Britain’s Best Views: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Discover the best views of Britain, from the world’s most famous prehistoric stone monument to endless grassland.
In this blog, we will tell you all about the views of Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England.
Now managed by the National Trust, Stonehenge was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1986 for the outstanding prehistorically monument. The site itself was believed to be built around 3100 B.C. with enormous rock slabs brought from as far as Preseli Hills in Wales.
Fun fact: Did you know that Stonehenge is at least 300 years older than the pyramids?
Standing for thousands of years, all the weathering, settling and stone pilfering had left the Stonehenge complex in considerable disarray. As a result, the Stonehenge we see today is result of restorations conducted between 1901 and 1964 to stabilise leaning uprights and replace fallen stones.
The Stonehenge World Heritage site sprawls over 10 square miles, including avenues, settlements, burial grounds and other sites designed to blend into the landscape design. Within the 2,100 acres of land where the monument is located, relax your eyes by looking over fields of endless grassland. Along with it, you may discover farm animals and other prehistoric monuments such as Avenue, King Barrow Ridge and Winterbourne Stoke Barrows.
The site itself is a piece of land full of history and if you visit the Stonehenge today, you can walk through the newly built world-class visitor centre, with museum quality exhibitions as well as a spacious café and shops; it is the perfect rest stop.
Top tip: For a stunning view, watch the sun rise over the north-east horizon near the Heel Stone or sun set in the south-west, in between the two tallest trilithons.
Enjoy the best view and comfort by staying at one of our Best Loved hotels. The Grasmere House Hotel is the perfect spot for any family holidays, weekend escapes or even weddings. With a private house just big enough to offer a wealth of amenities and a restaurant on the river with splendid views. Spend a night in comfort with England’s best attraction at a glance from your doorstep.
If you enjoy good food, then you can’t miss the opportunity to stay at the Howard’s House in Teffont Evias. Where the beauty has rarely changed in the last 300 years, find Howard’s House sitting peacefully in two acres of meandering Wiltshire country garden and croquet lawn. Chef Nick Wentworth also produces a menu yielding a treasure trove of delights, so come and enjoy the good food and utter comfort.