Stone Henge, Salisbury

This post has been sitting in my drafts since September. Lonely and neglected, Stone Henge is finally on the blog!

Back in September, my friend April and I (the one who got married a couple of months ago) drove down to Sailsbury to see Stone Henge. I’ve driven past it a few times before, but never seen it up close. So we made the hour and half drive to become one of the 800,000 tourists that visit every year, and see it for ourselves.

Stone Henge has left the world puzzled for centuries. Why is it there and what was it for? We still don’t know for sure, however historians have thought it was used as a burial site, a cerimonial site, a religious pilgrimage, a final resting place for royalty and a way to honour and connect with the dead. There’s no way of knowing for sure when or how it got there, as it is estimated to be over 5000 years old but there are many theories behind the stones. My favourite of course is aliens.

Folklore will tell you that the Great Wizard, Merlin built it by magically transporting the stones all the way from Ireland. He then got giants to assemble them. It will also tell you that it could be the ruins of a roman temple or that invading Danes put the stones up. We can never know for sure but I quite like the Merlin one. I could do with meeting him and being transported myself, only to somewhere a lot more tropical.

Today it is a protected world heritage site and a sacred place which is celebrated every winter and summer solstice. I would love to go to one of these events, they are truly magical. I’m not a particularly spiritual person but I can definitely appreciate the special occasion for those that are.

It’s also home to hundreds of crows. They all nest on the stones and hang around the area. You can see how close I got in the photo below. This bird was not bothered by me at all. To him I was just another stupid tourist.

What houses would of looked like when Stone Henge was first created

All together there are 93 rocks at Stone Henge, the tallest standing at 13ft. It is one of the 316 Henges in England and without a doubt the most infamous.

The walk to the Henge

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  1. Holy cow, the visit to Stonehenge looks like a long walk! (Second-to-last photo). Also, I never knew “henge” was a generic term for one of these structures (316!) I used to associate Stonehenge with a clock, like an ancient sundial. Now I know it was probably built for something much more significant.

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    1. Yes it was a fair walk! I didn’t realise we had so many Henges until I looked into it. There are even more thoughout the rest of the UK as well.

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  2. I had the chance to visit the Stones in 2016 I believe, but I wasn’t as lucky with the weather… it rained all day, but I still felt it was somewhat magical and special to witness the famous Stonehenge in person. Lovey post, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi Emily,
    On my wish list, too! How did they move them, right?
    Thanks,
    Gary
    On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 4:33 AM The Blog of Travel wrote:
    > Emily posted: ” This post has been sitting in my drafts since September. > Lonely and neglected, Stone Henge is finally on the blog! Back in > September, my friend April and I (the one who got married a couple of > months ago) drove down to Sailsbury to see Stone Heng” >

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  4. What great photos of a unique place. Visited a few times years and years ago, in fact as a teenager I can remember climbing all over the rocks and having a picnic in the middle of the henge. How times have changed eh? But it needs to be protected I guess (from teenagers climbing over it).

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