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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
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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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge November 4th 2012

On a wet Sunday morning, we took a bus from Bournemouth to Salisbury and then Stonehenge. Arriving at Stonehenge, we rented a pair of audio guides and walked our way towards the Stonehenge stones. Stonehenge is an ancient stone circle. It has an outer circle and an inner circle. The stone circles comprise of stones placed vertically to form a circle and another set stones placed horizontally on top of the vertical ones. It is said to have been evolved between 3000 B.C and 1600 B.C and is aligned to the rising and setting of the sun. But they say, the exact purpose still remains a mystery. After Stonehenge, we drifted off to Old Sarum, which has 5000 years of history. Old Sarum is a fort on a hilltop. It dates back to time before the ... read more
The stones' formation
The stones' formation
The grasslands of Salisbury

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge October 11th 2012

Let's start with Stonehenge. I can't believe I can now cross that off of my bucket list! It was so pretty in person. And huge! The tour provides you with an hour at the site, which is waaaay more than enough time to take it in. You basically walk around and take pictures from every angle, and then walk through a teeny little gift shop. I met a new friend (Alec, from China) who literally walked up to the stones, took a picture, and then walked right back to drop-off point. The audio commentary was pretty dry compared to the two History Channel documentaries I had watched before my trip. Yes, two. I like to research what I am seeing. There is far too much history/speculation/controversy surrounding Stonehenge to include here. On the train back, I ... read more
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Freezing cold and soaking wet.
Cool shot.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge July 15th 2012

Today, we had a day full of history. First, we should visit Winchester, hereafter Salisbury and a final trip to Stonehenge. This day was a big highlight of our trip. First, Stonehenge, which I really wanted to visited when I was young. Second, Winchester. Who doesn't want to visit the city of King Arthur? So totally excited, we started our third day in England. The day started after breakfast and we left our hotel in Reading. Winchester was once the capital city of England. When we arrived, we first want to visit the Cathedral of Winchester. However, it was Sunday and a ceremony held, so we couldn't enter. The oldest part of the Cathedral is from the 13th century. However, we took a small walk around the Cathedral. Then, we took a walk in the Centrum. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge April 2nd 2012

Last Sunday I took a train to London and got up early Monday morning for a day tour to Stonehenge and Bath. Stonehenge needs no explanation, but Bath, in case anyone doesn't know, is a city in the southwest of England known for the Roman baths built on the site of a hot spring. Back in Roman times, its name was "Aqueous Sulis," which is Latin for "the waters of Sulis" referring to the Goddess deemed responsible for the springs. Later, the Brits took over and called it "Bath." I'd love to be around when someone from Bath meets someone from Wall and they have the "so where are you from?" exchange. Oh Britain. I found this day tour through Groupon, which many of you know offers mediocre deals on a variety of things and - ... read more




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