A time for Pagans to reflect on the past season, the Autumn Equinox otherwise known as Mabon or Harvest Home is celebrated when day and night is of equal duration before descending into increasing darkness. What better place to celebrate this time of year than visiting the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge?
Located in the county of Wiltshire, Stonehenge is situated 2 miles west of Amesbury and just over 8 miles north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is believed to have been constructed in three phases, and it is estimated that the three phases of construction required more than thirty million hours of labour.
There has always been a huge amount of speculation as to the reason it was built; many believe it was for human sacrifice and also there are a number of people who think it was built for astronomy. Either way, the site of Stonehenge is truly unique and must be visited this autumn.
The Stonehenge that we see today is the final stage of the building that was completed around 3500 years ago; however, the first stages were built around 3100 BC. The first Stonehenge was a large earthwork, and consisted of a ditch, bank, and Aubrey holes. The Aubrey holes are round pits which are one metre wide and deep. These holes have steep sides and flat bottoms, and together they form a circle with a diameter of about 284 feet. Excavations over the years have revealed cremated human bones in some of the chalk filling, however, the holes were probably not made as graves, but more as a part of the religious ceremony.
Where to Stay When Your Visit
When it comes to finding somewhere to stay when visiting Stonehenge, you will be spoilt for choice with the large number of accommodation types that are available. Nearby Salisbury has a broad range of accommodation types include luxury hotels and cosy bed and breakfasts. Whatever you budget is, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay this autumn.
Before Your Visit
Of course if you’re going to be travelling to Stonehenge this autumn by car, you have to consider the costs of petrol, as well as the reoccurring costs of an MOT, tax disc, and car insurance. You must make sure all of these are up to date before travelling for your safety and wellbeing on the road. If you have a smaller budget, look out for cheap car insurance deals, and petrol stations selling the lowest cost fuel.
About the author: Hannah Warder writes for MediaVest (Manchester) on a number of topics including car insurance.