30th March to 31st May - 9:30 AM- 7:00 PM
1st June to 31st August - 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
1st Sept to 15th October - 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
16th Oct to 29th March - 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Please note that last entry is 2 hours before advertised closing time.
The Stonehenge is open on all days barring the 24th & 25th December
The visitor facilities at Stonehenge have been designed in order to meet the needs of those with access requirements or reduced mobility.
Currently there are no cloakroom or left luggage facilities at Stonehenge. It is recommended to carry only essential items - phone, camera, wallet, jacket/sweater etc.
Parking for private vehicles is available on site and is free of cost for Stonehenge ticket holders.
Stonehenge and the Visitors Centre is well equipped with basic facilities, such as -
Visiting Stonehenge is definitely one of the ‘must-do’ activities while in London. There are multiple ways of experiencing the aura of Stonehenge. You can choose to go on a guided tour, where a tour company will pick you up in London, take you to and around Stonehenge and explain the history and various nuances of this monument. Alternatively, you can go on a self-guided tour and explore Stonehenge yourself. The following few sections will help you understand all the costs involved, the approximate duration and what other places/sites you can cover along with Stonehenge in a single day, so you can make a decision and find out which tour suits your need/time/budge the best!
If you’re looking just to cover and experience just Stonehenge, you have two options -
The main difference between the two is that one is a guided tour that takes you to and from London to Stonehenge while the other just gives you admission tickets to Stonehenge without transportation to and from London. To understand more about these tickets and what they offer, read below -
On the guided tour, you have the option of choosing a morning or afternoon tour that begins with a pickup from London at 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM respectively on luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Once you reach Stonehenge, the two tours (guided and self-guided) are more or less the same. You will receive an educational, multilingual audio-guide which will take you through the history and importance of this monument. After completing the stones, you can move onto the Exhibition Centre which houses rare artifacts and archaeological treasures. Once you are done with the tour, on the guided tour, you will be dropped back to London, whereas on the self-guided tour you will have to make your own way back.
The guided tour lasts for about 6-7 hours, with the morning tour beginning at 8:00 AM and finishing by 2:30 PM. The afternoon tour begins at 1:30 PM and is done by 8:00 PM (including pick-up and drop for both). On the self-guided tour you are free to stay as little or as long as you like (within opening hours, of course).You are not restricted by time and can therefore plan your day according to your convenience.
The guided tour costs £48 per person while the self guided tour is priced at £19. However, when approximating cost, you must take into account the transportation cost as well, which is covered in the guided tour. The cheapest way to reach Stonehenge by yourself is to take a train to Salisbury and then catch a bus to Stonehenge. The train journey costs about £38 per person and the bus is a further £14. Alternatively, you can drive there yourself in a private or rented car.
After taking all the above factors into account, it really does makes more sense to take a guided tour, not only to save on costs but also to ensure a hassle-free experience. Simply arrive at the pick-up point, hop on the bus and make your way through the beautiful English landscape. On a self-guided visit, you need to bear the rush of public transport, incur unnecessary costs and have the energy to do it all over again while coming back to London.
London is close to many small and picture-perfect towns and hamlets such as Bath, Lacock, Windsor etc. To make the most out of your day and limited time in the UK, it is much recommended to combine your tour of Stonehenge along with a tour of one of these historic and quaint townships. A tour of Stonehenge generally lasts anywhere between 2 to 3 hours, leaving you ample daylight to check out some other interesting places in England.
As mentioned above, coupling your tour of Stonehenge with a tour of either Bath, Lacock, Windsors, Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford or Salisbury or combination of them, is the perfect way of spending your day outside the city of London. While choosing your itinerary and picking the places to visit along with Stonehenge, make sure you do not plan on visiting more than 3 places (including Stonehenge) as it can get quite exhausting and wasteful. By adding more to your schedule, you will not be able to enjoy each place to its fullest and take in everything it has to offer. As far as places you can visit and where you can go, here is a list to help you decide -
Depending on the tour you have chosen and the number of places you are visiting, the duration varies. However one thing you can be sure of is that it will be a full-day tour, or at least 6-7 hours. If you choose to do a guided tour, you can be assured that you will get dropped back to London at a reasonable hour, latest by 8:30 - 9:00 PM.
When taking a tour of multiple places that are at a certain distance from each other, it is highly recommended to take a guided tour as opposed to a self-guided tour. On a guided tour your transportation and lunch is taken care of, and you don’t have to worry about nitty gritties like petrol, parking fees, time to spend at each place etc. Guided tours are designed in a way to make the most out of your time in the best possible way. So save yourself the trouble and take an organized tour.
Once again, make sure you do not over-cram your day by trying to visit all the places, rather take your time and check each place out thoroughly before moving onto the next. Another important thing you must keep in mind is that public transport at these small, little towns is quite erratic and hence time-consuming. If you’re planning to go by yourself, try researching a bit about the schedule of the local buses and taxis to help save you valuable time and trouble.
Stonehenge is located roughly 88 miles (142 km) from London and there are multiple ways of reaching here. You can choose to take public transport (bus, train, taxi) or take a private vehicle and drive yourself, if you’re inclined. The easiest and most convenient option is to take a guided tour, as the tour companies themselves organize your transports to and from London.
There are no public buses that take you directly to Stonehenge from London. Rather, you can take a bus from London to Salisbury and then catch the Stonehenge Tour Bus that runs from the Salisbury Bus Station and Rail Station every hour from 10:00 AM.
There are frequent trains that run from London’s Waterloo Station to Salisbury. The train journey takes about 90 minutes. Once you’re at the Salisbury Train Station, you can board the Stonehenge Tour Bus that will take you straight to the monument.
If you’re looking to avoid public transport altogether, you can simply drive yourself to Stonehenge from London. This 2-2.5 road trip is absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing. Depending on where you are starting from, you can map your way through and make your way to the Stonehenge Visitors Centre, where you can park your car (for free if you have a ticket). From there, simply take the shuttle that goes to the Stones.
On Guided Tours
The simplest way of visiting Stonehenge is to take a guided tour from London. You will be required to come to the meeting point, usually somewhere central, from where you will be taken and dropped back.