Stonehenge at sunset

Interesting facts about Stonehenge

Stonehenge has become one of the most iconic attractions not just in the UK but in the world. Every year over 1.3 million visitors pay to visit the ancient and famous stones. Most pre-book their Stonehenge tickets… as only a few are actually released on the day! These ancient stones have been in their resting place for over 5000 years, and because of their age and appeal to the public they became an official World Heritage Site in 1986 and it is now managed by English Heritage. With advances in technology and more interesting artefacts coming about a greater amount of analysis has been able to take place about the real reason Stonehenge came to be. While there are many theories the key reason behind the construction is still fiercely debated without a certain reason being agreed upon… however, many do have their ideas and some very strong beliefs!

Fact 1: Stonehenge is the world’s most famous henge

Well, it most probably is… Stonehenge does and will continue to fascinate visitors that pilgrimage to it every day of every year. Every year over 800,000 visitors come to Stonehenge to see it and many many more also drive past it on their way across England. As you look at the Stones today, they were erected over 4000 years ago!

Fact 2: Stonehenge has tried to be moved.

Only just a few years earlier, a small group of people from Wales tried to re-enact a theory but attempting to move a bluestone from Wales to Wiltshire, unfortunately (for them!) they failed when the stone they were moving found its way to the bottom of the Bristol Channel.

Fact 3: Stonehenge is also know as “The Giant’s Dance”

Stonehenge is also thought to have been built by the Devil, and so it came to be known as the “Giants Dance”, this was because in the 18th Century people believed that fragments of the stones could heal injuries.

Some short sharp facts about Stonehenge….

  • The circle of Stonehenge has always been aligned with the midsummer sunrise along with the midwinter sunset. It also aligns with the most southerly rising and northerly setting of the moon.Pretty impressive for a bunch of Stones?! Some serious thought went into the placement of these Stones.
  • From the above fact, it leads into us understanding that the ground plan and structural engineering that came to be Stonehenge came from highly sophisticated and mathematical knowledge as well as a brilliant geometrical understandings by those that came to create Stonehenge… maths and geography combined! You would want them working on your property… that is for sure!
  • In order to move the stones and put them in the correct formation, it is believed it would have taken over 30 million hours… now if we did that at the current minimum wage in the UK (£8.72) that would equate to £261,600,000! Could you imagine justifying the cost of that now? Imagine the tea breaks that would have to have been taken!
  • Different to popular belief it was not the Druids who delivered the Stones or placed them in their current resting place. It is known that Druids use sacred forest groves when they are taking part in their rituals.

Of course if you want to know more, then you need to look into some of the London to Stonehenge Day Tours that leave daily and will escort you to the stones and drop you back to your hotel in time for dinner. You can also take in some of the other interesting places in the UK as part of your day including, Windsor, Bath and Oxford.

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