Synopsis (From the English Heritage website):

‘Stonehenge, where stones of wonderful size have been erected after the manner of doorways … no one can conceive how such great stones have been so raised aloft, or why they were built there’From Henry of Huntingdon’s History of the English People, written in about 1130
Stonehenge is one of the best-known ancient monuments in the world and its global importance is reflected in its World Heritage Site status. Although its exact purpose remains a mystery, this magnificent monument was created in the Neolithic period with banks, ditches and iconic standing stones aligned to mark the passage of the sun and the changing seasons at the solstices.

This comprehensively revised and superbly illustrated guidebook reflects the recent changes to the site and its surrounding landscape and takes account of the latest research and analysis. It discusses the key questions of when, how and why Stonehenge may have been built, and who might have built it. The guidebook includes an innovative and newly commissioned timeline that places Stonehenge and the surrounding monuments in historical context, and the site and landscape are explored through brand new maps, diagrams, photographs and reconstruction drawings.


The latest Stonehenge guidebook published in 2013 was published to co-incide with the opening of the the new visitor centre and facilities. The guidebook has been brought up to date with the latest knowledge and theories. In addition to the Stonehenge monument all the other nearby features of the Stonehenge environment are included along with its history and archaeology. The book is illustrated with supportive photographs and maps.

I found the guidebook very interesting and informative.

4 Comments CherryPie on Jun 28th 2014

4 Responses to “Stonehenge, English Heritage Guidebook by Julian Richards”

  1. james higham says:

    Don’t know why but for a moment, I thought it was a Stonehenge Cookbook.

  2. Do you like their new Visitor Centre?

    • CherryPie says:

      It is big improvement on the old one. I think it is going to look great when the trees and other plantings have grown up around it :-)