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Stonehenge - What To Expect On A Visit

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Stonehenge Visitor Centre - Gateway To Stonehenge

In 2014 a new Stonehenge visitor centre opened around 1 mile from Stonehenge itself and this is where you start your visit to Stonehenge. The actual Stonehenge monument is over a mile away, out of sight over the skyline.

A visit to Stonehenge is in two parts. The visitor centre hosts the car parks, exhibition, cafe, gift shop, toilets etc all in one modern building.

A bus shuttle service connects the visitor centre with Stonehenge itself, or you can walk if you wish.

There is one entry ticket to Stonehenge that covers the visitor centre, shuttle and access to Stonehenge and its landscape.

Arriving at Stonehenge

In 2014 a new purpose built visitor centre (pictured) located well away from Stonehenge itself was opened. This is where you come to gain access to Stonehenge.

If you come by car you will park in the car park outside the visitor centre. It is free for people purchasing tickets to enter Stonehenge, there is a charge if you are not.

If you come by tour bus, your coach will go to the coach park about 200 yards from the visitor centre.

Groups on tour buses are treated separately to independent visitors arriving by car. Those on tour buses will be taken directly onto the shuttle bus us and taken immediately to the Stonehenge monument, returning to the visitor centre.

Those arriving independently go through the main entrance of the visitor centre where the ticket kiosk is located. You can choose to visit the exhibition area first and then go to Stonehenge or go direct to Stonehenge.

You Must Book Tickets in Advance, Paying on the Day is not an Option !

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.

Facilities at Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Shuttle Bus At Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Shuttle Bus At Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Outdoor Exhibit At Stonehenge Visitor Centre
Outdoor Exhibit At Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Outdoor Exhibits At Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Indoor Exhibition At Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Indoor Exhibition At Stonehenge Visitor Centre

The new visitor centre contains nearly 300 archaeological treasures, which were used or buried at Stonehenge, and are now displayed on site for the first time in an exhibition centre, within the visitor centre.

The visitor centre gives a good grounding into understanding how it was though Stonehenge was built and why, along with insights into the people who used Stonehenge. There are also outdoor exhibits like typical Neolithic houses and demonstrations of how the stones were transported.

The gift shop offers an extensive range of books, gifts and souvenirs, many made in the UK exclusively for Stonehenge.

A 110-seater counter service café serves hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, cakes, salads and other sweet and savoury delicacies. Note, it doesn't serve meals.

Of course there are toilets and baby changing facilities. The only other facility is an education centre for groups.

To enter the Stonehenge exhibition you need a full ticket to Stonehenge, anyone can access the cafe, gift shop and toilets.

Shuttle Visitor Centre to Stonehenge Itself

When you book a ticket for Stonehenge you select a 30 minute slot time slot, this is the time you report to the ticket desk at the entrance to Stonehenge.

At any time you can board the bus shuttles from a boarding point outside the exhibition. The time slot you chose for entry has no impact on the time you can board the bus shuttles, these are totally flexible.

A kiosk makes available audio guides at a small charge in a number of languages prior to boarding. You can choose whether you want to visit the exhibition centre first (recommended) or board the shuttle straight to Stonehenge itself.

If you arrive by tour bus you will collect your audio guide device as soon as you get off the coach at the coach park and another bus will take you straight to Stonehenge. You then return to the visitor centre which you visit after viewing Stonehenge.

The Stonehenge monument area itself has no shelter, (even at the shuttle terminus), no toilets and no refreshments.

The site is very exposed, its better to bring that extra layer and unless there is no cloud in the sky think of what you will need if an unexpected shower of rain comes along, with no shelter from the elements available.

Is There a Best Time to Visit Stonehenge?

Stonehenge is busy throughout the year. If you can, avoid visiting between about 10:15 and 12:00 when many of the tour coaches from London arrive.

There is another spike of coaches early/mid afternoon. For independent visitors, best time is first thing after opening and late afternoon in the summer months when the coach parties are gone.

Stonehenge is very exposed, its not a fun place to go in inclement weather. Outside the summer months a stiff northerly wind will deter even the hardiest and enthusiastic.

How Long Will I be at Stonehenge?

Stonehenge Audio Guide

Stonehenge Audio Guide

Expect a typical visit to last approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours. You could stay much longer as there are many neolithic monuments of genuine interest with walking trails between them all over the Stonehenge landscape. If you have a special interest you could spend all day here.

The road that the shuttles take to Stonehenge (which they have sole use off) you can walk along, and there are walking trails all over the landscape. If you want to walk around the monuments on the Stonehenge landscape best point to start is actually Stonehenge itself.

Audio Guide

Audio guides are complementary (see picture right) and available in ten languages, (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Dutch and Swedish).

If you are visiting independently collect and pay for your audio guides before boarding the shuttle. If you arrive on a tour coach you will collect them on disembarking the coach at the coach park.

How Close to the Stones Will I Get?

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 two 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
Stonehenge Admission & Opening From April 2016 - March 2017


Opening Times



16 Mar - 31 May

09.30 - 19:00

Child (5-15)


1 Jun - 31 Aug

09.00 - 20:00

Students/Seniors *


1 Sep - 15 Oct

09.30 - 19:00

Family Ticket †


16 Oct - 15 Mar

09.30 - 17:00

Last entry 2 hours before closing
Members of the National Trust & English Heritage enter free

* 16-18 yr olds + seniors 60+

† 2 Adults and 3 Children

~ Closed 24th to 26th December

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