There are four options visitors can choose from for their London to Stonehenge tours:
The best way to discover Stonehenge is through a guided tour. A standard ticket does not include a guided tour. As part of guided Stonehenge tours, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will give you facts and an insight into its history. Additionally, transportation to and from the venue is provided in a guided tour.
In non-guided Stonehenge tours, your ticket will only cover entrance into the venue. However, Stonehenge has currently made its audio guide available for download, so you can use that as you explore the monument. In an non-guided tour, you will be your own guide and will have to arrange your transportation to and from the landmark.
Stonehenge tours with transfers included are the ones where you get picked up and dropped off from a certain location to the monument. While guided tours almost always offer transfers, non-guided tours are without transfers. For tours without transfers, you will be responsible for arranging your transportation to and from the premises.
Combo Stonehenge tours are those that take you to multiple sightseeing locations; often accompanied by a tour guide and with transfers included. This is the best option for those who want to explore more than just Stonehenge, and visit nearby locations like Windsor, Bath, or Cambridge.
Stonehenge is open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. The last entry is at 2:30 PM.
The best time to be visiting Stonehenge is between March to June and September to November.
A single ticket covers your visit to the Stone Circle, Exhibition, and other attractions in Stonehenge. It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance, as the monument is very popular — it is visited by a million people annually.
Stonehenge is 142 kilometers from London, with an average travel time of 1.5 hours.
Stonehenge is visited by a million people every year.
The construction of Stonehenge started in 3000 BC; it is over 5000 years old.
The huge sarsen stones came from Marlborough Downs, about 30 kilometers away from the monument. The smaller stones ("bluestones") came from Wales. It is still unknown how the stones were transported from Wales to Salisbury.
Stonehenge was built in multiple stages. Initially, it was just an earthwork enclosure, with holes dug up using antler picks. Stones were used starting 2600 BC.
The premises do not have a cloakroom or a luggage storage facility. It is recommended that you only carry essentials.
Stonehenge cafe serves a variety of food. Currently, it only allows takeaways.
While a guided tour is slightly more expensive, it is a good option because you can avoid all the hassles of transportation. With guided tours, you get picked up and dropped back in a comfortable private air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi. Additionally, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who can give you interesting facts about the monument and its history and can answer all your questions.
Yes, usually, audio guides are available for use at Stonehenge. These can be collected before you board the shuttle to take you to the Stone Circle.
Normally, the audio guide is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. However, the version you will download from the website is only available in English.
At the Stone Circle, you can see what remains of the original Neolithic monument. You will get to see the sarsen megaliths and the bluestones, most of them in the original placement.
You can either walk to the Stone Circle from the Visitor Centre or take the shuttle. Please note that the shuttle bus is only available to those who need it currently, such as disabled people and the elderly.
No, it is advised the visitors avoid touching the stones in order to prevent any kind of damage to them.
As the Stone Circle has a barrier around it to prohibit visitors from touching the stones, the closest one can get to the stones is about 30 feet.
Normally, visitors are allowed to go inside the Neolithic Houses.
Using audio-visual experiences, visitors can discover the history of this monument, along with its relation to the annual solar cycle. You will also get to see around 250 artifacts discovered in the area, and a forensic reconstruction of the face of a man who lived here 5,500 years ago, based on his bones.
There are over 200 artifacts that were found in and around the area on display to give you an insight into early life. A polished axe, a flint arrowhead, and a decorative chalk plaque are just some of the Neolithic treasures you will be able to see at the Exhibition.
There are special exhibitions regularly held in the Visitor Center.
No, your ticket covers access to the Stone Circle, Exhibition, and Visitor Center. You do not need separate tickets.
The Visitor Centre is where you will find the Stonehenge café, ticket office, gift shop, and car & coach parking.
Yes, the Stonehenge café is open, but only for takeaway.
Yes, the Stonehenge Shop is located in the Visitor Center. You can purchase all sorts of memorabilia here, such as jewellery, key rings, books, fridge magnets, clothing, and more.
Your Stonehenge is a special, free exhibit within the Visitor Center premises. It showcases pictures of visitors at the Stonehenge over the last 150+ years.
You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi from a set location in London Victoria. You will take a scenic route passing quaint towns like Amesbury on your way to the Stonehenge.
You will return to London in your private coach. The drop-off point is the same as the pick-up point, in Victoria London.
While your combo experience depends on the attractions, it will usually start with a pick up from London Victoria in an air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi.
If your combo includes Windsor, you will head to Windsor first to explore the marvellous castle. Next, if your combo includes Salisbury Cathedral, you will head there to discover one of England’s oldest churches.
In the end, you will be dropped off to London Victoria in your private coach with lots of new memories to cherish.
If you plan to continue sightseeing after exploring the monument, here are some popular locations you can visit:
Windsor is over 100 kilometers from Stonehenge. It is best known for Windsor Castle, the weekend residence of the Queen and St. George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot.
Bath is located nearly 50 kilometers from Stonehenge. It is famous for its Roman Baths, and is the first English city to be deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nestled in the Cotswolds, Lacock is almost an hour away from Stonehenge. It is a quaint village best known for its Abbey, where Harry Potter was filmed.
Over 100 kilometres from Stonehenge, Oxford is home to one of the most famous universities in the world. It is also famous for its beautiful buildings, verdant parks, and punting.
Visitors typically spend 2-2.5 hours exploring Stonehenge, but you can take your own time. Just note that the venue shuts at 5 PM.
Please check your ticket. While some tickets can be canceled, others cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Yes, it is highly recommended that you book tickets in advance. This is so that you can gain entry at your preferred time. You can also book tickets online the same day up to three hours in advance of your preferred time.
Yes, Stonehenge tickets can be purchased online. In fact, it is generally recommended that you purchase your Stonehenge ticket online and in advance to secure your visit. While walk-in tickets are available, there is no guarantee that tickets may be available whenever you go.
Stonehenge has a few limited walk-in tickets available to purchase on-site, but it is recommended that you book in advance to guarantee your visit.
Please note that your Stonehenge tickets are valid only for the date and time selected during checkout. Ensure you reach the venue at least ten minutes before your scheduled visit time.
For those using the shuttle bus, the journey will take about ten minutes. Please note that the shuttle bus is only available to those who cannot walk to the Stone Circle. For those who are walking, depending on the pace, it takes about 20-40 minutes to get to the Stone Circle.
If the tour involves just Stonehenge, then you can expect your Stonehenge tour from London to take about six hours.