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Legend of King Arthur • Stonehenge

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The most famous of Druidic monuments is Stonehenge

Ancient priests and sorcerers were known as Druids. Located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of largestanding stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

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Close by is the mystical and ancient Avalon in Glastonbury, the legendary home of King Arthur & Camelot. In nearby Winchester are the famous Winchester Cathedral & the legendary Great Hall of King Arthur and the Round Table.

Stonehenge is a well-known Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monument located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. The whole WHS is quite large and contains many other structures from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

Aside from the plentiful wildlife and nature available, the UNESCO site is considered one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Britain. The landscape boasts several outstanding Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments that can be reached on foot a short distance from the famous Stonehenge.

The Stones can be seen from the main car park, and can be viewed quite clearly from the roadside. Unlike the other monuments in the area however, it is necessary to pay to get closer. An entry fee of £7.50 for adults and £4.50 for children (Apr 2011) includes an audio guide and takes you through a tunnel under the road on to the site. There is no access to the stone circle itself – visitors are guided around the monument by roped pathways and on-site attendants. The audio guide is available in several languages and if you listened to all available material would take an estimated 30-60 minutes.

It is not usually possible to walk amongst the stones themselves, but English Heritage and some tour operators from Salisbury can arrange early morning or evening visits allowing you to do this.

There are also daily tours of Stonehenge from London by coach that run.

Stonehenge is in a World Heritage Site of over 2000 hectares that is considered one of the most archaeologicaly rich in Europe. It is home to some of the most important Neolithic and Bronze Age finds and structures in the UK, and contains some 200 scheduled monuments. It is also the site of one of the biggest Chalk grassland reversion projects in the world.

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