Inside Stonehenge - Secrets of the Stones
We are used to seeing Stonehenge only from a distance - a familiar, austere presence on the horizon. This Study Day provides a rare opportunity to walk inside the great stones settings, a privileged encounter with this iconic monument which has graced the British landscape for over 4000 years.
Stonehenge stands at the heart of a landscape rich in Neolithic and Bronze Age remains which, along with nearby Avebury, form part of a World Heritage Site. The brand new visitor centre has a much-acclaimed display area, and has transformed the setting of the monument.
We walk the Stonehenge cursus, the magnificent round barrows on King Barrow Ridge and trace the Avenue - the original approach to Stonehenge. Further ‘henge’ complexes at Woodhenge and Durrington Walls are close by, where recent excavations have provided exciting new evidence about the builders of Stonehenge and new theories recording the nature and function of the stones and their landscape.
"Seeing Stonehenge before the crowds. Mark Corney's description of the surrounding landscape, which put the "stones" in context. Then at the Kings Museum Salisbury being able to actually handle artifacts (Flint hand axes) which were probably at least 400,000 years old!" Guest comment, 2015
- Privileged early morning access
- Visit inside the Stonehenge Circle
- ‘Behind the Scenes’ at the Salisbury Museum
- Explore one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Europe
- Picnic breakfast and lunch included
Meeting time / place
06:30 Salisbury Coach Park
End time / place
16:30 outside Salisbury Museum
Early coach pick-up from Salisbury Coach Park for our visit inside the stones of Stonehenge. After a hearty picnic breakfast, a walking exploration of the prehistoric landscape around Stonehenge. On to Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.
Restaurant in Salisbury
We return to Salisbury for an afternoon in Salisbury Museum where we are treated to a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with one of the experts from Salisbury Museum. We will visit the Stonehenge and prehistory galleries, which reopened to the public in Spring 2014 after an extensive refurbishment.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue
The visit inside the monument with enough time to get a real feel for the size and complexity of the architecture, excellently explained by our guide.
Having private access to the circle early on a bright and sunny summer morning with Mark's insight and knowledge. It was such a privilege and definitely worth the early start. Being able to have a behind the scenes visit to Salisbury Museum and the chance to handle artefacts and view the Wylye Hoard and see the new gallery. The picnic breakfast was very welcome.
"A really good experience to go amongst the stones at Stonehenge, Mark was excellent he made the day very enjoyable by sharing his knowledge and experience in a way that was interesting and fun."
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What to expect
- An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
- A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
- Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
- Small Groups 12-25 guests
- The company of like-minded people!