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Stonehenge, inside the circle!

Stonehenge inner circle
Last weekend our little family, along with 24 friends, made a special visit to Stonehenge. We’ve been to Stonehenge once before and we’ve driven past it several times, but this visit was an entirely different experience, one that none of us will ever forget.

My friend Lesley organised a private group tour for 30 people  which meant that we got to go into the inner circle after it was closed to the public, without any barriers surrounding the stones. We had an hour to stand/run/play amongst the stones, soaking up the mystery and magic of this incredible site while the sun was setting on the horizon. I think we all sat there pinching ourselves!

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friends at Stonehenge
Marlow at Stonehenge
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inner circle Stonehenge
Adamo Family at Stonehenge
Stonehenge is just a two-hour drive outside of London, located in pretty Wiltshire. We stayed in the area and made a weekend out of it, but you can also drive out there for a day trip (most of our friends drove to Stonehenge and back to London that day). It’s pretty incredible that, in the middle of the rolling hills and pastures of the English countryside — just two hours out of London, sits a site that is more than 5,000 years old (built at the same time as the great pyramids in Egypt)! We listened to a podcast about Stonehenge in the car on our drive out there, and what I found most incredible was that the site was created in several construction phases taking more than 1,000 years!

Visiting Stonehenge the normal way is still quite amazing, but if you’re able to plan in advance and book private entry it’s something I so highly recommend doing.  Lesley booked our trip back in January and even then the availability was really limited for the summer months, so it’s something you really have to plan. But totally worth it!

Courtney x


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May 14, 2015

Bucket list add! Whaf a great memory for the children to tuck away!


May 14, 2015

*What, I mean :).


Nicola
May 14, 2015

I smiled when I saw your IG pics on Saturday. We’d just returned home to sunny Salisbury (10 miles from Stonehenge) from a holiday abroad and it was indeed a beautiful evening. Funny thing is, we’ve never actually visited the stones, just driven past many times. Will add to my summer hols excursion list. Next time you’re in the area, try visit Salisbury cathedral…beautiful building in a beautiful close. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Wiltshire.


Catherine
May 15, 2015

And perfect light! What a magical experience!


Lara
May 15, 2015

I’m quite new to this blog and am so glad i discovered you. I love reading all of your posts, such great ideas and inspiration with some amazing photos. Courtney, your children are beautiful. I was so happy to see this post about your visit to Stonehenge and to read how much you enjoyed it. I grew up just a couple of miles from Stonehenge and it has always been a special place to me. I now have two young boys and they have both been to explore the wonderful stone circle and would definitely recommend it to other families.


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May 18, 2015

What an incredible experience for all of you! How lucky you are! Emma


Mandy
August 11, 2016

Just discovered this site & love it! I didn’t realize you can go get inside the circle after hours, what a wonderful tip!

Can you please let me know where your sweater is from? My daughter (at university) would love it as a birthday gift this coming fall.


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