Stonehenge  © VisitBritain/Martin Brent

The ‘WOW’ factor: It’s on our doorstep. It is one of the wonders of the ancient world. It remains a place of mythical fantasy and wonderment to people of all ages. Located just two miles west of Avebury and eight miles north of Salisbury, Wiltshire, Stonehenge was built anytime between 3000 and 2000BC. Owned by The Crown, managed by English Heritage and with the surrounding land owned by the National Trust, ‘The Henge’ is as securely ring-fenced as an ancient monument ever could be.

Did you know?: Marked in the car park by two circular discs, are the locations of two wooden posts, now rotted away, which signify another aspect to the site’s use as a burial ground. Of the human remains that have been excavated at Stonehenge, a teenage boy from 1550BC had his origins in the Mediterranean area, while a metal
worker dating to 2300BC had his roots in the alpine foothills of Germany. However, with neo-paganism and Arthurian legends surrounding the stones, many years of mystery surround Stonehenge.

Experience:You can either make your own way to Stonehenge by car, or by organised bus tour. It is easy to reach and the car park is large enough to accommodate most of the transport that arrives. London-based Stonehenge Tours charges £79 for its Christmas Tour, £83 for the Stonehenge Sunset Tour and £97 for private access. (www.Stonehengetours.com)

Incorporating Windsor Castle, Bath, Stonehenge and a pub lunch, Premium London Tours will whisk you around the Wiltshire countryside from £72pp, complete with a tour guide. (www.premium tours.co.uk) www.goldentours.com, www.spiretravel.co.uk