Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself. Many of these features - earthworks, burial mounds and other circular ‘henge’ monuments - are accessible by road or public footpath. Stonehenge’s orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was simply because the builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, or because - as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astronomical calendar, remains a mystery.
The stone circle itself forms the highlight of any visit to the World Heritage Site and is not to be missed. However, the Stonehenge Visitor Centre completes a day out at this world-famous monument. With museum-quality exhibitions showcasing many items on loan from nearby museums – the Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum as well as a changing special exhibition the interpretation and significance of Stonehenge is more detailed than ever before. You can even stand inside the incredible audio-visual 360 degree stone circle experience allowing you to get a sense of standing inside Stonehenge.
The visitor centre is complete with a spacious gift shop housing a variety of souvenirs and locally produced crafts and collectables alongside a café catering to all dietary requirements and serving up delicious rock cakes and luxury hot chocolates. End your visit with a walk around the Neolithic Houses and speak to the knowledgeable volunteers to understand how the people of Stonehenge may have lived, and if you are feeling strong enough try pulling a replica Sarsen stone to see how you would have fared in the building of Stonehenge.
Stonehenge Audio Tours
You can download a free audio tour in advance from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or via the free WiFi available at the visitor centre. The audio guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish. Italian, Dutch, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Polish, Korean and Brazilian Portuguese. Please note that there are no audio guides available to hire from Stonehenge. Headphones are available to purchase in the gift shop and at admissions for £2.
Stone Circle Experiences
A Stone Circle Experience at Stonehenge gives you a unique opportunity to be up close to this world-famous monument and wander amongst the ancient stones. Walking between the standing and fallen stones is an awe-inspiring experience, allowing you to marvel at the incredible ingenuity required to construct this 4,500 year old monument.
The visits take place outside of our normal opening hours, most mornings and evenings. Each visit lasts for one hour, with a maximum of 30 people per session. Where a group is more than 15 people the group will be divided into two with 30 minutes within the stone circle itself and 30 minutes around it. This will be managed by your English Heritage host.
Do you have a special event in mind, such as an anniversary, birthday or maybe a proposal of marriage in a unique location? It is possible to make a group booking or even arrange exclusive access. Find out more about Stone Circle Experiences.
Tickets from £18 – for full prices please check the prices and opening times page below:
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
- Dutch audio guide
- French audio guide
- German audio guide
- Italian audio guide
- Japanese audio guide
- Korean audio guide
- Mandarin audio guide
- Polish audio guide
- Portuguese audio guide - Brazilian Portuguese
- Russian audio guide
- Spanish audio guide
- On-Site café/restaurant - A 300-seater café serves hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, cakes, salads and other sweet and savoury delicacies. Visitors can enjoy countryside views while eating delicious food, either inside or outside, where there is additional seating and tables under the dappled shade of the canopy roof.
- Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - Audio Commentary in English and Foreign Languages, subject to availability and a fee.
- Dogs Accepted - Assistance dogs welcome throughout. Dogs on leads allowed around the outside of the visitor centre. Dogs also welcome on National Trust land.
- Open All Year
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - A 2 hour visit is recommended. This provides sufficient time to explore the visitor centre, with its internal and external exhibitions and its greatly improved facilities, and to take the 20-minute round-trip journey to and from the Stone Circle.
- In countryside
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking - Parking is available on site. This is free to English Heritage members and Stonehenge ticket holders. A parking ticket is required if you are not visiting Stonehenge itself. These can be bought from ticket kiosks on site.
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Visa accepted
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- French printed material
- German printed material
- Italian printed material
- Japanese printed material
- Mandarin printed material
- Russian printed material
- Spanish printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - Education group visits must be pre-booked, call +44 (0) 370 333 0606 for further details.
|Open New Year|
* 25 Dec Closed
20th & 21st June & 21 December – opening times are subject to change due to Solstice
Last entry 2 hours before closing.
Nearest major road is A303. Stonehenge entrance is on A334 - accessible via A303 or A360.
Public Transport DirectionsNearest rail station is Salisbury. Bus: The Stonehenge Tour bus from Salisbury Rail or central Salisbury.
- What to Expect on a Visit to Stonehenge