Holiday Notes: Stonehenge rocks!

On our recent holiday to the UK, one place I really didn't want to miss was Stongehenge. It was a two-hour travel by road both ways, and a restless toddler wasn't going to make it easy. But we went ahead with the day trip, hoping for the best! We were rewarded with a very beautiful and sunny day. It was a weekday so it wasn't too crowded. People say that it is just a 'bunch of rocks', but to me, this monument is as important as the Great Pyramid or the Taj Mahal - we don't call them a 'bunch of bricks', do we? Yes, it is not as beautiful but that doesn't make it any less amazing.

Going there was like going back in time. Listening to the audio commentary, I could visualize the tremendous work that went into it's construction. Obviously, whatever the purpose of Stongehenge was, it was important enough for so much manpower and effort to be devoted to it. That's what makes it so marvelous. What I liked best about the location that it is so untouched. We saw sheep grazing in the fields and apart from the highway, nothing about the place looked 21st century. The pagan theories associated with the site just make it even more mysterious and appealing. It's like being privy to something which is supposed to be hidden from our eyes. Which is why I was surprised that a new tourist complex is going to be built there - I am sure it was ruin the charm of the place.

Little Dude had fun running about in the greens and even attempted to listen to the audio commentary! He was cooperative that day despite the long road trip. If the weather is on your side, I think it's a wonderful place to take children of all ages. I think it's one of those places that they will find fascinating. I mean, Stongehenge makes history look cool!

Despite the lack of a proper structure in place (which, as I said, adds to it's ancient vibe), there were good facilities for the tourists. We spent an hour and a half there, which just flew by! If you like historical places, I would recommend a trip to Wiltshire for Stongehenge and if you have the time, an overnight trip to Bath and Windsor Castle as well - which I just couldn't manage this time. Looking back, I am going to count visiting Stongehenge as an experience I want to cherish. I want to say with a certain pride, "I've been there!".

This post has been linked to Magic Moments at The Oliver's Madhouse.

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Unknown said...

Ohhh!! I've always wanted to go there. I had very limited time when I visited last. That was years ago! I think I'm due for another visit. Will definitely add this to my list.

Love the photos TK!

Tarana Khan said...

You must visit it if you can, and make the trip to Bath while you're at it!

Unknown said...

As a (former) local, have to agree with you, although I think the visitor centre will enhance it....should be in keeping (well, hidden) from the stones and one of big complaints is there isn't much there about the history. If you are ever in the area again, check out Avebury as I am sure you would love it and as the stones are right in the village, you can wonder right up to them. There is also a good NT centre there, tea shop and the Henge shop (and lots of sheep).

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

Ah Stonehenge. we drive past and admire them every time we travel from home in Cornwall up to London. I remember when I was a child making stone rubbings and running in and out of them, those were the days before they were fenced off. Glad you got to visit and that Little Dude enjoyed it too. Popping over from MAgic Moments and would love you to join my Country Kids linky too.

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks for the tips, Sarah! I really hope I can visit again some day.

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Fiona, I've already seen your blog and plan to join your linky on Saturday! I just wish we could do more outdoor activities, but the weather and terrain of this country limit our options.

Unknown said...

There;s something so mysterious about the whole place - I need to go one day and see it all. Windsor castle is fantastic. I walked around the place for about 4 years on my way to work and then only went to visit after I had no need to go for work anymore! :)

Unknown said...

Stonehenge is definitely a destination for me with the kids when we go back to the UK. I too went there when I was little...and it wasn't fenced off.

Jaime Oliver said...

Tarana, i would so so love to visit here and i live in the UK what a really lovely trip. thanks for linking up with #magicmoments

Tarana Khan said...

I wish I could have gone to Windsor Castle, but I thought that was too ambitious with a toddler!

Tarana Khan said...

That would have been really nice, we were at quite a distance from the rocks.

Tarana Khan said...

It really was unforgettable!

mumturnedmom said...

I would love to visit Stonehenge, I've driven past it, but sadly never visited. What a wonderful trip x

Colette said...

It looks like you had a lovely day! It's not somewhere I've ever been but I would love to go!

Unknown said...

This is a place I would love to visit, I didn't know you could get so close to the stones now. I thought that was something they stopped. I have been past it in my parents car but sadly we never stopped x

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, it was a lovely trip!

Tarana Khan said...

I would recommend it, thanks for stopping by!

Tarana Khan said...

Oh, it really is surreal - you must stop next time you drive by!

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