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Sunrise at Stonehenge

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We didn’t talk very much as we got ready that morning. Having your alarm wake you up at 4:30 am can do that to you. With eyes still droopy from sleep, we bundled up in our various layers, ate the breakfast we’d picked up the night before, and made our way to the designated pick up spot.

We were slightly more awake when we climbed into the tour bus an hour later, but not much. Yet with each passing mile, the excitement around us started to grow, and we found ourselves checking the time to see how much longer.

Stonehenge is only about 88 miles outside of London. It doesn’t take that long to get there, and our guide kept us entertained with history, stories, and fun facts along the way. Before too long, the mysterious stone circle appeared in the distance.

As we stepped inside the circle, we knew we’d made the right choice in getting up early. The only person present besides our tour group was the security guard. Having the entire place to ourselves was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Visit Stonehenge at sunrise - Standing stones

The only way to get inside the circle is to visit Stonehenge at sunrise or sunset with a tour outside of regular hours.

A few things worth noting if you’re planning to visit Stonehenge:

1) Access to Stonehenge is obtained through timed tickets. You need to book your tickets before arriving. Stonehenge is closed on the Summer and Winter Solstices. Find prices, opening times and more information on their official website.

2) If you want to step inside the circle, you have to book a private sunrise or sunset tour. These operate before and after the official opening hours. If you visit while Stonehenge is open to the public, you’ll be standing outside the circle.

3) There wasn’t much sunrise at the sunrise tour. We stepped inside the circle at 8 am and the sun had been up for an hour and a half. Aside from the initial disappointment, this wasn’t a huge deal. After all, we had the place to ourselves and it was a beautiful morning. But it’s better to know what to expect.

3) You are not allowed to touch the stones. They have a guard watching and will kick you out if you don’t obey.

Visit Stonehenge at sunrise - Ancient graffiti

Graffiti on the sandstone blocks of Stonehenge includes ancient carvings of a dagger and an axe.

4) Dress in layers as the weather in the U.K. is often windy or rainy. You could be fortunate enough to have a clear sunny day, but it’s always best to be prepared. It’s better that you have a jacket that you can easily slip out of or into than not.

5) Places to stay: Hilton Southampton and Hilton Bath City are both less than 30 miles from Stonehenge. Organized tours also depart from London daily. Find Hilton hotels in London.

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