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Last updated: 11 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

There’s nowhere else in the UK that quite matches Stonehenge for history, atmosphere and mysticism.

An ancient burial site dating back to at least 2,500 BC, the iconic stone circle is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. Surrounded by burial mounds, and Bronze Age and Neolithic monuments, Stonehenge offers a unique glimpse of England’s pre-history.

The state-of-the-art visitor centre has over 250 archaeological exhibits discovered around the site, alongside a 360-degree virtual experience of standing among the stones. Next to the centre, a clutch of re-created Neolithic houses gives an insight into how people lived 4,500 years ago.

While much has been discovered about the site, Stonehenge remains shrouded in mystery to this day. No one is sure for certain what purpose the structure once served. Was it a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, or simply an elaborate burial site?

Most mysterious of all is how our Neolithic ancestors – more than four millennia ago and using only primitive tools – managed to manoeuvre the huge stones, the heaviest of which weighs around 50 tons. It was once thought the stones had been transported from the Preseli Hills in Wales (more than 150 miles away), but a recent theory suggests the stones may have come from much closer, deposited near the site by the Irish Sea Glacier during the last Ice Age.

While you’re there 

Salisbury’s medieval cathedral, a short drive from Stonehenge, is another must-visit, home to the best-preserved of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta, a highly significant historical document from 1215.

The Magna Carta Libertatum was an English legal charter that required King John of England to proclaim certain rights, respect certain legal procedures, and accept that his will could be bound by the law, thus limiting his powers.

Logistics

Price from: £22
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Trains from London Waterloo take just over an hour to reach Salisbury. Driving to Stonehenge from London takes about two hours. The site lies off the A344, and there’s ample parking. Taxis and local bus services are available from the station to the visitor centre, and shuttles run from the centre to Stonehenge itself (included in entry price).

Check the website to see if tickets must be booked online ahead of time – but it’s always recommended as capacity can be limited. Audio guides are available to rent at the visitor centre.

The Stonehenge Tour is a hop-on, hop-off bus service that picks you up in Salisbury town centre and runs to Stonehenge from Salisbury cathedral, via Old Sarum and Amesbury. On the way you get commentary about Stonehenge and other local history and legends.

When to do it

The site and visitor centre are open all year round, seven days a week. Last entry is two hours before closing time.

Stonehenge is at its most atmospheric as dusk creeps in, so stay on until closing time and try to visit outside high summer, when it remains light until late into the evening.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London

London

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath from London
See an official residence of The King and home of the British monarchy for more than 900 years*, explore the beautiful Georgian city of Bath and its ancient Roman Baths*, and uncover the mystery behind Stonehenge - the world's most famous Neolithic site.

Price: £95

Min age: 0

Rating 4.44 / 5 [11638 ratings]

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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock

London

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath with Pub Lunch in Lacock
Explore the beautiful scenery of the English countryside on this full-day tour of Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath. Head to Windsor, home of the British Royal Family famous for Windsor Castle. Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you there. Continue onward to the 5,000-year-old prehistoric site of Stonehenge with a guide, and ponder over its use in centuries past. Visit the charming English village of Lacock for a traditional pub lunch, and finally, enjoy a coach tour of Georgian city of Bath as well as a short walking tour.

Price: £99

Min age: 3

Rating 4.34 / 5 [4740 ratings]

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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London + Admission

London

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London + Admission
This wonderful day trip will take you to three of the UK’s most iconic locations - Royal Windsor Castle, mysterious Stonehenge and charming Bath. Make sure you are in Victoria for 7:30AM as your coach will be leaving at 8:00AM sharp! Highlights of the tour: • Discover three of the UK’s most famous attractions • Enjoy the opulence of Windsor Castle • Fall for the beautiful city of Bath • Walk around the historical Roman Baths • See if you can uncover the mystery of Stonehenge

Price: £79

Min age: 3

Rating 4.53 / 5 [2735 ratings]

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Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London

London

Stonehenge and Bath Day Trip from London
Sit back and relax as you travel by luxury air-conditioned coach from London to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bath. On your way, discover the iconic prehistoric stone formation of Stonehenge. Spend a full afternoon exploring Bath, and take advantage of the opportunity to see the ancient Roman Baths or the Jane Austen Visitor Centre.

Price: £95

Min age: 3

Rating 4.59 / 5 [2477 ratings]

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Inner Circle Access of Stonehenge including Bath and Lacock Day Tour from London

London

Inner Circle Access of Stonehenge including Bath and Lacock Day Tour from London
Take an early or late-access tour of Stonehenge, and walk inside the UNESCO-listed stone circle without any of its daytime crowds. Choose from a morning or evening tour and explore the inner circle of stones — an experience only available to your group. Depending on the time of year, you might even catch the sunset or sunrise, too. This exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience, which additionally includes tours of Lacock and Bath, sells out quick as tickets are limited; book now for an excursion you won’t forget! You can also upgrade your day trip with a visit to the Roman Baths.

Price: £143

Min age: 0

Rating 4.70 / 5 [1402 ratings]

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New Forest

Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)

New Forest

A magical, highly accessible region of ancient woodland, open heathland and postcard-perfect traditional English villages.

Bath

Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)

Iron signs for the Roman Baths of Bath England in front of the Abbey

A lovely west country city of world-class Georgian architecture, ancient and modern spas, and an atmosphere of romance and refinement.

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