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Barack Obama visits Stonehenge

Posted on 11th September 2014

Following the NATO summit in Newport last week, US President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Stonehenge on his return home.

Mr Obama is said to have described his visit as the highlight of his tour, as well as stating that he could now knock the ancient monument ‘off his bucket list’.

The president arrived at the Boscombe Down Airbase by helicopter before his motorcade headed to Stonehenge, causing much excitement on the A303.

Spending 20 minutes at the site, the US president was given a guided tour of the stone circle by curator Heather Sebire and managers of the site, English Heritage, have since said it was ‘a privilege’ to host the president, as reported in this article.

During his visit, Mr Obama stopped to chat and pose for photos with a local family, who said he commented on the fresh air and beautiful countryside.

For those thinking about staying in Wiltshire holiday cottages and visiting this iconic monument, see our guide to Stonehenge.

Image Credit: The U.S. Army (Flickr.com)