Stonehenge is often a featured place on many travel bucket lists as one of those places you have to see before you die, right? Stonehenge has been around for over 4300 years and is an interesting ring of stones just outside Amesbury in southwest England. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and subsequently attracts over 1 million visitors every year.
While getting the chance to see it was cool, it has unfortunately become a commercialized money-making tourist site. Entry fees are approximately $26CAD per person and the ticket stand and visitor centre with gift shop is a mile away from the actual site. Shuttles take visitors between the parking lot and Stonehenge to ensure everyone has properly paid before getting a chance to view the stones.
Upon arrival at the site, you have to stay on the path that circles the stones quite far away from the structure. Not only are you squinting to get a decent look, but you’re also joining packs of tourists who are all trying to get the same view.
The actual rock structure is interesting, but standing so far doesn’t do it much justice. Apparently, people used to be able to walk right up and touch the stones and walk in and around the circle. I’m glad we got the chance to go, but the whole experience was a little anti-climatic to be honest.
*Including photos by Michelle