It's a archaeological center of vital importance, and not just across British borders. The origins and ultimate purpose of Stonehenge on Earth are both shrouded in the most hazy and fascinating mystery. The very ancient megalith complex which is located about 140 km from London every year attracts crowds of onlookers, history buffs, myths and legends.
The theories around the genesis of Stonehenge are the most disparate and even bring up the famous wizard Merlin. Are you curious to find out more?
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
Located in the Wiltshire countyNot far from Amesbury, Stonehenge certainly cannot be reached on foot from the English capital. There are several organized tours in which, in addition to access to the site, the return ticket to reach the desired destination is also included. Alternatively, you can use the rental of a car or with the help of a taxi to reach Stonehenge in a period of time between two and two and a half hours, depending on the traffic on the roads.
- By bus: with guided tours from London, all inclusive on luxury buses. The tour includes a visit to Stonehenge and the nearby Visitor Center, with audio guide in Italian. Coaches depart from Victoria Coach Station; the medium is 164.
- By car: to be preferred if you do not want to follow the rules and timetables of the guided tour. The shortest route, via M3 and A303, will take you to Stonehenge from London in under two hours - Get directions
- By train: from Waterloo station in London with the First Great Western Line company to Salisbury station in approximately 90 minutes; from Salisbury, taxi or local bus to Stonehenge.
Hours and prices
Stonehenge is accessible every day, at different opening and closing times according to the periods (summer or winter) in which the visit is planned. Programming is the key word to ensure you access Stonehenge and fully enjoy all its mystical beauty: tickets, in fact, are issued in time and an advance booking is therefore necessary.
- from 16 October to 29 March 09:30 - 17:00, with last admission 15:00; from 30 March to 15 October 09:30 - 20:00. Stonehenge is closed on December 24th and 25th.
- Full ticket: adults about € 21,00 - Buy online
- Reductions: Students and people over the age of 14,90 (both with documents in hand) pay £ 17,00 (approximately € 5). Children from 15 to 9,90 years of age pay a timed ticket of £ 11,00 (approximately € )
- Any other business: children under the age of 5 enter for free
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- Entrance fee to Stonehenge from € 19,00
- Tour from London with guide and bus transport from € 59,00
- Stonehenge and Bath Sunrise Tour from London from € 149,00
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
The visit to Stonehenge and the neighbor Visitor Center, an information and museum space two hours from the archaeological site, is marked by some simple but important rules to follow to guarantee, alone or in a group, a pleasant tour without any nasty surprises.
- Get up early: It is important to reach Stonehenge before the scheduled visiting time, possibly during the day, before the site opens.
- Buy the city card: The London Pass grants free access to over 60 top attractions in the capital and includes a reduction on the Stonehenge and Bath tour.
- Priority ticket: we previously stressed the importance of purchasing the timed ticket in advance to access Stonehenge. It is possible to book your ticket here.
- Watch out for restrictions: in addition to the recommendations to follow in case of participation in organized tours, it is essential to remember not to touch the stones: Stonehenge can only be admired at a predetermined distance. Also remember to respect the site, avoiding to pollute with bottles or food remains.
- Minimum time: The visit to Stonehenge requires at least three hours of your time.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
Five thousand years and don't prove them. Ancient but always fascinating, the Stonehenge archaeological park boasts a history full of anecdotes, some of which are truly imaginative. To justify the presence of these fairytale rocks arranged in a circle about 140 km from London, many characters linked to the history and local fantasy traditions have been bothered, from Druids (widespread but historically little accredited theory) a Merlin the wizard, who allegedly used heavy boulders imported from Ireland to make this curious circle of megaliths.
Even more convoluted is the theory on the functionality of the archaeological pole. Stonehenge may have been erected as place of worship, or even as a sort of Bronze Age cemetery.
More suggestive, however, is the theory that would see the megalithic circle as a gigantic astronomical clock.
There are numerous poles of interest within the park. Among them, it is worth mentioning the altar stone, the real heart of Stonehenge, five meters of green sandstone block. Another noteworthy megalith is what the natives usually call the heel of the friar, that is a monument whose construction, according to the legends, would have taken about a millennium and a half of years before the birth of Christ.