May 29, 2019

Trip to Stonehenge

Seeing Stonehenge has been on my bucket list for as long as I've had a bucket list!  This of course means, that as I was planning my fall break explorations of England and Wales and I saw how close Stonehenge was to Bath I, of course, added it to my itinerary.  I was a tad bit apprehensive about the experience at first because I had seen a Facebook post all about how dirty and crowded Stonehenge was, but I am happy to report that was not my experience!

 I read a lot online while researching for this post on how you need to book your tickets in advance.  This might be the case if you're traveling to Stonehenge during peak travel times, but we went mid-October and bought our tickets from Scarper Tours the morning of the tour. The tickets cost 40 pounds and included a ride to Stonehenge from Bath and back, plus 3 hours at the site.  Bath to Stonehenge was roughly an hour.  For someone like me who had never seen the British countryside before, I loved the ride! 

Once we arrived at the stones, Scarper Tours gave us audio devices so we could listen all about the historic stones which were a great way to really get in-depth information all about what archeologist have uncovered about Stonehenge.  There is also the English Heritage visitor center which has even more information and artifacts about Stonehenge.  The visitor center takes about an hour to walk through and read everything so I would keep that in mind if you have a time limit. Between the audio devices and the visitor center, you can really get an in-depth understanding of the significance of the stones. 

We were lucky because the weather was cloudy and freezing, meaning that other than the 7 people that were on our tour no one else was at Stonehenge.  Ok, yes it would have been amazing to see it on a beautiful sunny, warm day but I am actually happy we saw it when we did, because there was virtually no crowds, the grounds were clean, and I really got to focus on the beauty and history of the stones.  I mean, I've spent years learning about them in school and to finally see them in person we amazing!! I've heard a lot of people saying they were underwhelmed by Stonehenge, but I thought it was wonderful and mystical.  All of that to say, going on a day with bad weather, might actually mean you have a better experience.

Additionally, since we were staying at the cutest Airbnb in Bath, that evening we got to explore the city a little bit.  I know there is a lot to see and do in Bath alone, so it is definitely on my list of place to go back.  We ate a really tasty pub.  I got a Yam with avocados and peas, which doesn't sound appetizing, but was delicious! After eating we just got some coffee and walked around the city until it was late.  The next morning we headed off to Cardiff, so we didn't get to experience much in Bath but that just means I'll have to go back! 


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