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Stonehenge* – Stonehenge


Stonehenge is one of the best known and yet most enigmatic prehistoric sites in the world. It stands as an enduring testimony to the people who built it, in several phases between 3,000 and 1,600 BC. It evolved from a simple bank and ditch to a very sophisticated stone circle, built on the axis of the midsummer sunrise. An amazing feat of engineering, its exact function remains a mystery. tel: 0870 333 1181

Suggested time for visit: 1h30


Stonehenge in silhouette

Stonehenge and Avebury are respectively the most sophisticated and largest stone circles in the world. Together with the outstanding ritual and funerary monuments surrounding them, they represent an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times. Although 40 km apart, they were designated as a single World Heritage Site in 1986.

The Stonehenge part of the World Heritage Site covers 2,600 hectares and contains over 400 protected monuments. Stonehenge itself was built and used between 3000-1600 BC. It is the most architecturally sophisticated stone circle in the world, unrivalled in its design and unique engineering. A cremation cemetery in its early phase, it is aligned on the sun at the solstices, but its exact function remains a mystery. The stone circle is surrounded by hundreds of prehistoric burial mounds and by several ceremonial monuments such as the Avenue, the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls.

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