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Stonehenge

Stonehenge in silhouette

Stonehenge and Avebury are respectively the most sophisticated and largest stone circles in the world. Together with the outstanding ritual and funerary monuments surrounding them, they represent an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times. Although 40 km apart, they were designated as a single World Heritage Site in 1986.

The Stonehenge part of the World Heritage Site covers 2,600 hectares and contains over 400 protected monuments. Stonehenge itself was built and used between 3000-1600 BC. It is the most architecturally sophisticated stone circle in the world, unrivalled in its design and unique engineering. A cremation cemetery in its early phase, it is aligned on the sun at the solstices, but its exact function remains a mystery. The stone circle is surrounded by hundreds of prehistoric burial mounds and by several ceremonial monuments such as the Avenue, the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls.

Stonehenge website

Directions

Arriving by train

Salisbury is the closest train station, with a direct bus to Stonehenge from the station (the Stonehenge Tour Bus).

Train services

  • London Waterloo to Salisbury (Exeter service, journey time 1h30)
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Salisbury (Portsmouth service, journey time 1h10)
  • Bath to Salisbury (Portsmouth service, journey time 1h)
  • Exeter to Salisbury (London service, journey time 1h50)
  • London Waterloo to Andover (Exeter service, journey time 1h10)

Andover train station is another alternative if you are in a hurry. The train from London Waterloo stops at Andover 20 minutes before it gets to Salisbury.  There is no bus to Stonehenge but a taxi will get you to Stonehenge before the train arrives in Salisbury (single from Andover £20-25, wait and return £45-50). 

Taxis from Andover

A&B cars                   01264 323444         

Andover Cars           01264 334433         

Taxis from Salisbury

Ace Taxis                   01722 507070         

Salisbury Cars          01722 506060         

Taxi Link                    01722 325522

Stonehenge Tour Bus

The Stonehenge Tour bus leaves the station every 30 minutes in summer (24 May to 31 August) and every hour the remainder of the year. The bus stops at Salisbury bus station, Old Sarum, Amesbury bus station and Stonehenge (journey time 30 minutes). 

www.thestonehengetour.info

Other bus services

Alternatively, if you have more time and fancy a walk through the Stonehenge landscape, you can catch the No 5 or 6 bus from Salisbury to Amesbury, get off at Countess road (after Amesbury bus station) and walk up to King Barrows, down the Avenue, visit Stonehenge, walk back along the Cursus and see Woodhenge and Durrington Walls before returning to the bus stop. Most of the land around Stonehenge is owned by the National Trust and you will find a few information panels on the way. This walk is described in the Bus Walks leaflet available from Salisbury Tourist Information Centre (distance 7km, 4 ½ miles, estimated time 2h30).

Stonehenge by coach

Many private coach companies organise daily tours to Stonehenge from London, which can also include Bath, Windsor, Salisbury or Avebury. Most tours will spend around 45-60 minutes at Stonehenge.

http://www.londontoolkit.com/whattodo/stonehenge_tours.htm

Cycling to Stonehenge

There are a number of byways and bridleways around Stonehenge, but no off road cycle path from nearby train stations or towns. It is possible to cycle from Pewsey station to Stonehenge along small roads, and then along the river Avon in the Woodford Valley to Salisbury. Crossing the A303 is dangerous and it is recommended to use the safe crossing points at Ratfyn or Countess roundabout in Amesbury.

Find the site on the National Cycle Network

Arriving by train

Salisbury is the closest train station, with a direct bus to Stonehenge from the station (the Stonehenge Tour Bus).

Train services

  • London Waterloo to Salisbury (Exeter service, journey time 1h30)
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Salisbury (Portsmouth service, journey time 1h10)
  • Bath to Salisbury (Portsmouth service, journey time 1h)
  • Exeter to Salisbury (London service, journey time 1h50)
  • London Waterloo to Andover (Exeter service, journey time 1h10)

Andover train station is another alternative if you are in a hurry. The train from London Waterloo stops at Andover 20 minutes before it gets to Salisbury.  There is no bus to Stonehenge but a taxi will get you to Stonehenge before the train arrives in Salisbury (single from Andover £20-25, wait and return £45-50). 

Taxis from Andover

A&B cars                   01264 323444         

Andover Cars           01264 334433         

Taxis from Salisbury

Ace Taxis                   01722 507070         

Salisbury Cars          01722 506060         

Taxi Link                    01722 325522

Stonehenge Tour Bus

The Stonehenge Tour bus leaves the station every 30 minutes in summer (24 May to 31 August) and every hour the remainder of the year. The bus stops at Salisbury bus station, Old Sarum, Amesbury bus station and Stonehenge (journey time 30 minutes). 

www.thestonehengetour.info

Other bus services

Alternatively, if you have more time and fancy a walk through the Stonehenge landscape, you can catch the No 5 or 6 bus from Salisbury to Amesbury, get off at Countess road (after Amesbury bus station) and walk up to King Barrows, down the Avenue, visit Stonehenge, walk back along the Cursus and see Woodhenge and Durrington Walls before returning to the bus stop. Most of the land around Stonehenge is owned by the National Trust and you will find a few information panels on the way. This walk is described in the Bus Walks leaflet available from Salisbury Tourist Information Centre (distance 7km, 4 ½ miles, estimated time 2h30).

Stonehenge by coach

Many private coach companies organise daily tours to Stonehenge from London, which can also include Bath, Windsor, Salisbury or Avebury. Most tours will spend around 45-60 minutes at Stonehenge.

http://www.londontoolkit.com/whattodo/stonehenge_tours.htm

Cycling to Stonehenge

There are a number of byways and bridleways around Stonehenge, but no off road cycle path from nearby train stations or towns. It is possible to cycle from Pewsey station to Stonehenge along small roads, and then along the river Avon in the Woodford Valley to Salisbury. Crossing the A303 is dangerous and it is recommended to use the safe crossing points at Ratfyn or Countess roundabout in Amesbury.

Find the site on the National Cycle Network

Itineraries

Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter (journey time 1h50) to explore the Jurassic Coast and the Cornwall and Devon Mining Landscape.

To go to Avebury from Stonehenge, take the Stonehenge tour bus to Amesbury bus station where you pick up the No 5 or 6 bus to Pewsey, (40 mins) and there change to No 96 which goes to Avebury (30 mins) via Marlborough, a charming small historic town. This bus then goes on to Swindon bus station (1 hr). Having seen Avebury first, it would also be possible to do that journey in reverse and pick up the tour bus in Amesbury, go and see Stonehenge and then Old Sarum and Salisbury.

Take the train from Salisbury to Bath (journey time 1h).

Stonehenge with sheep grazing

Many walks exist around Stonehenge and the surrounding area. See for example this one starting in Amesbury, distance 13.3 km, 8 miles, allow up to 6hrs for stops and photos: http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/news/article/mps/UAN/4325/v/7/sp/

Accommodation

The green accommodation shown on the map has demonstrated a high commitment to sustainability.  For more accommodation options, please follow this link.

http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/site/where-to-stay

The green accommodation shown on the map has demonstrated a high commitment to sustainability.  For more accommodation options, please follow this link.

http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/site/where-to-stay