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Stonehenge Special Access Visits

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Stonehenge Special Access Visit Inside the Stones

Inside the Stones on a Special Access Tour

When you visit Stonehenge during public hours you have to keep behind a small rope fence about two foot off the ground. For most people this is perfectly adequate and has the advantage that no people get into your photographs.

 

For those who are really, really interested in Stonehenge it is possible to go beyond the rope fence and walk among the stones.

 

These visits are called Special Access or Inner Circle visits and take place outside public opening hours (i.e. dawn or dusk). The times of these visits can make for some excellent atmospheric photo opportunities. With the exception of special days such as the two solstices and equinoxes, where special provision is made at dawn, this is the only time you will be able to walk amongst the stones at Stonehenge.

 

How to Gain Access to Special Access

There are three ways of going Special Access to Stonehenge; by booking straight with English Heritage on the Stonehenge website, by booking a Special Access tour with a company from London or if you are a group, going on a Private Access tour through us (see below). The tours offer the major advantage of providing a knowledgeable guide.

 

Stonehenge Special Access Visits - Key Facts

- Special Access visits are available most but not all months of the year, (no visits in October and November and not available on and around midsummer's day). Evening Special Access is only available in the summer months.

 

- Demand for tickets far exceeds supply, dates are often sold out months in advance. Do not expect to get tickets without ordering well in advance.

 

- Special Access visits take place at quite unsociable hours, commonly between 05:30 and 08:00 in the morning and after 18:30 in the evening.

 

- Factor in that it is almost two hours' travelling time between London hotels and Stonehenge and you can see such a visit entails a very early start or late finish for those based in London.

 

- There are no audio guides available and the gift shop and catering outlet are also closed. Only the toilets are open.

 

- Visits with English Heritage last for one hour, with a maximum of 30 people.

 

- With tour operators visiting times vary depending on whether you are doing a full walk around the landscape (five hours) or combining with other destinations (around 1.5 hours at Stonehenge).

 

- Unless you go with a tour company who will provide you with a guide, there is nobody there to tell you anything about Stonehenge and no information is provided - though you can pre order a glossy guide book on ordering your tickets.

 

- On morning visits you have the advantage of using the facilities such as the gift shop, refreshment kiosk, audio guides, etc, once Stonehenge has opened to the public.

 

- The only people there apart from a maximum of 30 Special Access ticket holders are a few security guards who will not provide any information about Stonehenge. They are just there to make sure you get up to no mischief.

 

- Although you can walk around the stones, the security guard will brief you not to touch the stones. There are no restrictions on photography. You are not allowed to bring food or drink onto the monument.

 

Scheduled Special Access Tours from London

Among The Stones At Special Access Stonehenge

Among The Stones At Special Access Stonehenge

Three London based tour companies offer tours that include Special Access. This overcomes the logistical problems of getting to Stonehenge early morning or evening when there is no public transport to Stonehenge.


However, it is still a very early start or a late return to London and these companies cannot get enough tickets for their needs.

As a result dates are very sporadic. Most days there will not be a tour running and they will normally sell out well in advance on those days the tour runs - do not leave it until you arrive in London or you will be disappointed.

 

With these restrictions in mind, there is little opportunity to pick and choose which operator you go with; generally you have to take whichever tour best suits your dates.

 

One of the advantages of going with a tour company is that you will have a guide who should be quite knowledgeable about Stonehenge.

Stonehenge Special Access Tours from London - More Details

 

Scheduled Special Access Tours from Salisbury

Regular Special Access tours are also run from Salisbury, and are highly recommended, particularly if you are interested in seeing more of the surrounding landscape itself. Allow a much longer time for these tours - five hours in total. From London it is possible to use public transport to and from Salisbury by train the same day for these evening special access tours.

Stonehenge Special Access Tours from Salisbury - More Details

 

Stonehenge Special Access - Making a Private Ticket Application to English Heritage

If you wish to organise your Special Access visit independently then the method is to apply to English Heritage, owners of Stonehenge, directly for Special Access tickets.

 

English Heritage have a 'Stone Circle Access Form' which you can fill in online, after checking out the timetable to see if your chosen dates are available. Be flexible with dates and do think through in advance how you will get to Stonehenge at the times required before accepting tickets. The website gives time slots on particular allocated dates.

 

Be aware, demand far outstrips supply and you will need to make your application a couple of months or more in advance to have a reasonable chance of there being tickets left.

 

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

 

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 website

 

Stonehenge Special Access Private Tours

If you are a group, small or large we also offer a service to put together transport and ticket packages. Special Access Private Tours can be arranged for you, taking the hassle out of organising transport and tickets. Follow the link below for full details of making your own Special Access visit, which can be designed around your desires, combined with other tourist attractions in the area.

Visiting Stonehenge Special Access Privately - Full Details



Stonehenge Special Access Tour Dates 2016/17

Morning

Premium Tours

  Evan Evans 

  Andersons  

No Tours Until December

Dec

10

n/a

1

Jan

2,5,14,21,28

n/a

n/a

Feb

4,11,16,25

n/a

16

Mar

11,27,30

n/a

16

Apr

3,13,17,27

tba

tba

May

1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25,29

tba

tba

Jun

1,5,8,12

tba

tba

July

6,10,13,17,20,24,27,31

tba

tba

Aug

3,7,10,14,17,21,24,28

tba

tba

Sep

4,7,11,14

tba

tba

Premium Tours Special Access Tours - More Details

Evan Evans Special Access Tours - More Details

Anderson Special Access Tours - More Details

Salisbury Tours Special Access Tours - More Details

Evening

Premium Tours

  Evan Evans 

  Andersons  

No more tours until March

Mar

5,12,15,18,26,29

n/a

n/a

Apr

9,12,16,19,23,26,30

tba

tba

May

3,7,10,14,17,21,24,28,31

tba

tba

Jun

4,7,11,,14

tba

tba

July

2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30

tba

tba

Aug

2,6,9,13,16,20,23

tba

tba

Sep

3,6,10,13,17

tba

tba

Premium Tours Special Access Tours - More Details

Evan Evans Special Access Tours - More Details

Anderson Special Access Tours - More Details

Salisbury Tours Special Access Tours - More Details

Evening Tours From Salisbury  

No Tours Until December

Dec

15,29

   

Jan

n/a

   

Feb

n/a

   

Mar

n/a

   

Apr

14

   

May

4,11,13,18,25,27

   

Jun

1,3,8,10

   

July

6,13,20,27

   

Aug

tba

   

Sep

tba

   

Salisbury Tours Special Access Tours - More Details



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