In 1922 approximately 32,000 visitors made their way to see Stonehenge, in 2012 this number rose to over 900,000! As one of the UK's leading visitor attractions there are loads of different options for taking sightseeing tour to see Stonehenge. Some people will just take an afternoon day trip to see Stonehenge while others will include it as part of a all day tour where you will see places such as Windsor, Bath and Oxford all in a day. But, is it possible to see Stonehenge for free? Well, we explain how you can... if you can help persuade some friends to help.
This is no mean feat, Stonehenge is located about 90 minutes outside of London and whatever happens you will probably need to borrow a car to get to Stonehenge. If you can borrow a car and your friend is kind enough to not worry about petrol or diesil then you are half way to getting to Stonehenge for nothing. Stonehenge is located off the A303 and you can see it from the main road if you wanted to pull over or you can just pull up in the car park. If you dont drive then you could take a train to Salisbury station (although you would have to pay) and then if you take a bycicle with you then you could ride the 12 miles out to Stonehenge.
If you want to see Stonehenge without paying then your best opportunity is from the road side or from the car park. Many people do just sit in the car park, have a spot of lunch while looking over towards Stonehenge and out across the great British countryside. Wherever you are, Stonehenge is an impressive site but dont be suprised if when you see it from afar that you will want to get closer as it has a way of drawing you in for more.
The real thing you will miss is the feeling of how grand and large the stones are when you are stood near to them, if you arent having a guide then you should read up on Stonehenge and how the stones came to be there as its a fascinating story and makes the stones feel even more impressive. Just a short bit of information will tell you that these stones travelled hundreds of miles by thousands of men pulling them across the country to where they reside today.
If all this sounds like too much effort, then you need to weigh it up against the cost of an organised express trip to Stonehenge. There are many different companies that run tours to Stonehenge in an afternoon with pick up and return from central London and with a professional tour guide all for less than £30 per person. Which when compared to the effort of trying to see Stonehenge for nothing makes it seem a bit pointless to many given the small cost of the trip.
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