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By: Author Emily

Posted on Last updated: November 27, 2023

Let’s travel to Stonehenge. This famous stone circle is located in the Salisbury Plain about three hours from London. It’s close enough to visit in a day, and we’re going to show you exactly how.

We chose to take a Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour, which is the only way to go inside the stone circle. We’ll explain exactly what that is and fully review our experience, too.

Let’s get started!

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What is Stonehenge

How to get to stonehenge from london, stonehenge ticket options.

  • Plan your Visit

Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour Review

Stonehenge is one of many ancient stone circles around northwestern Europe. It is not the largest or oldest of these stone circles (nearby Avebury claims both of those titles), but Stonehenge is the most architecturally impressive.

Stonehenge is made up of an outer ring of tall sarsen stones, topped by horizontal lintel stones and an inside ring of smaller bluestones. Inside the rings is an alter made of two sarsen stones and a connecting lintel stone.

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Some of these stones are believed to have been transported hundreds of miles from Wales. How exactly the stones were moved and placed remains a mystery to this day.

No one really knows exactly what Stonehenge was used for, though most theories suggest that it was used for astrological or religious purposes.

The stones align with sunrise on the summer solstice and sunset on the winter solstice, suggesting the stones may have been used as a calendar that tracked the solar year. Evidence found at the site suggests people most likely gathered at the site during winter solstice specifically.

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Human remains found at the site also suggest it may have been burial ground. The condition of the bones and their origins suggest that Stonehenge was more a place of healing, and not a site of war or fighting.

Construction on Stonehenge began around 3000 BC and took about 1000 years and four different stages. The final notable change to Stonehenge was in roughly 1600 BC. Over thousands of years, the monument slipped into ruin with some rocks shifting, falling and aging.

Stonehenge Today

Today, Stonehenge is owned by the Crown, maintained by the National Trust and protected as English Heritage and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The area around Stonehenge has been developed into a modern tourist attraction. The site has been constructed in a way that allows tourists to conveniently visit the stone circle without damaging the stones or the surrounding land.

The Stonehenge Visitor Centre and parking lot is located about 1.5 miles from the stone circle itself. Here you’ll find the ticket office, bathrooms, restaurant, gift shop and museum exhibit. There’s also an outdoor area with reconstructed neolithic houses.

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There is a shuttle bus that runs between the visitor center and the stones every few minutes. This shuttle is included in the ticket price. There’s also a walking path between the visitor center and the stones. The path is just over a mile and the walk takes about 20 minutes.

Both the shuttle bus and walking path will lead you to a paved walkway that encircles Stonehenge. Guests must stay on the pathway and observe Stonehenge from a short distance away. This is to protect the stones and surrounding land from the 800,000 guests who visit Stonehenge each year.

The only way to cross the ropes and enter the stone circle at Stonehenge is to take an inner circle tour. We cover more on that later in this post .

Stonehenge is located in the Salisbury Plain in southern England about 85 miles from London. There are three main ways to get from London to Stonehenge. Depending on your mode of transit, it can take 2.5 to 3 hours to make the journey.

Option 1: Tour to Stonehenge

The easiest and often cheapest way to get from London to Stonehenge is to take a tour that includes transportation. Some tours will pick you up at your accommodation and others will start from a central meeting point. Most tours will include stops at one or more additional attractions in the area, like Windsor or Bath.

There are several tour providers, but we suggest booking through Get Your Guide. They have a great selection of tour options to Stonehenge with transportation from London. You can also cancel up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund if your plans change.

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Option 2: Public Transportation to Stonehenge

You can also take public transportation from London to Stonehenge. There is not a train station at Stonehenge,  so you have to take the train and a bus.

Take the South Western Railway from London Victoria station to Salisbury. Then, there are a few different bus options that go from Salisbury to Stonehenge, including Salisbury Reds and The Stonehenge Tour . Buses typically run every hour and take about 30 minutes.

Taking the train and bus from London to Stonehenge will take about 2.5-3 hours. Depending on how your timing works out, this can be the fastest option because you skip London traffic. However, public transit to Stonehenge is expensive.

Train tickets run between £28 – £47 per person, each way. Bus fare is an additional £17 per person. That means it can cost £73 or more per person round trip. That’s more expensive than some tours which include transportation.

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Option 3: Car to Stonehenge

You can also reach Stonehenge by car. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive to Stonehenge from London, but that can vary based on traffic.

Driving might be the best option for London locals, but travelers arriving to the UK by air may not find this as convenient. Central London traffic can be brutal — BRUTAL. They also drive on the opposite side of the road in England compared to many other countries. This can be stressful at best and dangerous at worst.

Unless you already have a car or are very comfortable driving in the UK, we don’t recommend driving to Stonehenge.

Visitors to Stonehenge will have the chance to see this famous stone circle up close — just maybe not as close as you think.

During regular operating hours, guests must remain on a roped-off path that encircles the ancient monument. At its closest, the path is about 50 feet from the actual stones, but it is further away on different sides.

The only way to get up close to Stonehenge is to splurge on an inner circle tour. During this exclusive experience, you can actually enter the stone circle itself. No guests are ever allowed to touch or climb the stones.

Let’s break down the these two very different ticket options.

General Admission at Stonehenge

The only ticket option during regular operating hours at Stonehenge is general admission. Tickets to Stonehenge include access to the indoor and outdoor museum exhibits, visitor center amenities, free shuttle service to the stones and access to the walking path around the stone circle.

During standard operating hours, all guests must remain on this paved sidewalk. There is 24-hour security on site making sure that no one crosses the roped-off boundary into the area immediately around stones. This is to protect the stones and surrounding land.

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You can purchase Stonehenge General Admission tickets online in advance (up to 9 AM on the day of your visit) or on-site at the ticket office at the visitor center.

Tickets purchased online are slightly cheaper and also guarantee entry in the instance that tickets sell out. In most cases, you don’t need to purchase tickets more than 24 hours in advance. Even during peak travel season, selection for the following day is usually pretty good.

Adult General Admission tickets to Stonehenge purchased online cost £23.60 during peak days, £21.80 during standard days and £20 during off-peak days. You can check peak dates on the calendar here .

If you purchase your tickets at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, adult tickets cost £24.20 everyday. Discounts are available for students, children and families. There’s also the option to purchase a more expensive ticket which includes a voluntary donation.

Each ticket is for a specific time. Guests must arrive within 30 minutes of that time, but can stay as long as they like. The last ticket time is for 2 hours prior to closing time.

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Inner Circle Tour

Guests who want to see Stonehenge as close as possible and walk through the stone circle will need to splurge on a special tour. There are a few different names for this special experience, but most are called “Inner Circle Tours.”

An inner circle tour of Stonehenge means you will quite literally get to enter the inner circle of the stones. These tours allow a small number of guests to cross the rope barrier, walk right up to stones and get all the photos #forthegram.

Inner circle tours at Stonehenge only take place in the early morning before the site opens to public and in the evening after the site closes. These tours are extremely limited and only offered on select days. Tickets for these tours can be hard to come by and tend to book up early in advance.

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How to Book a Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour

You can book an inner circle tour of Stonehenge two ways. The first option is to book the Stonehenge Stone Circle Experience directly through the English Heritage site. This option is the cheapest (Adult £48, Child £29), but it does not include transportation from London.

If you need transportation to Stonehenge from London, your best bet is to join a private tour. There are a few different tour providers that offer these tours, and they typically include additional stops at other nearby attractions. We booked the Stonehenge Inner Circle and Windsor Day Trip through Get Your Guide, which we review in full later in this post .

If you’re booking a private tour, be sure to verify that the tour includes “inner circle” access in the description. A true inner circle tour will be very early in the morning or run late in the evening. There are many Stonehenge tours that don’t include inner circle access, so be sure you’re booking the right one.

The private tour option is more expensive. This is because it includes more stops, a private guide sharing information the whole way and transportation. Our tour cost $160 per person, which we know is not cheap.

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Plan Your Visit

There are a few things you should know in advance as you start to add Stonehenge to your London travel plans. Consider the timing of your visit and how long you want to stay in the area, among other things. If you’re taking a tour, you should review some of the nearby attractions and select the tour itinerary that is best for your group.

Here are a few items to keep in mind.

Best Time to Visit Stonehenge

More than once during our June visit to Stonehenge, our tour guide told us that the best time to visit Stonehenge was in the winter. He said there are always fewer people on the tour, the site is much less crowded during the day and the ancient people who built Stonehenge were actually there in the wintertime.

While this is all certainly true, the fact of the matter is that England is freaking cold in the winter. I’ve never been to London later than October, but even then I was bundled up in a North Face jacket or drinking tea from inside a cozy hotel.

If you’re not interested in standing in an open field in the middle of winter, may I suggest shoulder season? Plan your Stonehenge visit in the Spring (April/May) or fall (September/October) to benefit from off-peak pricing, lower crowds and moderate temperatures.

If you’re visiting during peak summer months, there are still ways to beat the crowds. Try to plan a visit on a weekday and schedule your visit for early in the morning (right at open) or late in the afternoon (the last admission is 2 hours before close).

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When is Stonehenge Open

Stonehenge is open almost every day of the year. The site closes on Christmas day (December 25) and has adjusted/limited hours during the semi-annual solstice (June 20-21 and December 21-22).

Opening hours vary by season. Stonehenge opens daily at 9:30 AM.  From late May to early September, the site is open till 7 PM. It closes at 5 PM the rest of the year.

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How Long Does it Take to Visit Stonehenge

We suggest spending about 3 hours at Stonehenge.

Plan for 30 minutes each way to get between the visitor center and the stones. You can take the walking path, which is just over a mile and takes 20-25 minutes to walk. Or you can take the shuttle bus that runs continually throughout the day. It’s a short drive, but you’ll want to account for the queue and load times.

Then plan to spend about an hour at the stones themselves and another hour at the visitor center. The visitor center has a small, nice indoor museum exhibit and some outdoor replicas of neolithic houses. There’s also a food court and gift shop, which you’ll likely want to stop at.

This estimate does not include transit time. Depending on how you get to Stonehenge, this will likely be another 3 hours or so each way.

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Where to Stay Near Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a popular day trip from London. There is no need to tack on added nights near Stonehenge if you are already planning to stay in central London.

However, if you do choose to stay overnight near Stonehenge, there are a couple good options.

The best place to stay near Stonehenge is in the nearby town of Salisbury. It is a small town, but has a few reasonably priced hotels. You might consider The Merchant’s House,  Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel or even the local Best Western.

Another fun option if you happen to be in the UK with a camper van is wild camping. It’s free to park on one of the nearby streets overnight for almost as long as you want. They do clear out the space during the solstice events, but otherwise it’s a great free place to stay. Again, assuming you have a camper van. For more information on wild camping at Stonehenge, check out this helpful guide .

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Things to do Near Stonehenge

If you’re visiting Stonehenge, there are a few other popular attractions in the area that might be worth visiting as well. Most tours to Stonehenge from London will include stops at one or more of these attractions.

  • Windsor: This charming town is home to Windsor Castle, which is the primary residence of the Queen. The town itself is filled with classic English pubs, gorgeous gardens, pedestrian shopping streets and more.
  • Bath:  This English city is famous for its Roman history. Popular attractions include the Roman baths, gothic Bath Abbey and impressive Georgian architecture.
  • Oxford: Home to one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, the city of Oxford is bursting with history, scholarship and beautiful buildings and squares.
  • Salisbury : A small town near Stonehenge with a charming city center. You can also visit fellow National Trust site, Mompesson House, or see one of the original copies of the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.

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For our visit to Stonehenge, we chose to visit with a tour group. We selected the “ Stonehenge Inner Circle and Windsor Day Trip ” tour which we purchased through Get Your Guide.

We selected the evening tour, which departs London later in the morning, stops at Windsor first, and then goes to Stonehenge for the inner circle tour after the site has closed to general admission guests.

In this section, we’ll breakdown the details of our experience on this specific tour.

Why We Chose This Tour

We chose this tour for two reasons: transportation and inner circle access.

Transportation from London to Stonehenge was really important for us. Since we were visiting with a young child, we didn’t want to deal with the hassle and time delays that come with taking public transit. (If it were just us adults, we likely would have tried that though.)

We weren’t traveling with a car seat, so we needed a transportation option that wouldn’t require one. I reached out to the provider for this specific Stonehenge tour, Evans Evans Tours, and they confirmed that they typically operate a 53-seater coach. This particular vehicle type allows children to sit on their parents lap safely without a car seat.

Another reason we chose this specific tour was because we really wanted Inner Circle Access. We only anticipated visiting Stonehenge one time, so we figured we’d just go all in and see it the best way we could.

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Booking Our Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour

By the time I was booking our tour a month in advance, there were very limited inner circle tour options available. Our trip was also over the summer solstice, which further limited our options. This Stonehenge tour from Get Your Guide was the only one that had space available during our trip dates.

We booked the tour titled “ From London: Stonehenge Inner Circle and Windsor Day Trip .” If you click “Book Now,” you will be prompted to selected the number of guests and the date. This tour is only offered on select Mondays and Saturdays.

Then you can select your time. There’s an early option that goes to Stonehenge first before it’s open to general admission guests, then stops at Windsor before returning to London, or a late option that visits Windsor first and then goes to Stonehenge for the inner circle experience after the site has closed.

After you purchase your tickets, you’ll receive a voucher in your email.

These tours can sell out, especially during peak season in the summer. I recommend planning early and booking through Get Your Get as soon as possible. They offer free cancelations up to 24 hours in advance, so you can easily cancel if your plans change.

This tour was not cheap. This specific Stonehenge inner circle tour cost $160 per person adult. Seniors over 60 and children 3 – 16 are slightly cheaper and children 2 and under are free.

Transportation from London

Our Stonehenge inner circle tour departed from Park Plaza Victoria London hotel. This location is across the street from the tour provider’s office and just a short walk from Victoria Station.

The instructions state to meet in the lobby of the hotel 15 minutes prior to departure. Everyone on our tour was on time and we actually were able to depart early.

London traffic is horrendous. I swear there was a point where we literally did not move for 15 minutes. As we crawled through London traffic, the tour guide provided a slew of fun facts and stories about London, the Queen and neighborhoods we passed through.

The Stonehenge inner circle tour is quite popular and often has a large group. Transportation is typically on a large 53-seat coach bus. During our tour, every seat on the bus was full.

The bus was clean and comfortable, and they ran the AC at an American-approved level. The seats were close together, but only noticeable because we had a child on our lap. There were seatbelts and we were told to keep them on the entire trip.

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First Stop: Windsor

Our first stop was Windsor, where we spent about 3 hours. The town is cute and very walkable. The focal point of the town is of course Windsor Castle, the main residence of Queen Elizabeth.

When we got off the bus, we were given a few minutes to use the bathroom and grab a quick drink or snack. Our guide distributed audio headsets and led our group into town. He then offered a 30 minute optional walking tour through town and then we were free to explore for another 2.5 hours.

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There was an event at the castle on the day we were there, so it was closed to visitors. Otherwise, you typically have the option to go inside the castle during this tour. Admission is not included in the price of the tour though.

Even if you don’t go inside the castle, there is plenty to do in Windsor. There are several pedestrian shopping streets and lots of pubs and restaurants to get lunch. There’s also a large grassy area called the Long Walk, which offers a great view of the castle and is a nice place to picnic outside.

Eton College — famed school of elites like Prince William, Tom Hiddleston and Ian Flemming — is also located in Windsor. Our guide said that the Eaton campus is one of his favorite places and where he always chooses to spend his time in Windsor during the tour.

Without a toddler, we would have gotten a beer at a cute pub and spent a few hours wondering every inch of town. Instead, we spent two hours on the Long Walk with a napping toddler. #parenting (I kid. It was lovely and we’re happy to do it.)

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Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour

It was about an hour drive from Windsor to Stonehenge. We then had about 45 minutes to see the museum exhibits, grab food at the cafe and visit the gift shop.

There was enough time to walk to the stones, but it would have really cut into your museum/eating time. Otherwise, there was one shuttle bus ready to take the group to the stones at a set time.

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When we arrived at the stones, we were kept outside the ropes for a short period of time so everyone could take photos of the stones without anyone in the picture. Then we were allowed to pass beyond the rope and enter the inner circle of Stonehenge.

We were allowed to freely walk around and through the stone circle, but we were not allowed to touch or step on any of the stones. There was a security guard with us making sure no one broke these very basic rules.

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Our guide was not only incredibly knowledgeable, but was also quite the photographer! He was snapping photos in all the best spots for everyone in our tour group. At one point, nearly half the group was in line for one of his photo spots.

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We had about one full hour to wonder around the stones, take photos and experience this ancient stone circle. This was more than enough time for us. We spent the last half of our time sitting in the grass and just soaking it in.

After our inner circle experience, we loaded back into the bus for our return drive to London.

Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour Feedback

We enjoyed this tour. It was a really fun, well run and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we won’t soon forget. If money was no issue and you had the luxury to plan in advance and secure a ticket, we’d recommend it.

First off, I was really impressed by our guide specifically. He was incredibly knowledgeable and flooded us with facts and fun stories from the moment we left London to the moment we returned. He was incredibly knowledgable, answered questions and gave us great suggestions for things to do throughout the trip and back in London.

Windsor was a nice stop on the tour. We probably wouldn’t have otherwise gone to Windsor, so it was a good push to get there. It was a cute, walkable city and it was nice to see the castle, even from a distance.

Seeing Stonehenge in real life was cool. I won’t say it was life changing. In fact, Stonehenge is exactly what it looks like in photos. I think I expected to be more wowed by the size or organization, but I just didn’t feel that. That said, seeing it up close made me appreciate the difficulty and effort that must have gone into building it.

Overall, the Windsor and Stonehenge inner circle tour was easy and really enjoyable.

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Is the Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour Worth It?

At $160 per person, this specific tour is expensive. The most obvious question is, “Was it worth it?”

Let’s start by saying that a basic tour without inner circle access is definitely worth it. It’s the most convenient and cheapest way to get to Stonehenge from London. Inner circle tours are generally about $100 more than general admission tours. So the question is should you spend the extra money for inner circle access?

I think the most important thing is managing your expectations. You don’t necessarily need the inner circle tour to have a great experience at Stonehenge, but you should know that it’s an option.

I think a lot of people expect to get a lot closer with general admission and that’s just not the case. It’s important to understand what you’re getting with both different tour options, and then decide if seeing the stones up close is important to you.

We personally splurged on the expensive inner circle tour because we figured if we were going to make the trek out there, we might as well see it as close as we can. We don’t regret that decision, but we do think we would have likely had a fine time with general admission.

The view from the sidewalk is honestly pretty good. So if you’re looking to save some money or if the timing doesn’t work out for you, we think general admission is just fine.

What you get during the inner circle experience is pretty straight forward. If you want a relaxing, private, up-close look at the stones, this is for you. That might not be important to everyone, and just know that it’s not essential to having a good Stonehenge experience. Just set your expectations accordingly.

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Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour with a Baby

We’ve mentioned throughout this post that we brought our almost-two-year-old toddler on this Stonehenge inner circle tour. The tour we took is family-friendly and children of all ages are welcome.

Children ages 3-16 receive a discounted price of $128 and children two and under are free. If you bring a child under 3, they will not get their own seat on the bus and will need to sit on an adult’s lap. Children do not need a carseat on this tour.

I will say the bus is a bit cramped. We did okay with our child who was almost two, but it was hard at times to keep them from banging the seat in front of us. The bus ride with a child closer to 3 would be a bit tough, especially if you have a squirmer.

This tour requires a good amount of travel time. It took about 1.5 hours to get from London to Windsor, 1.5 hours from Windsor to Stonehenge, and then almost 2 hours from Stonehenge back to Victoria Station in London.

It’s a long travel day and either leaves really early or gets back pretty late. We took the later tour and didn’t get back into the city until about 11. This means you’ll have to be flexible with sleep schedules.

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If you have a child who can sleep in a carrier, Windsor was a great place for a nap. The Long Walk is pretty, quiet and shaded. Kids who can nap on your lap in the bus will also fare quite well.

Stonehenge is great for kids. The museum has a really cool 360-degree theatre experience and other interactive exhibits to keep them busy. Outside they can explore ancient homes and even try to pull a stone themselves.

The stone circle couldn’t be more ideal for a young child. The monument is outdoors and there’s so much space. Kids can freely roam and even be pretty loud without parents feeling too bad. The hardest part is that you can’t touch the stones, which can be hard for handsy toddlers.

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There’s plenty of good food options for children throughout the day. There are several quick-service and sit-down restaurants in Windsor for a late lunch. You get to Stonehenge around dinner time, and the cafe will be open. They have a wide range of meals and snack options that are great for kids, and there’s highchairs available in the dining area.

That said, if you have a picky eater or dietary restrictions, we’d recommend bringing your own meals. We filled a bento box with veggies, fruit and a sandwich that we picked up at a convenience store in London. (We always travel with one of these .) It’s also a good idea to bring snacks for the bus rides.

Our little one loved Stonehenge, just not quite as much as the London Eye . We get it — it’s a tough act to follow.

Closing Thoughts

All things considered, we really enjoyed our visit to Stonehenge. It’s always cool to see ancient places in real life that you usually only see on Instagram. The stone circle was beautiful and impressively built and a true testament to human strength and ingenuity.

We did have a panic moment the day before our tour when we thought the trip was going to be just too much for our little one. Fortunately, they did great. We know they won’t remember it, but we’re glad that we’re taking them on these kinds of adventures so early in life.

While we loved our visit to Stonehenge, we probably wouldn’t recommend it for your first trip to London (unless you’re really interested in stone circles).

A visit to Stonehenge, however you get there, is likely to take an entire day out of your London itinerary. There is just so much to do in central London, that it’s really hard for me to justify spending a full day out of the city. I think Stonehenge is a great activity for a second or third trip to London, though.

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Before 1978 you were free to walk around inside the stone circle at Stonehenge once you’d paid your admission fee. The lack of any guards overnight meant people also hopped the fence once the site had closed. Finally, in response to the over 800,000 annual visitors, access was restricted. An article entitled “Heritage Under Siege” in New Scientist (Sept 27th, 1979) reports the Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings as saying: “The whole problem of Stonehenge is numbers … all through the year. What menaces Stonehenge are the millions of feet (and hands) of the ordinary visitors.” … and continues: “An archaeologist calculated that if each visitor walked around the central area just twice during his or her visit, the effect would be the same as having one man standing on each square foot inside the ring and jumping up and down on that spot 62 times every day throughout the year.” After March 1978, everyone was banned from inside the circle – including archaeologists and other researchers, much to their annoyance. Department of the Environment officials said that the plans to allow out-of-hours access to “those with a special interest” had to be abandoned because the custodians were unwilling to work overtime. And so it remained for a long time. Eventually things changed and these days it’s possible to book to go inside the stone circle on what is called a “Stone Circle Access” or “Special Access” visit. These are one-hour long slots before and after the monument is open to the public during the day, and a maximum of 30 people are allowed inside at a time. You can try book as an individual, or via Stonehenge Guided Tours who will provide a well-informed tour guide to show you some of the hidden features that you might otherwise miss. Many of their tours are at sunrise or sunset.. Please visit our Stonehenge Tour Blog for more facts, history and all the latest Stonehenge news ‍

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The best Stonehenge Inner Circle Tours from London this year: get VIP access!

Ancient rocks all tell a story and I wonder what the stones at Stonehenge could say? If only you could get up close and listen a little bit nearer to them…

Walking among the giant monoliths at Stonehenge is what most people assume will happen when they visit the ancient site. You can imagine the disappointment when they find out they can get nowhere close to them, even after paying for admission to this bucket list site! Not great, especially for overseas visitors who might only get this one chance to see it.

There is a solution to this though – and that is to join a Stonehenge inner circle tour from London that runs to this beautiful site. There are a few ways to do it but the easiest way is to join a VIP tour where they have the tickets pre-booked for you. No need to try and apply and get them yourself!

For a truly special trip to see Stonehenge, getting access to the Inner Circle is highly recommended and really gives you that lasting impression. Yes you can visit like everyone else, you can even see the stones up close for free , but nothing is as special as getting to wander up close with them – something that only a select number of people can do each day.

Is the Stonehenge inner circle tour worth it? Everyone I know who has done this inner access Stonehenge tour has said that’s it’s amazing and more than worth it. So if you’re ready to tick this bucket list item off then read on for the best way to get inner circle access to Stonehenge.

A note from the writer: Hey! I’m Kirsty and I’m probably Stonehenge’s biggest fan and expert on visiting – I’ve been so many times over the past few years!

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Inside Stonehenge on an inner circle tour from London

Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour

This well recommended tour allows you to have premium access to Stonehenge’s inner circle PLUS takes you to 2 of England’s most beautiful locations as well!

About these Stonehenge Inner Circle Tours from London

These inner circle Stonehenge tours from London are the best way to see Stonehenge because regular admission can get incredibly crowded. Doing it this way you’ll have way less people at the site AND you get to go inside the circle – it’s how Stonehenge was meant to be seen in my opinion!

In order to make the most of the day, most of these Stonehenge Inner Circle tours often combine other interesting places within reach of London. Some go to Bath , Windsor , Lacock , Avebury or Salisbury so you can choose which ones look best to you.

No matter what else is included, the star of the show is Stonehenge and getting to go where others visiting can’t. You’ll feel the magic and atmosphere of the stones in a way that everyone else can only dream of and it’s really something to tell everyone about when you get home!

Are you ready for a bit of ancient VIP treatment?

Some notes about these Stonehenge Special Access Tours from London:

  • Be aware that you might have a very early start!
  • Not all tours run every day
  • Wear practical clothes – Stonehenge might be muddy!
  • You still cannot touch Stonehenge, but you’ll get a magical experience
  • These are generally smaller group tours so can get booked up…
  • So when you know your dates to be in England I advise booking quickly!

Note – you can organise your own VIP inner circle access to Stonehenge through the English Heritage website. Check them out here but be aware that the dates are more limited and you’ll need to get to Stonehenge from London yourself.

1. Stonehenge Inner Circle Access plus Bath & Lacock

Rated: 4.5 out of 5.0 (1195 reviews) – Run by Premier Tours

This magical tour from London takes in much of England’s historic sites but, of course, Stonehenge dominates the day. You’ll not only see the wonderful stones but they will take you on a guided tour of the stones, over the rope and into where most visitors don’t get to go.

Guides are knowledgeable and will answer any questions you have about the stones or any of the history surrounding the site.

You’ll also visit two other fantastic English locations – Bath and Lacock.

Bath is a city full of beautiful buildings and you have a choice of exploring the Roman baths there too. Lacock is a small countryside village which is often used in films and period tv shows – there are lots of Harry Potter locations to see in this village!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I had the best time! Highly recommend this trip! Getting to stand inside Stonehenge was a once in a lifetime experience. Ashley_B (Sep 2022) – click here to read more reviews

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2. Stonehenge Inner Circle Access & Windsor Tour

Rated: 4.5 out of 5.0 (395 reviews) – Run by Evan Evans Tours

This Stonehenge special access tour allows you to gain entrance to the inner circle of Stonehenge, the place where others and where other tours cannot take you.

As well as seeing Stonehenge up close and personal, this tour also takes you to explore the town of Windsor.

Windsor is home to Windsor Castle where you can choose to buy tickets and look around there – this is the home of the King! Alternatively you can just do a walking tour of the town and learn about the history.

You can choose to do late or early tours as getting priority access to Stonehenge happens both before opening and after.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amazing opportunity to visit inside StoneHenge circle and see this ancient 4000+ year old stone structure up close. Michelle_N (Aug 2022) – click here to read more reviews

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3. Sunset & Evening inner circle Stonehenge tour from London

Rated: 4.8 out of 5.0 (10 reviews) – Run by Anderson Tours

This Stonehenge Inner Circle Access Tour from London brings you to the ancient site in the evening which, depending on the year, might include sunset! No matter the weather and sun location, you’ll have a magical time there away from the crowds.

As well as getting access to Stonehenge from London you’ll also visit that other wonderful ancient stone circle nearby – Avebury! It’s one of my favourite places and you’ll also get up close to the stones here too.

The whole area is teeming with ancient sites such as Silbury Hill and West Kennet Barrow which are also visited and you can have lunch in the lovely Red Lion pub in Avebury too.

This tour is perfect if you’re really interested in the older, more ancient history of England!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very well organized, wonderful to see Stonehenge outside of the opening times, the combination with Avebury and West Kennet Long Barrow was also very nice, this gave us a completely different view of the Stone Age, thank you (Aug 2022) – click here to read more reviews

4. Stonehenge Inner Circle, Bath, Lacock and Dinner

Rated: 5.0 out of 5.0 (18 reviews) – Run by Golden Tours

This Premium Stonehenge Inner Access Tour from London includes the city of Bath and village of Lacock like one of the others on this page – this one also includes a 2-course dinner in the price too!

This tour starts mid morning from London and you’ll drive to the small village of Lacock where movies such as Harry Potter were filmed. After that you’ll explore the city of Bath with its Georgian architecture and roman thermal baths.

Finally your icing on the cake is the special access tour to Stonehenge. You’ll arrive after the last tourists have gone from the site and you’ll get your own private access to the inner circle.

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5. Special Access Morning Tour of Stonehenge from London

Run by Anderson Tours

This Stonehenge Inner Circle Access Tour from London starts super early to get you to the best spot before the crowds descend on Stonehenge. And that best spot is in the inner circle!

As well as that magical morning at Stonehenge, possibly getting that early sunrise light (depending on the time of year), your tour from London will also include the city of Salisbury.

Salisbury is a beautiful, medieval city with a huge and impressive cathedral. Your guide will explore this with you, highlighting all there is to know about it before returning to London.

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YES – If you’re wanting to explore England fully then a car is worthwhile. It will get you to all the small villages, countryside sights and all on your own timetable

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Stonehenge Tour Options in 2024

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From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

Duration: 6 hours.

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London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

Duration: 12 hours.

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London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath Day Trip by Bus

Duration: 10-11 hours, free cancellation, change of plans no problem. cancel up to 24 hours before your activity starts for a full refund. , combo offers.

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London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

Duration: 11 hours.

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From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

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This tour takes you from London to the ancient site of Stonehenge, with an optional visit to the historic city of Bath. The tour includes transportation by bus, a visit to the Stonehenge visitor center, and a guided tour of the stones. You also have the option to add a visit to the Roman Baths in Bath. The tour lasts approximately 10 hours.

Stonehenge Tour from London:

This tour also takes you to the ancient site of Stonehenge, with departures from London in the morning or evening. The tour includes transportation by bus, a visit to the Stonehenge visitor center, and a guided tour of the stones. The tour lasts approximately 6 hours.

Combo: Stonehenge and Windsor Castle Tour:

This tour combines a visit to the ancient site of Stonehenge with a visit to Windsor Castle, a royal residence for over a thousand years. The tour also includes a visit to the picturesque city of Oxford. The tour includes transportation by bus, entry to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, and a guided tour of Oxford. The tour lasts approximately 11 hours.

Full Combo: Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge Tour:

This tour takes you on a full day trip from London to explore the grandeur of Windsor Castle, the historic city of Bath, and the ancient site of Stonehenge. The tour includes transportation by bus, entry to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, a guided tour of Bath, and a visit to the Roman Baths. The tour lasts approximately 12 hours.

All tours include a knowledgeable guide who will provide information and context about the sites you visit. The tours also include transportation, so you don’t have to worry about navigating the English countryside on your own. Additionally, some tours may include extras such as VOX headsets or visits to other nearby attractions.

When planning your trip, be sure to check the tour operator’s website for the latest information on tour schedules, pricing, and availability. Enjoy your visit to these iconic English sites!

Stonehenge Tour Price 2024

The price of a Stonehenge tour can vary depending on the type of tour, the duration of the tour, the inclusions, and the tour operator. Here are some approximate price ranges for Stonehenge tours:

  • Half-day tours: Prices start at around £30-£40 per person.
  • Full-day tours: Prices start at around £50-£100 per person.
  • Private tours: Prices vary depending on the size of the group and the length of the tour, but can range from around £300-£600 for a group of up to 6 people.
  • Inner Circle tours: These tours are more exclusive and typically more expensive, with prices starting at around £100-£200 per person.

It’s important to note that these are approximate price ranges and the actual price of a tour may vary depending on several factors, such as the time of year, the day of the week, and the tour operator. Additionally, some tours may include extra features or services that can increase the price, such as transportation, meals, and admission fees. It’s a good idea to research different tour options and compare prices before booking to find the best value for your budget.

Stonehenge Opening Times 2024

The typical Stonehenge opening times for 2024 are likely to be as follows:

Winter (1st November 2022 – 31st March 2024):

  • Monday to Sunday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (last admission 3:00 PM)

Summer (1st April 2024 – 31st October 2024):

  • Monday to Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM (last admission 6:00 PM)

Please note that these opening times are subject to change and may be affected by events, maintenance, or other factors. It’s always best to check the official Stonehenge website or contact their customer service for the most up-to-date information before planning your visit.

Things to Know Before You Arrive

Here are some things to know before you arrive at Stonehenge:

Stonehenge is a protected site: Stonehenge is a protected ancient monument and is surrounded by a roped-off area. Visitors are not allowed to touch or climb on the stones.

Stonehenge has limited parking: If you are planning to drive to Stonehenge, be aware that there is limited parking available. It’s recommended to arrive early to secure a parking spot, especially during peak tourist season.

Audio guides are available: Audio guides are available in multiple languages and are included in the admission fee. They provide interesting information about Stonehenge and its history.

There are guided tours available: Guided tours are available and can provide a more in-depth experience. Check with the Stonehenge visitor center or book a tour in advance.

Stonehenge is located in a rural area: Stonehenge is located in a rural area with limited facilities nearby. Bring any necessary supplies, such as water and snacks, with you.

The weather can be unpredictable: The weather in the area can be unpredictable, so it’s recommended to dress in layers and bring appropriate rain gear if necessary.

Photography is allowed: Photography is allowed at Stonehenge, but the use of tripods or drones is not allowed without prior permission.

By knowing these things before arriving at Stonehenge, you can have a more enjoyable and informed visit to this historic site.

About the Stonehenge Tour

A Stonehenge tour typically involves a visit to the ancient monument of Stonehenge, which is located in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument that is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. The monument is composed of large standing stones that are arranged in a circular pattern, and it has long been a site of fascination and mystery.

Stonehenge tours can vary in length and inclusions, with options ranging from half-day tours to full-day tours. Some tours may include transportation from London or other nearby cities, while others may include visits to nearby attractions such as the medieval city of Salisbury or the Avebury stone circle.

Many Stonehenge tours also offer the option of a guided tour, where a knowledgeable guide can provide insight and information about the history and significance of the monument. Visitors can also choose to explore Stonehenge at their own pace with the use of an audio guide, which is included in the admission fee.

Overall, a Stonehenge tour can provide a fascinating and educational experience for visitors of all ages, allowing them to explore and learn about one of the world’s most famous and mysterious ancient monuments.

Why You Should Visit Stonehenge?

There are many reasons why you should visit Stonehenge:

Historical significance: Stonehenge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, with a history spanning over 5,000 years. Visiting Stonehenge allows you to see and experience a unique and ancient monument that has fascinated people for centuries.

Spiritual and cultural importance: Stonehenge has been linked to various spiritual and cultural practices throughout history, including Druidry, Paganism, and Neopaganism. Visiting Stonehenge can provide insight into these practices and their connection to the landscape.

Architectural wonder: The construction of Stonehenge remains a mystery, and the architectural feat of moving and erecting the massive stones is impressive. Visiting Stonehenge can provide a sense of awe and wonder at the sheer scale of the monument.

Natural beauty: Stonehenge is located in a beautiful rural area, surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque countryside. Visiting Stonehenge allows you to appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape and the monument’s integration into it.

Educational experience: Stonehenge offers visitors the opportunity to learn about history, archaeology, and astronomy, among other subjects. The visitor center provides exhibits and information about the monument’s history and significance, and guided tours offer a more in-depth educational experience.

Overall, visiting Stonehenge can be a unique and unforgettable experience, providing insight into history, culture, architecture, and the natural world.

Visitor Informations

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It is recommended to spend at least 2.5 hours at Stonehenge to see the stone circle and explore the exhibition, but visitors are welcome to spend as much time as they like exploring the National Trust property.

The last Stonehenge ticket is sold at 2:30 pm (4:30 pm in June, July, and August) to ensure that guests have enough time to fully experience the tour, including walking to and from the stone circle.

We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but once the maximum capacity for that time slot is reached, visitors may need to wait for the next available time slot.

The shuttle bus runs between the Visitor Center and the Stones every few minutes and visitors are welcome to use it to travel to and from the stone circle. The National Trust also maintains a walking path to the ancient site that allows visitors to discover other pre-historic monuments in the area.

No, parking is free for Stonehenge ticket holders. Visitors can find a suitable spot to park once they arrive at the Stonehenge site. It is recommended to arrive early as parking can be crowded.

Upon arrival, visitors should go to the Visitor Center, where their booking confirmation will be checked and they can pick up any guide materials. Visitors can choose to visit the exhibition first or head directly to the stone circle.

If you forget to bring your booking confirmation, you may not be able to enter the site. Make sure to bring either a printed copy or have the confirmation accessible on your mobile device.

For safety reasons, visitors may be subject to security checks upon arrival, which may include a body scan and search of personal belongings. It is recommended to arrive early and bring only the necessary items to ensure a smooth entry process.

The bus ride is approximately 5-10 minutes and buses run regularly throughout the day.

A marked path will guide visitors from the Visitor Center to the Stone Circle via the National Trust’s open access point, passing by Bronze Age burial mounds. Interpretation panels are also placed along the way to provide information about the features encountered. A dedicated route from Stone Circle to the Visitor Center is available on the return trip. Visitors should be cautious and stay on the designated path, as the route is close to the Stonehenge tour bus route. The walk from the Visitor Center to Stone Circle and back is approximately 2.6 miles (4 km). Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and sunscreen.

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How To Visit Stonehenge in 2024: Tickets, Hours, Tours, And More

Eddie Saint-Jean Last Updated: March 26, 2024

Stonehenge is one of the UK’s most popular archaeological attractions. Planning to visit this amazing site, however, can get a little overwhelming. If it’s on your bucket list, we’ll make things a lot easier for you! In this guide, find out how to visit Stonehenge from how to get tickets to traveling to the site, tours to take, and a brief history.

Pro Tip:  Planning what to do on your trip to London? Bookmark this post in your browser so you can easily find it when you’re in the city. Check out our  Stonehenge guide  for more planning resources, our best Stonehenge tours  for a memorable trip, and the  top things to do in London .

Visiting Stonehenge: What We’ll Cover

Stonehenge is an iconic ancient landmark on the Salisbury Plain in England. The mystifying stone circle has baffled experts for many years. Attracting droves of visitors every year, you are not alone in wanting to tick this site off your bucket list. However, getting there isn’t straightforward. In this guide, find out what you need to know to visit Stonehenge. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Opening hours and tickets
  • How much time to budget for your visit
  • How to get there
  • What to see in Stonehenge
  • Guided tour options
  • Facts and history of Stonehenge
  • Places to eat nearby

Stonehenge Opening Hours and Tickets

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Opening Hours:

Stonehenge is open seven days a week, 9.30 am to 5 pm (9.30 am to 7 pm in June, July, August). You can gain entry every day throughout the year apart from Christmas Day. 

There is different pricing for peak, off-peak, and standard tickets. As you’d expect, peak time is the most popular time, so it’s the most expensive. Therefore, off-peak (Monday to Friday) has the cheapest tickets because of the lower demand during the working week.

Off-peak: Adults £22, Concessions £19.80, Children £13.20 Family Admission £57.20. 

Standard: Adults £24, Concessions £21.60, Children £14.40, and Family Admission £62.40. Typically, the weekends in the low season and weekdays in the months of June, July, and August are standard-priced

Peak: Adults £29, Concessions £26, Children £18, and Family Admission £76. Typically, the weekends in June, July, and August are peak-priced.

And finally, advance booking is not a necessity. However, you are more likely to get a cheaper price and guaranteed entry if you do so. Note: the prices given above are the cheaper online prices. The last time to buy tickets at the Stonehenge site is 4:30 pm during the summer season (June, July, and August) and 2:30 pm in autumn, winter, and spring. 

Pro Tip: Stonehenge can get very busy between 11 am and 2 pm and on bank holidays. So those who want some peaceful time for reflection at the historic monuments should visit at other times. 

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our  best Stonehenge tours to take and why .

How Long To Spend at Stonehenge

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Short Answer: about 5.5 hours

Stonehenge is 90 miles away from London and it takes 1.5 – 3 hours to travel from London to Stonehenge, depending on your method of transport. You’ll also need 2.5 hours to spend on the archaeological site.

How To Get To Stonehenge

A bus/coach can take up to 3 hours to get to Stonehenge and they leave from Victoria Coach Station (London) any time after 6 am. Alternatively, we offer an attractive tour option with transportation included along with stops at Windsor Castle and the city of Bath.

There’ll be no visitor queues for you during this day trip, and you’ll have an expert guide at hand. You get to learn about the historic castle residence of the British royals and also the Roman baths that gave Bath its name.

There is no direct bus or train to Stonehenge, so our Stonehenge tour options will cut out a lot of the travel hassle that you’d experience with trains or rented cars. If you still wish to travel by train, Stonehenge is on Salisbury Plain in the county of Wiltshire, so you can take a direct train from London Waterloo to Salisbury station.

Regarding train frequency, expect two to three an hour and the journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes. However, Salisbury station is 9 miles away from Stonehenge so you must factor in an additional cab or bus to the site.

Rented Car:

Those who want to travel by rented car must consider London’s heavy traffic and its congestion charges which may make that option less attractive. Also, in England cars are right-hand drive and move on the opposite side of the road to many countries, so that may also be a little confusing. 

We’d only advise renting a car if you are going to explore the English countryside for several days, then it will be quite handy and cost-effective. The journey to Stonehenge can be as fast as 1 hour 40 minutes or as long as 2 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic.

Getting there from the Visitors’ Center:

On arriving at the Visitors Center on your own, your booking details will be checked at the admissions point. You can then view the center’s interactive exhibits and artifacts and then visit Stonehenge or vice versa. You then need to catch a shuttle bus to the site. They are quite regular and the journey takes 5-10 minutes. 

Alternatively, you can walk from the Visitor Centre and explore the National Trust’s ancient landscapes. Along the way, you will see other amazing prehistoric monuments including Bronze Age burial mounds. Also, there are information panels with further details about the monuments and sites that lie ahead.

Moreover, you can obtain a Stonehenge walkers’ map from the Visitors Centre with info on the walking routes and key points along the way. The walking distance from the Visitor Centre is 2 kilometers (1.3 miles) and will take you 20-40 minutes.

Pro Tip: You are advised to travel lightly, without much luggage. This is because once you get to the Stonehenge site there isn’t a cloakroom or anywhere to keep luggage. And remember, you can stay as long as you like at the site but have to return to the Visitors Centre by the 5 pm closing time.

What To See at Stonehenge

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You could easily describe Stonehenge as a “bunch of rocks in a field” because that is what they are, but the experience is actually surreal. This is especially the case when you know what to see and the story behind them . Here are some of the things you should look out for while visiting:

  • Stonehenge Stone Circle
  • Stonehenge Exhibition (Visitor Centre)
  • The Landscape Walking Trail 
  • Bronze Age Burial Mounds
  • The Cuckoo Stone
  • Durrington Walls (Henge Monument)

Stonehenge Tour Options

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If you’re planning a trip to Stonehenge, our guided tours are an attractive option. You can learn more about these prehistoric monuments and their World Heritage Site status from our knowledgeable local guide. It will certainly make your Stonehenge experience that much more special. Here are some of our most popular Stonehenge tours.

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath Day Trip from London (12 hours)

A trip down ancient history is just what you need while in London for a few days. Let us take the hassle of arranging transportation and tickets while you sit back and relax on this day trip from London.

You’ll hit up the top sites for British, Druid, and Roman history within a few hours of the city, thanks to your driver-guide who loves sharing these sites with travelers. A visit inside Windsor Castle, time to explore Stonehenge, and free time in the city of Bath where you can choose your activity will round out your full-day trip.

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Early Access Stonehenge Morning Tour from London with Inner Circle (9.5 hours)

Early birds, unite! This early morning trip to Stonehenge from London is ideal for those who want to see these ancient ruins under the soft light of dawn. Leave the driving to a local guide who can also provide your early access tickets to see this monument before the general public. Also included is a stop at the Salisbury Cathedral where you’ll find the tallest spire in the United Kingdom and an original Magna Carta.

After Hours Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour from London (11 hours)

If you’re interested in more ancient ruins outside of London than just Stonehenge, then check out this tour! You’ll start your day trip from London with a local driver-guide who’ll take you to the manmade mound called Silbury Hill and the nearby 5,000-year-old burial grounds. Stops at Avebury to see a mini Stonehenge and the supposedly haunted Red Lion Pub are up next before heading to Stonehenge at sunset.

Facts and History of Stonehenge 

  • It was first built over 5,000 years ago during the late Neolithic Age. The structure we see today is the result of additional henge structures erected over thousands of years with the last stone added in 1,500 B.C. (early Bronze Age). 
  • The stone circle in the middle of the henge landscape was built in 2500 B.C. 
  • Stonehenge has an unusually high number of prehistoric monuments.
  • The stone circle is made of very large sarsen stones (weighing 25 tonnes) and smaller bluestones (2 to 5 tonnes). Because of the size of these stones, it is regarded as an unbelievable feat of engineering that prehistoric Britons were able to erect a structure such as this.
  • Archaeologists believe the sarsen stones were transported on wooden sleds from a rocky area 32km away. However, the nearest bluestones are in Wales, a country in the U.K. that’s 225km away from Stonehenge.
  • There are many theories about its function. English Heritage claim the structure marks the movements of the sun, perhaps for farmers to map the cycle of the seasons. But many leading British archaeologists say it was a place of healing—an early ceremonial stone hospital. Furthermore, it’s been proven that during the Bronze Age it was used for funeral ceremonies.
  • In 1986, Stonehenge was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Places To Eat Nearby

Stonehenge is set in a secluded rural heritage site on Salisbury Plain, so there are few restaurants and cafés in the immediate area. However, you will inevitably need to eat, so here are a few places nearby to get something to eat. For more options, see our article on the best restaurants near Stonehenge .

Stonehenge Visitor Centre Café : ££ | Quick Snacks —As you’d expect, this is the closest eatery to the stone circle site. Their food is locally produced and includes many light snack options such as soups, hotspots, sandwiches, sausage rolls, and salads. Vegetarians are also catered for.

Stonehenge Inn : ££ | Pub —The Stonehenge Inn is a good choice because it offers greater food variety and a better atmosphere than the other restaurants and cafés closer to the site. Also, you get to see their delightful mini replica of Stonehenge. They have a pub food menu for both adults and children. Some dishes have henge-themed names like The Dunken Druid, Messy Mesolithic, and Messy Druids Burger. 

Larkhill Café : ££ | Breakfast —Great place for breakfast or brunch with lots of both sweet and savoury options. They have good coffee too.

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Stonehenge poses more questions than answers, making it one of the most mysterious prehistoric monuments in the world. And because of its proximity to London, the famous landmark makes for a popular day trip from the city . Organized Stonehenge tours from London typically include round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned coach, as well as visits to other nearby landmarks, such as the Avebury stone circles, Bath or the Cotswolds.

These tours from London, evaluated by U.S. News using both expert opinion and traveler sentiment, offer some of the best ways to experience Stonehenge.

The English Bus – Stonehenge, Bath & A Secret Place

Price: From 134 pounds (around $170) per person Duration: 12 hours

For adventurous travelers who want to see Stonehenge and Bath, and don't mind a little mystery, The English Bus's full-day tour offers both. Limited to 16 people, the tour departs from London in a Mercedes minibus, complete with panoramic windows and a glass roof. As you drive through the countryside, you'll enjoy live, in-depth commentary from your expert guide before arriving in Stonehenge. After exploring Stonehenge, you'll head to Bath to enjoy lunch and time to roam on your own or join an optional guided tour. Your final stop is a "secret" destination selected by your tour guide. Reviewers praise the knowledgeable, humorous guides and particularly recommend this tour for its small size and luxurious transportation.

Tours depart from central London daily. Ticket pricing does not include food or Stonehenge tickets. You can buy entry tickets to Stonehenge on-site for about 20 to 25 pounds (around $25 to $31) depending on the time of the year when visiting or online in advance for a slight discount. Other tours offered by The English Bus visit the Cotswolds, Canterbury and more.

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Premium Tours – Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock, Bath and 14th Century Pub Lunch

Price: Adults from 149 pounds (about $189); kids from 139 pounds (about $175) Duration: 13 hours

You'll be among the first visitors of the day to step inside Windsor Castle – the largest continuously occupied castle in the world – on this daylong tour. Other highlights include lunch in a 14th-century pub in the charming town of Lacock, a walking tour of Bath and, finally, the day is capped with a visit to Stonehenge. Though most tourgoers were happy with the trip (especially the patient, organized guides), they do warn it makes for a long day and wish they had extra time at certain attractions. The tour (which runs daily) leaves London at 7:45 a.m. (from Victoria Coach Station) and returns around 9 p.m.

Lunch and admission tickets to attractions are included. Ticket options that do not include entry or lunch are also available for a lower price. Premium Tours also offers excursions to Leeds, Canterbury and Greenwich, among other locations.

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Evan Evans Tours – Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath

Price: Adults from 142 pounds (about $180); kids from 132 pounds (around $167) Duration: 11 hours

In addition to Stonehenge, this 11-hour bus tour stops at Windsor Castle and the historic city of Bath, where you'll be given the choice to explore freely on your own or visit the world-famous Roman Baths. Reviewers praise the guides, who they describe as humorous and fun, and say the tour is jampacked, but well-paced.

Tickets do not include Stonehenge entry and are available for a lower price. Evan Evans Tours operates a variety of trips outside of London to destinations like Oxford and the Cotswolds, in addition to tours within the city.

Golden Tours – Stonehenge and Bath Tour

Price: Adults from $183; kids from $170 Duration: 10.5 hours

Ideal for tourists with a dual interest in the city of Bath and Stonehenge, this approximately 11-hour tour offers access and expert insight into both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While in Bath, you'll take a guided walking tour of the city and visit its ancient Roman Baths and Pump Room. The second stop is Stonehenge, where you'll have time to explore the mysteries of this ancient Neolithic structure. Travelers rave about the excellent and informative guides, as well as the drivers.

Ticket options do not include entry to Stonehenge or the Roman Baths are also available for a lower price. Tours depart from London daily at 8:30 a.m. The company offers a variety of tours to destinations in and around London.

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Anderson Tours – Avebury and Stonehenge Small Group Tour From London

Price: Adults from 109 pounds (about $139); kids from 99 pounds (about $125) Duration: 12 hours

The full-day Avebury and Stonehenge excursion with Anderson Tours picks up in London starting at 7:30 a.m. and makes its first stop at West Kennet Long Barrow – one of the largest Neolithic burial tombs in Britain. Here, participants have the chance to visit the burial chambers. From there, the group visits the medieval village of Avebury, home to the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. After a guided walking tour of Avebury and free time for lunch and exploration, guides lead the way to Stonehenge, where tourgoers can explore the site at their leisure with the aid of audio guides (accessible via a free smartphone app). The group returns to London around 7 p.m. Visitors say the guides are excellent and they learned a lot.

Tours run Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Anderson Tours also offers excursions to Oxford, Windsor and Canterbury, among other day trips.

International Friends – Stonehenge, Bath & Windsor

Price: Adults from 164 pounds (about $207); kids from 144 pounds (around $182) Duration: 11 hours

Travelers approve of this tour for its small group (up to 16 participants) and knowledgeable guides, who are well-versed in British history. On this approximately 11-hour journey, you'll visit Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and the city of Bath, where you'll have the choice to tour the Roman Baths or wander the ancient city for some sightseeing.

Tours depart daily; exact departure times from London vary by season. International Friends also offers "Harry Potter" tours and excursions to "Downton Abbey" filming locations, among other areas of the English countryside.

British Tours – Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford

Price: From 1,310 pounds (about $1,655) for up to six participants Duration: 12 hours

Visit some of England's most famous landmarks with this private daytrip. Among the sites you'll see with your personal tour guide are Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the University of Oxford. Travelers enjoy the tour and appreciate the guides' sense of humor and wealth of information. Plus, they appreciate that guides pick up patrons from central London hotels .

Prices range from 1,310 to 2,090 pounds (about $1,655 to $2,641). Prices do not include entrance fees or meals. British Tours offers a variety of other excursions from London, including day trips to explore Paris .

Premium Tours – Stonehenge Private Viewing, Lacock and Bath

Price: Adults from 143 pounds (about $181); kids from 133 pounds (approximately $168) Duration: 11 hours

If you want to experience Stonehenge without the crowds, consider this approximately 11-hour tour, which visits Stonehenge when it's closed to the general public. What's more, you'll tour the site's stone circle – an area most visitors only view behind a rope barrier. The day also includes a meal at a 14th-century pub in Lacock, as well as a stop in Bath. In Bath, you can join an optional walking tour to see highlights like the Jane Austen Museum, Pulteney Bridge and the Bath Abbey. Many reviewers call this tour the highlight of their London trips and highly recommend the evening tour if you'd like to see Stonehenge at sunset.

Travelers should note, there is also an option to buy a ticket that includes entry to the Roman Baths. Morning tours (available Mondays and Thursdays) depart at 5:30 a.m.; evening tours (which run Sundays and Wednesdays) depart at 11:10 a.m.

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If you'll be staying in Bath during your visit to England and want to see Stonehenge, consider one of the following tours:

Mad Max Tours – Stonehenge, Cotswold Villages and Avebury Stone Circles

Price: Adults from 70 pounds (about $88); kids from 35 pounds (around $44) Duration: 9 hours

On this eight- to nine-hour tour, you'll board a bus from Bath to visit historic sites and towns around the English countryside. You'll stop at Stonehenge first ahead of the crowds for a two-hour visit. From there, the next destination is the Avebury stone circles and village. Then, it's off to the Cotswolds to explore a handful of small, charming towns; Lacock National Trust village is the designated stop for lunch. Patrons give the tour high marks and especially praise the visit to the Cotswolds villages. Others say the tour is well-paced. Tours depart daily from Bath beginning at 8:25 a.m.

This tour is not recommended for kids younger than 5. Tickets to Stonehenge are not included in the tour price; you will need to pay your guide for the tickets on the day of your tour. Mad Max operates several other outings, including a tour devoted solely to visiting the villages of the Cotswolds.

Bath Insider Tours – Ancient Britain Tour

Price: From 505 pounds (about $640) for two people Duration: 8.5 hours

On this daylong excursion, you'll join a local expert for an exclusive private tour (for up to six people in your party) that departs from Bath. Your guide – a lifelong Bath resident – takes you on an approximately 8.5-hour journey to explore sites near Bath, including Avebury, the West Kennet Long Barrow burial site and Stonehenge. The tour includes a stop at a traditional English pub for lunch. Patrons heap praise on the guide for his knowledge and good nature.

Tours depart daily at 9 a.m., but exact availability will vary. Pickup from central Bath, its hotels and its train station is included, as are admission tickets to sites. Lunch and drinks are not included in the cost. Additionally, keep in mind the cost per person will vary depending on the number of people in your party. Bath Insider Tours also offers private tours of Bath and other custom tours, including half-day excursions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can visit Stonehenge without a tour. It is accessible to visitors year-round.

However, there are a few benefits to choosing an organized Stonehenge tour, including the commentary and knowledge tour guides are able to provide and the ease of a tour provider's transportation. Tour companies will typically pick you up in central London (usually multiple pickup points are available) and Bath and take you directly to the historical site; then provide return transportation back to the city at the conclusion of the tour.

Stonehenge is located in Salisbury, England, about 90 miles southwest of London. The train ride from the London Waterloo station to Salisbury takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. After that, you can hop on a bus from the train station to Stonehenge, which takes about 30 minutes.

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The Mystery of Stonehenge Special Access: How to Get the Inner Circle Tour

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Whilst planning a 15-day tour of England and Scotland for my parents, one of the highlights of their trip was stone circle access at Stonehenge. Unlike most visitors, they were able to go beyond the ropes and walk around inside the circle, examining the stones up close and experiencing the site from the inside out.

After they posted their pictures, many people commented that they weren't even aware people could still go in the circle. Most of them went through big tour companies or just showed up as a normal visitor, so the option was never made available to them. Instead of walking between the stones and really taking it in from the inside, they were forced to stand behind ropes in a crowd and look in from the outside.

Not everybody cares about this, but I hate to think of people putting all that effort into their big trip, then having regrets – so let's talk about how you can get the all-access experience at Stonehenge. There are three basic ways to go about it…

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How to Get Inner Circle Access at Stonehenge: 3 Ways

1 | get the stonehenge stone circle experience.

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Stonehenge Stone Circle Experience tours are special tours operated before and after opening hours to allow a small group of visitors to walk among the stones as people have done for thousands of years. Tours are limited to 30 people, and they generally sell out well ahead of time. 

Stone Circle Experience tours are held before and after public hours, either in the early morning or early evening.

You can NOT touch the stones on this tour or any other. Too much damage has been done over the years, and they want to preserve the site for many generations to come.

As of July 2023, the price for adults is £59 (or £65 with gift aid) and the price for children is £35 (£40 with gift aid). If you're an English Heritage member, adults are £45 (£50 gift aid) and kids are £27 (£32 gift aid). Children under 5 are free, as are carers for those with disabilities.

For those who are wondering whether it's really worth it, check out my dad's Facebook comments afterwards:

When we were in England we got to see the Stones…Front row seats! No not those Stones…these Stones! Stonehenge up close! Had to pay extra to do so but it was an after hours tour where we got to mingle among the Stones for about an hour. It was a cool evening on the windswept plain that holds Stonehenge. We could have come in the day during the sunshine but we would have had to stay behind the rope. After hours we got to walk thru and around them and…feel…the ancient presence of the peoples who built them thousands…of years ago around 3000 BC. The Neolithic Age. How did they do it…and why? All the answers are only guesses. We could look closely and take as many pictures as we wanted…but if we touched them we were threatened to have our hands cut off. Nah, just kidding…but we would have to go back to the bus…that's almost as bad!”

2 | Commercial Tour Packages for Stone Circle Access

First off, know that the Stonehenge tours you see around the internet are not actually affiliated with Stonehenge in any way. Stonehenge is operated by English Heritage, a non-profit preservation group similar to the National Trust. Stonehenge does not offer tours in the sense that you get accommodations + transport + access. They only sell the on-site access.

The tours you see offering transport or lodging + Stonehenge are run by for-profit tour companies. There's nothing wrong with that, and it may be the best and most convenient option for you – but it's important to understand the difference.

Also keep in mind that unless you book a tour that specifically tells you you'll get stone circle access, it's 99.99% likely you won't be getting stone circle access.  One plus to commercial tours is that you may get great commentary along with your tour – but some are better than others, so read the reviews ahead of time.

The other important thing to bear in mind is that if you use a tour company, you'll likely leave much earlier in the morning (some leave London or Bath as early as 4:30am) or be out much later at night. Some will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel, which means you may also have to wait as others are similarly collected and dropped off. When you're on a trip and trying to maximize where your time and energy go, you might feel that's not the best use of your resources.

If you decide to book, we recommend checking out sites like Viator and TripAdvisor where you can read reviews and ensure your transaction is protected.

3 | Stonehenge at Solstice

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During solstice celebrations, Stonehenge closes to tourism and opens up to all, free of charge. During this time, the ropes are removed and guests can move around the stones freely. Thousands of people gather to celebrate the solstice and see the alignment of the sun and the stones.

Please note that this is accurate at time of writing, but sadly, some have called for an end to the practice. Some people use it as an excuse to get drunk and leave messes in their wake, and that puts it in jeopardy for everyone. 

If you decide to go during a solstice celebration, please be respectful and take any trash you came with (and perhaps a bit from some of the less considerate visitors). It's important to respect sites like this in order to ensure people can continue to enjoy them.

Consider an English Heritage Membership

As mentioned above, Stonehenge is operated by English Heritage. You don't need to be a member to get the Stone Circle Access Experience, or to visit – but it's a great way to support the preservation of important historical sites for future generations.

Your membership typically includes a printed guide through the post (or at least it did when we joined), online access to their member site and special deals, plus discounts and free admission to more than 400 historic attractions around the UK.

They do offer a short-term membership for those traveling from abroad, and you can review the options at the links below to decide what's the best value for your situation and plans. Please note that there are some differences in the benefits of each type of membership.

  • Join English Heritage – Standard Membership Options
  • Join English Heritage – Overseas Visitor Pass

A standard English Heritage membership gives you free access to the main Stonehenge tour regardless of whether you pay extra to access the stone circle up close. 

Arranging Transport to and from Stonehenge

The hardest part about arranging your Stone Circle Access Experience is figuring out transport. The typical departure point is Salisbury, which is around 10 miles away from Stonehenge. Although there's a Stonehenge bus that departs from Salisbury's train station, it only runs during and shortly after the normal business hours at Stonehenge (as of our last check).

Early morning stone circle access visitors might be able to get a ride back to Salisbury this way (with a lengthy wait considering the morning tours are one hour long at 6:45 or 8, and the first bus doesn't leave Stonehenge until after 10). The ride there will still be an issue, though. Evening tour participants will face a similar dilemma.

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The most straightforward option is to rent a car, but that's not always desirable. Many people aren't comfortable driving on the left side of the road, and rental cars + the cost of petrol can be expensive if you need to go far.

Remember, fuel is substantially more expensive in England, and it takes a lot longer to drive a mile on curvy rural British roads than on most American interstate highways. If you do decide to drive, be sure to bring a physical map or get built-in SatNav, as your phone's GPS may lose signal in rural areas.

If you don't wish to rent a car, I'd recommend staying in Salisbury and taking a taxi. The taxi company can recommend a good pickup time and give you a quote for the trip + wait time during the tour. It's a very common request for them, so you can rest assured they know what they're doing and they'll give you an accurate quote in advance.

If you're coming from Salisbury, you can expect to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of £50 on the taxi ride. My parents had a great experience with AA Taxis , and you can call them at +01722 505011.

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Salisbury is a gorgeous destination in its own right, and you can use the rest of your time there to visit the cathedral and stroll around this old medieval market town – maybe even check out Fudgehenge while you're at it!

One tip for those on a longer UK trip – check out Pear Tree Serviced Apartments in Salisbury . They offer apartment-style rooms, a complimentary welcome breakfast, and most importantly, a laundry room. Although you can find full service laundry and off-site laundrettes in many towns, it's often more convenient to do it on your own schedule at the hotel.

My parents said they enjoyed their brief stay greatly, and the hotel was right next to the train station. They also noted that it was near a number of grocery stores, which would have been handy (and cost-saving) if they had spent more nights there.

And One Last Thing…

Once you've booked your Stonehenge Stone Circle Experience and sorted your accommodations and transport, there's only one thing left to remember – bring an umbrella and a warm anorak or coat! It can be quite chilly early in the morning or late in the evening, and England is not exactly known for being dry.

All of that is made even more noticeable due to the vast plains surrounding Stongehenge. There's nothing to block the sharp winds. My parents went in mid-May and found themselves quite comfortable everywhere except Stonehenge, which was freezing.

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Start or finish your special day with an exclusive trip to Stonehenge with a private inner circle tour. One of the wonders of the world and steeped in mystery, this ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is classed as a World Heritage Site and thought to be a place of healing, as well as an astronomical clock and a religious site. This is a unique and private opportunity to visit the landmark and walk among the stones either during sunset or sunrise.

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In addition to visiting Stonehenge, guests alternatively may like to visit the picturesque City of Salisbury and it’s breathtaking Cathedral. Over 800 years old it is one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings. Discover the original 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four in the world, and explore its legacy in an interactive exhibition.

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This tour can be customised with an alternative visit to Windsor Castle (the oldest and largest royal occupied castle in the world), Avebury (a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles), or Lacock Abbey & Village (picturesque streets and historic cottages featuring in Pride & Prejudice & Harry Potter).

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If you choose the sunrise Inner Circle tour, pickup for your day tour will be early morning at 5am. For the sunset tour drop-off will be around 10pm depending on the actual time of the year. Times will be confirmed upon booking and based on your pickup/drop-off location.

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In the evening after Stonehenge is closed to the public, or at dawn before it is open, we can arrange a special access visit to this awe-inspiring monument. Walk among the giant sarsen stones towering 6.4 m high, weighing up to 50 tonnes. Marvel at how stones of such monumental scale were quarried, transported and erected 5,000 years ago when the only tools available were made of wood, bone and stone.

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We've handpicked a selection of reputable Private Stonehenge Tours providers, together boasting years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about this magical Neolithic site. Whether you're fascinated by archaeology, history, or simply want a comfortable and personalised experience, there's a perfect guide for you.

Choose from chauffeur-driven tours focusing solely on Stonehenge, or combine your visit with other historical and ancient gems of the beautiful South West of England. All tours are bespoke, meaning they can be customised to your wishes. Let us know if you'd like pick-up from London or another location, and your driver-guide will be happy to oblige.

An experienced guide will meet you at a pre-arranged location and whisk you away in comfort on your Private Stonehenge Tour. Unwind and enjoy the journey as you discover the wonders of Stonehenge and other captivating UK landmarks.

Steeped in legend and shrouded in time, Stonehenge is Britain's most famous prehistoric monument. Standing tall on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, these colossal stones, some weighing a staggering 50 tonnes, continue to puzzle historians and archaeologists.

Was Stonehenge a sacred temple for rituals? A sophisticated observatory aligned with the stars? Or perhaps a grand burial ground built by a mythical king? The truth remains tantalisingly out of reach.

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Imagine standing amongst the towering stones of Stonehenge, feeling their ancient presence all around you. Exclusive Inner Circle Tours grant you this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To access the Inner Circle, a special ticket from English Heritage is required. Our knowledgeable guides can advise you on securing one alongside your driver-guide booking. A chance to truly appreciate the scale and wonder of this prehistoric marvel, but book early as tickets are limited and sell out quickly! Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour

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Journey through time at neolithic sites.

Stonehenge is just one piece of a vast Neolithic landscape. Explore a network of ancient sites like the impressive Avebury Stone Circle , the West Kennet Long Barrow burial mound, and the mysterious Silbury Hill . These enigmatic sites, scattered across the landscape, offer a glimpse into life thousands of years ago. Combine your Stonehenge tour with these nearby wonders to gain a deeper understanding of this prehistoric era.

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Visiting Stonehenge Stone Circle Experience

Five thousand years of history, swirled in legend and uncertainty, stand atop an unassuming hilltop in Wiltshire in the south of England . This Stone Circle has become one of the icons of the British Isles, and visiting Stonehenge tops many England travel wish-lists. 

But while archaeologists have compiled a pretty vast amount of knowledge about the site, one question about the stone circle remains shrouded in mystery. Why?

Why this spot, this hill? The experts now know that people came from as far away as northern Scotland to work on the site, that many of the rocks came from 180 miles away in Wales , and that after the circle was built visitors arrived from as far as central Europe. Why did they come? Why build it at all?

Recently, I found myself visiting Stonehenge to trial their newly re-launched Stone Circle Experience . These are tours outside of normal visiting hours, which allow visitors to go inside the stone circle. This post is all about my experiences. You can also watch my video here .

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This was part of a press trip with Visit Wiltshire – although that won’t affect my honesty in this post at all.  

Visiting Stonehenge for the Stone Circle Experience

Confession time: I hadn’t really expected to be wowed by Stonehenge. I was curious to see the stone circle, and more so since reading the chapter on it in Bill Bryson’s brilliant The Road to Little Dribbling a couple of months ago. I thought it would be cool to learn more about the site, and to get some photos that few other people have a chance to take these days. 

What I didn’t expect was that Stonehenge might move me in any way. Maybe it was simply the stunning sunset we were treated to, or how lucky we got with the weather – visiting on what felt like the only sunny day in a month of rain. Maybe it was deep-diving into the five-thousand-year history of the site before arriving. Or maybe there really is a special energy in the middle of that stone circle. 

Whatever the explanation, visiting Stonehenge really did wow me.  It was humbling . Those stones were moved and shaped and arranged thousands of years ago, with basic tools. Seeing such a simple testament to human ingenuity still standing today was truly amazing.

Our day started at Salisbury Museum , in search of a bit of background information. If you’re visiting Stonehenge I really recommend starting with this museum. Their new archaeology gallery is a modern and well-put-together space with loads of info and artefacts gathered from the local area. 

Salisbury Museum Wiltshire

Roger, our guide, led us right back in time to the earliest evidence of human settlement in the Salisbury area. He showed us how Stonehenge was built, using small, kettle-bell-sized rocks to shape the surface, while the antlers of local red deer were used to provide leverage to move the rocks. 

The more I learned about Stonehenge, the more excited I was to see it – so the museum really did make a perfect first stop. 

Tickets for the Salisbury Museum cost £8 for adults and £4 for children

Visiting Stonehenge

After lunch in Salisbury – at the fabulous Mexican restaurant Tinga , which I strongly recommend – we headed to Stonehenge itself. 

Coffee and cake in the excellent on-site cafe, followed by a look around the fantastic visitor centre, and we were ready to start our Stone Circle Experience.

A bus took us up to the site, where the last few visitors were still taking photos. I’ll admit, I kind of enjoyed the feeling that they were watching while a guard in a high-vis jacket moved the foot-high rope barrier from alongside the path to allow us access. It all felt a bit VIP – as well as a little bit naughty. I kept expecting someone to shout after us as we made our way across the grass and actually into the stone circle.

Visiting Stonehenge for the Stone Circle Experience

But we were allowed. The experience of walking through an “archway” of the outer ring and inside the stone circle was pretty special.

Our guide, Carol, has been working at Stonehenge for over twenty years. So she was the perfect person to shed a little more light on what makes the site so fascinating. She also handed round a pair of dowsing rods for us to try out. According to Wikipedia, these actually only move because of the person using them. But I’m positive I wasn’t moving them myself. Maybe there really is some magic in the air amongst those stones!

The evening Stone Circle Experiences just about coincide with sunset, which is ideal. Because however unlikely it is that there’s magic in the circle, there was definitely something magical about watching the sun go down between rocks that have been stacked here on this Wiltshire hilltop for thousands of years.

Stonehenge Sunset Tour

More Info for Visiting Stonehenge

A normal entry ticket allows entry to the visitor path only. This goes all around the Circle, but is set back from the stones. The closest the path goes is roughly 5m, although this is only in some places. 

Alternatively, the Stone Circle Experience allows you to go right inside the Circle. You can walk amongst the stones and get as close as you like – but you can’t touch them!

How close can you get to Stonehenge

The Stone Circle Experience is run by English Heritage. The visits take place outside of normal visiting hours, either very early in the morning or in the evening. The evening visits may coincide with sunset, depending on the time of year. 

Visits last for an hour, with a maximum of thirty people per session. They are only run on certain dates, so check the website for the schedule. 

Stone Circle Experience costs £47 for adults and £28.20 for children (although under-fives are free). 

Availability is incredibly limited, and you need to apply online, so book as early as you can to avoid any disappointment. 

Obviously, that price is a fair chunk of money for a one hour visit. But I honestly think it’s worth paying extra… IF you are really interested in seeing the stones. 

If you want to get closer than the distant visitor path and make the most of your visit, this experience is well worth it.

Also, if you’re serious about photography, the Stone Circle Experience offers the chance to get shots no one else will. You can get close-up shots of the stones, and if things line up well you can also get some pretty spectacular sunset shots. Perhaps with a cheeky bit of lens flare between the stones! 

If you’re only visiting Stonehenge to get a simple glance at it, or to tick off a travel “bucket list”, it may not be worth paying the extra. But otherwise, I genuinely think the Stone Circle Experience is worth the added expense to truly make the most of your visit.

Finally, however you decide to visit Stonehenge, please do so responsibly. Check out this guide to leaving no trace at our sacred sites for more information on how to keep these special places safe!

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4 thoughts on “Visiting Stonehenge for the Stone Circle Experience”

Thank you for sharing your video. I am going to London on my first solo adventure in 2025. A long time away but it will be here before I know it. I know I want to see Stonehenge and I was debating on whether to take a precruise transfer including it or a day trip to make it more special. And deciding on whether to pay extra for the inner circle was a huge decision that I have been struggling with. After watching your video I will definitely be going inside the circle at sunset. I love the dowsing rods. I will be taking my pendulum and cards with me :)

Hi Darlene! So glad you found the post and video helpful. I absolutely LOVED the sunset experience. So few people get to see the stones that close – from the path you get a good view but it’s nothing compared with standing in amongst the stones. And they keep the tour groups small so it feels very exclusive. Enjoy your trip to London, if you need any tips for things to see or other day trips to take feel free to reach out :)

Hi Emily, if you book the circle experience, does that also include entry to the Visitor Centre on the same day? I am looking to book at 5.30 – 6.30am! So I’ll still have three hours to wait out until the visitor centre opens, and I am unsure if I also need to buy a ticket for that. Thank you

Hi Kelly! When I did it, the visitor centre was included :) I’d recommend calling English Heritage to double check that’s still the case. Hope that helps!

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How to see Stonehenge: Everything you need to know

Here’s how to experience the mystery of this megalithic monument.

Around 4,500 years ago, a structure of enormous stones aligned with solar patterns was erected in England’s Salisbury Plain by a civilization without metal tools, horsepower, or wheels. Many of the mysteries of how and why the megalithic structure of Stonehenge was built remain unanswered.

But recent discoveries via new technology are providing fresh clues to these enduring riddles, even as the site itself, located about 90 miles west of central London , faces the looming threat of modern development.

In 1922 , National Geographic published its first photograph of Stonehenge, a black-and-white aerial image of the site with the cutting-edge technology of that time—the airplane. For a century, we have covered the prehistoric site, reporting on evolving research about its age, formation, and use.

Our coverage continues to be groundbreaking. National Geographic’s August 2022 cover features the site and stories within the issue push boundaries. National Geographic Explorer and photographer Martin Edström created an immersive 3D model of the site using photogrammetry. Using a drone, he and his team took 7,000 images of the site from all angles and processed them into a high-resolution digital replica . You can find a Stonehenge AR experience here .

Stonehenge is composed of blocks that weigh more than 45 tons and tower up to 24 feet high. The monument is not only notable for its size, but for its ceremonial design—the first 1,600 feet of the avenue from Stonehenge is built on the axis of the summer solstice sunrise and winter solstice sunset. Whether this alignment was constructed for sun worship, calendar keeping, or other purposes remains a mystery.

Over time, Stonehenge has been attributed to Druids, Romans, Vikings, Saxons, and even King Arthur’s court magician, Merlin. But the people who actually constructed the site left no written language or legend—only bones, potsherds, stone, and antler tools.

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According to a 12th-century legend from chronicler and cleric Geoffrey of Monmouth, Stonehenge’s monoliths were taken from a stone circle in Ireland after a great battle and transported by magic and by boat to where they stand today.

He was correct in a way—we now know that, of the hundreds of stone circles in Britain, Stonehenge is the only one whose stones, averaging two tons each, were brought from a great distance, according to National Geographic Explorer and archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson.

New tools including x-ray fluorescence spectrometry and ICP-MS laser ablation have helped geologists Richard Bevins and Rob Ixer identify four outcroppings in Preseli Hills, Wales, where the monoliths in Stonehenge originated from. That means the stones traveled some 175 miles to where they stand today.

In Belgium , researcher Christophe Snoeck pioneered a technique to retrieve isotopes from cremated remains to reveal where an individual lived in their last decade of life—revealing more than ever before about those buried at Stonehenge. He learned nearly half of those buried in the structure’s early days lived miles from the site, and was even able to determine the kind of wood burned for cremation—trees not found near Stonehenge.

Experts say Stonehenge required an enormous amount of timber for its construction—not just for palisades of trunks driven into the ground, but also for builders to drag 20-ton stones on wooden sledges, on possibly miles of wooden tracks, as well as giant scaffolds to erect the stones on site.

The ten square mile area of Stonehenge includes avenues, settlements, some 350 burial grounds, and healing centers. This symbol of prehistory stands in stark contrast to its modern neighbor, the A303 highway, which most of the million annual visitors take to see the structure.

Notoriously fettered with heavy traffic and spotted with potholes, the narrow road hosts rumbling trucks that can disturb the peace at the Stonehenge site. To ease these issues, a two-mile-long, four-lane tunnel was proposed to bypass Stonehenge, drawing fire from archaeologists and sparking protests. For now, the $2.2 billion project is on hold after a ruling from Britain’s High Court last year.

How to visit

Summer solstice is the most popular time to visit Stonehenge. During the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, and its first rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge. Archaeological excavations have found it may have once had a partner stone, the two stones framing the sunrise. This is one of the few occasions the inner circle is open to the public.

Turning 180 degrees to face southwest, during the winter solstice, the sun would originally have set between the two uprights of the tallest trilithon, but the effect has been lost since half the trilithon fell at some point in the millennia since its construction.

Stonehenge is open year-round, and timed tickets for Stonehenge can be booked in advance for guaranteed entry. A walkway surrounds the famed circle, but due to conservation concerns, the public is typically not allowed inside the ring. However, many compensations await. The landmark is surrounded by a vast expanse of fields, perfect walking country dotted with associated earthworks, burial grounds, and other monuments.

How to get there

There is regular train service from London, Bristol/Bath, and Southampton to Salisbury, located 12 miles from Stonehenge. Bus service is also available via Salisbury Reds . From there, take a taxi or hop on the wheelchair-accessible bus to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Finally, a 1.5-mile (25-minute) walk leads to the circle. For those who are unable to walk, a free bus service operates between the disabled access parking lot and Stonehenge.

Click here for more information on transportation.

Where to stay

A variety of hotels and guesthouses are available in Wiltshire , and several campsites are located within 10 miles of Stonehenge.

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Where is Stonehenge, who built the prehistoric monument, and how?

The prehistoric monument Stonehenge was built up to 5,000 years ago on Salisbury Plain in England, but its ultimate purpose remains a tantalizing mystery.

Photo of Stonehenge as the sun is peaking between the stone arches.

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Stonehenge is a massive stone monument located on Salisbury Plain in southern England. It was built roughly 4,000 to 5,000 years ago and was part of a larger sacred landscape.

The bigger stones at Stonehenge, known as sarsens, weigh 25 tons (22.6 metric tons) on average and are widely believed to have been brought from Marlborough Downs, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the north, according to English Heritage , an organization that oversees Stonehenge.

Most of the monument's smaller stones, referred to as "bluestones" (as they have a bluish tinge when wet or freshly broken), come from quarries in the Preseli Hills in west Wales, about 140 miles (225 km) away from Stonehenge, a U.K. research team found in a 2015 study in the journal Antiquity . These bluestones weigh between 2 and 5 tons (1.8 and 4.5 metric tons) each, according to English Heritage. Scientists are still unsure exactly how prehistoric people moved the stones over such long distances.

One bluestone, known as the "Altar Stone," is much larger and heavier than the others (6.6 tons or 6 metric tons) and may have come all the way from northern Britain, according to research published in 2023 in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports . Previously thought to have been brought to Salisbury Plain from the Preseli Hills around the same time as the other bluestones, the Altar Stone may challenge long-held ideas about Stonehenge .

Stonehenge is just one part of a larger sacred landscape that contained many other stone and wooden structures, as well as burials. 

Before the monument was erected, the area was a hunting oasis during the Mesolithic (which in Britain ran between 11,600 to 6,000 years ago), according to a 2022 study in the journal PLOS One .

In this image we see a large square piece of grass that has been dug up to reveal a 10,000-year-old pit. Inside the pit are 2 archaeologists taking samples. There are 2 more archaeologists outside the pit, on opposite sides, taking measurements. Several tools are strewn about the site.

The area also holds more than 3,000 pits near Stonehenge , the oldest of which dates back more than 10,000 years. Some of the pits were used for hunting while others may have been part of ceremonial structures.

As early as 10,000 years ago, three large pine posts were erected at the site Stonehenge now sits on, likely for ceremonial purposes, wrote Mike Parker Pearson , a professor of British prehistory at University College London, in his book " Stonehenge: Making Sense of a Prehistoric Mystery " (Council for British Archaeology, 2015). "Hunter-gatherers are not generally known for building spectacular monuments, so these are something of a mystery," Pearson wrote.

This map shows how the giant pits and the Larkhill Causewayed Enclosure circle around Durrington Walls and the smaller Woodhenge.

Many other prehistoric structures of importance have been discovered at or near Stonehenge, including burials and burial mounds, as well as shrines — some in the shape of a circle — and a " House of the Dead " containing dozens of skeletons that date to between 3700 B.C. and 3500 B.C.

Around 3500 B.C. two rectangular earthworks now called "cursus" monuments were also built to the north of where Stonehenge would be erected, English Heritage notes.

Building Stonehenge

Stonehenge was built in several stages. In about 3000 B.C., a circular ditch was constructed around what would be Stonehenge along with a series of 56 holes — sometimes called "Aubrey holes" after their 18th-century discoverer John Aubrey. These holes may have held timber posts or bluestones, according to English Heritage. It's possible that the heel stone — a sarsen stone located outside the entrance to Stonehenge — was placed around this time, but this is also uncertain.

It's unknown how people at the time moved the bluestones to Stonehenge. Experiments conducted at University College London in 2016 showed that a 1-ton (0.9 metric ton) stone could be moved by 10 people on a wooden trackway , but whether this technique was actually used by the prehistoric builders is uncertain. It's possible that pig lard was used to grease any sleds that moved the stones .

Recently, a group of students from University College London (UCL), in the United Kingdom, staged an archaeology experiment to learn how ancient peoples may have moved the stones of Stonehenge. Here we see a large group of adults using wooden logs and ropes to pull a giant stone.

In 2021, a team of archaeologists proposed in the journal Antiquity that at least some of the bluestones were arranged in a stone circle in the Preseli Hills before they were moved to Stonehenge. This suggests that the bluestones already had symbolic significance before they were moved, the team wrote. 

Around 2500 B.C., people erected a series of sarsen stones on the site in the shape of a horseshoe, with every pair of these huge stones having a stone lintel connecting them. A ring of sarsens surrounded the horseshoe, their tops connecting to each other, giving the appearance of a giant, interconnected stone circle around the horseshoe. The "altar stone" — a large slab of greenish red sandstone that was brought from Wales, according to English Heritage — was placed in the middle of the horseshoe. What exactly the altar stone was used for is uncertain.

Two circles of bluestones were placed between the circle of sarsens and the sarsens in the shape of a horseshoe. Also, people erected four "station stones," as they are now called, outside Stonehenge. Around 2300 B.C., Stonehenge underwent another change as the bluestones were rearranged. One circle of bluestones was placed between the outer circle of sarsens and the sarsens in the shape of a horseshoe, and another circle of bluestones was placed within the horseshoe. Around this time, an "avenue" was built connecting Stonehenge with the River Avon, according to English Heritage.

Stonehenge viewed from above. The outter stones are arranged in a circular pattern.

This would be the last major construction phase that took place at Stonehenge. As time went on, the monument fell into neglect and disuse; some of its stones fell over while others were taken away.

Stonehenge was likely positioned to align with existing structures in the area. For example, it has an interesting connection with the Cursus monuments. Archaeologists found that the longest Cursus monument had two pits, one on the east and one on the west. These pits aligned with Stonehenge's heel stone and a processional avenue. 

"Suddenly, you've got a link between [the long Cursus pit] and Stonehenge through two massive pits, which appear to be aligned on the sunrise and sunset on the mid-summer solstice," University of  Bradford archaeologist Vincent Gaffney , who is leading a project to map Stonehenge and its environs, told Live Science in 2014 .

Who built Stonehenge?

Researchers have unearthed a number of clues about the people who built the monument. Some of these people may have lived near the monument in a series of houses excavated at Durrington Walls, a nearby Neolithic settlement and that later sported a henge. According to food remains found at the site, the people who lived at Durrington Walls feasted on meat and dairy products, a 2015 study in the journal Antiquity found. The rich diet of the people who may have built Stonehenge provides evidence that they were likely not slaves or coerced, the team wrote.

It's not clear which group or states the people who built Stonehenge were affiliated with. It was built long before writing was used in Britain, making it hard to determine exactly how the island was politically organized at the time.

A large crowd of druids dressed in white robes at a nighttime gathering at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.

Many people today associate Stonehenge with the druids — mysterious pagan religious leaders in ancient Britain. However, the druids probably did not build Stonehenge. The site was constructed roughly 4000 to 5,000 years ago, while the earliest records mentioning druids date back about 2,400 years . 

Additionally, the surviving records do not indicate that the druids had an interest in stone circles, much less Stonehenge, Live Science previously reported.

Despite this evidence, modern-day druids often associate with Stonehenge, flocking to the site on the summer solstice. However, the ancient druids died out around 1,200 years ago and were not revived until about 300 years ago.

Why was Stonehenge constructed?

Stonehenge is probably the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Despite its fame, the structure is still mysterious, with its prehistoric concentric rings garnering plenty of speculation as to why and how they were constructed. Many ideas have been put forward to try and explain why Stonehenge was constructed . 

One theory posits that Stonehenge marks the "unification of Britain," a point when people across the island worked together and used a similar style of houses, pottery and other items.

This diagram shows how the Stonehenge calendar may have worked. The 30 stones in the sarsen circle represent days which multiplied by 12 give 360. The five groups of stone in the middle represent five additional days giving 365 and the four station stones represent the need for a leap day every four years giving 365.25 days - a solar year.

It would explain why people at the time were able to bring stones from other regions of Britain and how they could marshal enough labor and resources for the construction. "Stonehenge itself was a massive undertaking, requiring the labor of thousands to move stones from as far away as west Wales, shaping them and erecting them. Just the work itself, requiring everyone literally to pull together, would have been an act of unification," Pearson said in the 2012 statement.

Archaeological finds found at other sites support the idea that people in Britain were sharing artistic ideas at the time Stonehenge was built, including bone pins and sculptures with enigmatic motifs that have been unearthed at several sites.

Another theory is that Stonehenge may have been used as a solar calendar , with the stones laid out to represent 365.25 days in a year. This was proposed by Timothy Darvill , a professor of archaeology at Bournemouth University in the U.K, in a 2022 article published in the journal Antiquity .

Aerial view of excavation at Aubrey Hole 7 at Stonehenge. A team of archaeologists stand by the hole which is at least 10m away from the circle of Stonehenge.

Human burials have been found within and near Stonehenge , raising the possibility that Stonehenge may have been used as a burial ground, although most scholars think that it had a broader purpose than that. Another possibility is that it was a place of pilgrimage, where different groups could gather to perform ceremonies. It's also possible that it was used for a mix of different reasons that may have changed over time.

Ultimately Stonehenge's purpose remains a tantalizing mystery.

Stonehenge is overseen by English Heritage and information on visiting the site can be accessed on its website. English Heritage also offers a virtual tour of the monument . Stonehenge and the surrounding area are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and information on its designation can be viewed on UNESCO's website .

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Owen Jarus is a regular contributor to Live Science who writes about archaeology and humans' past. He has also written for The Independent (UK), The Canadian Press (CP) and The Associated Press (AP), among others. Owen has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and a journalism degree from Ryerson University. 

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Early morning and late evening Special Access Tour 2024. London Departure

stonehenge circle tour

Stonehenge is a "must see" for anyone visiting the UK. Our Special Access tour gives you privileged access to the Stone Circle in the morning or evening. As one of the country's most famous World Heritage sites most visitors are not allowed direct access to the stones, but we have arranged with English Heritage for privileged access when the site is closed to the general public

Including Avebury Stone Circle and Ancient Wiltshire or Salisbury

​We combine this tour (eveing access) with a visit to the mysterious village of Avebury which is ringed by the largest stone circle in the world for an unforgettable day out of London. Our early morning tour includes Salisbury Cathedral rather thand Avebury Stone Circle

Stonehenge - Private Viewing at Sunset or Dawn

Built nearly 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Most visitors to the site are not allowed direct access to the stones. With our Stonehenge Tours you get that access, with a private viewing of the mysterious monoliths. We will enter the stone circle itself and stand beside the mighty Sarsen rocks towering above us. Our guide will explain the history of this ancient site, pointing out the altar, slaughter and heel stones, above which the sun rises dramatically on the summer solstice. There will be time to enjoy the peace, away from the crowds, as we experience Stonehenge at its most mystical and atmospheric best. Not to be missed!

Avebury Stone Circle

Our first stop will be the medieval village of Avebury which is ringed by the largest stone circle in the world and the product of Neolithic man. You will have free time to explore this picturesque and historic village.

West Kennet Long Barrow

Walk up the hillside to West Kennet Long Barrow one of the largest Neolithic burial tombs in Britain and over 5000 years old. Your guide will take you into the burial chambers and bring its fascinating history alive.

Salisbury Cathedral Our early morning tour also includes Salisburty Cathedral and free time for lunch and exploring the City. See the tallest church spire in the UK during your visit to Salisbury Cathedral and enjoy the picture-perfect area surrounding the church. Check out the legendary Magna Carta that is on display inside Salisbury Cathedral – it’s the best preserved of the four remaining copies. The Magna Carta isn’t the only historical artefact you will see here as the cathedral also houses the world’s oldest working clock!

This is a very popular tour and must be booked well in advance!

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Beyond Stonehenge: How To Explore The Prehistoric Landscape Of Salisbury Plain

  • Salisbury Plain, known for Stonehenge, is a historic site in southern England with stunning views and a rich archaeology to explore.
  • Beyond Stonehenge, visitors can discover the Avebury Stone Circle, West Kennet Long Barrow, Windmill Hill, and Silbury Hill.
  • Salisbury Cathedral, with its impressive architecture and Tower Tour, is a must-visit site that offers a glimpse into the region's history.

Salisbury Plain, the expansive, windswept region of southern England, is famous for its iconic monument, Stonehenge. It is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. The monument is a massive stone circle that was built roughly 4,000 to 5,000 years ago and was part of a larger sacred landscape. Stonehenge is a popular tourist destination, perfect for a weekend road trip .

Stonehenge is undoubtedly the most famous prehistoric site in the area, but there are many other sites to explore beyond Stonehenge. Visitors can explore the area on foot, by bike, or by car, and they can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside. In this comprehensive guide, explore how to make the most of one's visit to Salisbury Plain , going beyond the stone circle to uncover its rich history, archeological sites, and breathtaking landscapes.

Related: Stonehenge At Sunset: How To Have A Magical Evening At This Ancient Site

The History Of Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain is located in the Bay of Isles. James Cook discovered Salisbury during his second voyage in 1772–1775. It made its way onto the British Admiralty charts in 1931, bearing its name in homage to the Salisbury Plain in England.

This plain in southern England spans 300 square miles and is primarily composed of chalk, a part of a network of chalk downlands that extends through eastern and southern England. It mostly resides within Wiltshire County but stretches into Hampshire.

Renowned for its rich archeology, including the iconic Stonehenge, the plain holds the distinction of being the largest remaining area of calcareous grassland in northwest Europe, despite significant portions dedicated to military training. It also features arable land, pockets of beech trees, and coniferous woodland, with Easton Hill being its highest point.

Historically, the Neolithic period saw early settlements on the plain, particularly around the causewayed enclosure of Robin Hood's Ball. The Bronze Age brought further settlement, with areas near Durrington Walls and Stonehenge becoming focal points. Iron Age hill forts sprang up around the plain's periphery.

Roman roads, villas, and Anglo-Saxon settlements left their marks, and the medieval period brought prosperity through the wool and cloth trade.

In the mid-19th century, as the textile industry waned, the plain shifted from sheep farming to agriculture and military use. The introduction of chalk carvings, such as the Westbury White Horse, added cultural significance.

The area was also used for military training during World War I and World War II, and it is still used for military training today.

Things To Do At Salisbury Plain (Beyond Stonehenge)

While Stonehenge is undoubtedly the most famous prehistoric site in the area, there are many other archeological sites to explore beyond Stonehenge , plus more to see.

The Avebury Stone Circle

A short drive from Stonehenge, the Avebury Stone Circle is an equally remarkable prehistoric site, often referred to as the 'Stonehenge of the North.' This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts the world's largest stone circle and a fascinating village nestled within the Neolithic earthwork known as Windmill Hill.

The Avebury Stone Circle is just one of several remarkable sites that dot the landscape of Wiltshire, England, dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. These ancient marvels offer a journey into the past, and visitors can explore them all during their visit to Stonehenge.

Here are some notable sites nearby:

  • West Kennet Long Barrow : Dating to approximately 3650 BC, the West Kennet Long Barrow is a series of chambered tombs where around fifty people were laid to rest. This ancient burial site provides a poignant connection to the Neolithic inhabitants of the region, offering insight into their burial practices and beliefs.
  • Windmill Hill : This site consists of three concentric but intermittent ditches, suggesting a rich history of human activity. Excavations at Windmill Hill have uncovered numerous animal bones, hinting at feasting or ritualistic practices conducted by Neolithic communities.
  • Silbury Hill : An enigmatic artificial mound, Silbury Hill stands as the largest of its kind in Europe and was completed around 2400 BC. Despite extensive research and study, the purpose of Silbury Hill remains a mystery, shrouded in the veil of time.

Visitors can also cast off on a mystical journey from London to Stonehenge , discovering thrilling road trip stops along the way for adventurous souls.

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral , officially known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, stands as an iconic Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England . It holds the distinction of being the mother church of the Diocese of Salisbury and serves as the episcopal seat for the Bishop of Salisbury.

Architecturally, the cathedral is revered as one of the most prominent examples of early English Gothic architecture. One of the unique attractions for visitors is the "Tower Tour," which offers a fascinating glimpse into the interior of the cathedral's hollow spire.

Here, visitors can marvel at the ancient wooden scaffolding that has supported this architectural marvel for centuries.

Related: Legends And Lore: Every Myth Associated With Stonehenge

In addition to its architectural splendor, Salisbury Cathedral boasts the largest cloister and the most extensive cathedral in all of Britain, covering an expansive 80 acres. This serene and historic space surrounding the cathedral provides a peaceful setting for visitors to explore and reflect.

  • Address: Salisbury SP1 2EJ, United Kingdom
  • Operation hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 AM to 4:15 PM; Sunday, 12:30 PM to 3:15 PM

There's so much more to see in Salisbury Plain beyond Stonehenge; this guide is just the beginning.

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