Stonehenge Inner Circle tours from Salisbury

Enjoy regular evening Stonehenge Special Access after the crowds have left with Pat Shelley

Stonehenge inner circle tours from Salisbury with Pat Shelley

Expert guide: Special Access at Stonehenge with Pat Shelley

Get up close to the stones with Pat Shelley: The Stonehenge Experience

There are very few people who get to walk amongst the inner stone circle at Stonehenge.


Stonehenge inner circle tours from Salisbury are led by acknowledged experts, one of the most famous and highly rated being Pat Shelley. Pat has worked with many TV production companies, archaeologists and authors throughout the years on the history of Stonehenge.

Pat Shelley has unfortunately retired now, so the Stonehenge inner circle tours from Salisbury that bear his name are no longer running. This however, does not mean that you cannot gain Stonehenge inner circle access anymore.

The same tour from Salisbury that Pat run for so many years is being run in the same format as he did but led by another guide mentored by Pat.

Don't worry if your accommodation is in London, it is very easy to get to Salisbury from London by train and the trains run until late so there is still time to get back to London last thing.

Alternatively simply use the menu to the left or the table at the bottom of the page that lists the tours that have special access to the inner circle of Stonehenge. You too can become one of the few to have walked amongst the stones themselves.

What made the Pat Shelley Stonehenge tour so unique?

It is worth reiterating why Pat Shelley and the Stonehenge inner circle tours from Salisbury were so successful.

The Stonehenge Special Access tour led by Pat Shelley was the only tour dedicated to Stonehenge. The actual Special Access visit itself was the culmination of the tour which explores the Stonehenge landscape thoroughly before the highlight of the day the inner access visit to Stonehenge.

In 2019 Pat has worked with colleagues to create a new tour run in a similar style and by equally talented and highly knowledgeable guides. You can learn all about the Pat Shelley Stonehenge tour from Salisbury below or click on the banner below for details of the new tour.

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Stonehenge inner circle tours from Salisbury previously led by Pat Shelley

This Stonehenge special access tour had exclusive focus on Stonehenge and the surrounding Stonehenge landscape, the most in depth and complete tour on the subject of Stonehenge of all the tours.

Stonehenge Special Access was the climax of this tour, prior to this you explored by foot the Stonehenge landscape, such as Durrington Walls, Woodhenge and the Avenue walk.

If you want to really understand what Stonehenge was all about, this was the Stonehenge special access tour for you.


Woodhenge, Stonehenge inner circle tours from Salisbury with Pat Shelley

Pat Shelley explains Woodhenge

Experience Stonehenge Special Access Tour from Salisbury with Pat Shelley

Depending on the date, the tour started from Salisbury between 3pm and 7.15pm returning to Salisbury around 5 hours' later. In the winter months these were early morning tours (as there are no evening Special Access slots available).


Before you went to Stonehenge itself, the tour made visits to other Neolithic monuments in the Stonehenge landscape area. By the time you reached Stonehenge you have all the angles related to Stonehenge enabling your experience inside Stonehenge to come to life.


  • Visit Woodhenge and Durrington Walls where the builders of Stonehenge are believed to have lived.

  • See the Cursus, and take a walk along the Avenue and get one of the most interesting views of Stonehenge.

  • Special Access tour around the centre of Stonehenge circle after it is closed to the public.

  • See barrows (burial mounds) and understand their importance within the Stonehenge landscape.

What is Durrington Walls?

Durrington Walls is located in the Stonehenge World Heritage site about 2 miles away from Stonehenge. Durrington Walls is the site of a large settlement and henge enclosure and may have had up to 4000 people living there. It is a fascinating addition to the whole Stonehenge experience, giving you a greater understanding of the whole World Heritage site.

Tour Itinerary

Millstream Coach Park is the meeting point for the evening tours or the Market Square is for the few number of morning tours that operate.


Walking the Avenue with Pat Shelley on the Stonehenge inner circle tours from Salisbury

Special Access Stonehenge: walk the Avenue

A map is sent on confirmation of your reservation. The meeting point is within easy walking distance of Salisbury Railway Station and Salisbury Cathedral, well worth a visit prior to your evening tour.


It is recommended that guests do not rely on the train that gets in just before the tour starts because of any possible delays.

After the tour,  drop offs are offered at the railway station, Millstream coach park and the Market square.

On leaving Salisbury it is about 10 miles to the Stonehenge landscape. First visit is Durrington Walls and Woodhenge close to the River Avon, the Woodhenge to Stonehenge walk begins here.


It is then back on the coach to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, where you start a walk across the Stonehenge landscape, climaxing with your visit to the Stonehenge monument itself and inside access to the stones. Walking is a little over a mile with 4 stopping points.

On completion of the tour the coach takes you back to Salisbury stopping at the railway station, Millstream coach park and the Market square.

Getting to Salisbury from London

Nearly all of Pat's tours were evening sessions so it is possible to use train services to and from Salisbury on the day of the tour. Direct trains run back to London until about 9.30pm, indirect trains later.

Salisbury is a bit of a rail hub with main lines and frequent trains going east to London, south to Southampton and west to Bath and Bristol.


Frequent trains run from London's Waterloo station taking approximately 80 minutes to do the journey.

There are normally two trains an hour operating up until very late evening.

During the week, the cheap tickets are not available until after the morning commuter rush.

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Stonehenge Special Access Dates 2019/20

Morning Tours

  Premium Tours  

  Evan Evans  


Aug 19




Sep 19

2, 5, 9

7, 28


Dec 19

7, 14, 28

2, 9, 16, 30


Jan 20

4, 11

6, 13


Feb 20

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

3, 10, 17, 24

14, 28

Mar 20

5, 12, 26

2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 23, 28, 30


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Evening Tours

  Premium Tours  

  Evan Evans  

  Golden Tours  

Aug 19




Sep 19

4, 8, 18

2, 9, 16

3, 7, 10, 17, 21

Mar 20

1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29


3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 24, 28, 31

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Evening Tours

  Anderson Tours  

  Tours from Salisbury and Bath  

Aug 19


22, 26

Sep 19


5, 9, 12

Dec 19



Mar 20

13, 27

* Cheaper tour without full Stonehenge landscape walk

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