Stonehenge is one of the world's most impressive prehistoric monuments. The construction of the ditch and surrounding embankment dates to 3100 BCE, and radiocarbon dating indicates that placement of the standing stones took place between 2400 and 2200 BCE. Spend time in the visitor's center before viewing the site. The interpretive displays and exhibits here tell stories about the monument and explain the popular debates about its possible prehistoric uses. These will help give you context to appreciate its significance--though the age-old question of how the giant standing stones got there remains unanswered. The cafe by the entrance provides a place to grab snacks before you proceed to the site by shuttle bus. Buy your tickets online before visiting to avoid waiting in line at the ticket kiosk, and check the weather forecast so that you can dress appropriately. Our Salisbury visit planner makes visiting Stonehenge and other Salisbury attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Visited Stonehenge for the 1st time on the 15th March 2023, luckily we are members of English heritage so entrance is free, however first impressions for me stand out,manners don’t cost a lot and...
Visited Stonehenge for the 1st time on the 15th March 2023, luckily we are members of English heritage so entrance is free, however first impressions for me stand out,manners don’t cost a lot and... more »
We visited Stonehenge in March 23. We were in the area and one of our passengers was really keen to add to her bucket list. Parking was very good and free! (Though I have heard they can charge none...
We visited Stonehenge in March 23. We were in the area and one of our passengers was really keen to add to her bucket list. Parking was very good and free! (Though I have heard they can charge none... more »
Going to such an iconic landmark on a long weekend, in the middle of the school holidays isn’t for the faint-hearted. But we were determined to give it a shot, having been turned away from the Roman Baths in Bath because they were too busy! Yes, there massive crowds, but still ample parking. The shuttle bus from visitors’ centre to the stones was efficient, and we didn’t have to wait long. I had heard a lot of complaints that you have to admire from a distance, but it’s a great idea!!! From a heritage point of view, people shouldn’t be allowed to climb over the stones. But from a tourist point of view it’s fantastic! If you want to take some photos it is so easy to do so without a heap of other tourists in the way. I loved it! As always, it asks more questions than it answers! The gift shop was a pleasant surprise. There is a lot of the usual cheap and cheerful stuff, but also some more special mementos. None of which were ridiculous it expensive.
A tip in advance. Come after 2 p.m., then the rush of visitors decreases significantly. When we came back around 3 p.m., we didn't even have to queue for the shuttle, and the ticket counters were empty. So, now to the topic. There is something mystical about it. It is without a doubt something special. I said many years ago that I had to see Stonehenge, and I have never regretted it. Thank goodness we have Historical Heritage Membership. Firstly, the car park doesn't cost a fee, the entrance is free and you don't have to queue for hours at the ticket office. The single entrances are really expensive. Nevertheless, you can't miss such an important site. There are also many other things to discover around the visitor centre. Currently, in July 2022, there is a small excavation site for children.
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