When I was about eight I saw a kids’ TV programme called Children of the Stones. It was a spooky, ghostly type show, my favourite kind and ever since then I’ve wanted to visit the place in which it was set; Stonehenge. The place still draws programme makers, most recently those behind Doctor Who; Matt Smith filmed a recent episode there. I didn’t realise it when I watched Children of the Stones all those years ago but that place is one of the most ancient, most famous, most incredible places on the entire planet. Last week I went there.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England and is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones. Archaeologists believe the stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Just think about those dates! A year seems a long time, doesn’t it? 10 years seems like forever. 100 years is almost unimaginable; if we’re lucky we might live that long. Stonehenge isn’t 10 years old or 100 years old or even 1000 years old. It’s 5000 years old!
Archaeological evidence indicates that Stonehenge could possibly have served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone material from as early as 3000 BC, when the initial ditch and bank were first dug.
I thought that maybe the place would be a disappointment when I actually saw it. Some famous places are like that. Some people have written on the internet that they thought the stones were smaller and less impressive than expected. I don’t understand those people. Maybe they would have preferred it if there was a theme park next to it, a firework display and helicopter rides. None of those is there. None of those is needed. I found the place to be every bit as impressive as I thought it would be. It’s iconic but also incredibly eerie; one of the most atmospheric places I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. It’s almost hypnotic. Visiting Stonehenge is something that I know I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. Here are some of the hundreds of photos I took.