Stonehenge Tours from London with options to visit Windsor Castle, the historic University of Oxford and the beautiful Georgian City of Bath.
Stonehenge is the most important prehistoric site in England and a World Heritage Site. Tours operate year round and include the world-class exhibition and Stonehenge Visitor Centre. During the summer we also offer Sunrise and Sunset tours with private access to the Stonehenge Inner Circle.
Classic Tours are our most popular type of tour: entrance to the attractions featured on the tour are included in the price, along with the services of a professional tour guide (excl. Stonehenge Express) and return transfer on an air-conditioned luxury coach.
Select Tours offer more flexibility as to how you enjoy your tour on the day: entrances to attractions are not included in the price, but attraction tickets can be purchased on the day from your Tour Guide.
"The great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. There has always been intense debate over quite what purpose Stonehenge served. Certainly, it was the focal point in a landscape filled with prehistoric ceremonial structures, now a World Heritage Site." - English Heritage -
Stonehenge is a prehistoric stone circle located in Wiltshire, England, about two hours drive from London.
It stands on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, and is the most architecturally sophisticated and only surviving "lintelled" stone circle in the world, with massive horizontal blocks spanning across huge vertical standing stones. Its giant stones can be seen from miles around, but its true purpose remains a mystery today.
Stonehenge evolved in several stages spanning at least 1500 years. The first monument at Stonehenge was a circular earthwork enclosure built in the late Neolithic period about 3000BC. The site was transformed in about 2500BC with the construction of a unique stone circle, while the final stage of construction was a ring of pits, made in the early Bronze Age, around 1600BC.
There are two types of stones at the center of the monument: the large sarsens are up to 30 feet tall and weigh approximately 25 tons, and were probably brought to the site from the Marlborough Downs 20 miles away, but the smaller bluestones, which weigh up to 4 tons, were transported to Stonehenge from the Preseli Hills in south-west Wales, a distance of more than 150 miles. It's a mystery how Neolithic people using only the simple tools and technologies were able to bring the stones to the site, but most archaeologists believe that the stones were transported by human effort, via water networks and hauled overland.
We don't know exactly why Stonehenge was built, but the stones are arranged to face the Midsummer sunrise and Midwinter sunset, and people may have gathered here for religious ceremonies. Still today, Stonehenge is sacred place of religious and cultural significance to many of the thousands of visitors who are drawn to the site every year.
Evan Evans operate daily tours from London to Stonehenge. Visitors are not permitted to touch the stones, but are able to walk around the monument from a short distance away.
English Heritage, who manage and care for Stonehenge, allow special access to worshippers for the summer and winter solstice, and the spring and autumn equinox. During the summer they also open up on certain dates for tour operators to offer sunrise and sunset tours with private access to the Stonehenge inner circle.
by Anthony Johnson
published by Thames & Hudson
Anthony Johnson is an archaeologist based in Oxford and has more than 300 archaeological surveys and site reports to his name. Using documented fieldwork and excavation from the last 250 years together with detailed computer analysis of the clues hidden within the monument, Johnson presents tangible evidence to show that locked within the symmetry and geometry of the stones themselves are complex formulae that determined the design and layout of Stonehenge.
This book is the first in a generation to review all the evidence from Stonehenge and provides a convincing solution to the key puzzles of Stonehenge.
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