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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 or Inner Circle tours.
We have a dedicated page explaining what to expect at a Stonehenge Special Access session.
Your options for experiencing Special Access at Stonehenge include a choice of public tours departing from London, Salisbury and Bath.
Public tours to Stonehenge Special Access are a very popular choice as it is much easier to get tickets via a tour and the thorny issue of getting to Stonehenge is all taken care off.
The alternative independent option of experiencing Stonehenge Special Access is the subject of this page.
Stonehenge is isolated. For your own private Stonehenge Special Access visit you will need your own private transport to reach Stonehenge at the times Special Access sessions operate.
We can organise a range of transport from cars up to touring coaches if you do not have a car, from London or the Salisbury area.
During Stonehenge Special Access sessions you are on your own. No official will be there to explain what you are witnessing, no audio guides are made available and at the visitor centre. It's all closed down except the toilets.
We have access to some of the best Stonehenge guides available both from Salisbury or London. Whether you have your own car and just need a local guide for your Stonehenge session or are a group from London who wants a driver-guide we can help.
Making a Stonehenge Special Access visit requires a level of commitment, it is not just a matter of paying a supplement to gain privileged access on demand.
Key points are:
You can check availability of Stonehenge Special Access tickets at the official Stonehenge page.
You can also make an application for tickets on this page.
If you have already purchased your tickets or are about to, we can arrange for a guide to meet you either at Stonehenge, London or Salisbury.
Note, you will need to buy a ticket for the guide too!
Note, the minimum you can hire a guide for is 4 hours. An indicative price is around £150.
While a Special Access tour is technically only an hour, to set it in context clients should also see the Visitor Centre exhibition during its working hours and the features of Stonehenge landscape, especially Durrington Walls/Woodhenge where the most recent archaeological discoveries were made.
Just fill in our Stonehenge Special Access enquiry form
For those without their own transport Salisbury is the nearest major town and effectively acts as the gateway to Stonehenge for those without their own transport.
Trains run at least hourly direct to London, as well as Bath and Southampton amongst other destinations.
The first train from London is too late for a morning Special Access, but evening sessions you can do as a day trip from London. There is a wide range of accommodation in Salisbury to stay overnight.
An indicative cost for a complete vehicle for up to 4 people plus guide for 4 hours is £270, to which you will need to add the cost of tickets.
Just fill in our Stonehenge Special Access enquiry form at the bottom of the page with your personal requirements.
We can provide the same service from London and its airports as from Salisbury.
Stonehenge is best part of 2 hours drive from Central London, so most people will make a day of it and combine Stonehenge with destinations like Bath, Windsor, Avebury or perhaps the Cotswolds, (see map of tour destinations from London).
Book in advance and save money on your train journey
• UK buses • Eurostar • Virgin trains
We can provide full day tour itineraries from both London and its airports and Salisbury from anything from one person to a large group requiring a full size touring coach.
The simple graphic below depicts typical travel times between the most popular tourist destinations around Stonehenge which may inspire you, but the there is so many more options.
Just fill in this Stonehenge Special Access enquiry form at the bottom of the page with your ideas to kick-start the process.