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There are many hundreds of remnants of known pre-Celtic sites throughout the British Isles, and many more not yet identified or excavated. A useful web resource to help you find sites near you is The Megalith Map http://www.megalith.ukf.net/. It shows the location of every known prehistoric site in Britain.
The best-known sites are always well-worth a visit. However, you may find you come away from a visit to an obscure site with a greater sense of what pre-Celtic life was really like.
Stonehenge is the best-known pre-historic site in the world, of course, but many people are disappointed after a visit. This has much to do with the current atmosphere. The recent preservation efforts seem to have stolen most of its natural charm for the visitor. It could be seen as car park and visitor centre with a monument attached. The plans for "improving" it further seem even less appealing, as they would move the road and might take away the opportunity to experience the breathtaking impact of driving over the top of a rise and seeing Stonehenge spread before you against the skyline. Walking around the outside of the central circle in a roped off walkway is probably not conducive to reflection an anything except the fact that it has become English Heritage's cash cow. Which is fair enough, if it is helping to preserve many other historic sites and buildings
It is still a compulsory visit. It is more than worth a journey, or several dozen visits, preferably at different times of the year at various times of the day. A focus for any number of crackpot beliefs, often including the beliefs of respectable archaelogists. Unfortunately, the layout of Stonehenge itself is partly the creation of people in Georgian and Victorian times who set stones in what they assumed to be their right places.
There are many prehistoric sites in the area immediately around Stonehenge, including the so-called "cursus" and any number of barrows. Within about 20 miles in any direction, there are so many more megalithic and Celtic and Roman sites that it is comical.
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