Stonehenge brief visitor guide

Stonehenge dates from about 3000BC and is Britain’s most important prehistoric monument. The site was enlarged between about 2100 and 1900BC, and altered at different times in its history. Some of the stones were brought great distances, from as far afield as Wales, but the site itself remains as mysterious as ever. It was certainly a ceremonial religious site, with the stones aligned to mark the significance of the solstices, but exactly what happened within the circles of stones is not known. A walkway allows you to walk all around Stonehenge, but you cannot get right up to the stones.

Visiting Stonehenge

Stonehenge is open daily. Check the website for opening hours, which change with the seasons. Audio tours are available. Take binoculars if you want a close view of the stones.

If visiting by car, Stonehenge is well signposted near the junction of the A303 with the A344. You can also see Stonehenge from the road, for an overview. There’s also a good view to be had from Amesbury Hill, off the A303 and about 1.5 miles from Stonehenge.

Make a Private Visit to Stonehenge

Through English Heritage you can book private visits to Stonehenge outside of normal opening hours. There is a small fee and a big waiting list. But plan ahead and the procedure is straightforward.

Where to Stay when Visiting Stonehenge

Only 38 miles from Stonehenge in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, is the 13th-century Old Bell Hotel and Restaurant, England’s Oldest Hotel.