Stonehenge
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One of the most important survivals of prehistoric England, Stonehenge consists of a group of huge rough-cut stones, some more than 20 feet high, arranged in two concentric circles.
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  • Brian W
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Is it worth paying for?
    Personally I don't think it would be worth the money if we had paid, glad I've been though. We had stayed in Bath for the weekend and decided to visit. We had visited amazing places in Bath, Inculding the Roman Baths, well worth the money, so was reluctant to pay what Stonehenge were asking. We parked up next to a housing estate SP4 8NS, gates ahead lead down a dirt track straight to Stonehenge, takes approx 20min to walk. You can actually drive down the lane to the the Stones and plenty do, road gets wider as you go along, so can park and turn around. Viewing is basically the same as if you had paid, probably less than a meter away. I don't mind paying for places that cost a lot for restoration and up keep but I think this is just a money spinner.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Missc45
    Swindon, United Kingdom137 contributions
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    Sunrise over Stonehenge
    Early rise and it was well worth it. Chris from English heritage was fascinating and so interesting to listen to. The stones were stunning at first light and worth the 3:30 get up. Well worth the money
    Thanks for your review. The Stone Circle Experience is certainly is amazing and we will pass your positive feedback to Chris.
    Written 1 August 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • k1977
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun but crowded
    During our visit it was packed with tourists. Being able to catch a bus to the location was okay, but there was a huge line just to return back to the visitor center. We opted for walking, my kids complained but I loved it. The walk was beautiful even though the day was hot. The site was okay, nothing earth shaking for us but then again I think we were exhausted by time we did visit. The new bathrooms smell bad, but the visitor center is nice, always packed with tourists.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Nappa
    Northumberland, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pagan Days
    Return trip to Stonehenge, the last being some 20 years ago now. There’s been some fair changes, including a large car park and visitor centre which is well equipped to handle the many curious folk. It’s worth taking a little time to explore the visitors centre with large video footage of the changing landscape, interactive video panels and a fair number of displays for those even moderately interested in history. Do expect the usual to be present such as overpriced gifts and food/drink but it is in keeping with all such places. Unlike some places we’ve visited recently, there is value for money to be had here. It appeared to be a fairly slick operation and all staff we met were patient, polite and helpful. There is a shuttle service of buses running very frequently from the visitors centre to the henge itself. We walked across a nearby field which is well signposted and wasn’t overly difficult terrain on our visit. The henge itself remains impressive and whilst it was quite busy during our time there, it was possible to get some decent views and photos without much hassle. It is true that there is a footpath that runs adjacent to the henge along one of its sides, although it is quite far off. Having visited the colosseum in Rome recently to notice lots of recent graffiti having been added, I can appreciate why there is a rope around the henge and staff to hand to dissuade people from entering the circle. Whilst I’m not sure of the details, I believe guided tours inside the henge itself are possible. The stones are impressive, as is the means to how they found themselves where and how they they are. It is possible to be impressed and left with wonder on many levels. A timely reminder of human ingenuity and imagination in what appears to be a genuine attempt at an ancestral grab for understanding for both the living and deceased. One to see.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • VaAlleyCat
    Aldie, Virginia1,198 contributions
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    Don't arrive too late, or you lose
    We had a long drive the day we planned to visit (during our road trip around the UK). By the time we arrived to the area, it was 3pm. I should have investigated prior to our visit, but who would think that an outdoor monument that is world famous would actually be CLOSED to incoming visitors at 3pm? According to their website, they close at 5pm, but the last admission is two hours before closing time. What? Needless to say, we weren't going to be able to visit this landmark on this visit. I know, bad on me for not researching this ahead of time. But I never would have thought to be concerned with an outdoor monument closing before sunset. We did some quick investigative research and found that you can see Stonehenge from Fargo Road....so we drove there. Across the pasture, in the distance, you can see Stonehenge, in all her glory. It was lovely, be it far away.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • 16Bonnie
    Parker, Colorado406 contributions
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    Stonehenge Circle Experience Doesn’t Disappoint!!
    We thoroughly enjoyed this special opportunity to explore Stonehenge outside of normal visiting hours! It seems most people go during regular times and only get to view the site from the paved path on the perimeter of the stones. The Stone Circle Experience, while a little expensive, was well worth it. We were actually able to spend about an hour inside the stones during this unique and unforgettable experience. I cannot imagine doing this any other way! We met at the Visitor’s Center early (6:30am). There was a guide sharing some information about Stonehenge which was interesting. We took the shuttle bus for the stones, and our guide/host was so knowledgeable and very willing to answer all of our questions. She was very informative. After she gave some background information, we were free to wander around within and around the circle. You are not allowed to touch the stones, of course! But it was truly a wonderful and mysterious experience. I would highly recommend taking the time to do some research and book early. If you do this, you will not be disappointed! The only downside to our experience was the Visitor Center and information areas were not open that early, so we did not get to experience any of that. However, as mentioned, our guide was so informative that we don’t feel like we missed out. Highly recommend! We were only in London on an extended layover and combined Stonehenge with Windsor Castle for a perfect little trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Meezy A
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No need to pay - take the free public pathway!
    Tip: to see the wonder that is Stonehenge for free, head to Willoughby road, and park up (free parking). Then follow the sign to public footpath Stonehenge sign and walk 5-10 mins. We then went through the public footpath gate and crossed the field with the sheep. Perfect view of the stones, and without the exorbitant £26 per person price tag + £5 parking. English Heritage are being very greedy here- after all- who really owns the stones? Shouldn’t the public have the chance to see them for free? Well, now you can. Enjoy!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • LP
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical but...
    We visited Stonehenge for the special access visit at 8pm and it was really wonderful to be amongst the stones without lots of people. I would have given a 5 star rating if it wasn't for the ignorant comments from Chris, the 'guide'. In front of the whole group, he was disparaging about the people in campervans parked along the edge of the site, saying that although they were climate emergency protestors they drove diesel vehicles and anyway, they were all on benefits. This kind of stereotyping is unhelpful. It is lucky that at lest some people are taking the climate emergency seriously and I expect they do not have the money to buy expensive electric vehicles.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Pett64
    Alton, United Kingdom33 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queues
    Not enough ticket booths to handle the crowds. Hence long queues at 9.15am. Had booked a 9.30 slot but queue for pre booked was twice as long as book on the day. 30 minutes to get in. The stones were impressive but you can’t really get any sense of their worth as too many tourists. (Like me!) least I’ve ticked it off my list.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • ChrissieWilliams81
    Wyong Creek, Australia1,142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss it
    I’ve seen Stonehenge every time I’ve been on tour nearby. It was sunny and surprisingly quiet this afternoon. The audio guide is now downloadable on your phone and you can listen with headphones! The bus takes you to the stones, or you can walk if you have the time. Marvel at this ancient mystery. The gift shop and museum are also fantastic.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
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Tara Kmieciak
Ashbourne, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I had wanted to visit since I was little and on the way back from a short break we made the effort to go and I was not disappointed.

As we are English Heritage members it was free to get in but we still booked in advance the night before as it gets very busy. As Members we were also given free audio guides to use. The children got a horrible history’s version that was very entertaining.

I had heard that you now couldn’t get anywhere near the site but I was pleasantly surprised by how close you were aloud.

We also visited the cafe and the food was very good and a reasonable price.

The gift shop was fab with lots of different items from Barbara clothing made especially for Stonehenge to pencils and book marks.
Written 2 March 2020
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Thanks so much for leaving your review - we're really pleased Stonehenge didn't disappoint and you enjoyed the whole site! You're right - you can get close to the stones on an ordinary visit: you're only 5m from the circle at some points on the path which offers some great photo opportunities! Just for clarity, we have an exclusive Stonehenge Barbour (rather than Barbara!) range in our gift shop. Thanks so much again!
Written 9 March 2020
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rubysunset69
Bolton, UK88 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Family
We visited with a 5 and 9 yr old and I was very excited as I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge. We booked a timed entry beforehand and I was very impressed by how it was all managed with covid safety measures. Staff checked we had pre booked as we entered the car park, then we queued at the appropriate distance before getting our entry tickets. Next came the wonderful exhibition which again was closely monitored by staff (masks worn). This was fascinating from the 360 degree screen putting you in the centre of the stones, to the artifacts found on site. Truly amazing and informative. It takes you on a journey from before it was built to present day and leaves you to decide on it's original purpose. There is a small neolithic village showing how the builders of stonehenge might have lived before you head off on the walk to the stones themselves. The walk is stunning! There is a bus shuttle that regularly runs if you aren't up for a 30 min walk, but I recommend the walk through stunning farmland and ancient woodland. It's great that the stones are well away from the commercial part, the shop and cafe and car park. The stones are awe-inspiring and so magical. The path takes you up close and you can get a 360 look at them. Plenty of time for photos. I think they have done a great job coping with covid and the staff were fantastic. 100% recommended!! Don't think twice, just go.
Written 6 August 2020
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We're so glad you had such a fantastic time here - this is a wonderfully thorough review, thank you :)
Written 14 August 2020
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terry4800
Warrington, UK919 contributions
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Sept 2020
We did the Stone Circle Experience (£50 pp) which takes you inside the circle itself in a group of up to 30 and with an English Heritage Guide. You go in after it closes for the day and you really do feel like you have the place to yourself. You book the tours through the English Heritage website and it is definitely worth the extra. Our family are still talking about it. Chris, our English heritage tour guide was brilliant and told us about the circle, its history and events that took place there. We were there as the sun set and to think it was 4500 years of history was really thought provoking.
Written 19 September 2020
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B18C3V1C
Maidstone, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
So we booked last minute as we were only going to drive by but then got talking and realised neither of us had actually been.
When we pulled up, they asked for prebooked tickets only, so were sent around to a lay-by where staff helped us book on a third party site because the English heritage had sold out already.
They were expecting 2,000 visitors that day, a week day. We booked and parked at the advice of helpful and friendly staff.
Car park was nice and accessible. Then went through the one way system to the ticket office after being greeted by more helpful staff. They saw our tickets online and exchanged to paper ones. Keep these with you as you need them again at the top!
First is the toilets and the shops and the cafe, which are all nice with helpful friendly staff and clean facilities. Face masks to be worn in all of them!
Then begins a 2.5k walk through the cornfields to the top and then a short circuit around the stones, which are amazing! You get really close and can take many beautiful photos regardless of all the people there.
Then comes another 2.5k walk back to the bottom where the exhibition is and the other things mentioned earlier. Wear comfy shoes and take a good camera or charge your phone battery because if your fam is anything like mine you’ll want to jump on the hay bales and have a play!
Please note that there are free busses going up to the stones and back down too so you don’t actually need to walk either way. Id recommend walking at least there though so you can experience it if you’re able to do so.
Social distancing now on busses too, face masks to be worn. Not a lot of people on the busses allowed but the staff will let you on and tell you where to sit.
All in all it was a lovely couple of hours spent, and that’s without visiting the shop, cafe or exhibit. Allow more time to do everything!
Written 30 July 2020
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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a detailed review - it sounds like you had a fabulous time, and we're really pleased!
Written 14 August 2020
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Tilly
Bristol, UK2 contributions
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Sept 2020 • Couples
Myself and my partner attended the 6pm Stonehenge Inner Circle Tour, and I can truly say that it was one of the most magical experiences of my life. The tour is excellent, and is the perfect amount of standing and listening to information from the tour guide (Chris was funny, incredibly well informed and just an excellent tour guide), and being allowed to freely roam and appreciate the site. Going at 6-7 was incredible and watching the colours of the sunset across the stones was beautiful. If you have any interest in Archaeology, henges, or even just the beauty of our English history I HIGHLY recommend this experience and it is worth every single penny spent. Thank you.
Written 26 September 2020
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LittleMissTasha
England129 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Friends
We decided to go for the Stone Circle Experience to get to walk amongst the stones for an hour before the general public were admitted. The ticket price includes full day entry to the entire exhibition so you can stay.

Very well organised. Met at the car park by a volunteer. Then again at the visitor centre and directed to the bus. Social distancing was good on the bus and all guests wore their masks. My one concern was that staff that were exempt didn’t wear a face shield instead while on the bus talking, as a healthcare worker I would have liked to have seen this implemented for everyone’s safety.

The guide, Chris, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Loud enough to hear at the back, which is what you want in a guide! He took the time to organise us so that everyone stood on the path to take pictures with no one in the circle before we stepped over the barrier. Little touches like this make a great tour.

Once inside we could roam about and ask questions. We got to spend an hour inside the stones and this was plenty of time to see everything. Everyone in the group was considerate and I got most of my photos with no one else in them. Magical!

I would highly recommend going before the cruise ships start up again. The place was empty! No crowds. No jostling for a spot. The volunteers were keen to chat as there was no one there. Loads of parking right by the visitor centre and loads of room on the bus to the stones.

There are toilets at the visitor centre before you go through the ticket stalls. A cafe to the left as you go in that has limited socially distanced seating and a small range of hot drinks and snacks. There is a large gift shop with a wide range of gifts (currently a Christmas sale going on).

The flat, even path around the stones would be suitable for a wheelchair user and buggies but I’m not sure the Stone Circle Experience would be as you go onto the grass for that. The bus to the stones is also set up for wheelchair users as is the visitor centre generally. I didn’t visit the exhibition hall so cannot comment.
Written 10 December 2020
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Thanks for your review. It sounds like you really enjoyed your Stone Circle Experience.
Written 20 December 2020
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Farah B
Nottingham, UK57 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Family
It’s worth a visit but if your reasonably healthy not worth paying the £25 or so per head which gets you a coach ride and a few meters closer and a 360 view.

You can walk to Stonehenge for FREE via the visitors centre it’s around 25-30mins with a minor ascent. Easily done. There is also a lane closer to the site (Fargo Rd) if you can find it, which will cut the walk out. Try Googling it. There were loads of vans and people walking to the site.

Once you walk there there is a fence which keeps you at a few meters distance from paid customers but it’s still spectacular.

I went at the end of the day around 5.30pm and there was hardly anyone there. Really lovely if you want to avoid crowds.

The visitors centre serves lovely food and there is a fab gift shop which sell all sorts of crud to commemorate your visits.

The A303 always has queuing cars as there is a view of Stonehenge from there as you drive past, it moves though, just people rubbernecking.
Written 9 August 2021
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Glynis E
Buckingham, UK47 contributions
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Nov 2021
Decided to take a trip to Stonehenge with friends, they booked tickets for us. Got there & they don’t take NTScotland cards as most other NT places do! So we stumped up £46.50 to enter. I don’t have issue paying but it really is NOT worth that much. All you get for it is a 5 min ride on a bus up to the stones (which are fenced off for safety & preservation) a walk round & a 5 min bus ride back! As I said friends had booked tickets, they checked in, all correct so we went for the bus. One of the staff let us through to the bus & stopped our friends & asked for receipt for proof of payment, they said they had checked in & showed her the ticket on the phone, she said that’s no good, need a receipt . They told her they hadn’t been given one, so then promptly said, maybe you dropped it, or maybe they didn’t wait long enough to get the receipt?? She was awful. Anyway, they went back inside to check it all out & they had difficulty getting a receipt as it was an e-ticket. It was absolutely crazy. She then said the bus goes every 5 mins to the stones so we got on & 15 mins later we were still sitting there waiting to go! The rude woman kept us waiting whilst the bus filled up . She also spoke to a couple & child in a pushchair like they were idiots, she was awful & a real jobs worth!
We finally get to the stones & had a good look around but that’s it. Got the bus back (with only 6 of us on it!) can only get out via the uber-expensive shop! Decided to go for tea & cake but the prices were absolutely criminal…..I mean £3.95 for a small Rock cake! Needless to say, we left. It’s daylight robbery! I don’t mind paying to support these places but I didn’t actually want to purchase an actual stone!!
Sadly, it’s a big fat no from us, it’s really sad as the stones are an incredible sight but that’s all, there’s nothing else really, nothing that I think is worth £23 entrance fee per person & then to be fleeced in the shop & cafe & rude, obnoxious staff. You really need to do better to warrant the entrance fee.
Written 7 November 2021
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I'm sorry to read about your experience. We always try to ensure the highest standards of customer service and it's disappointing when we hear that this has not been achieved. We will certainly look into the matter.
Written 10 November 2021
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
It's such an iconic place it's difficult to give a fresh review. We booked on one of the special visits where you're in a small group and can go inside the stone circles. We'd been once before on a normal visit (well worth it - go on the first time slot to get to see it without the crowds).

It felt good to be inside the circle - our guide Cecelia was a fount of knowledge and and question prompted a detailed response. You do get a different view of things from inside and you can see better where things align and fit together.

We enjoyed being inside but if the cost puts you off then go for the "walkaround it" tour - either way you'll have a great experience.
Written 6 August 2020
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Thanks so much for leaving such a detailed review - we're really glad you enjoyed both the Stone Circle Experience and your general visit!
Written 14 August 2020
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Atlanshia
Rochester, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We have a budding 10 year old historian and as a result our adventures lead us to Stonehenge! We got they’re early (10am) and started the walk to the stones, beautiful sites and lovely views. Some of informational panels along the walk. It was lovely seeing the lambs and sheep, and watching Stonehenge come into view in the horizon was very exciting.

The walk around the stones was amazing ! You can get close enough to feel connected but the rope prevents touching the stones, enabling them to be preserved for future generations. We had to audio tour downloaded onto our phones, although outdated (2014) it provided some interesting information. Lots of places to sit and picnic around the stones too.

The museum was well worth a visit too, lots of information and the photo of the stones exhibit too, seeing the stones through the years in peoples own photos was amazing.

Shop is one of the best English heritage I’ve been to, I recommend a small fortune for all the books you’ll want to take home alone!

Staff are friendly, and knowledgable. One of the best sites I’ve been too!
Written 5 August 2020
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We're so pleased he (and you) had such a fantastic visit! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review.
Written 14 August 2020
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