Inside Stonehenge in the Morning - Secrets of the Stones
We are used to seeing Stonehenge only from a distance - a familiar, austere presence on the horizon. This Study Day provides a rare opportunity to walk inside the great stones settings, a privileged encounter with this iconic monument which has graced the British landscape for over 4,000 years.
Stonehenge stands at the heart of a landscape rich in Neolithic and Bronze Age remains which, along with nearby Avebury, form part of a World Heritage Site. The brand new visitor centre has a much-acclaimed display area, and has transformed the setting of the monument.
We walk the Stonehenge cursus, the magnificent round barrows on King Barrow Ridge and trace the Avenue - the original approach to Stonehenge. Further ‘henge’ complexes at Woodhenge and Durrington Walls are close by, where recent excavations have provided exciting new evidence about the builders of Stonehenge and new theories recording the nature and function of the stones and their landscape.
Study Day -
Morning: 06.00am start
06.00 - Coach pick-up from Salisbury Coach Park, Millstream approach SP1 3UE.
06.45 - We have early morning access to go 'inside the stones' at Stonehenge, a unique experience to be inside the Inner Stone circle before the general public arrive and to witness the sun rising in this spectacular location. A fantastic opportunity that not many see or experience with a unique atmosphere.
08.15 - We have a refreshing coffee and small snack
08.45 - Next we enjoy a walking exploration of the prehistoric landscape surrounding Stonehenge then we have time to visit the new Visitor Centre and shop.
11.30 - Depart by coach for a visit to the Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.
12.15 - Drive to Salisbury for lunch
13.45 - Leave on foot for Salisbury Museum.
14.00 - An afternoon at Salisbury Museum that includes behind-the-scenes access to some of the museum's artefacts associated with prehistoric Wessex, led by Adrian Green (Director of Salisbury Museum).
15.30 - The group disperses