Stonehenge: One of the Wonders of the World

Our trip to Italy earlier this year saw my family tick of two of the Wonders of the World – the Colosseum of Rome and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Therefore, when my cousin and his family bought us an English Heritage Membership last Christmas it made sense that our first port of call would be to visit another: Stonehenge.

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Stone Circle at Stonehenge

What to Know about Visiting Stonehenge

First of all visits to Stonehenge are recommended to be booked in advance, as it is managed through timed tickets (this includes English Heritage and National Trust Members). Last admission is two hours before closing time and parking is free. The exception is for the Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice – where entry is free and parking £5 per car and £2 per motorbike (but it is limited). There is a bus to the monument but disabled users have priority during the solstice period – permits again must be applied for in advance. Alternatively there is an approximately 30 minute walk.

family pulling the sarsen builder at stonehenge

Length of time spent at Stonehenge

How long you spend at Stonehenge on your visit will really depend on how much you want to take everything in. As well as the Stone Circle monument there is the Neolithic Houses and the Stonehenge Exhibition – which includes the experience of Standing in the stones. There was also the opportunity to see how many of you were needed to move one of the Sarsen boulders (a replica of Stone 60 which weighs about 28 tonnes).

child lying on bed in Neolithic Houses at Stonehenge

As English Heritage Members we had free audio books which we could listen to as we went around the Stone Circle. Due to the fact that there are over one million visitors every year to Stonehenge visitors are unable to go into the Stone Circle and touch the monument, except for on special access days. There was an adult and children version – this was great but unfortunately the children only had short facts and so were ready to move on (and bored) before we had a chance to take it all in. Plus then you have to factor in how much time you spend in the gift shop and whether you want to stay for something to eat and drink. We had a packed lunch and it was really cold so stayed for 2 and a half hours. I was hoping to stay until it got dark but the children had really had enough by then.

Thoughts on our Family Visit to Stonehenge

We decided to visit Stonehenge on the 10th December (and actually missing a very good snow day back at home). I thought that it would be too busy during the Winter Solstice when we had never been before. It was unusual that there was a bit of snow – and this unfortunately also meant that we were unable to see the sunset. In general the children were more or less board and didn’t see the point. They did enjoy the Neolithic Houses however, especially as they had learnt about them during their Stone Age topic at school. My husband enjoyed soaking up all the facts and it was interesting to hear about the magical and healing properties of the stones. I think it would be an interesting experience to visit during the Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice, possibly minus the children. It was not that busy during our visit and as we had gone at the end of the day it was easy to have family photos with just us and the stones. I am glad we have been so that we can say we have experienced it, plus it does make you consider why they were built in the first place.

family standing in front of stone circle at stonehenge

Other Wonders of the World for us to visit are:

  • Catacombs of Alexandria.
  • Great Wall of China.
  • Porcelain Tower of Nanking.
  • Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (sometimes called the Church of Saint Sophia)
  • Colossus of Rhodes.
  • Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria.
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Mount Everest in Nepal.
  • Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe.
  • Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.
  • Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
  • Northern Lights.
  • Paricutin volcano in Mexico.
  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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9 thoughts on “Stonehenge: One of the Wonders of the World”

  1. I love Stonehenge but not sure I’d love it as much with children in tow, it’s so difficult to listen to / read everything and take it in when you have to amuse the children as well! Shame you missed the sunset but it’s a good excuse to go back again without the children.

  2. What a great idea for family trips to Wonders of the World sites. We just got back from an Italy trip where we saw the Coliseum in Rome. We saw the leaning tower in Bologna instead of the one in Pisa (it just fit our itinerary better – maybe we will make it out to Pisa next time!) One of my sons wants to visit England, I’ll have to put Stonehenge on our places to go! That looks like a super cool place. My kids are awesome travelers who love visiting historical sites.

  3. I have never visited Stonehenge but would love to go. I would probably leave the children behind though because I don’t think they would appreciate it! #countrykids

  4. Wow a million visitors a year! I’ve never actually sopped but snapped them in passing from the A303 many times. I remember going on a school trip back in the 1970s when you could wander freely between the stones and we were even encouraged to make crayon rubbings of them too. I think just walking round wouldn’t keep my kids entertained for long either, though I do like the look of those first homes and uncomfortable bed. Stonehenge certainly is a curious site, I wonder if we will ever get to the bottom of why and how they were built.

    Thank you for sharing your visit with me at CountryKids

  5. Stonehenge is an interesting place to visit but I can see how children would get bored easily. My husband went during summer solstice when we were at uni together and saw the sun rise at Stonehenge. He found it fascinating and I wished afterwards that I had gone along too. We took the girls to Stonehenge for a very brief visit earlier this year – we didn’t have time to visit the Neolithic Village which sounded interesting. They enjoyed seeing the stones because they’d seen them on Go Jetters but I suspect they would have lost interest if our visit had been much longer. Lovely photo of you all in front of the stones. #countrykids

  6. I find this place so calming and once sneaked off to take pictures with the sun setting. We haven’t taken the boys yet but once they get older I think it will be a great place for them to explore. #CountryKids

  7. I’ve driven by it so many times and always wanted to visit it, but I just don’t think my girl would appreciate it right now #CountryKids


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