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Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE, UK
Stonehenge is located in the beautiful southern English county of Wiltshire. It’s positioned in the countryside just eight miles north of the nearest settlement; Salisbury. Stonehenge itself is a circle of stones which are built to orient itself beautifully with the sunrise and sunset. This has long created debate about whether the mysterious people who built it were a sun-worshipping culture or not. Thousands of people visit Stonehenge each year and you could be one of them as it’s easy to get to, reasonably priced, and contains more in the surrounding area than just the monument itself.
The climate of Stonehenge, and the county of Wiltshire in general, is typically very temperate throughout most of the year and fairly warm at a mean temperature of around 10 degrees Celsius. Temperatures in the winter are typically milder than the rest of the country which makes it easy to visit any time of the year.
Best Time To Travel
Due to the climate it’s generally up to you when you want to travel to Stonehenge. If you are somebody who prefers the warmer weather then it’s advised that you travel during the summer months. It’s possible to travel to Stonehenge in the winter months if you want to avoid the crowds, but you have to watch out for snow as it could easily prevent you from making your trip.
Travel Information: Getting To and Around
There are many ways to get to Stonehenge. If you want to travel to Stonehenge by bus then you have to get a bus which departs from either Heathrow Airport or the Victoria Coach Station in the centre of London. The journey will last about two hours before you get off at Amesbury. Now you can either pay for a taxi to take you to Stonehenge or you can walk the two miles there.
In order to get there by car, you should start from London Gatwick Airport and then take the M23 motorway to join the M25, while following the signs for Heathrow Airport. You should exit the M25 at junction twelve in order to get on to the M3 motorway which goes towards Basingstoke. After you are on the M3 you should follow it until you reach junction eight before following the A303 up all the way until you reach a roundabout. Finally, go straight over the roundabout then travel for two miles onto the A344 and the car park will be on the right hand side after about five hundred meters.
Where To Stay
If you require a place to stay then it’s recommended that you stay at the Holiday Inn Salisbury which is a mere two miles from Stonehenge. Each room is fully air-conditioned and has internet access and en suite rooms.
If you prefer to stay somewhere that is not a conventional hotel, though, then it’s recommended that you stay at the Parkhouse Motel. The Parkhouse Motel is a converted 17thcentury coach house which contains en suite rooms and a fully licensed bar and restaurant.
What to see
Description: Stonehenge is the main place you will want to visit as it contains the legendary circular monument. Nobody knows exactly who built it or why, but carbon dating has indicated that it was built in roughly 2440BC. If you visit during the solstice then you will witness the beautiful view of the sky; this view is thought to have been why Stonehenge was built in the first place. You can either go at it alone or book a guided tour for yourself.
Description: As Wiltshire’s only city, Salisbury contains much of Wiltshire’s historical features. Perhaps what Salisbury is most famous for, though, is the Salisbury Cathedral. The Cathedral itself is awe-inspiring as it has a massive one hundred and twenty-three meter spire. It also houses Europe’s oldest clock which dates back from 1386. Furthermore, it also houses one of the four copies of the Magna Carta still in existence. This is not only a piece of Wiltshire’s history but of British history itself.
Where to be
Hangouts and night life
The Pheasant Inn
Description : The Pheasant Inn is located in one of the most historical builds which Salisbury has to offer. Serving regular family food and a selection of fine wines, if you want a family friendly atmosphere where you feel safe then this is most certainly a good place to eat at.
The Coach and Horses
Description: The Coach and Horses is basically what you would call as a very relaxed restaurant setting. It not only serves conventional drinks like any good pub does but it also serves delightful food seven days a week. Furthermore, it’s unusually friendly to both children and dog walkers inside its building. If you happen to be walking your dog, or children, then this is a great place to spend a few hours at.
Description: The Dragon is a Chinese restaurant located in the heart of Salisbury. It serves authentic Chinese cuisine and is open seven days a week, including bank holidays, so you shouldn’t have any issues with opening times here.
The Lazy Cow
Description: The Lazy Cow restaurant is a restaurant located in the city centre, fairly close to the city’s famous cathedral. The Lazy Cow generally serves a variety of food whose inspiration was taken from both local sources as well as international centres of gourmet food like New York City.
Description: If you are visiting in January then it’s highly recommended that you visit the annual Antiques Fair which is held in Salisbury Leisure Centre. You never know, you might actually find something you want to take home with you!
Salisbury Musical Society Concert
Description: For those of you visiting in the summer months, you can pay a visit to the Salisbury Musical Society Concert. The concert itself is actually held inside the majestic cathedral itself and will provide you with a fantastic night of music. (The acoustics are fantastic!)
Marine Park Complex, 22 Esplenade
5201 East London
Known for its warm atmosphere, Three Ships offers gourmet meals and an extensive wine list to go with it. For fine dining in a quiet and decadent setting, then you should definitely make Three Ships one of your stops along the way.
Luxury and decadence is the order of the day at Palmieros. It is situated close to the golf course and the famous Nahoon Beach where surfers flock year after year. Each room is decorated differently but all give the same tranquil atmosphere.
Quartzite Drive off Pearson Street The Quarry
5201 East London
A four star graded guest house in East London, Quarry Lake is situated in a quiet suburb and overlooks a quarry. Here you can find a moment of peace that is set away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Surrounded by nature and wildlife, you will have a rejuvenating stay.
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London, SE10 0BB
A multipurpose indoor arena named after its Sponsor telecommunication company O2. Its the second largest Arena in UK and one of the largets in Europe having seating capacity of 20,000. It was awarded the crown of the most busiest music arena in 2008.