Located near the small town of Amesbury stands one of the most significant UK landmarks, Stonehenge. Thought to have been constructed over 5000 years ago, the prehistoric stone circle is a worldwide wonder.
Probably the most iconic of all UK Landmarks, the awe-inspiring Stonehenge is a sight to behold. But what if we told you our ancestors built not one but TWO wonders in this area? Woodhenge, which was located in 1925 by aerial photography, is another astonishing monument built in the neolithic period. The site obviously intrigued and inspired our ancestors, and after a weekend in Amesbury, it’s easy to see why.
The Historic Amesbury
When thinking of places to go in the UK, Amesbury probably isn’t one of your first thoughts. It’s a shame, as it’s one of the most exciting places in England. Sitting on the River Avon, Amesbury is an attractive town located in the county of Wiltshire. Vast meadows and prehistoric mausoleums surround the town, but the intrigue doesn’t stop there.
On top of the impressive monuments and gorgeous scenery, Amesbury also claims to be the oldest occupied settlement in Great Britain. And if that isn’t enough to fascinate you, then maybe this will: Amesbury is linked to the Legend of Arthur!
The town might be small, but there is plenty to do. Day trips, as well as architectural, cultural and historical tours, all take place in Amesbury. As for places to stay, you could enjoy a traditional English cottage or try a more modern apartment. The options are endless!
Daytrips to Stonehenge: Sightseeing and Tours
A visit to Stonehenge will leave you feeling like you just took a step back in time. This fascinating site attracts many people each year, and it’s not hard to see why. After all, the mystery behind the stones alone is enough to encourage even the least curious people to explore the monument! Constructed over 5000 years ago, the rocks each weigh over 20 tons and are around 13 feet tall. Of all the UK landmarks, Stonehenge HAS to be the most compelling. Whether you’re taking a guided tour or trekking solo, the area never fails to impress its guests. For less-abled people, shuttle buses make regular stops to and from the stones. One of the biggest questions surrounding the mausoleum was how our ancestors hauled the rocks there and, of course, why? Well, no worries because the information boards dotted along the footpath have all the answers!
A legend from the 12th century claimed a giant built the monument first in Ireland before Merlin magically moved them to England!
Visit Amesbury History Centre
Amesbury is undoubtedly a haven for history fanatics. And when considering the amount of history in the local area, it comes as no surprise that one of the most visited attractions outside of Stonehenge has to be the Amesbury History Centre. Housing a surprising number of exhibitions, this tiny museum has no entry fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.
In the museum, you can learn about the fascinating history of Amesbury and the encompassing area. There’s also plenty of information on Amesbury’s connections to Stonehenge and the towns rise to military importance! If you’re still curious, the staff are all amiable and ready to help. Their knowledge of the area knows no bounds!
Perhaps the Museums proudest feat is that the Guinness Book of Records recognises the town as the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Britain. Please take a peek at their website for more information or to become a member!
A Unique and Historic Trip
With a considerable share of UK landmarks and history, it’s clear to see what drew our ancestors to Amesbury and the surrounding area. Something about the place and the people who call it home makes visiting here a breathtaking experience. We want to think that after reading about the local businesses, sights and activities, Amesbury is at the top of your list of places to go in the UK. So draw yourself to the grandeur of Stonehenge, take a moment to revel in some English history, and you’ll realise that adventure was beneath your nose all along.
By Skylar Grace