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Near Amesbury Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Obscured by legend, mysticism – and, frequently, coach parties – no prehistoric site in Britain is as well-known or controversial for that matter, as this prehistoric stone circle. Most academics agree it was created circa 3000–1600BC and is aligned with the sunrise and sunset of the solstice. But the purpose of its massive Welsh bluestones remains a mystery: a temple for sun worship, perhaps, or a healing centre, a burial site or a huge calendar? As hotly debated as this, is the issue of access. It’s a shame that visitors can’t now get up close to the stones; a pity too that the main road thunders past so close. But a visit remains essential – try to make yours either early or late in the day if possible.

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