VISITING Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice has been voted as one of the top 25 life experiences in the world today.
The ultimate Wonder List of must-do life experiences was created following a study commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Discovery Channel.
An expert panel, which included adventurer Bear Grylls and editors of Wanderlust, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine and National Geographic Traveller, created a long-list of the must-do worldwide experiences, which a poll of 2,000 British adults then cut to a shortlist of 25.
The most popular life experience was to visit the North Cape in Norway to see the Aurora Borealis, a stunning natural light display, followed by snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and a road trip along Route 66 in America.
Stonehenge came 18th in the list, one of only two British experiences to make the list. The other, celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh, was number 23.
Susanna Dinnage, managing director of Discovery Networks UK & Ireland, said: “It’s lovely to see great British experiences, such as visiting Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice, figure so highly on the list. Be it adventures on home soil or experiencing life-defining moments further afield, we believe there’s always more to know, to experience and to explore.
“As we celebrate 25 years of broadcasting in the UK, the Wonder List embodies Discovery’s continued passion to inspire the nation, expand horizons and make your world bigger.”
They were also asked to nominate the best life experiences to be had in the UK, and visiting Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice got more than a third of the vote, as well as the seven natural wonders of the UK and the seven manmade wonders of the UK, with Stonehenge also topping the latter with over half the nation’s vote.
The findings revealed over half of us have private wonder list of experiences we want to complete and a lack of money is the number on reason stopping people completing their own wonder list.