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Visiting Stonehenge

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Visiting Stonehenge

We are in the midst of planning our 2 weeks' itinerary to visit England in May. We are planning to stay at York, Oxford, Bath or Wells and London. Would someone please advise us from which of the above five cities should we go to visit the Stonehendge? Which Tour Company would you recommend? What other places / attractions close by Stonehenge that we should visit while we are there? Many thanks!

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1. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

Tours from Bath to Stonehenge www.madmaxtours.co.uk

A loverly city is Salisbury wiltshire.co.uk/salisbury/plan-your-break/to…

Edited: 1:01 am, March 16, 2012
Vancouver, Canada
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2. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

Hi Nurioopta: Thanks so much for your prompt response. Please confirm that you'd suggest us to visit the Stonehenge from Bath (vs. from York, Oxford or London)? Did you try to the madmaxtours and would recommend them to us? Thanks again!

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3. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

Definately visit Stonehenge from bath, Salisbury or London , have you looked at a map :0)

I live in Yorkshire and its a good 3.5-5 hour drive

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4. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

Madmax is a local team, and never heard of any disatisfaction of them.

Edited: 2:22 am, March 16, 2012
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5. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

Dont wish to disuade you from a visit to what is obviously an icon on the UK tourist trail, but be prepared to accept that it is no longer possible to get close up. Those days are gone so the photo opportunities are somewhat diminished. Imagine Mount Rushmore with a fence around it ! As Wells is on your itinerary be sure to include a visit to Cheddar gorge and caves , and also Wookey hole .

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6. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

From Oxford you can try a tour company called Cotswold Roaming. They do a day tour of Stonehenge, Sallisbury and Avebury.

Devizes, United...
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7. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

All the " not being able to get close to the stones" prevents is being able to touch them - the fence is about 50 feet from the stones, plenty close enough for great photos, although the "fence" is only a low rope slung between posts, it doesn't detract from the site at all.

If you want to get close up to some ancient stones, take a trip to the stone circle at Avebury.

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8. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

I actually think the "fence" is better for photographs. I can only imagine what photographs would be like at the site if everyone was leaning against the stones and posing right next to them.

The barrier (as GB says, a low slung rope 50 feet from the stones) lets *everyone* see the stones without obstruction, and take photos of the stones and only the stones.

People interested in getting closer can book a special access tour.

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how long does one need to do a basic tour of Stonehenge?

i am travelling by car

Devizes, United...
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10. Re: Visiting Stonehenge

Hi Ted

To be honest, unless you have a specialist interest in the stones, you can easily see all that's on offer inside an hour. Some of the main stones, like the "Heel Stone" are outside the main stone circle. I've visited many times over the past 30 years to take visitors or guests who might stay with us, but have never spent more than an hour or so there.