Want to See Stonehenge without the Stress? Ask How!
Here in Oregon, we have a neat version of Stonehenge in Maryhill, Washington, along the Columbia River Gorge. Ever since I was a young lady, I always dreamed of crossing the ocean to see the real deal! During our research process, we determined that fellow travelers would like more info and help planning this part of their trip since we ran into some obstacles! Keep reading if you want to see Stonehenge without the stress.
Steven and I decided that we could not pass up the opportunity to see this magnificent piece of history, while we were nearby in London. So with a map in hand and the rental car at our mercy, we set forth to our destination of Stonehenge.
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO STONEHENGE
This may seem like an obvious tip, but it is the most important of the bunch. We would not recommend driving the distance if you are thinking of this destination on a whim (for those that are closer in proximity). The traffic to get there was pretty slow, so patience is a must! We arrived in the late afternoon. If we had to do it again, we would have definitely chosen a session in the morning! The best advice, map it out and not rush your time there.
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PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS EARLY
We purchased our tickets online through the English Heritage site. Only a certain amount of visitors are allowed each day, so securing your spot is essential in ensuring that you are able to check Stonehenge off your bucket list! Since travel has picked up since the pandemic, it’s always a good idea to check ahead for your date, or of course book a guided tour.
Even though we were late to our original ticket time, they were kind and let us in anyhow.
ENJOY THE SCENERY
You made it here! Enjoy all that Stonehenge has to offer! This massive monument is surrounded by the beautiful English countryside, so soak up the beauty. We took many photos from different views of the rocks.
There were quite a bit of people there, but we found that many did not walk around the entire structure. This left us with quite a bit of space to take photos. The free headsets also add the informational touch most people are looking for outside of a guide.
VISIT THE GIFT SHOP
One thing about Stonehenge that we weren’t really anticipating was the fun gift shop. Take a moment to explore the offerings inside. While we were there, a wine-tasting event was happening! In addition to that, they have keepsakes for you to remember your experience by (besides all the photos you’ll capture!) On this particular excursion, we brought home an ornament to hang on our future Christmas tree for years to come.
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We ask our fellow travelers, what other tips would you employ to achieve a stress-free visit to Stonehenge? What was your favorite memory? Share your thoughts below in the comments!
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