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Is Stonehenge Worth Visiting? Must Know Tips And What To Expect

Stonehenge is one of the Europe’s most important Neolithic landmarks. It may be the world’s most famous stone circle. It’s older than the Egyptian pyramids and still largely a mystery.

Stonehenge was built almost 5,000 years ago. The site and its surroundings have been been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

In this guide, I give you an overview of Stonehenge and its importance. I also tell you what to expect on a visit to the looming stone slabs and give you tips for visiting.

view of Stonehenge

While world famous, Stonehenge sometimes draws mixed reviews from visitors. And, as I explain below, I was rather underwhelmed by the attraction.

Not by the authenticity of the place. I found the presentation lacking.

Sometimes an ancient ruin is genuinely atmospheric, like the Colosseum or the Parthenon. And sometimes a ruin requires a lot of imagination to not seem like a pile of rocks.

Being historic doesn’t necessarily make a site thrilling to visit. I’m thinking, for example, of sites like Hadrian’s Wall.

In any event, I give you tips for visiting Stonehenge and you can decide for yourself whether the iconic monument is worth visiting.

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What Is Stonehenge And Why Is It important?

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument on the Salisbury plain.

In 5,000 B.C., it was just a circular ditch or henge. Around 2500 B.C., large stones were brought to the site and assembled.

At almost 5,000 years old, Stonehenge is one of the oldest things on the planet. Construction continued for almost 1,000 years until the Bronze Age.

Building of Stonehenge

The large stones are called saracens. They came from a nearby quarry. Some of them are 30 feet tall and weigh over 35 tons.

The smaller stones are called bluestones. They’re made from a variety of volcanic rock and came from 200 miles away in Wales.

Stone 56, the tallest stone, in the center

The Neolithic inhabitants hammered and shaped the stones into sharply-defined smooth rectangular blocks.

They were placed in a concentric setting, with two circular and two horseshoe shapes. The outer circle of saracens may once have had 30 upright stones capped with horizontal lintels.

There is a Heel Stone that stands in isolation, surrounded by a small circular ditch. This stone was intended to mark the place on the horizon where the summer solstice sunrise appears.

There are small flat station stones. They mark the corners of a perfect rectangle with its central point in the exact center of the monument. 

The stones were presumably dragged to the site with human muscle and wooden sleds. They were then levered into place with ropes and pulleys.

view of Stonehenge

Purpose of Stonehenge: Why Was It Built?

The mystery is less in how Stonehenge was built but why it was built. The alignment of the stones likely marked the passage of the sun and the changing seasons.

Experts have advanced many theories. Though Stonehenge will likely never fully divulge its secrets.

Was the monument used as a burial site, a sacred place of worship, a place for special ceremonies, an astronomical observatory, or a giant sun dial?

Or was Stonehenge a multi-purpose site, with its purpose evolving over the millennia that it has stood?

Expert seems to at least increasingly agree that Stonehenge was used for special ceremonies like burials. Human remains have been found in the stone circle itself and in ditches and hills around the periphery.

Stonehenge is also part of an ancient landscape.

Durrington Walls henge

In 2020, using non-invasive radar technology, archaeologists discovered another circle of trenches called the Durrington Walls henge. The site never any standing stones like Stonehenege, but there are 100 stones buried underground.

The newly-discovered henge is 2 miles northeast of Stonehenge. The discoveries at this neolithic settlement suggest that people lived at Durrington and that Stonehenge was for the dead.

From archaeological finds and bones, historians know that people from all over the country, and even from other countries, came to visit Stonehenge as a pilgrimage destination. There is evidence of feasting and barbecues.

On site, there are reconstructions of prehistoric huts in which people lived at Durrington Walls henge.

Stonehenge wasn’t built all at the same time. It was built and rearranged over 1,000 years. But, around 1,500 B.C., construction abruptly stopped. Stonehenge entered its long sleep as a city of the dead.

Excavations Of Stonehenge

The first known excavation at Stonehenge was undertaken in the 1620s by the Duke of Buckingham, instigated by King James I. 

Stonehenge at sunrise

The king subsequently commissioned the architect Inigo Jones to conduct a survey of the monument. Jones erroneously argued that Stonehenge was built by the Romans.

In the late 17th century, the antiquarian John Aubrey surveyed Stonehenge.

He was the first to record the ring of chalk pits later named after him, the “Aubrey Holes.” The holes or pits were initially used to support stones or posts. Later, they appear to have been used to bury cremated remains.

Aubrey concluded that the monument wasn’t built by Romans but by native inhabitants.

In the 18th century, William Stukeley surveyed the monument. He opined, incorrectly again, that Stonehenge was built by a Celtic priesthood called the Druid as a temple to its idols.

In late 19th century, Sir William Flinders Petrie once again surveyed Stonehenge in detail. He devised the numbering system for the stones that’s still in use today.

view of Stonehenge

In the 20th century, there was a program designed to stabilize and re-erect some of the stones.

In the 21st century, excavations continued with more artifacts being found. A laser survey of Stonehenge revealed Bronze Age carvings on the stones.

Stonehenge has been damaged over the years. In fact, people used to be given chisels when they visited. People climbed on and vandalized the stones.

In 1977, the stones were roped off to prevent bad behavior. Thanks to them, we can’t have nice things like close up viewing …

In the 1960-70s, Stonehenge was thought to be imbued with magical and mystical powers. It became a hot spot for hippies, open air festivals, and New Age counterculture.

For many years, Stonehenge was privately owned. In 2018, barrister Cecil Chubb and his wife Mary gifted Stonehenge to the British nation.

un-zoomed photo of how far away the stones are from the path

What To Expect On A Visit To Stonehenge

Ideally, you will experience Stonehenge as a wonder of ancient achievement. But, to me, the presentation of the ruins leaves a lot to be desired.

Stonehenge is wedged between two very busy roads, which is less than romantic.

More importantly, unless you are on a special access tour, you’re not even allowed to get close to the stones. You’re cordoned off and see the stones only from a distance.

I mean like half the length of a football field away distance. Every photo you’ve ever seen of Stonehenge was taken with a telephoto lens. Perhaps because of this, the stones may seem smaller than you expect.

There’s a prescribed tourist route that circles clockwise around the monument. You must stay on the pathway.

Naturally, you cannot touch the stones. Though you’re not near them, so you necessarily don’t have the chance.

shuttle bus route out to the monument

After vandalism in the past when access was unhindered, it’s natural that a UNESCO site is protected. But unless you use binoculars, you won’t be able to really “see” the large stones.

The only stones that you can see somewhat closely are the Heel Stone and a station stone. The center circle itself will seem far away indeed.

It’s a very different experience than visiting the Roman Forum or other ancient monuments where you can walk right in them and touch the ruins.

Stonehenge is also usually very crowded. Stonehenge is the #1 tourist attraction in the U.K.

Every year, it draws almost a million visitors. You might find it hard to even get a parking place.

The busiest time is the summer solstice in June and the winter solstice in December. This is when the stones are positioned to align with the sunrise and sunset.

view of Stonehenge

The tourist buses seem to arrive mid-day. Mine did.

If you want to experience the stones without massive crowds, come early or arrive later in the day and avoid the solstices.

When you arrive, you’ll be at the visitors center . It’s 1.5 miles to the monument itself.

You can walk (40 minutes) or take the visitor shuttle bus out to the circle. The bus ride takes 5-10 minutes.

The visitors center at Stonehenge consists of an exhibition, a cafe, and a gift shop. There’s also an outdoor gallery where you can see reconstructed Neolithic houses.

You can download the free audio app or pick up an audio guide for a small fee.

the Heel Stone, the closest you'll get to a stone

Is Stonehenge Worth Visiting?

Is Stonehenge worth visiting or is it a tourist trap?

Personally, though I’m a ruin luster who loves old stones, I was disappointed on my behind the ropes visit. I’m not sure Stonehenge was worth the time, money, and bother.

If I had a do-over, I would definitely book a special access tour to get inside the circle and closer to the stones. I think the experience would be improved, though a more expensive one.

Your visit will also be enhanced if you’ve done your homework and your expectations are low. With some history on the site, you can better appreciate the pile of stones.

Check out the exhibitions at the visitors center or carry the audio guide to help enliven the site. Or read up on the monument in advance.

On the whole, I wasn’t impressed with the standard Stonehenge experience. I wouldn’t call it a tourist trap. After all, it’s a Neolithic monument.

But I would say the experience of visiting it is sub par, especially compared to many other UNESCO sites I’ve visited. I’m glad I saw it, but won’t visit again on a standard tour.

Stonehenge at sunset

Tickets & Tours For Stonehenge

You’ll also need some tips for booking tickets and tours for Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is so popular that you should book a timed entry ticket online in advance. You can also book a ticket on Get Your Guide .

You can turn up and hope to get tickets. But the site might be sold out and it’s slightly more expensive than booking in advance.

If you don’t want to drive, you can book a guided tour to Stonehenge from London and leave the transportation to someone else.

Stonehenge is not an all day visit. A couple hours is likely enough time to explore the site.

Thus, Stonehenge is usually packaged with other attractions to get the maximum out of your sightseeing day. Here are some of your tour options:

  • an 11 hour guided tour from London with Stonehenge Windsor Castle & Bath
  • an 11.5 hour tour from London of Stonehenge and Bath
  • a 10.5 hour tour from London of Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
  • a 6 hour private tour from London to Stonehenge

reconstruction of a prehistoric hut from Dunnington Walls Henge

Of these tours, I would especially recommend the second one because Bath is one of the most beautiful towns in England.

To help compare the sites and decide which ones to pick, here’s my one day in Bath itinerary and my guide to Windsor Castle .

Another option is to book a guided tour that combines Stonehenge and Avebury . 

Avebury is another ancient stone circle that’s less commercialized than Stonehenge. You can also visit both sites on a private tour with pick up and drop off.

You can also check out the Stonehenge special access tours. These small group tours let you walk into the circle of stones either before the monument has opened or after closing.

Roman Baths in Bath, , a town close to Stonehenge

As I mentioned, I really wish I had booked one of these despite the cost. It’s a different experience to be so close to history. Please note, you still cannot actually touch the stones on these tours.

You can book:

  • a guided early morning tour from London
  • a guided evening tour from London
  • a morning or evening tour that goes to Stonehenge, Bath, and Lacock
  • a guided morning or evening tour that goes to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle

You can also apply to book a special access tour of Stonehenge on the English Heritage page .

Click here for information on the tours. If you’re accepted for one of the times you requested, they’ll contact you about making payment.

How To Get To Stonehenge

It’s easy to reach Stonehenge by car. It’s around a 2 hour drive from London. There’s a car park near the visitor center. It’s free for those with pre-booked tickets to Stonehenge except in peak season.

Salisbury Cathedral

The nearest train to Stonehenge is Salisbury, which is around 12 miles away.  From the station, you can get the public  Stonehenge Tour bus , which takes you directly to the Stonehenge visitors center.

Where To Stay Near Stonehenge

The benefit of overnighting near Stonehenge is that you can arrive bright and early rather than at midday.

The pretty town of Salisbury is just 15 minutes from Stonehenge. You can also visit both Stonehenge and Avebury on a guided tour from Salisbury , instead of from London.

If you stay in or near there, you also get to see Salisbury Cathedral , which will not be a disappointment in any way. The cathedral houses one of the original copies of the magna Carta.

The Stones Hotel is a well appointed hotel that’s a foodie favorite in the area. The Barford Inn is a hotel in a quaint 16th century building.

The Millford Hotel & Spa is a pretty hotel with an excellent breakfast. And Caboose is a luxurious bed and breakfast in a historic building.

interior of prehistoric huts at Stonehenge

Practical information For Stonehenge

Here is some other practical information and tips for visiting Stonehenge.

Address : Near Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE. Parking is free in off peak months.

Hours : Open daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm for a standard visit.

Entry fee :

Timed entry tickets begin at £20.00. Ticket prices vary depending on whether you visit in the Off-Peak, Standard or Peak season.

You need to arrive within the 30 minute time slot you book, but can stay as long as you wish.

Pro Tip : Because Stonehenge is perched high on a plain, it’s very windy and can seem chilly.

Food : There is a cafe on site serving mostly fast food. I found it a bit overpriced, uninspiring, and rather like a train station.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips for visiting Stonehenge. You may enjoy these other London/England travel guides:

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  • Guide to St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Visiting Stonehenge: a complete guide including FREE options [2024]

Visiting Stonehenge is a must-do for all travellers, whether you’re from the UK or visiting from abroad, at least once in their lives.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, arguably the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe and nearly a wonder of the world, the Neolithic site is shrouded in history and mystery. This only adds to its importance as a vital part of our heritage and makes it a truly fascinating place to explore.

In this guide, I’ll cover all you need to know about visiting Stonehenge from how to get there to how much it costs and what you’ll experience while you’re there.

Guide to visiting Stonehenge

Visiting Stonehenge: the essentials

Where should i stay to visit stonehenge.

The nearest major cities to Stonehenge are Bath, Bristol and London, although it’s easily visitable in one day from Bournemouth, Brighton and Oxford too – to name just a few.

If you’re looking for accommodation in England, I always use Booking.com for a wide variety of options – and Genuis discounts, hello!

Why is Stonehenge so special?

Even though Stonehenge as we know it was built around 2500 BC, so much about its construction and meaning is still a mystery to us.

There’s even evidence that an early monument was built on the site before the unique stone circle, around 5,000 years ago, so it’s extremely likely that there’s a deeper religious or spiritual meaning to Stonehenge.

There are so many mysteries surrounding Stonehenge: for example, how and why the Stones were transported to the area, as they originate from the Preseli Mountains in Wales!

The Stones are also positioned to align perfectly with the sun on the solstices. On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone in the north-east and shines directly into the heart of Stonehenge. On the winter solstice, the sun sets to the south-west of the stone circle.

Stonehenge stone circle

Is it worth visiting Stonehenge?

Yes: without a doubt, Stonehenge is worth the visit.

Honestly, as a Brit who’d grown up knowing it was only a few hours away, I wasn’t sure how meaningful the trip to Stonehenge would be. However, it was amazing to learn about the history of the local area and how many other ancient monuments surround Stonehenge – it’s clearly a special place.

I’ll go into more detail on what exactly you’ll experience later but for now, let’s get you there!

How to get to Stonehenge

Stonehenge is just one hour from Bath and Bristol, and two hours from London by road. Stonehenge is located just off the A303 – you may even catch a glimpse of the stone circle as you drive past!

Enter the postcode SP4 7DE and follow the brown and white tourist signs to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.

Please note if you’re arriving by car, parking is free if you’ve pre-booked your tickets. If not, you’ll have to pay for parking initially – although it’s fully refundable on the purchase of a ticket to Stonehenge.

You can take a direct train from London Waterloo to Salisbury, the nearest train station, in around 90 minutes. Regular trains also run from Bristol, Bath or Southampton.

From Salisbury, take a taxi or the Stonehenge Tour Bus which departs hourly from the railway station forecourt.

There are many companies offering coach tours, particularly from London Victoria. There are also small group and private hire options available to book, which is a great option if you’re travelling solo and want to meet other people.

How much does it cost to visit Stonehenge?

Ticket prices.

There is a charge to visit the Stonehenge offical attraction which includes viewing the Stones, plus the visitor centre and exhibitions. It’s slightly cheaper to book your tickets for Stonehenge online, which also saves you waiting in line to get in.

In 2024, ticket prices vary depending on the season and day of the week – as you’d expect weekends are slightly more expensive.

To give you an idea of the costs of visiting Stonehenge, weekday off-peak adult tickets start at around £23 with the voluntary donation (£20.90 without) or weekends start from £26 in the winter season – currently until March 2024.

Child (5-17), concession or family tickets are available too.

English Heritage members get free entry to Stonehenge so take your membership card with you on the day – you can still book in advance too.

Individual English Heritage memberships cost £5.75 per month or £69 per year so if you’re planning to visit multiple English Heritage sites over the next year, it may work out cheaper to buy a membership.

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Can I visit Stonehenge for free?

While you can’t get as close to Stonehenge as with a paid ticket, there are free walking trails that take you alongside the visitor area!

Park for free around Fargo Road (we saw quite a few campervans who’d stayed overnight in this spot) and take the footpath at the end of Willoughby Road directly to Stonehenge. It’ll take you about 20 minutes which is faster than parking up at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre car park – and cheaper too, as you won’t have to pay for parking.

I’d particularly recommend this option if you can get to Stonehenge before or after the opening/closing times in the summer, as you’ll likely have a much clearer view without all the paid visitors between you and the path. The view you’ll get is similar to this – just even further back.

How to visit Stonehenge free

What to expect on your trip to Stonehenge

What is the best time to go to stonehenge.

The quietest times to visit are before 11:00 or after 14:00.

We booked our tickets for 10:30 arrival on a Friday. You can arrive within 30 minutes of the time stated on your ticket so we actually parked up around 10:15 and could go straight into the museum.

What should I expect when I visit Stonehenge?

It’s not just the famous stone circle you can visit at Stonehenge! There’s also an amazing visitor centre with an exhibition telling you all about the area’s history, virtual Stones experience and model Neolithic houses.

Stonehenge Visitor Centre Neolitihic Housees

When it comes to visiting the monument itself, this is situated a little way from the visitor centre which works to build up the excitement! You can take the shuttle Visitor Bus to the Stones – they run on a constant loop and take around 10 minutes to get there.

However I wouldn’t recommend this option unless you aren’t super mobile as the other option is a really lovely walk. This takes a little longer – probably 20 minutes along the road or 30 minutes if you take the scenic detour along the fields.

As well as being a really pretty part of the countryside, there’s also some history to the fields as they’re home to some ancient burial mounds, so it’s definitely worth the detour at least one-way.

There’s also the classic gift shop and café but we didn’t check them out so I can’t recommend them either way!

How close can I get to Stonehenge itself?

With normal access tickets, you can get within a few metres of Stonehenge but must not venture beyond the roped-off area. The picture below is probably the closest vantage point you’ll get – pretty amazing, but still a decent way back.

If you’re like to visit the Stonehenge inner circle, this is only possible with specialist Stone Circle Experience tickets.

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What is the Stonehenge Stone Circle Experience?

The Stone Circle Experience allows 30 people at a time to go inside the stone circle. Time slots are extremely limited, as they take place around the site’s official opening hours – around sunrise and sunset.

You have to take the shuttle bus to the Stones on this experience so you’ll get around 45 minutes inside the inner circle. While you still can’t touch or stand on the stones, you can take as many photos as you’d like and a guide will be with you to answer any questions.

If Stonehenge and its history has a special meaning to you and you’re willing to work around those time slots, it’s 100% worth the extra cost for the Stone Circle Experience. Even having visited once already, I’d absolutely consider it.

The Stone Circle Experience costs £61 for adults and £37 for children aged 5 – 17 (children under five go free) until March 2025, with English Heritage Member discounts available.

Incredible views at Stonehenge

How long should I spend visiting Stonehenge?

You can enter Stonehenge within 30 minutes of the time allocated on your ticket and stay as long as you like.

I’d recommend allocating two hours to your visit at an absolute minimum, although we enjoyed nearly four hours here on our visit. It was an absolutely glorious day so we enjoyed our picnic on the grass with an unbelievable view of the stone circle.

The last allowed entry is two hours before closing time so bear that in mind if you’re hoping to go later in the day.

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’ve officially learned all you need to know about visiting Stonehenge for the day. I hope you have a wonderful trip – believe me, it’s so worth it!

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Is a Tour of Stonehenge Worth It?

Ian Sumpter Last Updated: October 26, 2023

Is a tour of Stonehenge worth it? I cover all the reasons I think it is in this article. Covering everything from special access to the logistics of travel. You will find every reason for taking a tour of this incredible site below.

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Is a Visit to Stonehenge Worth it?

the sunrises over the mystical landscape. This alone makes a trip to Stonehenge worth it.

Sitting around 90 miles outside London, Stonehenge and the surrounding archaeological landscape are amongst the most important Megalithic remains across the British Isles and Europe.

Arguably the world’s most famous ancient stone circle, Stonehenge is a vast and integral part of the British and European historical landscape.

The site’s first use dates back around 8,000 years, but the famous stone circle was constructed around the same time as the Great Pyramid of Giza some 4,500 years ago and remains the most sophisticated lintelled stone circle in the world.

The stone circle does not stand in isolation. There is a vast archeological landscape viewable to the public. It consists of over 350 burial mounds, the cursus, Woodhenge, and Durrington Walls. It is vital for our understanding of life in the 4th to 2nd millennium BC.

So is a visit to Stonehenge worth it? 100% yes. It is a site that has captured the imaginations of millions of travelers and can still teach us so much about ancient civilizations and ourselves to this day. To understand more about Stonehenge’s history check out our free article on The Unbelievable History of Stonehenge .

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our Guide to Stonehenge

Is a Tour of Stonehenge Worth it?

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Short Answer:  Absolutely, yes!

While it is possible to visit Stonehenge and the surrounding complex on your own, there are several clear advantages to taking a tour, they are:

Stonehenge is a two-hour drive from London, and driving inside London itself is madness. So why bother with all that stress? With a guided tour, transportation is taken care of. And not on one of those enormous tour buses that cram sixty or so people on. Our transportation is small luxury coaches that fit a maximum of 15 people.

Exclusive Access

We have been organizing tours for over 15 years and know how to draw back the curtain to reveal the magic. With some of our Stonehenge tours, we can offer special access into the inner circle normally closed to the public. This occurs outside of regular visiting hours, early morning or early evening. Only thirty spots are available daily, making this a truly exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Small Groups

I don’t want to travel on a bus with fifty people to a site where a guide goes through the motions, so why would you like to?

Our groups are capped at 15 people, meaning you can ask questions easily and won’t be herded like cattle around the site.

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our free guide on the Best Tours to Take in London

If Tours of Stonehenge are Worth it Which is Best for You?

Is a tour of Stonehenge worth it. A smiling couple infront of the stone circle think so.

Now that you know that a tour of Stonehenge is worth it, you need to ask which one is best for you. We have a detailed article on the Best Stonehenge Tours to Take and Why , but below, you’ll find a brief description of our highest-rated experiences.

Small Group Day Tour of Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Historic Bath

Board your clipper and glide down the River Thames past some of London’s most iconic sites before reaching the imposing Tower of London.

No need to hire a car or figure out public transport connections, your executive mini-coach will pick you up bright and early from the center of London for a beautiful drive through the rolling green hills of the English countryside.

You’ll arrive at Stonehenge before the crowds for your expertly guided tour of the iconic site. You’ll have time to explore the rest of the archaeological landscape before heading to historic Bath, a once-important Roman city.

After a break for lunch, you will head to your final destination of the day, the Royal residence of Windsor Castle, with time to explore the elegant state apartments and reception rooms.

You’ll finish the day at the Royal Chapel of St. George, where several legendary Kings and Queens were laid to rest, including the late Queen Elizabeth II, before being driven back to London in complete luxury.

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Early Access Stonehenge Morning Tour from London with Inner Circle Access

Want to feel the mysterious atmosphere of Stonehenge before the crowds arrive? You’ll depart London while most are still in bed and gain access to Stonehenge at sunrise before the site has even opened for the general public. You’ll gain exclusive access to the inner circle, normally off-limits to tourists, and watch the sunrise at this enigmatic site.

Afterward, you’ll witness another slice of British history at the majestic Salisbury Cathedral, where the famous Magna Carta is still displayed.

After Hours Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour from London

Are you looking for the ultimate Stonehenge evening experience without the big crowds and don’t like mornings? Then, flip our morning access to the inner circle of Stonehenge tour on its head. Start the day in London before being transported to the Avebury and West Kennet, stop for lunch at the famous Red Lion pub, and then head to Stonehenge after hours to witness the sunset from the inner circle—an unforgettable experience.

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A helpful guide to visiting Stonehenge in 2024 – including how to make it worth seeing!

Close your eyes and imagine think of the first thing that comes to mind with the words ‘ancient Britain’ – I bet Stonehenge comes to mind whether you’ve seen it in real life or not. It’s etched on so many people’s minds like the pyramids. It’s iconic.

It’s one of the most popular tourist sites in the entire world, let alone just in Great Britain, and it’s one of my favourite sites to visit. I’ve been 3 or 4 times now over a number of years and the most recent being at the beginning of December 2022 so I’ve seen it with all updated visitors centre and how it used to be too.  

This Stonehenge guide takes my knowledge over all my trips and should answer any and all your questions that you have about it. Plus if you keep reading you’ll find my tips on how to make visiting Stonehenge worth it.

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It breaks my heart to hear when people feel like it’s a waste of a day trip.  It definitely doesn’t have to be!  Let’s go…

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Inside Stonehenge on an inner circle tour from London

Stonehenge Tickets

Tickets for Stonehenge are recommended to buy in advance especially if you’re planning to see the stones in summer or at weekends when it’s busy!

It can also be cheaper to get them in advance.

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!

I love encouraging people to come and see and really make the most out of their visit. Shout (or comment below) if you have any questions about visiting Stonehenge and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Read on about one of my favourite ancient sites I’ve ever visited. I’m excited to share what I know about it with you and I hope it will help if you ever take a day trip to Stonehenge.

Visiting Stonehenge on a winter morning

Need tickets to Stonehenge? It’s a good idea to book in advance as it can get busy, plus advance tickets are cheaper – you can get tickets online here . Coming from London? One easy way to enjoy Stonehenge is to come on an organized tour. Check this half day option . Or see our guide on getting from London to Stonehenge

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I’ve visited Stonehenge many times over the years – the first back in 2007 and my most recent trip being in December 2022 This post is based on my experiences of visiting with kids, going as a day trip and also staying overnight nearby. It was first written in 2018 and has been updated in 2024

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Selfie at Stonehenge

A very brief overview of Stonehenge

The stone circle at Stonehenge is around 5000 years old and it lies in the heart of the Wlltshire countryside in England.  

Nope, it’s not in Scotland (when I was searching with a well known search engine one of the questions it tried to prompt was ‘is Stonehenge in Scotland?’ now you have your answer!) but in an area called Salisbury Plain which is in central southern England.  The county that Stonehenge is in is called Wiltshire and the nearest city is Salisbury.

There are many theories as to the use of the stone circle from legends saying that the devil brought them and placed them on Salisbury plain to theories of ancient astronomers, sacrificial altars and even one saying that Merlin built it.

Stonehenge portrait

The fact is we’ll never know for sure, but we can have a good, educated guess based on the archaeology found there.  Human remains have been found, so possibly it was a burial site at some time.  It certainly seems that there has been some astrological significance as the stones line up with the summer and winter solstice but the actual reasons behind it are unknown.

Stonehenge in England on a cloudy day with some blue sky

The stones are huge and would have required some serious engineering capability to move them.  

They’re also not local stones either with the large sarsen stones, that make the trilithon (the two uprights and a lintel) coming from around 25 miles away on the Marlborough Downs – doesn’t seem far away for us now, but in days without vehicles to move large objects would have been a feat.  They also weigh up to 25 tonnes each!  

The smaller bluestones in the circle come all the way from Wales which is around 150 miles away.  Again, many theories abound as to how the stones got there – one thing is sure, it wouldn’t have been easy and means that whatever Stonehenge was built for, it was something of importance.

tips for visiting stonehenge

Despite what you might think – Stonehenge isn’t actually one of the wonders of the world.  It’s definitely old enough and mysterious enough but it didn’t make the list although it was made a long time ago, so we’ll forgive them for making the mistake.  

It is a UNESCO world heritage site nowadays, although that club isn’t as exclusive as the seven wonders!

So why is Stonehenge important and why should you visit?  

Well, it’s so ancient that we don’t have any written records of the people who were around and built the site.  So figuring out what the circle was used for and finding out what we can from the archaeology of the area can really help us to learn about our ancestors who live at that time.  

And, well it’s a huge mystery – we’re never going to know exactly what it’s absolute purpose was so it’s something that will keep experts and history buffs going for a long time!  And they love that!

Stonehenge circle and heel stone

Is Stonehenge worth seeing?

The eternal question seems to be whether Stonehenge is worth seeing or whether it can be missed from your travel bucket list.  Ask ten people and likely you’ll find 5 saying it was worth it and 5 saying don’t bother.  

Your mileage may vary depending on a lot of things namely whether you’re actually interested in this kind of attraction or whether you’re just looking to tick off something from your ‘seen it’ list.

Personally I’m in the ‘ YES it’s worth seeing – go now !’ camp.  

I was really expecting to be completely underwhelmed by it before I saw it for the first time and truthfully we only went as we had English Heritage passes (which made it free) and we were passing by.  

I was utterly spellbound by it and was truly impressed by the whole place.  I do enjoy history though, so that of course helps.  The feeling was the same when a few years later we visited again so it wasn’t just because we could get in for free!

(Keep reading for my tips on how you can get the most out of your visit and make your day worth it.)

Image of people at Stonehenge

My 10 tips for making Stonehenge worth a visit

So with all this in mind here’s my tips for making Stonehenge worth the visit and cost so you’re not leaving and regretting your visit!

1. Read up on it

Which you’re doing because you’re here!  Yay!  

But if you skipped it and haven’t read through this post then now is my friendly reminder to do it once you’ve finished reading these tips.  

Why?  Because knowing a little about the history of the site and the possible uses for it will give you a better understanding once you’re there on the ground and looking at the literal pile of stones on the ground.

2. Check your expectations

Know what you can and can’t do at Stonehenge.  So many times I’ve heard people complain that they couldn’t touch the stones – please don’t expect that because you can’t.  

Yes there are pictures of people who have done it, but either they’re really old pictures before the new rules came in to place or these are people who have paid extra for the special access option . (Although you still can’t touch the stones – you can just get access to the inner circle).

If you’re going on an ordinary day, using ordinary tickets, you’ll be going round the edge.  This is fine though – you still get a great appreciation for the scale of the site and to be honest, you’re still fairly close.

You might like : Top 5 Stonehenge Inner Circle Tours from London

3. Check the weather

Obviously Stonehenge is outside so if it’s pouring with rain you might find that your day and enthusiasm is slightly dampened. (sorry – bad pun!)

If you can be flexible on your dates it might well be worth keeping an eye on the weather and choosing the best day for it.  

If you have no choice make sure you have waterproofs, an umbrella and hope for a break in the clouds!  There are some inside spots at the visitor centre so if the worst happens enjoy those too!

4. Go early or late if you can 

Another gripe I hear from people is how busy it can be.  I’m not surprised – it’s almost always on a travel bucket list and it’s touted as a must see from lots of people, including me.  

It’s a big deal for lots of people so it’s going to be busy!

If that’s a problem for you then aim to either arrive early in the day as soon as it opens or late on as it’s getting nearer to closing time and the tour groups have left.  If you have no choice just be aware that it will be busy.   Last admission time to the stones is 2 hours before their closing time.

Neolithic houses that have be recreated outside the Stonehenge visitor centre

5. Check out the visitor centre

Don’t bypass the visitor centre and museum as it can help you get your head round what you’re looking at and make your visit much better.  

As I said before – get yourself armed with the facts and seeing the stones becomes part of a big story that you’re learning about.  There’s been lots of changes and additions recently – interactive exhibits, prehistoric houses that would have been contemporary with the stones and artefacts found at the site.  Definitely plenty to enrich your visit.

6. Listen to the audio guide

Again this is about making the day more than just looking at the stones.  By listening to the audio guide you can understand what the archaeologists and historians have learned about each stone as you get to it.  

Kids also enjoy the guides too so include them in it, I always find mine pick up more than I think!  

On my very first trip to Stonehenge I found them so informative and useful. On my most recent trip there wasn’t the push to have them so I imagine some people might not bother which is a shame.

The guides are available to download on your phone.   iTunes link .   Android link .

7. Take your time

If you can, just take your time and enjoy what there is at the site.  

Don’t rush to get to the next point on your audio guide – really look at the area and imagine how it would have been to see the stones in their prime or even how it was built.  

Rushing round will just amplify the feeling of ‘is that it?’

8. Get membership to English Heritage or National Trust

We’ve been members of both of these organisations in the past and find them excellent value for money if you like either history or outdoor spaces (or both!).

If you get membership your entry to Stonehenge will be included in it which makes it much more of a palatable day out.  I know for us, going with kids is always a bit hit and miss and to know we could leave early if we all hated it and not feel like we had to get our value for money made the day less of a stress.

As it was the kids enjoyed it but it definitely helped!  You can see more about membership here for English Heritage and National Trust

9. Get some added value

Add in some more of the nearby ancient England sites like Avebury or perhaps even a trip to Salisbury or Bath to your day.  

Stonehenge really won’t take up too long, a couple of hours probably, so you’ve plenty of time.  

If you do a tour then often it will include some other place to see as well but also if you’re organising your visit yourself it’s wise to have something else planned for your day so you’re not left thinking – is that it?  Here are 19 things to do near Stonehenge !

10. Go with an open mind

Finally just keep your mind open about your day at Stonehenge.  

Don’t build it up to be this amazing and wonderful spectacle but also don’t go in thinking it will be a pile of old stones and as boring as a pile of stones could be.  Try and be pleasantly surprised by it! (and come back and let me know what you thought!)

11. Walk to the stones rather than get the bus

New tip for 2024!

Now that you have to get a bus to the stones you might find that you’ll spend a great deal of time in the queue to even get on the bus.

If you can and you’re able it’s recommended to walk the short distance to the stones – it gives you an overview of the landscape and there’s actually some other ancient sites on the way too.

If you do have to get the bus be prepared for a wait!

Information board on the walkway around Stonehenge

Your questions answered about visiting Stonehenge:

How close can you get to stonehenge.

If you want to view the stones up close you’ll need to get a ticket and access to the site that way.  

If you’re an English Heritage or National Trust member you’ll be able to gain access for free, but be aware you might still need to book a timed slot to visit.  As the site is very busy it’s recommended to do so but if you’re visiting outside the busiest times then you might get away with it. When I recently visited in winter it was busy but I was able to just turn up.

As a regular visitor you will NOT be able to get up close to Stonehenge.  There’s a pathway that runs around the circle which visitors must keep to.  You cannot touch the stones.

If you want to get that up close feeling you can request special access tickets from English Heritage which allow a visit outside of normal hours and lets you inside the stone circle – these do come at a cost.  

We’ve never done it so I can’t comment on how easy or not it is, but there’s the option so give it a shot if you fancy it.  

An easier way is to book on to a tour that allows you to do it which will guarantee you access if your dates are fixed –   this one is worth checking out .

When is the best time to visit Stonehenge?

crowds at Stonehenge 1

It gets really busy at Stonehenge, as you might imagine, so you must be prepared for an onslaught of tourists, groups and all that that entails (we all know those annoying tourist stories – you’ll likely encounter some here).

Arriving early in the day or very late on will give you the best chance of seeing the stones without too many crowds along side you.  The last entry to the stones is 2 hours before closing time so don’t go too late if you are thinking of doing it that way.

Weekends are also very busy as is any time during the summer months of July and August while the schools are on holiday.  If you visit outside these times you might do a little better but I’d still stick to the get there early or late advice.

What is there to do at Stonehenge?

View of Stonehenge visitor centre

Once you arrive at the car park you’ll see the new visitors centre – this has all changed since we were there but it definitely looks like it was for the better! You can go straight to the stone circle either by the shuttle they provide (takes 10 mins) or by walking.

If it’s a nice day I’d definitely recommend walking if you can – it’s about 2.6 miles to walk and takes around 25-40 mins.   Once at the circle you can obviously walk round it, taking in the views and possibly listening to the audio tour guide as you do.  

Don’t skip the audio guide , it’s really helpful for knowing what you’re looking at – you could use the visitor guide book that they sell as well, but I personally preferred the audio. It’s FREE and available as an app on Apple and Android. Remember to take some headphones with you – you can purchase some in the shop if you forget.

There are also some interesting things to do at the visitor centre which you can do before or after visiting the stones – there’s an exhibition about Stonehenge and also an 360 degree ‘Standing in the Stones’ experience which helps you see the stones as time passes.  

Outside are some neolithic houses that were built so you can see exactly how people lived at the time that Stonehenge was built.

A shop and a cafe are standard for these kinds of sites of course – they can get busy though!

How long to spend at Stonehenge?

Another good question I get is how long do you need to spend there?  I think you can definitely have a good trip and feel you’ve ‘done it’ with just a couple of hours at the site.  

If you have a bit longer and it’s a good weather day you can definitely expand that by taking in some walks in the area and really taking your time which I definitely recommend.

If you want to spend a couple of days in the area there’s lots to do with other historic sites like Avebury nearby and also the city of Salisbury as well that you can explore with its medieval cathedral.

Will kids enjoy visiting Stonehenge?

kids at stonehenge

As with all travelling with kids your mileage will definitely vary depending on what your kids are like, whether they enjoy history and what age they are.  We have visited twice with kids – once when they were around 6 and 7 and again when they were 12 and 13 – and each time they’ve enjoyed it.  

We normally don’t make a big deal out of making sure they learn things and read everything, but we do make a habit of going to these places and being excited and interested in the history ourselves and I think that helps.  

Even kids can do the audio tours and mine certainly enjoyed that – it’s a bit different to your parents telling you about it! Very easy nowadays with them being able to be added to your phone too.

It’s not a long day out to Stonehenge so if you have kids and you’re worried about them not enjoying it then I’d recommend finding something fun and less historical to do afterwards or at the very least have a nice ice cream at the cafe.

How much is Stonehenge?

Tickets for Stonehenge vary in cost depending on when you visit. Prices for an adult will be between £20 and £23.60 in 2023.

See below for more details on ticket prices.

When does Stonehenge open?

Stonehenge opens at around 9.30am every day for regular visitors.

The closing time varies throughout the year but is 7pm in the summer and around 5pm in winter.

tourists visiting Stonehenge in winter

Want to visit Avebury too? Here’s our  in depth guide  to this other part of the World Heritage Site.

How to get tickets to Stonehenge

Unless you just want to explore the countryside around the stones, you’ll need to get a ticket to visit .  If you go on an organised tour like this one then these will be included in the price.

If you’re visiting independently you’ll need to get tickets and they’ve changed how they do it recently which is that it’s recommended to buy tickets in advance where you’ll get a timed slot. You can turn up and hope to get tickets but it’s not guaranteed and it is slightly more expensive than booking in advance.

You only get a 30 minute window to arrive for your slot so it’s important that you give yourself ample time to get to the site – once you’re there you can take as long as you want to explore so no worries on that score.  

There is currently a three tier pricing system whereby some dates are more expensive than others.

  • Off peak is cheapest – mostly mid week outside of high season
  • Standard is mid priced – weekends outside of high season and midweek in high season
  • Peak is most expensive – mostly weekends in high season and Bank Holidays

These advance prices are correct as at February 2024 (peak prices aren’t available yet – will update when they are!):

I highly recommend getting the tickets in advance as it’s not only cheaper but you can be sure to get admission. In busy times it may well be too busy for walk up admittance or you could be waiting in the queue for quite a while (it was busy for me in the winter and first thing in the morning!)

You can buy tickets through Get Your Guide at no extra cost – they have a great cancellation policy in case you can’t make it.

Get tickets in advance here:

Stonehenge admission ticket 

It’s also worth considering getting either English Heritage membership or National Trust membership as they both allow free admission to the site – I’ve had both over the years and we’ve made lots of use out of it and highly recommend it.  If you’re travelling extensively around the UK or live here it’s a must! You can join English Heritage when you’re there and there’s a place to sort that out if you want to offset your ticket.

Can you visit Stonehenge for free?

Which of course brings me along to my next question to answer – can you visit Stonehenge for free?  I guess the answer depends on your definition of visiting it but actually, yes you can.

You can see Stonehenge while driving along in the car – the A303, for now, passes right by the site – it’s not the best view though and not the safest if the driver wants to get a glimpse too.

You can also go for a walk in the area and get views of the land and stones too – this might be the best option if you have a dog with you as they aren’t allowed in the Stone Circle Monument Field and visitor centre.  You can get quite close, I was recently surprised at how close you can get without a ticket!

We’ve recently just spent some time exploring the area around Stonehenge and have written a guide on how to visit for free

How to get to Stonehenge

Stonehenge is in the county of Wiltshire in Southern England – the nearest town in called Amesbury and the largest city nearby is Salisbury.

It’s easy to reach by car and there’s a good car park at the site so no worries once you get there.  It’s around 2 hours from London and of course you have the whole countryside to explore if you come by car!  

The car park is large and free to those with tickets to visit Stonehenge and English Heritage members (£5 may be payable at peak times but is refunded when you get tickets) – if you’re not actually wanting to visit the monument you can still park there but it will cost you £5.

The car park does get busy so allow time to park up.

The nearest train to Stonehenge is Salisbury which is around 12 miles away.   Trainline is your best bet to find trains from all over the UK.  You can get the public Stonehenge Tour bus from there which takes you direct to the visitors centre.

If you’re coming from Swindon, Devizes, Marlborough or Salisbury or areas near there, there are local buses that can take you to Amesbury.  From there it’s a 2 mile walk to the stones.

How to visit Stonehenge from London

Many people are based in London and want to visit the stones so if that’s you this is your section.

I’ve just completed a post outlining how to get to Stonehenge from London  so do go there for an in depth look at it – for a brief overview, read on!

In my opinion, the best way to visit is by going on one of the many Stonehenge tours from London as it eliminates the need for hiring a car and navigating around London.  It’s all done for you, you can relax and enjoy the day and you can choose between a direct there and back trip  or even go on tours that go other places too like perhaps Bath or Windsor Castle and so maximises your time.  They also are quite good value as well.

There are a lot to choose from so definitely look at the ratings, the time spent at the stones and what other people thought of them if you go this way.  I like Get Your Guide for choosing these tours as there a rating system there and you can see what other people thought of them before booking.  

If you want to go by public transport then your best bet is to get a train to Salisbury – check out Trainline which is the best resource I’ve found for getting train times for all the networks.  The train takes around an hour and a half if there’s no changes.  From Salisbury you’d get the Stonehenge Tour Bus which will take you to the visitor centre or there are local buses too.

Visiting Stonehenge from London by car is also a possibility.  Living in the UK I’ve never had to rent a car here, but many people do it with ease so it’s pretty straight forward.   Discover Cars is a favourite to compare rental prices.  

It’s around 90 miles away from the very centre of London and once you get out the city the driving should be fairly straight forward with plenty of motorway and A roads leading your straight there.  

One advantage of having your own transport is obviously being able to pick and choose your time to get there and also how long you’re there too.  You can also explore the rest of the ancient areas that are nearby like Avebury and it gives you much more options when choosing accommodation.

Where to stay when visiting Stonehenge

There are a number of options in the surrounding area with many luxury hotels near Stonehenge and also plenty of budget options too.  We’ve obviously not tried all of these (and one year we stayed in our camper van so needed no option!) but these come highly recommended.  Some of these options are better if you have your own transport to the stones so do bear in mind how you’re planning to actually get there.

If you don’t have your own transport then it’s probably best to base yourself in the city of Salisbury which is well connected to London and to the rest of the UK and where there’s plenty of bus options to the stones.  If you’re looking for top-end hotels then I also recommend looking into Salisbury.  It’s about a 20-minute drive away or easily accessible by the tour bus (see how to get there section for details) or local buses to Amesbury.

There are a number of options in all price ranges in Salisbury and I recommend looking on Booking.com (my fave – I use them all the time!) as they often can be booked without a deposit and easily cancelled (risk free!) – you can see them here .

If you want to stay very close to Stonehenge then the very local hotel called Rollestone Manor is only around 3 miles away and would be a great base to visit there and other areas.

If you’re looking for cheap hotels and you have a car then I can recommend this Travelodge which is quite near Stonehenge – only around 5 miles away on the Amesbury bypass.  We stayed there the first time we visited as we were on a budget and it’s a great no frills option.  They have improved a lot over the years too with most of their rooms being updated and really quite awesome for the price point.  You can get family rooms too at a good price so I always recommend them as a brand for families looking for a budget hotel.

If Travelodge is full or you want a different option then another good budget brand is Premier Inn and there’s one about 10 miles away from Stonehenge near to Salisbury.  Premier Inn do good breakfasts!

wild camping with campervan at Stonehenge

Unfortunately if you’re looking to wild camp in your campervan like we did one year on the byroad that is just by the stones, that option is no longer viable and the road has been shut.  Many people are petitioning for it to re-open so perhaps this will change in the future.

2023 update – You can still do this and can confirm as we also stayed there in late 2022! So pleased it’s available to those who want to.

If you do want to camp near Stonehenge then I’d look at the Stonehenge Campsite which is about 5 and a half miles away.  They accept tents, caravans and motorhomes and they also allow campfires as well so the kid and they would be worth checking out if you want to visit Stonehenge at summer solstice as they have an event on there.  If you want a bit more luxury, or if you simply don’t have a tent, they also have some glamping pods as well which look really nice and would be a great alternative to the regular hotel option.

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4 thoughts on “A helpful guide to visiting Stonehenge in 2024 – including how to make it worth seeing!”

We went to Stonehenge many years ago (pre-kids), and would love to go back with the family. Thanks for all the tips!

you’re welcome!

I haven’t visited Stonehenge in many years and am ashamed to stay I was too cheap to pay to get in last time.

Thanks for writing this post, I will definitely have a more in depth look and make sure not to miss anything!

Thanks for your comment Jo! I’ve always tried to use my memberships to make it worth it. I’ve recently written a post about how to see Stonehenge for free – is that similar to how you did it? I was actually quite surprised how good the view is without paying!

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Ultimate Guide To Visiting Stonehenge

By: Author Tracy Collins

Posted on Last updated: February 6, 2024

VISITING STONEHENGE COMPLETE GUIDE

Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the county of Wiltshire in England close to the cathedral city of Salisbury .

A trip to Stonehenge features high on many bucket lists for visitors to the UK (and with Brits themselves) and approximately 800,000 people choose to visit Stonehenge each year. 

Visiting Stonehenge from London takes approximately 2 1/2 hours making it an easy day trip from London by train. If you prefer a tour or are short on time you will find that Stonehenge is often combined with visits to other destinations such as Bath , Windsor and the Cotswolds.

If you prefer a private tour to Stonehenge we recommend My Tailored Tours which specialises in some of England’s top attractions, including Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor Castle, Salisbury and Glastonbury. Their Stonehenge experts will ensure you arrive at the stones before the large crowds so that you get the best possible experience for photos with your private tour guide.

Or if you like the idea of travelling to Stonehenge in the comfort of a London black cab we recommend Discover Real London which also offers a combined Stonehenge/Bath day tour.

To ensure you make the best of your visit you will find practical information, advice and tips in this article to help you plan your trip. This includes information about how to get to Stonehenge by car or train plus a curated list of the best day tour options to Stonehenge from London.

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Stonehenge is the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe . The stones were raised 4500 years ago as an ancient temple by prehistoric people.

2018 was the hundredth anniversary of the gifting of Stonehenge to the nation by local barrister Cecil Chubb and his wife Mary. Before this date the stones had fallen into disrepair with some of them even propped up by wooden poles. Since 1918 the stones have been cared for and are now looked after by English Heritage for the benefit of the nation.

Stonehenge.

Whilst the stones which comprise Stonehenge were set up around 2500 BC the actual monument complex dates back between 8500 and 7000 years BC.

It is believed that most of England was covered in trees and woodland while the area around Stonehenge was an open landscape and this is a possible reason why the area was chosen.

ARRIVING AT STONEHENGE – THE VISITOR’S CENTRE

When you are visiting Stonehenge you will arrive at the visitor’s centre as your first port of call. The visitor’s centre is located 2.1 km (1.5 miles) from the Stone Circle, at Airman’s Corner.

The visitor centre at Stonehenge.

The visitor’s centre at Stonehenge consists of an exhibition, a café and a gift shop as well as an outdoor gallery where the reconstructed Neolithic houses can be found.  The exhibition is very good we spent quite some time reading and learning more about Stonehenge and the surrounding area.

Outside the centre are reconstructed Neolithic houses. You can enter the houses and gain some insight into how people lived 4500 years ago.

Neolithic village at Stonehenge.

There is also an example of the stones used to construct Stonehenge so you can get an idea of the sheer size. Can you imagine dragging this across the English countryside from Wales?

Example of a stone strapped to logs at Stonehenge.

To get to the stones you need to hop onto one of the free shuttle buses which leave from the visitor’s centre. The bus ride takes approximately 10 minutes. Buses leave every few minutes so don’t worry if you miss one as there will be another leaving soon after.

Download the free audio guide from the app store before you arrive or pick up an audio guide at the visitor’s centre for a small fee.

Visitor bus at Stonehenge.

The surrounding landscape is full of barrows – Bronze Age burial mounds. And standing at Stonehenge you really get a sense of how it looked during prehistoric times. During the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the heel stone and its rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge.

Stonehenge with the sunlight behind it.

The stones used in Stonehenge comprise of larger sarsens and smaller bluestones. While the sarsens make up an inner horseshoes and and outer circle the bluestones are set up between them and form a double arc.

The larger sarsen stones are made from hard silicified sandstone whilst the smaller bluestones are made from various types of rock all found in the Preseli Hills in south-west Wales.

The heel stone at Stonehenge.

The large upright stone which can be seen standing at the side of the Stone Circle is called the heel stone. Its significance becomes apparent during the summer solstice where it marks the position of the rising sun.

The heel stone and arrow pointing at Stonehenge.

PRACTICAL THINGS TO KNOW FOR YOUR STONEHENGE VISIT

I highly recommend that you plan your visit and book your tickets in advance.

Stonehenge is a major tourist attraction and is always busy whenever you visit even in winter. The stones are particularly busy during the summer solstice on June 20/21st and the winter solstice in December. At these times the stones are only open on a managed access basis. The alignment of the stones on the longest and shortest days attracts thousands of visitors and it is the only time you can go into the stone circle itself.

Entrance to Stonehenge is managed through timed tickets. If you want to guarantee entry on the day and time of your choice then you will have to pre-book tickets or book a tour.

Skip-the-queue tickets can be purchased through Get Your Guide (my tour operator of choice) and are highly recommended if you want to avoid crowds and queues.

Entry is free to members of English Heritage and members of the National Trust in England or those who hold a National Trust Touring Pass only though you still need to book your time slot.

If you are visiting from overseas and want to visit Stonehenge independently and are intending to visit more English Heritage owned properties I would recommend buying an English Heritage Attractions Pass .

This pass is only available to visitors from overseas. The pass entitles holders to free entry to over 100 English Heritage sites including Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and Tintagel Castle. 

Fields around Stonehenge and a marker stone showing the distance to London.

When is the best time to visit Stonehenge?

I would recommend avoiding the solstices when Stonehenge is very busy. The summer months can also be a little challenging as those are peak holiday times for UK residents too (school holidays in England start mid July until the first week of September) Winter is darker, colder and quieter and you will need to wrap up warmly when you visit. 

When is the best time of day to visit Stonehenge?

I would recommend as early in the day as possible as the roads around Stonehenge can become gridlocked, particularly during the busy summer months. In winter it is dark around 4 pm so it is best to see the stones in the morning if you can.

Stonehenge visiting hours are 9:30 – 3:00 during the winter months and 9:30 – 5:00 over the spring/summer/autumn months. The last entry is 2 hours before closing time (so if you book a ticket for 3 pm in the winter Stonehenge closes at 5 pm)

How close can you get to the stones?

People often ask how close can you get to Stonehenge or if you can walk up to Stonehenge. The only time visitors are allowed in the circle is during the summer and winter solstice celebrations.

At all times visitors can walk around the stone circle. If you would rather walk up to Stonehenge from the visitor’s centre it is about a 40-minute walk.

Wiltshire County Council also has a  guide to travelling to Stonehenge which includes walking and cycling routes.

I would recommend checking out the weather forecast the day before your visit so you can dress appropriately.  Stonehenge is open air so wrap up warmly in winter and bring an umbrella if rain is on the horizon. If you are unsure of what to pack for your trip to the UK and Stonehenge you may like to read my packing list for the UK . 

Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Stone Circle Monument Field or on the shuttle bus (unless they are assistance dogs)

After viewing the stones catch the bus back to the visitor’s centre. If you are keen to purchase souvenirs of your visit you can find lots of Stonehenge gifts and merchandise in the Stonehenge gift shop in the centre.

HOW TO VISIT STONEHENGE FROM LONDON – BY CAR, TRAIN OR TOUR

There are several options available if you plan to visit Stonehenge from London .

Stonehenge is 145 km from London via the M3/A303 and A360. Come off the A360 at Airman’s Corner. 

If you are visiting during the summer allow plenty of time as the roads can become very busy around Stonehenge.

If you are visiting Stonehenge by car you will find parking is free for English Heritage members and Stonehenge ticket holders.

Use the postcode (zip code) SP4 7DE in your SATNAV/GPS.

Latitude: 51.1831565223

Longtitude : -1.85887471623

The nearest train station to Stonehenge is Salisbury which is located 9 1.2 miles away. There is a tour bus which departs from the train station and connects with Stonehenge.

Click here for train prices and times to Salisbury.

Leaflet for Stonehenge and the tour bus for Stonehenge.

If you are not planning to visit Stonehenge by car or take a day trip from London by train  I would recommend considering a tour. 

I have selected some of the best tours to Stonehenge for you including multi-centre tours.

There are many things to do between London and Stonehenge so I recommend adding other popular destinations such as Bath, the Cotswolds and Oxford into your trip.

London: Stonehenge Half-Day Morning or Afternoon Tour

This 6-hour tour from London includes transport, expert commentary with an audio guide and a scenic drive through Salisbury Plain. You will have 2 hours of free time to explore Stonehenge.

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London: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Tour

Visit the iconic site of Stonehenge and uncover its mysteries with the aid of an informative audio guide tour and enjoy free time to explore the lovely city of Bath at your own leisure on this full-day tour departing from London. 

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Windsor, Oxford and Stonehenge Day Tour from London

What better way to see the English countryside than with a day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London? Discover the famous Roman Baths in Bath, look out for the Queen in Windsor, and see the world’s most famous stone circle.

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Stonehenge, Stratford, Bath & Cotswolds Day Tour from London

Explore the region beyond London with a full-day excursion to sites of cultural and historical significance. Visit Stonehenge, see Shakespeare’s home at Stratford-upon-Avon, explore the gorgeous city of Bath and admire the picturesque Cotswolds hills.

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To learn more about Stonehenge before your visit, look at the Stonehenge Skyscape website. It was created to let viewers see the skies above Stonehenge and learn how the stones aligned with the sun, moon and planets. It is an excellent website and you can see the stones in real time (day or night) 

Enjoy your visit to Stonehenge whether you travel there independently or take a tour it is worth including in your UK travel itinerary. 

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Is Stonehenge Worth Seeing?

Is Stonehenge worth seeing? How close can you get to Stonehenge? What else is there to do at Stonehenge? We answer these questions and more!

Visiting Stonehenge

Not far from London , is the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of over 100 stones. The drive from London to Stonehenge is approximately two hours. You can do the trip on your own or take a tour.

Personally, we didn’t feel comfortable driving on the opposite side of the road, so we chose to take a tour. The bus was comfortable and we enjoyed seeing the English countryside through the window.

Pro Tip: While you’re in England, make sure to visit some of the Best Vineyards In The UK !

History of Stonehenge

The construction of Stonehenge started roughly around 3000 BC. It was built in phases and was continuously used for over 2,000 years. And although we have been able to learn much about the site through archaeological means, there are still many unknowns about the monument.

Photo of Stonehenge as seen from above, but is Stonehenge Worth Seeing

What was Stonehenge used for?

Findings such as cremated human remains reveal that early on it was used as a cemetery. But what about later on? Some have speculated that it was a place of healing. Others, that it was a druid temple. Of course, there’s always the alien theory too.

Today, most archaeologists have come to the consensus that Stonehenge was a temple that was built in alignment with the movement of the sun. Today, there are still those who believe Stonehenge is a sacred monument and living temple, visiting during the autumn and spring equinoxes and the mid-summer and mid-winter solstices.

Seeing Stonehenge for the first time

How did they get the stones there?

The prehistoric monument is comprised of sarsen stones and bluestones. The sarsen stones are a type of sandstone and an average stone weighs 25 tons. The sarsens most likely were brought over from an area called Marlborough Downs, approximately 20 miles away.

The smaller bluestones, weighing between 2 and 5 tons, were brought from Preseli Hills in southwest Wales which is over 150 miles away. That’s a long way to carry those heavy stones! Did they transport the stones over water? How did they move it over land? These are questions that we may never know the answers to.

is Stonehenge worth seeing? We think so!

So is Stonehenge worth it? We definitely say yes . We love history and we’re fascinated by what humans have been able to do and create over the centuries.

While we were there, we marveled at the stones and wondered what it must have taken to move the stones over so many miles. What drove them to do it? If we were living back then, could we have helped? Would we have wanted to?

If you’re not that into history, maybe you’d think it’s just a pile of rocks. If you don’t like crowds, maybe you’d get a little annoyed. Stonehenge is one of the most visited sites in Great Britain, with over 1 million visitors a year.

If you are expecting a towering monument; you might be a bit disappointed in the size. They’re big, don’t get me wrong. But Stonehenge has been built up so much that we think everyone has this idea in their head that they’re some huge gargantuan-sized stones. However, with all of that said, we still think it was one of the highlights of that trip to Europe.

We loved seeing Stonehenge from different angles

How Close Can You Get To Stonehenge?

We’re often asked, “How close can you get to Stonehenge?” If you’re expecting to walk among the stones, sorry. To preserve the site, visitors are only allowed to walk around the stones. But you can still get pretty close.

How close can you get to Stonehenge? Pretty close!

What To Do At Stonehenge

Another reason we think Stonehenge is worth seeing is that there’s more to the site than just the stones. With your Stonehenge entrance fee , you get a free audio guide so as you’re walking around Stonehenge you get to learn about the different stones and during what phase of construction they were built.

There is also a museum with over 250 archaeological items found in the area and recreations of Neolithic houses that show visitors what homes looked like 4,500 years ago. You can also test your strength and see if you can move a sarsen stone. For more information on things to do on-site, we recommend visiting Stonehenge’s website .

What to do at Stonehenge? Visit recreations of Neolithic houses

Is Stonehenge Accessible?

For wheelchair users and those with mobility issues, the main areas in and around the parking lot, the visitor center, and the Stone Circle are accessible by wheelchair via tarmac and grass paths. They also have some wheelchairs available upon request.

For those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Stonehenge offers tour transcripts and audio installation transcripts. Additionally, assistance dogs are welcome at Stonehenge.

More Info and Tips For Visiting Stonehenge:

Here is some additional information you may find useful for your trip to Stonehenge:

  • Stonehenge entrance fee is £20.90 for adults and £12.70 for kids ages 5 – 17. You should book your ticket to Stonehenge online to get the best price.
  • Be mindful of the weather. Any rain will make the paths extremely muddy; your shoes will get dirty.
  • Because the stones are in an open field, it’s cooler and the wind can be pretty strong. Dress appropriately.
  • There is a small cafe to get snacks.
  • Along with your Stonehenge day trip, you might consider adding a second stop. You won’t spend the whole day in Stonehenge, so we recommend getting there early and then spending the rest of the afternoon in nearby Bath .

Is Stonehenge worth seeing? Yes!

Pro Tip: These are some other ruins that we visited and found fascinating: Teotihuacan in Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru,  Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Tikal in Guatemala, and Copan Ruinas in Honduras.

Stonehenge Is Worth Seeing

We definitely think Stonehenge is worth it! It’s an iconic relic with such an interesting history. We may never find answers to all of the questions we have about it, but the mystery is just part of what draws you in.

Have you been to Stonehenge? What do you think, is Stonehenge worth visiting? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

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I do think Stonehenge is worth seeing, and would love to visit. I also think other lesser known Neolithic and Paleolithic sites in the UK and Ireland are worthy. There is so much we don’t know about these eras and the fact that dolmens and temples have survived makes them worthy of our attention, in my opinion. It’s also quite humbling to know that these regions have been inhabited for eons, and that our culture is just a blip by comparison.

I completely agree Betsy! I would have loved to spend some time in nearby Avebury since it is larger and less people go there. But since we were heading to Bath we didn’t have the time. And yes, very humbling and inspiring.

I visited Stonehenge more than a dozen years ago on an overcast day. The photo turned out better than I could have imagined. It was worth the trek from London. 🙂

That’s awesome! Getting a great photo can be hard if the weather is crap. And if people keep getting in the photo lol!

I was thinking of the same. For me, it was just to say that you’ve been there but I never found anything really special about it, to be honest. Though you could be right about not planning a day trip only consisting of the Stonehenge. Thanks for the tips, Vicky! Xx

Any time Trisha! 😉

This was a great read! I have always wondered how those rocks got there. Interesting to find out they still have no idea! I would love to visit Stonehenge as I’m also fascinated by all the big rocks humans have moved over time. Stonehenge, the temples of Angkor, the pyramids in Egypt, Machu Picchu, Hampi, they are all magnificent and intriguing!

The pyramids have especially intrigued me. One day I will see those as well. 😀

Always been fascinated by Stonehenge and will surely go one day – maybe they’ll have figured out the answers to all questions by then! ?

Hi Mar! Who knows, but hopefully you do get to visit one day. 🙂

Nice review of the area. It does look really worth a visit (I would have been disappointed if you said that it wasn’t). I was just in Peru and seeing those huge stone formations was really amazing.

Thanks Jennifer, it’s amazing what we’ve been able to create.

I’m pretty local to Stonehenge coming from Bristol but i’ve never actually been inside. We’ve always been on roadtrips, driven past and taken a picture from afar! It would be good to see Stonehenge up close!

Oh you definitely should Sophie! There’s so much to see inside!

I’ll have to add your post about Stonehenge to mine, since yours is more recent! When we visited, the neolithic houses weren’t there yet, neither was the opportunity to try to “pull” a stone. I guess we’ll have to go back again! Thanks for linking to #WeekendWanderlust!

You’ll have to go back then! 🙂

I’d say it’s absolutely worth seeing but like all historical sites you will likely get the most out of your visit if you do some reading and research in advance so you can really appreciate what you’re experiencing.

That’s true Vanessa; it’s always good to do some research beforehand. At least they have the free audio guides though so you can learn as you walk through.

I’m fascinated by history, too, and I’d love to visit someday! I try to transport myself back in time and wonder how it would have looked back then compared to now, and how everything got into place.

I’m glad I’m not the only one that does that Lauren! 😉

I’ve never been to Stonehenge. Never had much of a draw for me. It is fascinating, though… all of the unanswered questions about its mere existence.

Hi Toccara! Yes, I wonder if those questions will ever be answered?

It’s an historic icon, and for that reason I’d like to visit Stonehenge someday.

While we went to Stonehenge, we actually found a great spot along the road and just read about it in our Rick Steves Book and were still able to get awesome pics (and save a boatload of $$$!!!) I think you either love it or hate it when you get there

Oh wow, I didn’t know about that! It’s cool you were still able to see it.

These are some of the reasons why history is so fascinating. I wonder how they were able to move those rocks too. Very informative read Vicky!

Hi Kayla! We may never know how they moved them. But who knows what future studies will reveal! 😉

Stonehenge is an intriguing place.I would love to visit it in spite of the crowds. Many of the famous sights actually do not live up to our fantasies. However if you understand their history and significance, you would always appreciate them and their value.

I completely agree! I think a lot of times it’s what you make of it too. If you take the time to really know what you’re looking at, like you said, you can appreciate it that much more.

Did you take a tour or did you arrange a trip to Stonehenge independently? It appears that it is more cost effective with a tour, what would you say?

Hi Lisa! Yes, we took a tour and stopped in Bath on the way back. We felt it was definitely worth it for the convenience.

We toured Stonehenge at sunset with a tour company called Evan Evans. It was worth every penny. Small group tour and we were able to get up close and personal to the rocks. You only live once and sometimes a splurge for a more costly tour is worth it.

Oh, I totally agree Suzi! So glad you had a good time and were able to get up close. 🙂

Further to your reply regarding where the stones came from, there two types of stone: the Blue Stone and the Sarson stone. The former were brought some 125 miles and were dragged mainly overground by natives who wore harnesses. Therese stones were then formed into a circle which preceded the larger (outer circle). The large Sarcen, stone came from 23 miles away being moved on large logs. As the stone left the last log that log was moved to the front of the load so on. About 50 people were used to move around 30 stones to their present locationBrani. The approximate weight was 23 tons.

Thanks for the info! 🙂

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  • Stonehenge Visitor Guide + Inner Circle Tour Review

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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Here’s what we’re covering in this post. We invite you to read the full guide or jump ahead to the section you’re most interested in.

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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.

is stonehenge worth the trip

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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Visiting Stonehenge: Everything You Should Know & More

Are you planning to visit Stonehenge? It’s one of Britain’s most popular and loved attractions. So much so, we think it deserves to be the 8 th wonder of the world. 

The mysterious ruins are visited by millions of people every year. Before you join the pack, make sure you’re up to speed on all things Stonehenge. 

In this post, we cover everything from the landmark’s origins to ticket prices, facilities and best places to stay. Plus we’ll help you book your Stonehenge tickets too. Enjoy!

What’s so special about Stonehenge?

One thing that sets Stonehenge apart is the mystery surrounding it. The site consists of groups of stones in varying height standing upright, creating a ring formation. The main mystery is that people don’t know who built it – or even why it was built. 

Was Stonehenge built in the Stone Age?

While there’s no specific date for the construction of Stonehenge, archaeologists believe it was built around 4-5,000 years ago. That’s roughly towards the end of the stone age – making it older than the Pyramids of Egypt!

Who was Stonehenge built by?

One of the most popular theories about the construction of Stonehenge is that Druids built it. These were Celtic high priests. However, nobody knows for certain as no written records have been found documenting the construction.

How did they move the rocks?

Despite claims of supernatural involvement (which is a fun idea), it’s thought a trail of logs was used to transport the stones with Neolithic techniques like shear legs to move and place them.

And was it ever completed?

While the incomplete nature of Stonehenge suggests it was never finished, archaeologists have discovered patches in the ground where stones may have been removed. Put simply, it may have been complete at some stage before being partially destroyed.

Stonehenge in the evening.

Was Stonehenge a cemetery?

Stonehenge is widely believed to have been a burial ground as many cremated remains have been unearthed. The deposits of 63 individuals’ human remains found were dated back as far as 3000BC, when construction was believed to have started. There are also claims that it could have been used for astronomy.

Is visiting Stonehenge worth it?

Above all else, Stonehenge is an enchanting and memorable place to visit, being steeped in mystery with rugged and wildly beautiful scenery all around. It’s one of the most popular and famous structures in the world, with around 875,000 people on average visiting each year.

However, with all that in mind, it makes sense to do a little planning ahead to get the most from your visit…

Is visiting Stonehenge free?

Stonehenge is free for National Trust and English Heritage members. However, if you’re not a member it’s best to buy in advance if you want to guarantee entry. We recommend tiqets.com . You have the option to add in more sightseeing attractions to your trip, such as visiting Windsor Castle and Roman Baths Plus, you can order a Guidebook and Juco Bag in advance.

A timed ticket system has been put in place from February 2014, and you can buy your tickets from many online sellers or order them at various London attractions at discounted rates.

Stonehenge visiting times

Here are the Stonehenge opening hours:

Visiting Stonehenge: how long?

On average, a visit to Stonehenge takes around two hours. However, this can vary based on the time of day you visit, how busy it is and of course how many photos you want to take!

When is the best time to go?

Everybody loves a sunny day and England’s best months are usually from June-September. Weather is never guaranteed but these months generally are the busiest times at Stonehenge. If you go during these months, aim to visit early in the morning as it opens, or later before it closes to help beat the crowds.

If you are hardy, the Winter months can be an ideal time to visit, giving you less crowds so better viewing pleasure and the ability to get amazing photos, without throngs of people around.

What to wear on a Stonehenge visit? 

There is usually a strong wind up on the Plain, so it’s best to dress in layers if you plan to visit during the colder months. If you visit in summer, it’s advisable to wear suitable walking shoes with weather-appropriate clothes. 

Visiting Stonehenge for summer solstice

Summer solstice – 21 st June – is one of the best times to see Stonehenge. Thousands of people gather on ‘the longest day of the year’ to watch the sun rise behind the entrance to the ancient Stone Circle. It’s also one of the rare occasions where you’ll be allowed into the inner circle. 

Book your tickets well in advance for this event to avoid missing out . 

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Travelling to the site

If visiting in summer months, things can get busy which may mean an amount of queuing. Your timed ticket allows a 30-minute time slot in which to arrive, although early or late arrivals will be considered, when space is available.

Best way to get there

The cheapest and easiest way to get there is by a direct bus and entrance ticket package from London. You get two hours at the site and it runs nearly every day through the summer and select days through the winter.

If you’re arriving by train, the bus from the station can be expensive. They run every hour, but make sure you know the time of the last one back, as it would be a brisk night bedding down by the stones! If you’d like to avoid the crowds by staying at the site later, it’s advisable to arrange a taxi back to the train station instead of the last bus.

Specialist tour providers offer Stonehenge tours from London , if you’d prefer to relax while somebody else organises the trip for you.

Where to park when visiting Stonehenge

The car park at Stonehenge is free, except during school holidays. The good news is, if you do need to pay for parking, you’ll be rebated via your entrance tickets. If you’ve already purchased a ticket online, you can show your ticket at the car park entrance and your fee will be waivered.

How near can I get to Stonehenge?

Thankfully, there is no fence stopping you from getting that perfect photo, but you won’t be able to get right up to the stones. However, whether you’re standing in the inner circle or viewing from afar, the atmosphere is incredible. You’ll get to bask in the magical ambience that emanates all around the impressive stonework.

Can I get into the Stone Circle? 

Unfortunately, you can’t just walk up to Stonehenge during normal day-to-day hours, The Stone Circle has a thin rope around the perimeter in order to protect the attraction and maintain it for future visitors. The nearest you can get to the stones is roughly 15 yards away.

Visiting Stonehenge inner circle

Other than the summer solstice, some operators offer an after-hours special access tour to the inner circle. This must be arranged in advance and only select time slots will be available. This special privilege will cost a little more and you will have to be accompanied by a guide.

Facilities at Stonehenge

For families travelling with young children, disabled people or elderly people, it’s important to know there are facilities within easy reach…

Stonehenge visitor centre

The Stonehenge visitor centre is a short distance away from Stonehenge. It has toilets, baby changing facilities, free WiFi and a museum with almost 300 archaeological items.

Leaving your luggage

If you’re on holiday and Stonehenge happens to be one of your last visits, you may end up having your luggage in tow. The last thing you want to be doing is carting your luggage around while exploring the sites at Stonehenge. If you take the train to your destination, you can leave your luggage in a secure place at The Railway Tavern nearby. 

When you exit the station, turn left and The Railway Tavern is 100 metres down the road. The tavern charges £3 per piece of luggage, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind while you enjoy your time at the attraction.

A tourist sightseeing at Stonehenge.

Kids at Stonehenge

Stonehenge isn’t just for adults. It’s a fantastic place for any child interested in local history. If your child wants to find out more about Stonehenge before visiting, there are plenty of Stonehenge facts on the National Geographic Kids site . The site is perfect for toddlers too. The space is open for little ones to run around and play.

Stop off at the visitors centre before continuing your travels to Stonehenge and stock up on snacks or a takeaway lunch from the café. When you arrive at your destination, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to lay down a picnic blanket and tuck into a bite to eat. 

Be sure to pick up and take any rubbish with you. Stonehenge is beautiful – let’s keep it that way!

Visiting Stonehenge with a dog

Unfortunately, you can’t take man’s best friend to Stonehenge or on the shuttle buses. The fields around it are also restricted to prevent dogs attacking sheep. However, assistance dogs are permitted throughout the site.

Take the guided tour

Stonehenge is steeped in history so it would be a shame to visit and miss out on all the information. If you’re part of an arranged tour, your guide will give you all the information as you visit the site. However, you can also pick up your own handheld audio tour for the small cost of £2. 

If you want to get all the details beforehand, you can download the tour on both Android and Apple devices. 

Stonehenge at sunset on a beautiful English summer.

Treat yourself to a luxury tour

How about splashing out and treating yourself to some well-deserved luxury? Select companies throughout England now offer chauffeur driven, extravagant, bespoke tours for people who like to travel in style.

Stonehenge is the most popular tour, but you can also combine this with some of the other amazing must-see sites around. Beautiful Salisbury and the Roman town of Bath are nearby and highly recommended.

Feel like a star for the day in your chosen indulgent motor. You can choose from a BMW, Rolls Royce or a Limousine, plus a larger luxury coach with reclining seats. If you’d like to make a few days of it, your chauffeur can make lunch and accommodation arrangements, so you don’t have to lift a finger.

There is so much to explore at Stonehenge and the surrounding areas; it’s a truly magical place, steeped in history and wonder. Make the most of your time there and see as much as you can to uncover the magical mysteries of times long ago and leave feeling enlightened.  

Where to stay when visiting Stonehenge

If you want to stay nearby when visiting Stonehenge, Wiltshire has all kinds of great accommodation. From townhouses in Salisbury to cottages in the Cotswolds, you can choose an option that suits your requirements and budget.

Holiday cottages near Stonehenge

If you want your accommodation to match the tranquility and grandeur of the ancient monument, kate & tom’s can help. Our selection of luxury cottages in Wiltshire  are the perfect base for unforgettable adventures. From swimming pools and hot tubs to games rooms and more – our hand-picked houses are jam-packed with features and perfect for large groups holidays.  

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Is Stonehenge worth seeing? It was one of the first destinations I ticked off my bucket list. Although I’ve heard some people are disappointed, I was amazed when I finally got to see Stonehenge for real during my gap year in England in 2009. Let me explain why…

Is Stonehenge worth seeing - why it was on my bucket list

I come from Brittany , the western area of France, where it is not surprising to find stones rising from the ground. The Celtic culture is very strong there. Although I know that Stonehenge was built from -2,800BC, long before the Iron Age Celts arrived in Britain, it is still highly associated with the Druids and the Celtic culture I love .

Since I am a kid, I’ve loved to play the video game Civilization . Stonehenge is one of the first wonders available in the game. I would always try to build it to earn the bonus power to help my civilisation get more culture from early on, as I was often aiming to win with the culture strategy (that’s the domain for which French are powerful in the game…!).

The mystery around Stonehenge is fascinating.

Who built it? How? Why? I’ve read many theories and debates. Will we ever be sure we have the right answer?

Considering the tools they had at that time, it is a wonder of engineering . The monument is huge. A lot more impressive than I thought. And when you take a moment to think about the size of the rock that needs to be buried for these stones to stand like this… It’s unbelievable.

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What to expect when you visit Stonehenge

When I visited it back in 2009, access to Stonehenge was fenced . You could see the monument from a distance outside but to get closer to the rocks, you’d have to pay a fee. As my aim was to have a look at the henge as a whole, I didn’t mind being far away so I chose not to pay at all. If you are touring England, have a look at the  English Heritage Pass : the access to Stonehenge is included in the pass and can be a great deal if you plan to visit other attractions.

I know the visitor centre has changed since my visit. You can check the latest TripAdvisor reviews* if you want to get a better idea of what to expect. It seems that you are no longer allowed to go around the rocks , and you now need to pay to see them from far away. It’s unfortunate to remove the human scale next to them; it was a great way to enhance the impressive size of the monument. I understand the disappointment of some visitors when they get there. Still, I believe it is necessary to make hard decisions to protect these very touristy monuments.

There are many other sites – not as impressive I agree – where we can still play around the rocks. Let’s preserve the beauty of the biggest and most popular ones!

Stonehenge is worth seeing if you combine your visit with other places

I wouldn’t recommend driving all the way from London just to see Stonehenge. There are other sites that you can visit while you are in the area. For those fascinated by the Celtic culture and henge monuments, or for those who want a closer experience, I recommend checking out Avebury, which is

For those fascinated by the Celtic culture and henge monuments, or for those who want a closer experience, I recommend checking out Avebury, which is only a 40min drive from Stonehenge. There are a few day tours from London * that can take you there in addition to Stonehenge, or to other beautiful cities such as Oxford , Bath or Salisbury.

Do you think Stonehenge is worth seeing? Share your experience in the comments below!

Where is stonehenge.

Stonehenge is located in the South of England. From London, it will take you about 2 hours to get there. Trains bring you to the nearby Salisbury and buses will take you all the way to Amesbury, which is then just a short walk from the monument. If you don’t book a tour, driving is the easiest option. But keep in mind you’ll need to pay a fee to park your car (£3 when I went there). Find more details on how to get there here .

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actually i found Stonehenge rather disappointing. i have visited it a number of times and yes it is amazing how they actually lifted the huge stones up there but when i compare it to the Pyramids or Easter Island it just doesnt seem to be in the same league. Am i missing something?

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Hi Dave, I love the Druids and the Celtic culture and I had been dreaming of Stonehenge for years while playing my computer game as a child, so that could explain why it was a great deal for me to see it. I haven’t seen the Pyramids or Easter Island yet, but for sure I don’t feel the same connection with these other wonders.

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What in the Sam Hill Is Stonehenge Doing in the Gorge?

The marvelous maryhill museum captures the northwest’s enterprising, anything-goes character..

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Drive east past Hood River on Interstate 84 for 45 minutes and you’ll catch a glimpse of something unexpected on the Washington side. You’re not hallucinating—it’s a grandiose manor straight out of Pride and Prejudice .

It’s the Maryhill Museum of Art, the legacy of eccentric millionaire Sam Hill (1857-1931). A lawyer, entrepreneur, and business tycoon, Hill made his fortune in railroads and utilities. But his true passion was road building. Hill dreamed that roads could fuel economic development, promote art and literature, and help more people experience the transcendent wonder of the Columbia River Gorge. The museum holds the incredible collection of art and objects Hill assembled on his world travels, including an astonishing full-scale replica of Stonehenge.

Where We’re Going, We DO Need Roads

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“Good roads are more than my hobby, they are my religion.” Sam Hill, aka Road Builder, aka Father of Good Roads, convinced 20 Italian masons to come west with him and build 7 miles of experimental roads—at his expense—to prove their travel value to Washington and Oregon. Because of Hill and his long-standing crush on concrete, we have the Historic Columbia River Highway, Highway 101, and the road that leads to Crater Lake. His roadwork lives on at Maryhill Loops Road, which is open to the public for free non-motorized use (walking, running, cycling) most days from 7 am to 5 pm.

Prince of Castle Nowhere

One of Hill’s business deals involved buying 5,300 acres of land in the Gorge (ancestral territory of the 14 tribes and bands of the Yakama Nation) and dedicating a hilltop portion to become his sprawling home. Though the plans eventually changed from private residence to public art museum, this palace and surrounding grounds were given the sentimental name Maryhill, for Hill’s wife, Mary née Mary Hill (you got it right, Mary Hill Hill), and their daughter Mary, who had both moved back east before the manor was completed.

A Palace No One Ever Lived In

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Hill imagined his grand home to be part of a Quaker farming community that never took off (he was the only Quaker for miles around). Today, the misplaced Beaux-Arts beauty cuts an elegant figure among the grasslands surrounding the eastern part of the Gorge. Three floors and eight bedroom suites round out the private residence that would never be lived in. Hill had unrealized plans to put open-air bedrooms on the roof, where guests could gaze at constellations before falling asleep.

Modern Dance Maven

The idea to house art in Maryhill came from dance innovator, choreographer, and all-around renaissance woman Loie Fuller. Renowned for her dramatic gossamer garments, this Midwesterner was well connected in the art world and beloved in France, even though she spoke imperfect French. She was the glue that brought together many of the Maryhill characters, and the museum’s cliffside cafe is named for her.

Rotunda’s Worth of Rodin

The art collection is eclectic and massive—only 20% is shown at any given time—and the Rodin on display is unmatched: sketches, watercolors, and all of the stages of the lost wax process. There’s a signed Thinker for Loie and a breakdown of Rodin’s Gates of Hell project, which was the origin for many of his famous stand-alone sculptures.

Petroglyphs Lost and Found

In one large room, among comprehensive displays of local and national Indigenous cultures, keep an eye out for the unassuming rocks near the entrance. Look closer, and you’ll see petroglyphs and pictographs created by Native people who have lived in this area for millennia. Thousands of carvings like this remain in the Gorge, but, sadly, most are underwater.

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Loans From the Louvre

You can take a peek at the 80% of Maryhill’s collection currently not on display in an unassuming alcove just before the upper-floor staircase. Busts from the likes of the Louvre and the Trocadero are arranged to make you feel as if you’re the one on display.

French Fashion at a Fraction of the Size

In the aftermath of World War II, with money tight and material scarce, French designers showed off their designs in miniature. Brands like Balmain and Schiaparelli, Hermès and Balenciaga made clothing samples with doll-like dimensions. The original stage sets for these outfits have been lost, but the clothing and mannequins live on at Maryhill.

Queen Comes to the Gorge

The museum houses a wealth of belongings and keepsakes from Queen Marie of Romania. Sam Hill and his friends lent financial support to Romania during World War I, and Queen Marie (a granddaughter of Queen Victoria) returned this kindness with donations from her home. Her 1926 visit to support the museum’s dedication turned the Pacific Northwest on its head. Today, you can walk past gilded furniture she designed, admire a dress worn to her cousin Tsar Nicholas II’s coronation, swoon over her crown’s huge moonstones, and chuckle over the charming titles of 15 books she wrote. (Who wouldn’t love to read The Story of Naughty Kildeen ?)

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Stonehenge: The Sequel

You can’t miss Hill’s full-size replica of Stonehenge, erected in his beloved concrete. It’s modeled on the druidic original, but here it honors 14 young locals who died in the Great War. It may be the first WWI memorial erected in the United States. Stonehenge is located a short drive from the museum, perched high on a hill overlooking the Gorge.

Maryhill Art Museum, 35 Mary Museum Drive, Goldendale, Wash., 509-773-3733. 10 am–5 pm daily March 15-Nov. 15. Adults $16, seniors $13, students $10, children 7–18 $5, 6 and under.

Check the website for special events, including concerts, workshops, and stargazing

Stonehenge is open daily dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Beyond the Museum

The nearby town of Goldendale, Wash., is well worth a visit. You’ll find daily tastings at nearby wineries, incredible hiking options, and seasonal fruit stands peppering the roadside. Night skywatchers should check out the Goldendale Observatory ( goldendaleobservatory.com ); book in advance.

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Resembling a Stonehenge of the Sea, These are the Mysteries of Norfolk's Seahenge

Discover why seahenge, or holme i, was built and where it is today..

Seahenge, an ancient timber circle on the Norfolk coast, partially submerged in tidal waters. The structure consists of a central upturned tree stump surrounded by a ring of wooden posts

During the summer of 1998, shifting sands on a beach on the east coast of England exposed an ancient monument. Fifty-five oak posts had been situated in a 15-foot-wide circle, and an upturned tree stump was planted in the middle.

Scientists were able to date the monument to 2050 B.C.E. during the Bronze Age . While the monument has been nicknamed Seahenge, scholars referred to it as Holme I, named after the location where it was found.

“It is not a henge, neither is Stonehenge for that matter, although henges sometimes have timber and stone circles in them,” says David Alexander Nance with the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Seahenge Is Not a Henge

To be considered a henge , a monument must involve “earthwork,” a term that archeologists use to describe changes that ancient builders made to the landscape, like creating levels, mounds, or ridges.

Seahenge is also not a timber circle. Timber circles are larger, and the timbers are typically placed widely like columns. The 55 oak logs in Holme I are close together, which adds to scholars’ debate as to what its ancient creators intended.

Without written or physical evidence that confirms how the ancients used Seahenge, scientists will never fully know. Some suggest the logs' close location means they were used as a type of stockade.

Others suspect it was used as a ceremonial site. Nance believes it was related to the cuckoo bird, which was associated with summer.

“Holme I is a cuckoo pen, constructed to resemble the imagined wintering places of the cuckoo before migration was known about,” Nance says.

Early Bronze Age Building

Nance suggests the monument was built on the summer solstice , the time when the cuckoo was thought to have stopped singing and departed for the Otherworld, taking the warm summer weather with it. The monument was meant to resemble the cuckoo’s winter home in the Otherworld, so the confused bird would stay put, continue singing its song, and summer would remain.

Nance’s research has found Holme I was built during a stressful time when temperatures were colder. Trying to maintain warmer weather by tricking the cuckoo into remaining might have been the builders’ attempt to stave off winter. 

When Seahenge was built, the area was a salty marsh, not a beach. Over time, peat covered the monument, which likely helped preserve it for thousands of years. The people who built Seahenge put it in a protected area , away from the sea.

“They were Early Bronze Age people of the Bell Beaker culture. Probably pastoralists and the ancestors of the present-day northern Scottish and Irish,” Nance says.

Read More: Finding Monuments Beyond Stonehenge

Saving Seahenge

When Seahenge reemerged in 1998, it was located on a private estate . Many groups began advocating for the ancient monument's future and whether it should be left in place or removed.

Although Seahenge was originally built in a marsh, coastal erosion meant the landscape around it had changed. By 1998, it was on a sandy beach and submerged underwater during high tide.

Organizations like English Heritage (a group that cares for more than 400 historic sites) advocated that the monument be excavated and preserved in a museum to prevent salt water from destroying it. The private estate agreed, but other groups didn’t.

Ancient Excavation

Local residents were unhappy about the excavation because the decision had been made without a larger discussion that involved their input. People who identified as Druid were also unhappy. To them, Seahenge was not just an important cultural site but also a potential place to worship.

The Holy Roman Empire dominated Europe and the British Isles by the 500s and pushed for conversion to Christianity. Although some pagan rituals or religious sites were repurposed to align with Christian beliefs, many were simply demolished.

To some modern-day Druids or Pagans, Seahenge represented a rare opportunity to worship at a site built by their ancestors.

Read More: Five Megastructures From The European Stone Age Still Around Today

Where Is Seahenge Now?

A British court agreed that because Seahenge was on private property, the owners were free to allow the excavation. The oak stumps and tree-stump centerpieces were removed and then placed in cleansing tanks to remove mud and salt.

The pieces were analyzed by researchers and eventually put on display at a museum about 20 miles from where the monument once stood.

Read More: Drought Uncovers Ancient Irish Henge

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Ancient ‘Stonehenge’ Discovered in U.S. Lake, Potentially 5,000 Years Older Than Britain’s

S tonehenge, the ancient, iconic monument in England, has baffled experts for centuries. 1 Its purpose and construction has fueled endless debate and speculation.

In a turn of events, a similar enigmatic stone structure has been discovered beneath the waters of a lake in the United States. Astonishingly, this submerged monument is estimated to be approximately 5,000 years older than its British counterpart, dating back an astounding 10,000 years.

Accidental Discovery

The underwater site was unexpectedly found in 2007 by a team of archaeologists led by Professor Mark Holley of Northwestern Michigan College in Lake Michigan.

During a routine survey of the lake bed off the coast of Traverse City, Michigan, they stumbled upon a series of large stones arranged in a circular pattern, submerged at a depth of 40 feet (12.1 meters).

Intriguing Arrangement & Carvings

Upon further analysis, it was determined that the stones, some weighing up to 3,000 pounds (1,360 kg), had been deliberately arranged by humans, according to archaeologist Mark Holley and his team. ( ref )

The formation consists of a 40-foot diameter circle with an inner circle measuring 20 feet in diameter. The stones, all made of locally sourced granite, are estimated to be around 10,000 years old, making this one of the oldest known structures in North America.

Intriguingly, some of the stones bear carvings and engravings, including an image that resembles a Mastodon—an extinct elephant-like creature that roamed North America during the Pleistocene Epoch. This suggests that the builders of the site had knowledge of these ancient animals and possibly even hunted them.

Theories & Unanswered Questions

While the Lake Michigan stones share some similarities in size and shape with Stonehenge, their origins and purpose remain unclear. According to the YouTube video, experts like Dr. John O’Shea, Curator of Great Lakes Archaeology at the University of Michigan, believe the formation could have served as an ancient hunting structure known as a drive lane.

The carvings, along with a long line of rocks leading towards the circle, support this theory.

However, much like its younger counterpart in England, the true purpose of the Lake Michigan monument and the identity of its builders remain a mystery. It challenges conventional beliefs about the capabilities of early humans and raises intriguing questions about their culture, knowledge, and technology.

The Future of Underwater Archaeology

The discovery of this underwater “Stonehenge” highlights the vast potential of underwater archaeology to uncover hidden secrets of the past. As technology advances, we can expect further exploration and research in Lake Michigan and other bodies of water, potentially revealing more about this enigmatic monument and the people who created it.

For now, the submerged stone circle in Lake Michigan stands as a testament to the ingenuity of prehistoric humans and serves as a reminder that many mysteries of our ancient past are still waiting to be discovered.

Ancient ‘Stonehenge’ Discovered in U.S. Lake, Potentially 5,000 Years Older Than Britain’s

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    1. Re: Is Stonehenge Really Worth Seeing ? 11 years ago. I enjoyed Stonehenge! Took a bus tour from London to SH and Bath - day trip - not sure of price - about $30.00pp and entirely worth it - if you are staying in Bath - I'm sure you could find a more economical alternative travel option than what you have listed.

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    Stonehenge is worth seeing if you combine your visit with other places. I wouldn't recommend driving all the way from London just to see Stonehenge. There are other sites that you can visit while you are in the area. For those fascinated by the Celtic culture and henge monuments, or for those who want a closer experience, I recommend checking ...

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    Stonehenge Tour Bus. Depart Salisbury Station at 1400. Arrive Stonehenge at 14:33. Two to three hours is enough time at Stonehenge in my opinion. Depart Stonehenge at 17:43 or (16:43) Arrive Salisbury Station at 18:14 or (17:14) Last bus leaves Stonehenge at 1900, so you could even leave London a bit later. If it were me, I would probably have ...

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    01/22/10 03:57 PM. 32254 posts. Margaret, Whether Stonehenge is "worth the time" is a matter of opinion, however I feel that it's a worthwhile and interesting place to visit. There is a fence along the highway, however visitors who purchase a ticket can get reasonably close to Stonehenge.

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  21. Going to London for a few days

    The one I came across takes you to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath, then back to London. The trip is about 12 hours. I've also read about Avebury, and have heard that it is equally, if not more, impressive, and not as well known. Is a trip like the Windsor-Stonehenge-Bath one worth it? The price seems fair, about $120 USD, includes food.

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    I think the inner circle is worth visiting because you get a much better feel for the scale of the site rather than just walking around the outer circle. Personally I'd choose the evening visit just because I am not a morning person. Posted by Stacy. Connecticut. 06/06/18 08:56 PM. 337 posts.

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