be on Google. We asked a passerby who said we had to turn right and walk a few blocks more. Then Google showed another 10 minutes. The walk wasn’t bad and we were early. The hotel, “The Chapter House” is a very old building. One article dates it back 800 years. The building itself is not straight, stairs ... read more
This is a door in the courtyard wall which is used after hours
Stonehenge. The ditch dug using antlers is visible in the foreground
The stones

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge July 14th 2018

Day 2… I After the first thunderstorm and torrential rain in about a month I packed up my wet tent knowing that I’ll be unpacking it later this hot July Saturday. Then consulted my ordinance survey map. I discovered a footpath running right behind the camp site to Shrewton this is where I spotted another thing of historical interest. The blind house, or lock-up, is said to have been built c.1700. It is by the river bridge in Maddington Street and probably used mainly to house prisoners overnight when they were on their way from the Assize Courts in Devizes to Fisherton Gaol. The blind house was damaged by a tank during the Second World War and rebuilt afterwards, while in the 1980s it was moved back from the road edge to prevent further damage by ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge May 8th 2017

Hi everyone, this is my first of hopefully many blog posts! I'm going on a trip to Sri Lanka in a few days and then on to see my grandparents in New Zealand a few months later, so I thought it would be good to have an online blog which I can add to :) I thought I'd add this blog post about my recent trip to Salisbury and Stonehenge to help me find my feet on using the site/blog. I went to Salisbury last month (work related). I've been a few times but never took the time to see the sights and I was interested in seeing the iconic cathedral and of course Stonehenge. There were a few tours available but decided to go with these which cost me £35. I would have taken pics ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge August 22nd 2016

Nice drive to Stone Henge today followed by a stop in the medieval town of Salisbury and the Salisbury Cathedral. Very impressive architecture on the cathedral and quaint old buildings. Stone Henge is amazing up close, pics don't do it justice, but we tried..... We popped over to South Hampton to have a look at some of the apartments Lynne Manages. Later we had fish and chips by the sea at Milford on Sea. Yum.... read more
Stonge Henge
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge September 2nd 2014

Stonehenge 2014 I finally took a roadtrip to see Stonehenge. You'd think since I was born and raised in London I would have seen this important historical monument already. But no, unfortunatly it was just never something I got around to, well until now at least! ;) I'd very much recommend pre-booking your ticket before you go there, because the queue for those who didn't was way too long (though it did seem to moving fairly quickly). On arrival you get given a little audio device you can listen to at your own leisure. Seemed to me that alot of people didn't bother with it but the information was actaully really interesting, hearing all about what's known and unknown about the the stones was fascinating :) There's a few other other things to see around here ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge July 11th 2014

I woke up around 8 this morning to catch my 8:30 tour with Madmax. Once I saw the bus and met our tour guide Tim, I got on. We drove for about an hour until we reached Stonehenge. It ended up costing me 12.50 pounds to get in as a student. They have a visitors center which is included in the ticket. They have a little safari looking trolley that takes you out to the henge, about a mile away. Once I got there, I got to roam around, but wasn’t able to touch the stones. Pictures make Stonehenge look a lot bigger than it actually is. When you look out at the scenery around Stonehenge, you see a lot of mounds in the distance. They are all burial mounds. In them remains of a human ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge June 14th 2014

Quick yearly visit to Stonehenge today just before the summer solstice starts!... read more

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