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Stonehenge Travel Guide

Stonehenge Travel Guide

Day trip from London

Visited by millions of tourists each year, this 5000 year old architectural wonder is a great way to spend a day out of the city.

One of the wonders of the world and a British cultural icon, the site is as impressive as it is mysterious.

When you're there, envision yourself walking in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors as you explore the 7 foot high circle of stones and learn about Neolithic life in the nearby visitors center...

 

Getting There

1) Public Transport

You can easily visit Stonehenge on your own by taking one of the frequent South Western Railway trains from Waterloo station to the nearby city of Salisbury.

From there catch the Stonehenge Tour Bus right outside the station to get to the site.  Trains leave London about every half hour and the travel time out of the city is about 90 minutes while the buses from Salisbury station leave every hour and take about 30 minutes to arrive at Stonehenge.

2) Tour Groups

There are several tour companies that go out to Stonehenge starting at around £50.  Some companies combine the trip with stops at neighboring cities like Windsor and Bath for around £90.  For those planning on making a full day of exploring Stonehenge and other areas around the site, this may be the option for you.

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There are no left luggage facilities at Stonehenge or at the Salisbury train station but you can leave your bags at the Railway Tavern, a pub down the street from the train station at a cost of £3.
 

Hours of Operation

Stonehenge opens up to visitors at 9:30am year round except for the summer months of June to August when it opens a half hour earlier at 9am.

Closing times vary throughout the year.  Most of the year Stonehenge closes at 7pm however it is open an hour later until 8pm during the summer.  In the winter months from mid-October to the end of March, Stonehenge closes at 5pm.

It is important to note, though, that last entrance to the site is 2 hours before their posted closing times.
 

Admission Prices

1) Adults

Admission to Stonehenge is £19.50 for adults with a concession price of £17.60 for students with valid ID.

2) Children

Admission for children aged 5-15 years old is £11.70 and for those under 5 it’s free.

3) Familes

Stonehenge also has a family admission price of £50.70 good for 2 adults and 3 children under 16 years old.

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Although you generally can just buy your tickets at the ticket office, if you're visiting during the summer months, you may want to buy your tickets in advance online at the official website for Stonehenge.
The tickets are assigned time slots and are offered at a slightly cheaper price.
 

Best time To Visit

Stonehenge is busy year round especially during the summer months.  Tour groups coming from London generally visit the site between 10am and noon and then again in the early afternoon.

To avoid the crush of tourists on tour groups, try aiming for an early morning visit or later in the afternoon.
 

Highlights

1) The Stone Circle

The centerpiece to everyone's visit to Stonehenge, the Stone Circle, is about a mile away from the Visitor Center entrance.  You can either walk out to the site or take the free shuttle bus service which runs quite frequently.

It's important to note that you can not actually walk up to the stones as there is a 10 foot rope line around them but you're still able to marvel in the magnificence of it all.

2) Stonehenge Exhibition

Learn the story and various theories of how and why Stonehenge was built at the Stonehenge Exhibition.  The exhibition contains over 250 archaeological treasures found here including pottery, tools, jewelry and even human remains.

3) Neolithic Houses

Just outside the Visitor Center are reconstructions of Neolithic houses.  Built using authentic materials and techniques, take a step into how people lived some 4500 years ago.