by Cynthia Murphy ©1999
If monoliths are your fancy, then Stonehenge is your kind of place. The rocks here are the granddaddies of all time and a sight to behold.
in the summeró the perfect time to avoid the gloom of
Merry Olde England. Well, at least youíll stand the chance of
catching a few rays of sun and avoid getting rained on very much.
husband and I seemed to travel forever from London
along a smooth divided highway that traverses the flatter than two-day
old beer Salisbury Plain.
But before we knew it, we spied the massive prehistoric stones
from afar and found ourselves gaping at monoliths over 3500 years old
that were erected for some arcane purpose that no one has yet to
determine. The Stonehenge site is
managed by Britainís National Trust,
and they have tried their best to create an accessible experience.
into the flat parking lot, we were concerned about using the disabled
parking place because we werenít carrying a British orange disabled
placard, so we chose a standard parking place. Once outside the car, we
were engulfed in a sea of belching tour buses, snack wagons and mobs of
camera-toting tourists, who pushed their way to the entrance.
down a long accessible ramp that ran under the highway, we followed a
timeline on the wall that culminated at the year 2800 B.C., where we
finally reached the stone circle.
sidewalk that surrounds Stonehenge is flat, wide and perfect for
wheelchair users. Unfortunately, visitors are no longer able to touch
the famous monoliths because graffiti artists were destroying the
stones. A rope surrounding the circle prevented anyone from touching
them, and guards cautiously watched anyone who seemed determined to
breach the rope barrier.
the busy crowds, we tuned out the hubbub and enjoyed viewing the stones
and listening to the tour guide explain the history of the most famous
made the mistake of visiting the very commercial gift shop on the
premises but managed to
escape without investing in a Stonehenge T-shirt.
is open daily from Easter through September 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and
October through Easter from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Admission is about
$6.00 U.S. An accessible bathroom is available.
these excellent web site for additional information.
The National Trust
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