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A Day at Stonehenge and Winchester

My most British trip yet! I’d say that Stonehenge is the quintessential English landmark and Winchester was the old English capital, plus home to the oldest school in the country and also Jane Austen.

We arrived at the visitor’s centre at Stonehenge and then, equipped with audio-guides, were shuttled out to the stone circle. It’s literally in the middle of a field with a main road running right by it, but it still manages to be dramatic!

Stonehenge 3

Stonehenge 2

Stonehenge 4I absolutely loved Stonehenge, although I will say it was smaller than I was expecting because photos make it look huge and we were kept quite a ways back. That being said, it’s incredibly impressive that humans 5,000 years ago managed to set them up based on a complex understanding of the landscape and astronomy! I don’t know if it was just me, but you can feel the power and importance in the majestic stones.

We had a good couple of hours here, which was spent at the stones, in the visitor’s centre exhibits, the huge gift shop, and of course tea! Then it was back on the bus to drive out to beautiful Winchester.

Winchester
The River Itchen runs through the city
Jane Austen house
Jane Austen’s house

The City Museum was fantastic – divided into Roman, Medieval and modern Winchester – and like any English town there are tons of beautiful churches. Also, you know it’s approaching the festive season when there are chestnuts roasting on an open fire in the market!

I still can’t get over having castles in the middle of towns…

Winchester Cathedral 2

… also massive cathedrals! Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest in Europe, so not bad for my first experience!

Look at it! It’s beautiful! I didn’t have a lot of time inside, unfortunately, and I could definitely have spent hours looking in every nook and cranny.

I hope you’re enjoying following me on my day-trip adventures as much as I am taking them 😊

x Lauren

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