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the view of stonehenge is actually best from the main through road, although you cannot stop, only drive past.
in the area too is Salisbury cathedral [salisburycathedral.org.uk], which is a truly awesome sight! different era but still over 700 years old.
for those unable to visit stonehenge the try CarHenge [carhenge.com] hehe, i visited last year at sundown, very cool.
[quote]Navigating in London is a nightmare for the uninitiated[/url]
its not so bad but remember too that parking is also very expensive in London and not always provided by hotels, also take note of parking restrictions the traffic wardens work to targets in london and are very diligent, overrunning a meter by 1 minute could cost you $60
I never drive around London. It's just too crazy. Much easier to get a Taxi or the Tube ;)
Btw - if you get time, visit the Tower Of London - really good value for money with the tourists. Very interesting indeed....Oh and if you want to see more of England than just London, visit Warwick Castle [warwick-castle.co.uk] and of course Shakespeare country. And....
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Remember that we have thw world's largest orbital car park, the M25. Don't bother using it during peak hours as you'll waste a lot of time.
Traveling by rail can be good on certain routes, however, it does not give you the flexibility to travel around the town or site when you get there.
The railways wern't around when Stonehenge was built so you'll need to consider some way of getting from the station to the site. You might want to consider a coach if you don't want the hassle of driving.
There is something eerie about Stonehenge - it must be all those sacrifices that went on.
Yes, it was being worn away by the hoards of modern-day Druids.
Take the "Gatwick Express" into central London - takes about 30 mins.
Can you tell I got stung by a car hire company.
Use the tube to get around "the smoke" and hope and pray that there is no strike as there have been two recently.
Dont forget Stratford:
If you are after a bit of weird and mystery
PS. When all the "big guns" are flying, rowing and generally getting to London, who will be looking after this joint?
even better, why don't a group of you get together and charter a coach down there? there are plenty of bus and coach companies that would be more than willing to take you anywhere like that. it's a bit short notice, but summer is over so there should be plenty of spare coaches and drivers around.
if not, you could always go down as a group on the train and get group travel discount.
i'm not sure what the britrail pass is. is that one of those unlimited travel things? (i used to drive trains for a living but never had anything to do with tickets).
There's no reason to do a BritRail pass. You can catch any number of trains out of Waterloo station in London and be in Salisbury within 1 1 1/2 hours. Total cost will probably be about $30.
Once in Salisbury, you can take a short cab ride into the center/re of the city, maybe cost you $5 (or do the 5 minute easy walk). Then you can see Salisbury Cathedral and the market square. Nice city, won't take more than 2 hours to do highlights.
There are also many different tour operators that run buses out to Stonehenge -- and you can get joint rail tickets, as well. Look at South West Trains, the local rail operator:
[southwestrains.co.uk...] For pounds to dollars, add half, and you're pretty close (ie 2 pounds plus half (1) equals three dollars).
Here's the local tourist office for Salisbury, bypassing the Flash home page: [126.96.36.199...]
Stonehenge, by the way, is nice to see -- but you probably will be done after about 20 minutes. You cannot get inside the stones unless you do a "private booking," which I've done a couple of times. It's a far better experience (see 19th century graffiti) but there's usually a waiting list and you'll have to do it either early in the morning or in the early evening. And, they aren't happening again until December to let the ground in the stones rest. But anyone coming in the future, call 011-44-1980-626-267 and they can send you a form. Here's official stonehenge info:
Avebury is like Stonehenge but worse in that the stones are very spreadout, so you don't get the dramatic view but better in that you can touch the stones. There are probably tours/buses out there, but to do that, Stonehenge and Salisbury makes for a long day and a rental car would probably work better. Getting out of London can be scary for those new to it, so the train to Gatwick or Heathrow and grabbing a car there would be easier -- and anyone can rent easily here.
Re: Stonehenge - I heard you're no longer allowed to go right up to it, but instead you're kept back several yards behind a fence. Bummer!
If you rent, get an automatic. Remember, these are RHD, so you'll have to be able to work the shift pattern with your left hand. I know of some that have found this to be such a problem that they eventually had the front passenger work the gears while the driver worked the clutch. On occassion, I drive old RHD Land Rover 109's here in the states, but even with the practice, I wouldn't want to have to be thinking about the lanes and the awkward shifting.