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Visiting Stonehenge From London

A Practical Guide To Deciding Whether A Tour Or Travelling Independently Is Best For You


Stonehenge

The world famous Stonehenge is situated around 90 miles west from Central London and is well within a comfortable day trip.

The nearest town with good public transport and facilities is Salisbury, a medieval cathedral city. Worth a visit in its own right. About 24 miles north of Stonehenge is Avebury, another World Heritage Site with even larger stone rings to Stonehenge and unlike Stonehenge with free access to the stones themselves.

What Is Best? Tour or Independently By Public Transport From London

There is no universal best option to visit Stonehenge from London.

However, a tour is going to be both a cheaper and faster way of visiting Stonehenge from London than visiting independently. So for most visitors a tour bus is the ideal solution.

Many travellers are just not compatible with coach tours and prefer the independent approach with the flexibility to see things at your own pace, pause a while and ponder and generally decide their own schedule. The key point to make though is that with Stonehenge you will be paying a price premium over a tour for this flexibility.

There is no public transport to Stonehenge itself, Stonehenge is in a quite isolated location. Independently from London you take the train from London's Waterloo Station to Salisbury, about 10 miles from Stonehenge from where a Stonehenge bus service shuttles to Stonehenge,

Stonehenge Tours From London

Every day there is a wide range of tours available to Stonehenge from London.

There are Stonehenge only tours that just go to Stonehenge from London and return. This is the cheapest way of visiting Stonehenge from London. However its 2 hours on the coach in each direction plus 2 hours at Stonehenge.

Visiting Stonehenge - What To Expect

The vast majority of people make a day of it combining Stonehenge with one or two other attractions and 2 day tours are increasingly popular with an overnight stay included. The most popular tours that include Stonehenge are the Stonehenge and Bath and Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor Castle tours, but there are many others. (See table at foot of page).

Stonehenge Tours - Full List Of Tours From London

Stonehenge From London By Public Transport

Travelling independently and using public transport to get to Stonehenge you need to get to Salisbury, the closest town of any size that has a railway station with frequent schedules to London.

Salisbury is well worth a minimum half days visit in its own right and combined with a visit to Stonehenge makes an excellent day out. A special Stonehenge hop on, hop off bus shuttles between Salisbury and Stonehenge.

Logistics Of Visiting Stonehenge via Salisbury From London

Stonehenge You Must Book Tickets In Advance, Paying On Day Is Not An Option !

If you are visiting independently to be assured of entering Stonehenge you must reserve tickets in advance on the Stonehenge web site (see banner link below). If you have a heritage pass or are a National Trust or English Heritage member and are entitled to free entry you still need to obtain (free) tickets in advance.


Note: you cannot reserve tickets on-line on the day of your visit, you must reserve before midnight latest on the day before. Only a very small number of tickets are held back each day for walk-up visitors.


Note: the last bookable 30 minute time slot is 2.5 hours before closing time of Stonehenge. Closing times are variable according to month of the year.

Stonehenge Entrance Prices & Opening Times

Stonehenge Admission & Opening From January 2014

Admission

Opening Times

Adult

£14.90

1 Jan - 15 Mar

09.30 - 17:00

Child (5-15)

£8.90

16 Mar - 31 May

09.30 - 19:00

Students/Seniors *

£13.40

1 Jun - 31 Aug

09.00 - 20:00

Family Ticket †

£38.70

1 Sep - 31 Dect

09.30 - 17:00

Note from Feb 1st you must pre-book tickets on-line
Last entry 2 hours before closing
Members of the National Trust & English Heritage enter free

* Students with official student card and seniors over 60

† 2 Adults and 3 Children

~ Closed 24th to 26th December

Stonehenge Tickets

Stonehenge Explained - A Pre Visit Briefing

There is no doubting that a significant number of people approach Stonehenge, stop, shrug their shoulders and move on wondering what all the fuss is about. We would suggest that if you just turn up 'cold' at Stonehenge waiting to be entertained you too may become one of these people, you really need to go to Stonehenge full of anticipation about what you are going to see and experience.


Our What is Stonehenge? page lays out details about when Stonehenge was built, by who and what they built.


More intriguingly we follow this by discussing all the mysteries and theories about Stonehenge. Nobody knows for sure why Stonehenge was built nor how and when, its a whole industry providing you with often conflicting 'facts'.


We try and lay out the main strands addressing what Stonehenge was used for plus all the other associated mysteries on our Stonehenge Mysteries page.

Special Access Visits

During normal opening hours you cannot walk up to the stones themselves.

The nearest you will get to the stones is about 10 yards, the monument being roped off by a low barrier, (see picture below).

However it is possible to walk up to and among the stones at Stonehenge outside public opening hours. These are called Special Access visits. During these sessions of one hour duration, only 26 people are allowed onto Stonehenge going beyond the barriers and walking amongst the stones.


The fact that these Stonehenge Special Access visits are outside public opening hours mean that they are at dawn or evening. Given that London is 2 hours drive from London this obviously provides logistical issues in getting there.


The Special Access Visits are also immensely popular, demand far outstrips supply and they are often sold out months in advance.

We have dedicated pages for people independently wanting to partake in a Stonehenge Special Access Visit and also a page on scheduled Stonehenge Special Access Tours From London.

Image Depicting How Close You Can Get To Stones At Stonehenge During Public Opening Hours

How Close You Can Get To Stones At Stonehenge During Public Opening Hours
Most Popular Tours From London 2014

With Adult Fares Stated & Links To Tour Detail Pages

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning or Afternoon Half Day - £45

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - £45

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Roman Baths admission) - £55

Stonehenge & Avebury - £65

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (With Lunch at Lacock) - £76

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (No Lunch Extended Time Bath) - £77

2 Day Downton, Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath Tour - £239

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £84

Windsor, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £65

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Bath - £84

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £88

Alternative less frequent and seasonal tours

Visiting Cotswolds and/or Oxford and/or Stratford and/or Warwick

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £76

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £79

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £88

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £79

Downton Abbey Filming Locations Tours - £119

Alternative less frequent and seasonal tours

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £76

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group) - £119

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Small Group Tours (Maximum 16 people)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath - £119

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £119

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury - £119

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £119

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford - £119

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury - £119

2 Day Downton, Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath Tour - £239

1,2 & 3 Day Breaks To Paris, Scotland & Amsterdam

Day Trip To Paris - from £149

3 Day Paris - from £239

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland - from £229

3 Day Amsterdam - from £239



Special Offer Day Tours From London