this weekend we decided to get away from the Hustle and Bustle of the city of london- what with the olympics and all……and since we didn’t get our butts in action quick enough to book cheap european holidays in advance for summer, we settled on a short, relaxing trip to salisbury and bath.
salisbury (pronounced ‘sols-bury’- seriously, i swear the english never spell words the way they’re meant to be pronounced!) is about 1.5 hours away from london by train and so easy to get to from london’s waterloo station.
for the Uninitiated, stonehenge and its surroundings (including a couple of burial sites/mounds) are a unesco world heritage site.
there are some interesting facts on the audio tour….like how heavy one of the bigger stones is (47 tonnes or the equivalent of 7 elephants!) and you wonder how they managed to transport the stones and get them to the position they are in today. or how the tallest stone in the middle which has that little part jutting out the top of it? that fits neatly into a hollowed out area of the stone that goes on the top of it (only it’s missing……)
and then there are stones you don’t normally see in pictures of stonehenge….
they both served some sort of ancient purpose when stonehenge was built….but i blame my short attention span and lack of patience for not fully concentrating on the audio tour, oops.
i can now put a tick mark beside the ‘visit stonehenge’ box on my travel to-do list hurray!
tips for salisbury and stonehenge:
– pre-purchase your train ticket from central london to salisbury online if you can, and avoid buying at the station as you will save decent £££. travel will be via south west trains
– not really a tip, but the train we took split at salisbury, with the first 6 carriages heading to one destination…and the last 3 to another! i never knew trains could do this- i guess there’s always a first time for everything haha
– it’s really easy to get to stonehenge- once you arrive at salisbury train station, just head outside and on the left of the station you’ll see a big red double-decker bus with ‘stonehenge’ plastered across the side of it. you can purchase tickets on the bus. £20 will buy you a tour on the bus, fast-track entry into stonehenge and optional tours of old sarum and the cathedral on the way back. just hop on/off where desired
– sit on the left-side of the top deck of the bus on the way to stonehenge if you can…as most sights are on the left!
i currently have the olympics closing ceremony playing in the background, trying to fight off heavy lids and delay sleeping to stave off monday for as long as i can lol. i’ll be back with a post on bath next. stay tuned!