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.

I visited 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.

My 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.

Pulling 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.

Moving 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.

The 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.

Despite 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 stone circle.

We made the mistake of visiting the very commercial gift shop on the premises but managed to escape without investing in a Stonehenge T-shirt.

Stonehenge 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.

Visit these excellent web site for additional information.  

The National Trust

Stone Circles  

Top of Page

Global Access News Index
Back to Travel Archives

Copyright © Global Access News 1999, 1995-2010 "All Rights Reserved"