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Opening hours

Open seven days

1 April - 15 October, 9.30am to 7pm

16th October - 31 March, 9.30am to 5pm

Last admission two hours before advertised closing time

How to get there

Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7DE, UK

Stonehenge is in rural Wiltshire and is close to the A303 and the small town of Amesbury. There is parking on-site for visitors who wish to arrive by car. The nearest mainline train station is at Salisbury, 9.5 miles from the stones and a taxi from the station should take around 20 minutes. There is a special Stonehenge bus operating from Salisbury train station directly to the visitor centre at Stonehenge. There are no public bus services running to Stonehenge.


Why was Stonehenge built?
Nobody is exactly certain why people 5,000 years ago went to the effort of dragging huge stones to form a stone circle in Wiltshire. There are various theories about why the stone circle was built, with some of the more reasonable explanations being that it was built as a type of calendar to track the changing seasons, or as an ancient burial ground. There are other similar stone circles in other parts of the UK and archaeological excavations there might shed light on the purpose of Stonehenge.
Is there a lot of walking on the site?
The Stonehenge site is relatively flat and the stone circle is just a short walk from the car park and visitor centre. Shuttle buses are available for people who have difficulties walking and as paths are mainly paved or closely mown grass, the site is fully accessible. If you wish to explore the area further, try the five mile circular walk from Durrington to Stonehenge, giving views over the stone circle from every angle.
Can I touch the stones?
Most visitors to Stonehenge are kept well away from the stone circle behind a rope, in order to preserve the site and for security reasons. You will still get close enough to admire the scale of the site and wonder at its construction but true history buffs can find the lack of proximity frustrating. Visitors who want to get closer to the stones can book a special access tour which takes place outside regular opening hours. On this experience, visitors get much closer than usual but are still not allowed to touch the stones.
What facilities are there at Stonehenge?
Stonehenge is one of the most visited historic places in the UK and provides a range of different facilities for visitors. There is a cafe area serving hot and cold food and a large gift shop selling a wide range of books and UK-themed souvenirs. A good way to start your visit is at the museum, which displays finds from Stonehenge and other nearby sites and a multimedia exhibition about the history of Stonehenge.


There is no doubt that the ancient people who built Stonehenge understood the position of the sun in the sky at different points of the year. On the summer solstice, 21st June, the sun rises over the heel stone, in the centre of the circle. Many revellers head to Stonehenge early in the morning to catch the sunrise on the longest day of the year. Similar, although quieter, celebrations are held at the winter solstice in December.
Neolithic Houses
One of the other features of the exhibition area at Stonehenge are the neolithic houses outside the visitor centre. Step inside the houses and see how our ancestors lived around 4,500 years ago. Inside, visitors can see the daily routine of life, with costumed volunteers grinding grain to make flour, making ropes or preparing a meal.
Neolithic Houses
Neolithic Houses
The audio-visual presentation and exhibition housed within the visitor centre tells the story of the people who lived at Stonehenge in prehistoric times rather than focusing on the construction of the circle. There are around 250 artefacts and objects on display, all found at Stonehenge or at other similar sites locally. Visitors can see jewellery, pottery and tools and imagine the lives of people living almost 5,000 years ago.


Salisbury Cathedral
The tall spire of Salisbury Cathedral can be seen from miles in all directions and was built over 750 years ago. Along with the tallest church spire in the UK, Salisbury Cathedral also has a well preserved copy of the famous Magna Carta and Europe's oldest working clock. If you have a head for heights, book a place on a Tower Tour, allowing you to climb the 322 steps up into the church tower and admire the views for miles in all directions.
Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Paulton's Family Theme Park
Paulton's Park is a family friendly theme park with over 70 rides and attractions, all set in parkland on the edge of the New Forest. Younger visitors will love Peppa Pig World, with rides and shows featuring their favourite cartoon pig. Older kids may prefer the park's roller coasters and water rides. There's plenty to see and do and a fun-filled day out is guaranteed.
Highclere Castle
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you will recognise the imposing Highclere Castle, where both interior and exterior shots were filmed for the television series. Opening times at Highclere are limited to just a couple of months of the year and, in addition to the elegant interiors of the castle, visitors can visit the gardens and the castle's museum which focuses on the Egyptian explorations of one of the former Earls of Carnarvon. Why not round off your day with afternoon tea, served in Highclere's Coach House tea room?
Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle