Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge

Stonehenge Down

Stonehenge is one of Great Britain's most iconic landmarks, and recognised around the world. It is designated as a World Heritage Site for its ancient ceremonial landscape of great archaeological interest.

 

Within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, the National Trust manages 827 hectares of downland surrounding the famous stone circle. English Heritage have a fantastic visitors centre to explore before you can take the journey to view the monument for yourself.

 

You can also discover other prehistoric monuments, including the Avenue and King Barrow Ridge with its Bronze Age burial mounds. Nearby, Winterbourne Stoke Barrows is another fascinating example of a prehistoric cemetery. While Durrington Walls hides the remains of a Neolithic village.

 

According to Evans, "unusual phenomena have been recorded across the whole site". Reports include the disappearance of a group of hippies who were camping at the stones in 1971 - when witnesses reported a violent storm, accompanied by the visual effect of an unusual blue light and the sounds of screams. When they investigated the site where the hippies were camping they found the camp deserted.

 

Similar blue lights have been reported at the King Barrows Ridge. In the late 1950's, one witness reported seeing some kind of Druid procession walking without the slightest sound in the area.

 

Pictured left is Stonehenge at sunset courtesy of Jeffrey Pfau.

 

near Amesbury, Wiltshire

 

For further information, please visit:

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

For further information, please visit:

www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

For further information, please read Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.

Location

Visitor Information

Amesbury is a town in Wiltshire, England.

Amesbury is located in southern Wiltshire, 7 miles north of Salisbury on the A345. It is most famous for the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge which is within the parish.

Pictured left is Stonehenge courtesy of garethwiscombe. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.