We pass by Stonehenge in Wiltshire every time we drive up from Cornwall to visit my in-laws who live in Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes. We do this about three or four times in a year, sometimes even more. I’ve never visited the world-famous stones before and the last time my husband did was when he was a little boy, not older than little T now.
The first time I arrived in England of course, the boyfriend (now husband) asked me if I wanted to visit. Who wouldn’t want to visit a mysterious pre-historic world-famous monument right? I definitely wanted to! But when we arrived, there was a very long snakey line of tourists that put me off instantly. After a bit of a wait, we decided to continue our journey to Cornwall instead.
Every time we drive by, there is always a long-line of tourists, rain or shine, no fail, day in day out. But of course, with our friend’s visit, we finally had a definite reason to visit the world famous heritage.
There were already loads of tourist buses and cars parked outside when we arrived. And there waiting for us was the dreaded long cue. The husband had a brilliant idea! We’ve been thinking of joining the English Heritage for the longest time and kept putting it off because we are already members of the National Trust. For those who aren’t familiar with these institutions, the National Trust and English Heritage own most of the important and historical castles, monuments, stately homes etc. A lot of these tourist places can also be very expensive, but as members, you can of course get in for free. So if you’re in the UK, it’s best to join, not only will you be able to get in for free, but most importantly by paying membership, it will be your own little way of helping these historic places to survive. Another thing, if you’re a parent of a young child and live in an area where there are lots of National Trust or English Heritage properties, these properties will save you from having no-where to go to somewhere fun to go during the weekends. They are great places to visit as a family, especially during Christmas where they always have something going on like “Meet Father Christmas” or listen to Christmas carols sung in 17th century chapels, that sort of thing.
So that’s what we did, we joined the English Heritage and as new members, we didn’t have to join the long queue, woohoo!
T joining the crowd of tourists surrounding Stonehenge.
Just to complete the ambiance, we saw a druid standing near the stones, she looked a bit lost though.
And of course, one must never leave Stonehenge without having your photo taken.
What’s the story behind this photo? To go near the stones, you have to walk through a short tunnel and I noticed tourists who were walking towards us, stop, look up and point and take a picture of something on the ceiling. When it was our turn, I looked behind and saw what caught their attention: A bird’s nest with little baby birds chirping away and of course, I did what all the other tourists did, took a photo.
This post is linked up with Podcast’s What’s the Story?