Stonehenge … Finally.

We pass by Stonehenge in Wiltshire every time we drive up from Cornwall to visit my in-laws who live in Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes.  We do this about three or four times in a year, sometimes even more.  I’ve never visited the world-famous stones before and the last time my husband did was when he was a little boy, not older than little T now.

The first time I arrived in England of course, the boyfriend (now husband) asked me if I wanted to visit.  Who wouldn’t want to visit a mysterious pre-historic world-famous monument right?  I definitely wanted to!  But when we arrived, there was a very long snakey line of tourists that put me off instantly.  After a bit of a wait, we decided to continue our journey to Cornwall instead.

Every time we drive by, there is always a long-line of tourists, rain or shine, no fail, day in day out.  But of course, with our friend’s visit, we finally had a definite reason to visit the world famous heritage.

There were already loads of tourist buses and cars parked outside when we arrived.  And there waiting for us was the dreaded long cue.  The husband had a brilliant idea!  We’ve been thinking of joining the English Heritage for the longest time and kept putting it off because we are already members of the National Trust.  For those who aren’t familiar with these institutions, the National Trust and English Heritage own most of the important and historical castles, monuments, stately homes etc.  A lot of these tourist places can also be very expensive, but as members, you can of course get in for free.  So if you’re in the UK, it’s best to join, not only will you be able to get in for free, but most importantly by paying membership, it will be your own little way of helping these historic places to survive.  Another thing, if you’re a parent of a young child and live in an area where there are lots of National Trust or English Heritage properties, these properties will save you from having no-where to go to somewhere fun to go during the weekends.  They are great places to visit as a family, especially during Christmas where they always have something going on like “Meet Father Christmas” or listen to Christmas carols sung in 17th century chapels, that sort of thing.

So that’s what we did, we joined the English Heritage and as new members, we didn’t have to join the long queue, woohoo!

T joining the crowd of tourists surrounding Stonehenge.

Just to complete the ambiance, we saw a druid standing near the stones, she looked a bit lost though.

And of course, one must never leave Stonehenge without having your photo taken.

What’s the story behind this photo?  To go near the stones, you have to walk through a short tunnel and I noticed tourists who were walking towards us, stop, look up and point and take a picture of something on the ceiling.  When it was our turn, I looked behind and saw what caught their attention:  A bird’s nest with little baby birds chirping away and of course, I did what all the other tourists did, took a photo.

This post is linked up with Podcast’s What’s the Story?


  1. Life in the Wylde West

    How neat you finally got to go and I like how you joined the English Heritage club, I think you may find it all sort of useful. We are in California and have lots, and lots of things to see, not quite as amazing as this but well as I have been born and raised here there are so many things I have yet to see, so I get how it took you such a while to get there. I enjoyed the images and especially the tiny birds you spotted.

    • Yes, finally! I think we all end up taking things for granted, especially when it comes to the place where you live and only get to “appreciate” things again through a new-comers eyes… There are still so many places to visit here in England, as well as in my own country, not to mention other countries… so little time though and of course there’s also that other thing to consider – the budget! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Wicked World of Lucas

    Fab post – I always remember driving past Stonehenge on the way to our family holiday. It was about 0500 in the morning and was always in silhouette – lovely memory and really enjoyed reading this #Whatsthestory

  3. Charly Dove

    It must have been great to finally get to Stonehenge having passed it so many times. Like you we pass it on our way to my dad’s in Devon but have never been. Worthwhile knowing you can queue jump! The photos are great, looks like it was a superb day and T looks adorable. The Druid on the other hand does seem rather lost! I love the baby bird photo, what a wonderful surprise. Great post, thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • Oh you can only jump the queue if you’re members or about to to join the English Heritage =)

  4. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    I remember school trips of leaning up against the stones and making paper rubbings, gosh that does age me! We drive past all the time on our way from Cornwall to London visiting family and friends and always point them out to the children. Perhaps we should stop one time too. Popping over from What’s the story and would love you to join me for Country Kids too

    • That’s what my husband said too! That you could once get really close-up and touch the stones… I’m sure your kids would enjoy it too, especially since they are older than little T. I think my daughter just stared at them and probably said to herself “What’s so special about these stones?” Older kids would appreciate it more! =)

  5. Mama Syder

    I love Stonehenge! Avebury stone cirle is fab too, love it there. Gorgeous photos x

  6. Kriss MacDonald

    Really useful to know about joining English Heritage so you can get in major sites like Stonehenge! Stonehenge is on my list to see with the kids when we return to UK – like you I’ve driven past it so so many times in the past.

    • Oh yes! Definitely, joining the English Heritage or the National Trust will help your family save a lot of money… As you know, tourist spots here can be very expensive!

  7. Circus Queen

    We don’t even live that far away from Stonehenge and yet we’ve never been! Desperate to go. Maybe this weekend. We’re currently deliberating over which to join: English Heritage or National Trust.

    • I think it will depend on what your family is interested in. If your little daughter is interested in castle, that sort of thing, I’d say join English Heritage. But if you guys are more into country-walks, love visiting gardens and stately-grand country houses, then National Trust is for you =) Oh and one more thing to also consider, is that whether you have more English or National Trust properties near your area =) That should help too. Thanks for dropping by =)

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