Stonehenge recently celebrated its 30th year as a World Heritage site in 2016. In 1986, the site and its surrounding prehistoric monuments was one of the very first places in the UK to be added to the UNESCO list. Stonehenge, which translates to "Hanging Stones" in Saxon, has inspired countless people to study and interpret its meaning. Yet questions still remain—who built it? And why? These unsolved mysteries are what gives this Neolithic monument its enduring charm


1. Where is Stonehenge?

Stonehenge is located on Salisbury Plain in the county of Wiltshire, about 90 miles west of Central London. Amesbury is the nearest neighboring town, with the nearest public bus stop two miles to the east. Salisbury is the closest large town, 9.5 miles to the south, and has the nearest rail connection.

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