Stonehenge, UK’s Unmissable Wonder?
“Stonehenge, UK’s Unmissable Wonder” is boldly written across the Stonehenge homepage. And the four photos featured in rotation are breathtaking, supporting the assertion.
No one knows how the massive trilithons were assembled over 4,000 years ago nor why. It was probably intended as a solar or lunar calendar, but a conspiracy over the last 20 years as turned this magical and mysterious place into a tourist trap!
Stonehenge, some 85 miles away from South West London, is a short drive on Highway A344. Actually, the highway passes so close to the UNESCO World Heritage site that you can avoid buying a 6,90 pounds entrance ticket, and just view the historic site from your car.
The site is demarcated by a fence and surrounded by souvenir stores, ice cream vendors and chemical toilets. With a ticket you are allowed to walk around an inner fence and take photos of the site…with the A344 in the background. More interesting is taking photos of the sea of tourists coming out of the buses, ready for their Mystic, Celtic, Druidic experience.
If, despite this fair warning, you still want to visit Stonehenge, book a Stone Circle Access visit well in advance. There is no guide, and there is no touching of the stones either. These visits take place during off-hours, and the website warns “the gift shop and catering services are closed.”
Alas. Alas, alas.