Visit Wilsthire. Stonehenge and Salisbury

Stonehenge is a Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monument located near Amesbury in the English county of Wiltshire, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. It is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. ~ HOME
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Across the British Isles can be found prehistoric remains which date from the period 3,000 BC to 1,500 BC, and take the form of a number of stones standing in a circle. The reason for their construction, and the role they played in the society of the time are now unknown. The most famous stone circle is Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, but in all there are almost 1,000 other stone circles.

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Many early historians were influenced by supernatural folktales in their explanations. Some legends held that Merlin the wizard had a giant build the structure for him or that he had magically transported it from Mount Killaraus in Ireland, while others held the Devil responsible. Henry of Huntingdon was the first to write of the monument around 1130 soon followed by Geoffrey of Monmouth who was the first to record fanciful associations with King Arthur which led the monument to be incorporated into the wider cycle of European medieval romance.
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2016 Opening Times:

Entrance to Stonehenge is managed through timed tickets and advance booking is required. Pre-booking is the only way to guarantee entry on the day and at the time of your choice.

If you are planning a visit today and your chosen timeslot is not showing, please note that we have a limited availability of walk-up tickets for sale on the day. These can be purchased at the Stonehenge admissions tills only. Please note walk-up prices, until 24th March 2016 are adult £15.50, concession £14.00, child £9.30 and family £40.30. Walk up prices from 25th March 2016 are adult £16.30, concession £14.70, child £9.80 and family £42.40. By booking your tickets in advance online you will save £1 per adult admission

January to March 2016 Opening Times Opening Days
   
1st January - 15th March May 9.30am-5pm Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun.
 
Last admission time is 2 hours before the advertised closing time. Advance booking required. English Heritage and National Trust members admitted free. Please note, this is applicable to National Trust in England only (does not include National Trust Scotland or other National Trust affiliated organisations). Ticket prices from 25th March 2016 are; adult £15.30, concession £13.70, child £9.10 and family £39.70 (these prices are advanced booking only).  


How much does it cost?

Adult:
£14.50
Children:
£8.70 (5-15yrs)
Concession:
£12.50
English Heritage Members:
Other:

Family Ticket: £36.10 National Trust members admitted free.

Further Pricing Details:

  • Audio guide: £2.00 (subject to availability).
  • Family audio guides (2 adults, up to 3 children): £6.00
  • Parking: during peak times a £5 refundable parking charge is collected on arrival. This is refunded at the admissions point when purchasing your ticket. The £5 fee does not apply to English Heritage and National Trust England Members (providing you show a valid membership card) or those who book in advance.
Last admission time is 2 hours before the advertised closing time. Advance booking required. English Heritage and National Trust members admitted free. Please note, this is applicable to National Trust in England only (does not include National Trust Scotland or other National Trust affiliated organisations). Ticket prices from 25th March 2016 are; adult £15.30, concession £13.70, child £9.10 and family £39.70 (these prices are advanced booking only).


How do I get there? (Click here for maps)

By Road:

From Amesbury
2 miles west on the junction of A303 and A344/360

From London Gatwick Airport
Take the M23 motorway and join the M25 motorway, following the signs for Heathrow Airport.
From the M25, exit at junction 12 for the M3 motorway towards Basingstoke.
Once on the M3 follow it to junction 8 signed A303 Andover.
Continue on the A303 ALL the way until you reach a roundabout.
Go straight over this and 2 miles on bear right onto the A344 and the car park is on the right hand side about 500 metres on.

From London Heathrow Airport
Follow signs to the M4 West.
Continue for about 2 miles and come off at junction 4b onto the M25 South bound.
Follow the signs for Gatwick Airport. From the M25, exit at junction 12 for the M3 motorway towards Basingstoke.
Then follow the directions as above.


By Train:

The nearest train station to Stonehenge is Salisbury about 9.5 miles away.
From London the trains depart from Waterloo Station to Salisbury.
Check for times and prices as these may be subject to change and the trains depart approximately every hour. The journey takes about an hour and a half. Local buses or a cab can take you on.

By Bus:

The buses depart from Heathrow Airport and from Victoria Coach Station in the centre of London. The journey takes about 2 hours.
Get off at Amesbury.
From there you can either walk (about 2 miles), catch a local bus, or get a taxi.

You can buy tickets on the coach, at the coach station, or from ticket agents for National Express. It is the cheapest way to travel to Stonehenge.

If you are coming from Gatwick Airport you will need to first get to Heathrow Airport or to Victoria coach station (you can do this by bus) and from there change buses to Amesbury.

What facilities are available?
Toilets: WC adapted for wheelchair users in large toilet block at far end of car park.
Shop: Level access.
Refreshments: Light refreshments are available from the Stonehenge Kitchen.
Access:
Access: On tarmac and grass path around outer circle (subject to weather conditions). One wheelchair available to visitors on request at entrance kiosk.
Parking:
Reserved parking for disabled drivers is available close to entrance. Ticket office reached by short, sloping tarmac path.
Visually Impaired Visitors:
Braille and large print guides are available on request. Touching Stones accessible at the main entrance.
Hearing Impaired Visitors:
Audio tour with hearing loop in ten languages (subject to availability).

Further Info
Audio guides are complementary and available in ten languages and hearing loop subject to availability. Audio guides are not available for qualifying educational groups – please visit the educational resources page for downloadable educational resources.
Guidebooks are also available in French, German, Spanish and Japanese; large print and braille guides in English only.
Hot and cold refreshments available throughout the year.
No Dogs allowed (except for Guide and hearing dogs)
Stonehenge is surrounded by 1,500 acres of land owned by the National Trust, with excellent walks.


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English Heritage provides Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice and works closely with the many agencies, and people from all sectors of the community, in order to create a peaceful occasion - ensuring an event that can be safely enjoyed by all and protects Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments. Further details on the entry conditions are available from English Heritage. Each year on the 21 June visitors from around the world gather at Stonehenge overnight to mark the summer solstice and to see the sunrise above the stones. At dawn the central Altar stone aligns with the Slaughter stone, Heel stone and the rising sun to the northeast. Stonehenge is definitely one of England's greatest icons. Its original purpose is still somewhat unclear, but some have speculated that it was a temple made for worship of ancient earth deities. It has also been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the ancient prehistoric calendar. Others claim that it was a sacred site created by Merlin and King Arthur for the burial of high-ranking citizens from societies of long ago. Falling on June 21st or 22nd, the Summer Solstice is a time of light and of fire. It is a time to reflect upon the growth of the season: the seeds that were planted in the earth and the seeds planted in our souls. It is a time of cleansing and renewal. It is a time of love and growth as well.

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Stonehenge. Mystery surrounds this 5,000 year old monument in the centre of the World Heritage Site. Visit this prehistoric South West site and decide for yourself whether Stonehenge was a place of sun worship, a healing sanctuary, a sacred burial site, or something different altogether!