Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself.
For many people, a glimpse from the car window is as close as they’ve come to the famous stones standing majestically on Salisbury Plain. For others, their last experience of Stonehenge was as a child, perhaps on a family day out or a school trip. Although the stones themselves are timeless, a visit to Stonehenge offers more than you might imagine, so if you haven’t been recently why not come and find out for yourself this Autumn?
Located at the Visitor Centre is a Neolithic village built by our talented team of volunteers. Based on excavated footprints of the houses occupied at the time Stonehenge was constructed, they contain replicas of the everyday items which would have been used 4,500 years ago. Scientific examination of animal bones, food residues on ancient pots and even analysis of the soil around the site tells us what people were growing, cooking and eating. There is also evidence to show that Winter Solstice was a time for feasting! Come in, take a look around and talk to our volunteers who can share with you what life was like here during the Neolithic period. And if all this talk of food makes you hungry, you can refuel in our café with a fresh soup, delicious pasty, or one of our famous rock cakes.
Now showing at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre is Circles of Stone: Stonehenge and Prehistoric Japan. This fascinating temporary exhibition takes a close look at two prehistoric cultures which although were 6,000 miles apart with no contact between them, share some surprising similarities. Find out how they both built stone circles, used stone tools for work but also ceremonially and made beautiful decorated pottery vessels. Learn how Stonehenge endures as a connection between Britain and Japan through the work of pioneering archaeologist William Gowland and woodblock artist Urushibara. You can also explore the permanent exhibition which contains objects on loan from The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum which tells the story of Stonehenge.
For something really special, why not book for our Stone Circle Experience? From December through to August small groups of up to 30 people can spend an hour walking amongst the giant stones outside of our regular visiting hours. Get up early, wrap up warm and join our knowledgeable host who will show you some of the remarkable features of these megaliths which can only be seen up close. There’s a high demand for this once in a lifetime experience so pre-booking is essential. Details can be found on our website.
When you’ve finished looking around, pop into our gift shop and pick up some unusual Christmas presents. This year, in honour of our special exhibition, we have bottles of sake, silk scarves and even a book explaining furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping presents in fabric.
Stonehenge can be reached by train via Salisbury Train Station and connecting with the Stonehenge Tour Bus from outside the station or by car or by coach.
Find out more here.
|£21.80 per ticket
|Child (5-17 years)
|£13.00 per ticket
|£19.60 per ticket
|Family (1 adult, up to 3 children)
|£34.80 per ticket
|Family (2 adults, up to 3 children)
|£56.60 per ticket
Tickets from £18 – for full prices please check the prices and opening times page below:
|Open New Year
|Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
* 25 Dec Closed
20th & 21st June & 21 December – opening times are subject to change due to Solstice
Last entry 2 hours before closing.
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
- Dutch audio guide
- French audio guide
- German audio guide
- Italian audio guide
- Japanese audio guide
- Korean audio guide
- Mandarin audio guide
- Polish audio guide
- Portuguese audio guide - Brazilian Portuguese
- Russian audio guide
- Spanish audio guide
- TXGB Bookable Product
- On-Site café/restaurant - A 300-seater café serves hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, cakes, salads and other sweet and savoury delicacies. Visitors can enjoy countryside views while eating delicious food, either inside or outside, where there is additional seating and tables under the dappled shade of the canopy roof.
- Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - Audio Commentary in English and Foreign Languages, subject to availability and a fee.
- Dogs-Accepted - Assistance dogs welcome throughout. Dogs on leads allowed around the outside of the visitor centre. Dogs also welcome on National Trust land.
- Open All Year
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - A 2 hour visit is recommended. This provides sufficient time to explore the visitor centre, with its internal and external exhibitions and its greatly improved facilities, and to take the 20-minute round-trip journey to and from the Stone Circle.
- In countryside
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking - Parking is available on site. This is free to English Heritage members and Stonehenge ticket holders. A parking ticket is required if you are not visiting Stonehenge itself. These can be bought from ticket kiosks on site.
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Visa accepted
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- French printed material
- German printed material
- Italian printed material
- Japanese printed material
- Mandarin printed material
- Russian printed material
- Spanish printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - Education group visits must be pre-booked, call +44 (0) 370 333 0606 for further details.
Map & Directions
- What to Expect on a Visit to Stonehenge
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good4281
- Phoebe LTrip Type:Familyreally interestingSunday, 25th February 2024i found this place such a good historical trip!! i loved how organised the place was and how easy it was to walk around - there is a museum you can go into and read / learn about the history of stone... Read full review
- jimhearsonLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelBucket list item: doneSunday, 25th February 2024This was the main reason I visited Salisbury - it's like visiting the Great Pyramid if you go to Cairo or the Acropolis if you find yourself in Athens; it needs to be done. There's good signage... Read full review
- MarkymisfitChester, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayBest experienced via the wild walkSunday, 25th February 2024Arrived with friends for our second family visit to the iconic stones. We were greeted by one of the volunteers Neville, who was absolutely fantastic and set up our afternoon perfectly! The... Read full review
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