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England: The Stonehenge

The day after we were officially done with uni for the year, my fellow kiwi flatmate and I decided to do a spontaneous little trip to a few spots across South England.

The 'Land Train' we took up to Stonehenge

The ‘Land Train’ we took up to Stonehenge

Our first stop, (after leaving Cardiff in the early hours, perhaps still slightly drunk from the night before,) was by train to Salisbury, where we were going to catch a coach to The Stonehenge.

Once we got dropped off at the tourism complex, we hopped on a little ‘land train’ up to see the Stonehenge with our complimentary audio-guides around our necks.

We spent about an hour or so, listening to the audio guide and wandering around the area surrounding the beautiful stones.

A sun ritual at Stonehenge

A sun ritual at Stonehenge

A sun ritual at Stonehenge

A sun ritual at Stonehenge

When we got there, there just so happened to be a group of Neo-Druids, performing a sun ritual (I think this is what I overheard a woman saying, I’m not 100% sure,) they were dressed in costumes you’d imagine Robin Hood would’ve worn and were chanting within the henge. It was a very strange but interesting thing to witness.

The Sacrificial Stone at Stonehenge

The Sacrificial Stone at Stonehenge

Thoughts:

In all fairness, before going to see the Stonehenge I didn’t know very much about it, and felt like it was just one of those tourist-y things I should do.

However, once I got there, I was overcome with such a strange feeling and sense of awe, especially hearing about all of it’s history.

The audio guide was definitely worthwhile (and it’s free, so even better). I learnt so much by listening to it and felt like I was able to appreciate it more because of it.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

While it is a little bit out of the way, I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the area. Unfortunately you’re no longer able to walk among the stones, but you can walk all the way around, and you do get quite close to them.

There is also a nice open-plan cafe with delicious food, which wonderfully warmed us up after being out in the chilly morning air.

The view from the cafe at Stonehenge.

The view from the cafe at Stonehenge.

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