UK Attractions and Sightseeing Tours
A walk around the Stone Circle is the centrepiece of any visit to the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. With a history spanning 4,500 years Stonehenge has many different meanings to people today. It is a wonder of the world, a spiritual place and a source of inspiration.
The Stone Circle is a masterpiece of engineering, and building it would have taken huge effort from hundreds of well-organised people using only simple tools and technologies. Visit Stonehenge to find out more about this iconic symbol of Britain.
Entrance to Stonehenge is via timed ticket. You’ll be able to view the stones from a few meters away, and shuttle transportation between the observation areas is included with entry. Access to the stones is limited to 30 minutes, but you can spend as long as you like exploring the site’s visitor center. If you want to visit the Inner Circle and walk among the stones, you’ll need to book a special tour outside of public opening hours. Day tours from London are often combined with nearby attractions such as Oxford, Windsor Castle, Bath, Stratford-Upon-Avon, or the Cotswolds.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Admission lines can be long and tour times may sell out quickly, especially in summer, so it’s best to book in advance.
- Audio guides are available in 10 different languages.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the visitor center.
- Stonehenge is located on an open plain, so be prepared for changeable weather—wind and rain are common.
- The shuttle buses, visitor center, and stone-viewing areas are fully wheelchair accessible.
- Last admission is two hours before the daily closing time.
How to Get There
Stonehenge is located about 88 miles (142 kilometers) southwest of London, which is about two hours by road. Most tours include round-trip transportation from London and offer pick-up from your hotel or a central location. It’s also possible to take a paid shuttle bus from Salisbury rail station.
When to Get There
Stonehenge is open all year round, but the most atmospheric time to visit is during the summer or winter solstice, when a huge party celebrates the longest and shortest days of the year, and entrance is free. Although visits are timed, it can get crowded in summer, so arrive early or opt for a sunrise or sunset tour to experience the landmark at its most photogenic.
Unraveling the Mysteries of Stonehenge
The visitor center serves as a fascinating accompaniment to a tour of Stonehenge. Inside, visitors can admire archaeological treasures unearthed at the site, gain a unique perspective through a 360-degree audio-visual display, and step inside a series of recreated Neolithic houses.
STONE CIRCLE EXPERIENCE
UK Attractions and Sightseeing Tours
A Stone Circle Experience gives you a unique opportunity to experience up close this world famous monument.
The visits take place outside of our normal general admission opening hours and are subject to very limited availability.
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SEE THE SKIES ABOVE STONEHENGE
The Skyscape website has been created by English Heritage to enable people around the world to experience the skies above the iconic stone circle, to learn about movements of the sun, moon and planets and to see the solar alignment at Stonehenge
Aside from the technical and informational aspects of Skyscape it’s also our hope that you’ll enjoy it from a more human perspective. We’ve created a webpage which offers a small escape, a pleasant place to visit, to which you can return frequently, even within a single day, and connect with the land, the stones and the skies above.
THE STONES OF STONEHENGE
Discover some of the fascinating stories behind the stones that make up the iconic Stone Circle of Stonehenge.
TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR
The best way to experience Stonehenge is to visit for yourself. But if you can’t make it here try this virtual tour instead. See a 360′ view of the monument and click on the hotspots to find out more.
There is also an interactive map to see what the landscape around Stonehenge has looked like from before the monument was built to the present day.
Stonehenge and Bath Trip from London
Discover everything from Roman ruins to Royal residences on this full-day tour of Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath from London. Start with a visit to the 18th-century spa resort of Bath, where the elegant thermal baths date back to Roman times. Then, be awed by the towering 5,000-year-old stone circle of Stonehenge, before brushing up on your Royal history at the extravagant Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences.
Stonehenge Private Car Tour
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