Stonehenge in Wiltshire
A new exhibition at The British Museum in London reveals the secrets of Stonehenge, exploring its purpose, cultural power and the people that created it.
The World of Stonehenge (until 17 July 2022) follows the story of Britain and Europe from 4000 to 1000 BC – the fascinating age of Stonehenge. If your curiosity has been piqued, here are some Stonehenge-inspired holiday ideas:
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
Visit The World of Stonehenge exhibition at The British Museum
Be immersed in the secrets of Stonehenge at this ground-breaking exhibition which, owing to recent archaeological discoveries, sheds new light on the much-revered monument and the Neolithic Stone Age people who created it. Marvel at stone axes from the Italian Alps, intricate gold jewellery and early metalwork, including the Nebra Sky Disc – the world’s oldest surviving map of the stars. The pièce de resistance is Seahenge, a fascinating 4,000-year-old timber circle, on loan for the very first time.
Stay at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences and stroll to The British Museum from Mayfair. An overnight stay costs from £331 per room per night (two sharing), including full English breakfast and access to the hotel’s leisure facilities.
L-R: Lucknam Park, Whatley Manor
Visit Stonehenge in Wiltshire
Awe-inspiring and imposing, Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous and most impressive prehistoric stone circles world. Located on Salisbury Plain in the Wiltshire countryside, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has been shrouded in myths, legends and folklore for centuries. The sheer size of the standing stones as well as the sophistication of its architectural design is a site to behold.
Stay in Wiltshire at Lucknam Park, near Chippenham, from £350 per night, or Whatley Manor, near Malmesbury, from £260 per night. Room prices are based on two sharing, including full English breakfast.
Grove of Narberth
Visit Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Hills
Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Hills are now widely thought to be the source of some of the monoliths at Stonehenge. Archaeologists uncovered the remains of one of Britain’s biggest and oldest stone circles in Wales last year during filming for BBC Two’s Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed.
Several of the monoliths at Stonehenge in Wiltshire are Pembroke Bluestone the same rock type as those at the Waun Mawn site in Pembrokeshire. Walk or cycle along the Preseli Stones Trail which runs along the southern foothills of the Preseli Mountains offering scenic views and glimpses of prehistoric remains, including standing stones and a stone circle. Stay at the Grove of Narberth, which has fine views of the Preseli Hills, from £260 per room per night (two sharing), including full Welsh breakfast.
L-R: The Torridon, Glenapp Castle
Visit stone circles in Scotland
Scotland is home to many mesmerising stone monuments, some thought to date from when the first settlers arrived here over 10,000 years ago. From the north westerly Hebridean Isles to Dumfries and Galloway, some of Europe’s most ancient standing stones and stone circles can be seen across Scotland. Six not to be missed include Machrie Moor, the Ring of Brodgar, Kilmartin Glen, Clava Cairns, Calanais Standing Stones and the Standing Stones of Stennness.