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Megalithic Monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury, United Kingdom

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Some of the most mysterious megalithic monuments of the world are situated in the UK. Those are Stonehenge and Avebury included in the World Heritage List. The world-famous Stonehenge is located on the territory of Wiltshire county. It’s a complex of stone structures of a horseshoe shape, which are arranged in circles. This unusual archaeological monument is considered one of the most famous in the world. A huge number of puzzles is related to it.

Megalithic Monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury, United Kingdom First of all, scientists find it difficult to name the exact time of the appearance of structures. According to some data, the age of Stonehenge is more than 5 000 years. The second and another puzzling item is the way to build such a large monument. How had been people able to build that imposing monument, which has remained intact for thousands of years? That’s one of the major mysteries of mankind. Finally, the purpose of the structure remains unknown. According to one legend, the magic stone circle has been built a thousand years ago by Merlin The Magician. Some scientists believe that Stonehenge was built in the era of the Roman Empire as a place for religious ceremonies.

Nearby, there is another amazing megalithic complex, Avebury. Archaeologists suggest that its age is about 4 000 years. This archaeological complex also consists of a cromlech, the diameter of which is more than 350 meters. The structure is surrounded by its moat and shaft. About a hundred stone pillars are set at the perimeter. The weight of pillars is about 50 tons, which also leads modern researchers to confusion. Next - Acropolis of Athens


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ATM bankomat: 'Lloyds Bank' located in 13 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'National Car Rental' is located in 12 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Shell' in 11 km
Supermarket: 'Aldi' in 31 km
Parking: 'Salt Lane Car Park' in 12 km
Apotheek: 'Boots' in 12 km
Police station: 'Amesbury Police Station' in 3 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Maldives' in 2.22 km
Railway station: 'Salisbury Train Station' in 12 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Upavon Airport UPV - in 12 km
 »  Royal Air Force Station Airport LYE - in 38 km
 »  Southampton Airport SOU - in 41 km
 »  Hurn Airport BOH - in 44 km
 »  Lasham Airfield Airport QLA - in 55 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Stonehenge and Avebury

Mandalay

Located in 2 km from Stonehenge and Avebury
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Rooms: 5
In the morning, breakfast is served in a traditionally decorated breakfast room which looks out over the garden. The bedrooms all have tea/coffee … More: photo, rates and booking
Fairlawn House

Located in 3 km from Stonehenge and Avebury
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Rooms: 13
Each room features a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee facilities, a work desk, and a private bath/shower room. Just off the A303 road, Fairlawn House is a … More: photo, rates and booking
Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge

Located in 4 km from Stonehenge and Avebury
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Rooms: 103
All rooms have a modern decor and luxurious bedding. Room amenities include high speed internet access, an interactive TV and tea and coffee making … More: photo, rates and booking
Rollestone Manor

Located in 5 km from Stonehenge and Avebury
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Rooms: 7
A TV with a DVD player and an iPod/iPad dock are included in each individually decorated room, which also has a private bathroom with a power shower. … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Science Park Porton Down
9 km - Science Park Porton Down
The scientific park 'Porton Down' is one of the most secret and inaccessible objects of Great Britain. The park is located to the northeast of the city of Porton and was founded more than a century ago. During the First World War, chemical weapons were …
Glastonbury Tor
60 km - Glastonbury Tor
In the English county of Somerset has placed a mysterious Glastonbury Tor. A lot of legends and mysteries are connected with it. In the Medieval time there was built the stone Church of St Michael. Nowadays on the top of the hill we can see a wonderful church’s …
Corfe Castle
62 km - Corfe Castle
Among the castles of England you must mention the dark castle of Corfe, located in the county of Dorset, not far from the picturesque Purback hills. The Saxon fort was the first defense system built on the site of the castle. As a legend tells, the King Saint Edward …
Bibury Town
64 km - Bibury Town
Bibury is considered the most beautiful town in England. The place is attractive not only for its historic architecture and a special way of life, but also because of the unique peaceful ambience. The first mention of the town dates back to the second half of the 11th …
Woodchester Mansion
67 km - Woodchester Mansion
Woodchester Mansion located in the eponymous park, in Gloucestershire, is also enveloped in mystical stories. Features of this attraction can be estimated even before acquaintance, as the mansion is situated in one of the most secret areas of the park, at the bottom of …
Durdle Door
69 km - Durdle Door
Beautiful Durdle Door arch is located in Dorset County, England. This is an incredibly harmonious limestone formation. The landmark is located on the Jurassic Coast and resembles a fantastic gate into another dimension. The rock in which the coastal arch has been …

Top destination around Megalithic Monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury - Southampton

Today, the monastery Beaulieu Abbey is a must-see for tourists, as it has a huge area which includes many things to see. A monorail runs along the estate plot. Some of the buildings that are definitely worth a visit include the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu with a magnificent collection of vintage cars, a cultural center with an exhibition that demonstrates the training of officers during World War II, and, of course, the Palace House estate. In addition, there are several attractions and fine restaurants that serve traditional English cuisine located here, and the abbey often hosts cultural events. Lovers of mysterious things will be interested to learn that there is a legend associated with the monastery, which you should definitely learn of from the lips of local residents or guides.

Netley Abbey, or rather, its romantic ruins, also deserves a mention. From what pertained to the abbey, only the priceless manuscript is preserved, which is kept today in the British Library in London. It is a copy of the thirteenth-century work “Chronica” by Roger Hovenden, a historian of the times of Henry II and Richard I. There are many beautiful farms in the vicinity of Southampton that would fascinate anyone with their pastoral atmosphere and detachment from the noise of megalopolises. You should definitely visit such places as Manor Farm, Oasis Down to Earth Farm, as well as Sunnydale Farm and Longdown Activity Farm.
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