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3 days in London-trip to Stonehenge?

My mom and I will be in London for about 3 days (one day may be lost to jet lag), and we haven't been to London before but we were wondering if it would be worth it to take a train or bus to go see Stone henge? We don't know much about it but my mom is very interested in going and since we are so limited on time, I was wondering what others' opinions were. Does it take the whole day to do or could we do it in a few hours? Is it expensive? Or are there other things that would better fill our time in London? Any suggestions are helpful! Thank you!

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I am sure there are ways to go to Stonehenge from London via bus tour early in the morning and not lose a whole day, but since your question was "would it be worth it" I will frankly answer: No. Unless Stonehenge is something you have a very specific and very strong reason to visit, unless it is really important to your mom and something she has dreamed of seeing in person, this man's opinion is that you will be disappointed with the result and will lose precious time in one of the world's great cities, London. Just my view. Others no doubt will disagree.

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I have to agree with Matt. With only 3 days (possibly only 2, lol) I would suggest to pass on Stonehenge, unless this is a have to see, bucket list item that you'll regret never seeing. There is so much to see in London. I spent 5 days there a few years ago and hope to spend 4 days there this June. I consider myself a spiritual person but felt no special feelings, emotions of any kind when I visited Stonehenge, I had family stationed in UK and they took me to Stonehenge before I went on to London. jmo, hope it helps. Have a great time on your trip. Do a lot of research and develope plans for each day, but be flexible. London Walks (walks.com) is something I want to do on this next trip, I've seen the usual things on last visit and now want to see things not easily found on your own.

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Thank you guys for your honesty. We really don't have a strong reason for going, so maybe it's best if we skip it this trip and do other things. We aren't too sure what we want to do in London yet, so when we heard that stone henge was nearby we thought it would be something we should see. But I'm sure we will find other things to do in the city if we don't go. Any suggestions for first timers to London? Thanks again!

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I would totally agree with the other posters that Stonehedge is not worth the trip unless you have a definite reason and interest in the site. There are many other day trips that are worthwhile, but I would stay in London for such a brief and first stay. There are a multitude of wonderful things in the city. I've spent 6-7 weeks there the last few years and have only
repeated one sight, the British Museum.

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I went to London 2 years ago and while Stonehenge was interesting to see (it's fenced off and you can't walk up to or amongst the stones) the only reason I saw it was that it was part of a day trip that included Windsor Castle and Oxford; I would have been much happier with more time to explore Oxford! I recall the trip was about $130 at the time, about 8 hours total.

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Agree to skip it, if you want a day trip, do Windsor, not at all the same but close. there is so much to see in London itself, just stay there in my opinion.

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Just saw your request for first-timer suggestions! I love museums, so I suggest the Victoria & Albert, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tower of London (a must-see), Westminster Abbey and the Tate. I walked over the Tower Bridge and through parks and every day after my sights were seen I'd get off the Tube and wander, Piccadilly, Covent Garden, etc. I also really enjoyed the Winston Churchill War Museum and the British Library, and made a special point to arrive in time to check out the Portobello Road market on Saturday. One day I took a train to Edinburgh, a lovely city I need to explore further. London is a great city to walk in and the Tube/bus system is a marvel of efficiency.

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Selena,
There is so many great things to see and do in London, you'll be able to choose things that really appeal to you and your mom. I tend to recommend to first-timers both the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey because both are just so very unique to London. You can't experience either anywhere else in the world. After that, choose from the guidebooks any third major attraction that interests you most and build an itinerary around them. The British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Cabinet War Rooms, the British Library, St. Paul's, the British Library, Imperial War Museum ...any one of them will be great if you want to see them. A good tip for short trips is to check which sites have evening hours during your visit. For example, the Victoria and Albert Museum is really fun to go to and is open late on Fridays, so you could potentially see it without losing time to see the other things on your to-do list. With 2.5 to 3 days there and some planning and organization up front, you should have the time to see a lot. Have fun!

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I don't know your health situation and how quickly you move. How often you use the light rail in Minneapolis, how easy it is for you to get your bearings and to get around strange towns. But I will help you with your Itinerary assuming you want to see what most first time visitors do, from my experience. Day 1: Fight your jet lag by walking around town. Start from the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square through . Down to the House of Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye (don't go on it), Westminster abby, Tate gallery if you have time.
Onto Hyde park, Harrods, end at either Tottenham court or Piccadilly.

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Day 2: Take an early morning train to Windsor, check out Windsor town and castle. shouldn't take you more than 2.5 hours. Take a train from Windsor to Salisbury (involves train changes), purchase tickets for The Stonehenge tour (http://www.thestonehengetour.info), check out Stonehenge, Old Sarum, and Salisbury town and cathedral. Train back... I am pretty sure you will end up in Waterloo station. you can do whatever you like from there, I'd go and eat dinner at Covent Garden. Day 3:
Head down to Buckingham palace, witness changing of the guards (really don't have to witness the whole thing) onto Churchill's war room then head down to St. Paul Cathedral, Go up St Paul to make up for the view you lost at the London Eye, Go across to Tate Modern, Decide if you want to go into Shakespear's globe. Continue to Borough Market and have some food there (means u have to make it here before 2:30pm), then walk towards Tower Bridge (don't go up) to The Tower of London. Afterwards, go towards the Fire Monument and check out the Bank of London Area and back to where you started (st. Paul area). Decide where you want to eat dinner.

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you could also add the British library to ur day one. We did tons more in 4.5 days stuff I didn't even mention to you, so I am sure you can do what I described, if your health permits. If you are worried you can always join a tour that takes you to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath.

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Amazing suggestions! Frank, your itinerary was extremely helpful and I actually think we may do most of that!! So thanks so much!!

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I agree with everyone here. There's not enough time, unless it's something you really want to do. I'd suggest going on the London Eye and also a boat trip down the river Thames, which will be restful if your feet get a bit sore!
Hope you have a lovely trip.

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I like a lot of what Frank posted. Of course it depends on what you and your mom like to do. I've been a few times to London and I always hit the ground running early in the morning and put in a lot while I got steam! The last time I went I took my daughter (for her first trip) and we went to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge (and took the tour) went on the HMS Belfast (we loved it) then walked around parliament area, got some food and hotel refresh before we went to see the Producers.
Next few days we took it a bit easier, went to Hampton Court Palace (a short train ride), British museum, some markets, Sherlock Holmes msm, Greenwich (a favorite), Chinatown, Dali Museum.. Lots to do in London:)

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My husband and I took a day trip out to see Stonehenge. We booked it through Gray Line Tours.com. To tell you the truth, the view isn't all that some people say it is. In fact, I have read that a lot of people don't think it is worth going out there to see. We have been to London five times. We have been there for one week to two weeks, each time. We wouldn't go back to Stonehenge though. We have gone to Cambridge - twice, Bath - twice, Greenwich -twice and all around London. Going on a day trip out to Stonehenge is more than enough. You can view the tours at Gray Line Tours.

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Christas post nailed my top five recommendations, love the Victoria and Albert museum , the Portrait Gallery, the Royal British Museum, and the Tower of London.
Of course I have an interest in history, so for me these places are tops, but others may have different opinions and all of us are equally right.