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Experience Stonehenge Special Access Privately

Your road map to experiencing walking among the stones at Stonehenge without going on a tour

Special Access Stonehenge

In an ideal world, everyone visiting Stonehenge would like to walk among the stones at Stonehenge.

Unfortunately the world is not perfect and if you visit Stonehenge during public opening hours the monument is roped off. The good news is that English Heritage, who run Stonehenge, allow you beyond these ropes at special sessions outside normal public opening hours. These sessions are called Special Access.

What You're Up Against Organising Special Access Independently

Admission prices for Special Access are reasonable but at the end of the day, just a small minority make it to these sessions. So if you want to make such a visit independently these are the hurdles you will need to overcome.

- The one hour Special Access slots are outside public opening hours when if you do not have your own car there is no transport available to Stonehenge other than a taxi. The nearest major town with hotels, trains etc is Salisbury about 10 miles away.

- Demand far outstrips supply of tickets - in the summer you will be lucky to pick-up tickets within a couple of months of the visit.

- There are periods, noticeably the months of October and November where no Special Access slots are made available at all. The days around the midsummer solstice at the end of June are also blacked out.

- Morning slots are at the latest 8 a.m. - which means if you're travelling from London you need to be leaving by 6 a.m. at the very latest. In the summer months, early slots at sunrise require departure a few hours before this.

- At the time of Special Access gift shops, audio guides etc are not available or closed. To make sense of what you are seeing you really need a guide arranged prior to visiting or someone in your party having extensive knowledge of the subject matter.

Stonehenge Special Access - Making A Private Ticket Application

In short you need to contact Stonehenge direct, a link to their web site is below.

You can make contact by phone to establish availability and submit an application for an allocation of tickets.

Assuming you get an offer of tickets, you then have a period of time to make payment.

Be flexible with dates and do think through in advance how you will get to Stonehenge at the times required before accepting tickets.

The guide book available with your order is more a souvenir of your visit than an in-depth explanation of everything about Stonehenge.

If you arrange a guide in advance, (none are available on the day) you will need to purchase a ticket for the guide too.

Stonehenge Web Site

Stonehenge Special Access Tours - The No Hassle Alternative

If you're not normally a 'tour person' its still worth considering a tour sidestepping all the hoops above you have to jump through for an independent visit.

Follow the link below and you will be able to see all the operators that run regular tours to Stonehenge with Special Access and the dates they have tickets for in the months ahead. As you will see, apart from one option that leaves from Salisbury all the tours start and finish in London. Again, it is unusual that these tours have availability at short notice.

Stonehenge Special Access Tours - Full Details

Let Us Arrange A Special Access Visit For You

If you find the thought of organising transport and Special Access tickets for your own visit daunting then we may be able to help.

We have a close relationship with Stonehenge ticketing and have access to some of the best Stonehenge guides available, plus access to a range of transport from cars up to touring coaches.

We are not miracle makers, you will need to organise a bespoke visit at least a couple of months prior to stand a chance of access to tickets, especially in the summer months.

We routinely put custom packages together for varying sizes of groups from families to large groups, though do remember Special Access only has 25 tickets available for each session.

Stonehenge is quite isolated, just under 2 hours drive from London for example. Most visits we organise will combine a Special Access visit with somewhere else, (below is a crude graphic depicting the most popular destinations people twin with Stonehenge). However, if you just require a there and back itinerary, that is fine too.

The first step to us making a proposal for such a trip is to make an enquiry on the form at the bottom of the page.

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