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Stonehenge daytrip from London?

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bakedpotato Wed 27-Apr-05 13:36:26

DN (darling nanny) would like to know best/easiest/cheapest way to see the stones. Is it best to take train somewhere local -- where -- with connecting bus service? Stonehenge webbie crap.

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:38:08

Salisbury by train I'd have thought and then a bus. Bit of a PITA of a journey though, unless she's going alone, is she?

swiperfox Wed 27-Apr-05 13:38:18

I would stay in Salisbury if I were you. Stonehenge is in the middle of nowhere really so unless you are driving, once you have walked around the stones you are stuck!!

There is a regular bus to the stones from Salisbury and Salisbury is a lovely town

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:38:44

vist Salis site might be more helpful

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:39:21

And the stones will take about half an hour!

swiperfox Wed 27-Apr-05 13:40:01

If that lol

tarantula Wed 27-Apr-05 13:40:33

salisbury is fab and loads to see too. Old Sarum is worth a visit too and thats just outside.

swiperfox Wed 27-Apr-05 13:42:11

I've always wanted to go to Old Sarum - is it good? I go past the castle on the way into salisbury but cant see over the hill!!

bakedpotato Wed 27-Apr-05 13:42:51

She'll be going with her young man. Def just for the day.

I've just managed to dissuade her from a trip to Southampton -- apologies if you live there and love it -- bcs she wanted to visit the Titanic Museum

I'd never heard of it

WigWamBam Wed 27-Apr-05 13:43:05

The stones are actually a huge disappointment, you'll see all there is to see within about 10 minutes. Some of the National Trust local walks are interesting, though, across to the Cursus and the Kings Barrows. I'd also recommend Old Sarum.

bakedpotato Wed 27-Apr-05 13:43:10

the museum i mean

FLUM Wed 27-Apr-05 13:44:28

Avebury much nicer than Stonehenge.

You can book coach trips to Stonehenge though if thats your bag

swiperfox Wed 27-Apr-05 13:45:08

Avesbury is lovely too - the whole village is built inside stone circles, silbury hill is there too.

There's a good website for stuff to see - i think it's

WigWamBam Wed 27-Apr-05 13:46:19

Yes, I agree that Avebury is a better bet if it's the stones she's interested in. Much more to see, more atmospheric. You can get to Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Sanctuary and a load of other monuments very easily.

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:47:34

It depends on what she wants to see though, it she wants to see Stonehenge then Avebury won't do will it?!

swiperfox Wed 27-Apr-05 13:47:47


Really good site!

swiperfox Wed 27-Apr-05 13:48:42

lol thats very true - if its just stonehenge then Salisbury is the best place to go from.

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:49:12

Swiperfox, my dad always used to say "I find Wiltshire, I don't know, spooky" !

zubb Wed 27-Apr-05 13:49:41

Swiperfox - Old Sarum is great - you can park and look at the cathedral ruins without having to pay, and then see if you think it's worth crossing the drawbridge into the castle (just under £3) I think.
We were there at the weekend for a dragon trail. They have a Romans day, a Viking day and a Childrens festival coming up soon, so worth looking out for them.
Bakedpotato - the bus to the Stones goes from outside the train station so easy to get there and back. Then it's a quick walk into town / to the cathedral.

swiperfox Wed 27-Apr-05 13:51:22

Wow never knew all that was there Zubb thanks!! DD would love a dragon trail - she's very into castles and dragons lol

bakedpotato Wed 27-Apr-05 13:51:29

She has just decided to go to Rye instead!

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:51:49

Swiper, we used to slid on our bums down the side of the moat at Old Sarum as children! Great views from there too (which I didn't appreciate until I was an adult, obv!)

Blu Wed 27-Apr-05 13:52:00

What's old sarum?

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:52:44

slide, not slid. Slid's a fish isn't it?

WideWebWitch Wed 27-Apr-05 13:53:17

Blu, it's here

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