Visiting Stonehenge

Nature
The wow factor for nature - does it show nature at its best? Doesn't need to be the wilder-beast migration or diving with hundreds of hammerheads. Rather make you pause as you realise just how awesome the natural world can be
1
Culture
How much does this experience showcase some of the better and finer things that us humans can offer? Sure, it can be ancient ruins and renaissance churches, but it can also be festivals or soaking up some of the great modern cities of the world
7
Fun factor/activity
Very simple - was it fun? This is usually linked in with doing some kind of activity - i mean, walking along some cliffs is nice, but paragliding from them, now that is fun. Its a vastly underrated factor in a truly great experience
0
Avoid the crowds
Big tour groups and being surrounded by loud fellow tourists can sap the life out of even the greatest of travel experiences. This score is to reflect just how much you can avoid this. But. . . The score also takes into account if the crowds actually add to the experience, such as with a party town or a bustling food market
1
World famous
How world famous is the experience?
10
unique
How hard is it to have a similar experience in other places round the world?
8
Overall Score
The highest score of nature or culture, + fun factor, + avoid the crowds, + the highest score of world famous or unique. Then turned into a score out of 100. More details at the bottom of the page
45 *What the scores mean and where do they come from
continent
Europe
country
UK
Length of time
1 day or less
Rough cost
Obviously people have different tastes, so this will depend on those tastes, but this is a rough idea of price of the whole experience based on 2 people able to split the accommodation costs and excluding travel there and back
$ 30
Time of year visited
January
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RANKING
How this travel experience ranks compared to all the other experiences on this site
292nd/334 This travel experience's ranking compared to all the other experiences on this site
Bottom 20% SUMMARY RATING: Ok if passing through

Summary

World famous . . . druids . . . very old . . . major cultural significance . . . yes, yes, yes . . . but it’s basically a small circle of stones.  Its a must see in the sense that if you are driving by its worth jumping out to see, and, credit where credit is due, the new makeover has created a far better and more immersive experience compared to what it used to be . . . and, well, lets face it, you’re going to want to see it anyway.  But, be prepared for it to be a bit underwhelming

3 Travel Tips

Top tip #1 – all of the above being said, the way that Stonehenge would deliver a truly unique and super fun experience would be if you joined for the summer solstice celebration party.  Floating around with a bunch of temporary pagans and contemplating your existence over a 24 hour celebration sounds brilliant fun

 

Top tip #2 – the experience may feel more special if you get to walk into the inner circle itself.  To do so you need to book way ahead and £64 per person.  Would be cool though

 

Top tip #3 – if you’ve made it this far in search of ritual stone circles, be sure to also check out the nearby Avebury Stone Circle.  It is far larger than Stonehenge (diameter of 350m / 1140ft), older (dating from 2500-2200BC), is free and has very few tourists.  60 of the original 144 stones are still clearly visible and you can see them easily in the straightforward walk through the local village and nearby hills.  Only 35min drive from Stonehenge

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Score Detail

Background - how many times have you asked someone what a travel experience was like and the response was "amazing" or "awesome"?  That response is nice to know, but it makes it hard to differentiate that experience compared to others.  That is exactly what these scores are trying to do - differentiate the experience by giving a score out of 10 based on 6 categories and then giving an overall experience score

This overall experience score is calculated by:  take the highest of the "Culture" or "Nature" score (1-10) + "Fun factor" (1-10) + "Avoiding the crowds" (1-10) + highest of the "Unique" or "World Famous score" (1-10).  Then convert into a score out of 100

Extra detail - the logic being that I find all of the 6 individual scores important, but I don't want to mark an experience down just because it doesn't cover both "Culture" and "Nature", or because it isn't both "World Famous" and "Unique".  Take the examples of Safari in The Serengeti and walking through Rome - they both appeal at opposite ends of the nature / culture spectrum, and you can have a fantastic time without needing to appeal to both sides.  So, their overall scores aren't penalized for their lack of one or the other, and I've done the same for "World Famous" vs "Unique".  But . . . I do think that the "Fun factor" of an experience is important, irrelevant of other factors, and so is "Avoiding the Crowds" (or where there are crowds that add to the experience).  So, both of these scores are standalone