I'm not sure about you, but I had some romantic ideas about Stonehenge. I pictured the stone formations in the middle of a huge field surrounded by idyllic fields of grazing animals. Well that's not exactly how Stonehenge is laid out. As you can see, you can do a drive-by viewing from the road.
Aside from the road bisection, Stonehenge is surrounded by the fields of grazing animals.
The visitor center for Stonehenge newly opened in January 2014, and it is a modern space. The former visitor center used to be next to the rocks, and I appreciate that the new one is nestled at the bottom of a rolling hill and out of view from the rocks. It is a mile and a half ride via the tram or your own feet to get up to the rocks. The visitor center exhibition provides history and theory behind the rocks.
Then we made it up to the rocks.
Visitors are not allowed to walk among the stones as the composition of the dirt is heavily chalk based and therefore unstable for masses of people each day. For a separate fee you can get up close to the stones. Or you could be President Obama and just go among the rocks because you can.
Oh and the clouds. What a spectacular addition to the day.