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One of England's most ancient and famous monuments is Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain. Several circles of standing stones, some up to 25 tonnes each, were somehow moved to this site 4000 years ago! There is a smaller ring of stones, 'only' 4 tonnes or so each, that were transported all the way from West Wales, hundreds of miles away!! The stones align with the sunrise on the longest and shortest day of the year. So the inhabitants of Southern Britain were clever as well as strong.

Today the Stonehenge is a popular tourist attraction, run by English Heritage. Many coach parties turn up from London and further afield, so get there early to avoid having your photos filled with people. For the admission price (£5.90 for adults in 2006) you can walk to within 15m of the monument. Or for nothing you can walk along the main road and poke your camera through the fence. There are big plans afoot to put the busy A303 road in a tunnel, which will make the site quieter, though far less accessible!

Surrounding Stonehenge is Salisbury Plain, a large area of Southern England which is often used for army training. As well as the cars and lorries of the A303, you may also come across 30 tonne army tanks!!

Address: Salisbury Plain
Directions: Follow M3/A303 from London, or train to the picturesque city of Salisbury (which is 10 miles south of Stonehenge).
Website: http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/

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  • Written Dec 28, 2006
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