Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Jubilee excursion

We took advantage of the extra public holiday for the Jubilee and went on a road trip down to Stonehenge and Salisbury today.


It was dry the entire drive until we were minutes away from the car park, at which point the heavens opened and we were treated to a rather horrendous torrential downpour. Completely undeterred, we parked up and made our way across the road to the monument.


It's amazing! The stones are huge; even though you can't get properly close to them, you can still appreciate just how big they are and how difficult it would have been to construct. The location is stunning as well, you can really get a feel for why they built it where they did.


We had made grand plans to also visit Woodhenge and the Stone Circle at Avebury, but the driving rain soon changed our minds! Instead, we jumped back in the car and drove down to Salisbury to visit the Cathedral.

Salisbury Cathedral

Absolutely awe-inspiring building. It's enormous. Again, you wonder how exactly they managed to build this in just 38 years, in the 13th century!

Salisbury Cathedral font

One of the highlights of the tour of the Cathedral, which sadly I wasn't allowed to take photographs of, is an original copy of the Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215.

There are plenty more photos of the trip on my Flickr stream.


  1. Is there some sort of fence around Stonehenge that doesn't allow you near it to photograph it properly? I've never been there so I have no idea. Just curious.

  2. Yeah, you used to be able to walk through the stones, but now for conservation reasons it is fenced off and has a path around it that you have to follow. They let the pagans in for the solstices though.

  3. I remember going to Stonehenge many years ago (before it was roped off) - such a calming place. Shame about the weather though - I had the same thing on Sunday at the river pageant - much less fun than it should have been!


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