Friday, 19 January 2018

English Heritage going green with new fleet of Stonehenge tour buses

GREENER buses to transport visitors to and from Stonehenge have arrived.

The new fleet of buses, which will be operated by Tourist Coaches, will be powered by the latest in clean diesel technology.

According to English Heritage, the buses will reduce the impact on the historic landscape and provide a more comfortable ride for visitors.

Jennifer Davies, head of operations at Stonehenge, said: “We are really excited to be taking delivery of our new greener buses. They’re better for the environment and more fuel efficient than the old buses.

“The great news for us and our visitors is that as each vehicle can carry more people than our old buses, which means less time to wait on busy days before your journey to the stones begins.”

To mark the launch six local schools have been given the chance to name each of the new buses, with the winning classes being given the opportunity to be picked up in their named bus for a day at the 5,000-year-old stone circle

Ms Davies added: “We can’t wait to hear the names that the school children have come up with and we’re looking to welcoming our first visitors on board.”

Read the full story in the Salisbury Journal 

The Stonehenge Tourist Guide

Sunday, 7 January 2018

2018 Stonehenge Opening Times, Prices and Ticket Information

Stonehenge is Europe's most famous neolithic monument dating from 2800 BC. Stonehenge was built in four main stages from 2800 BC - 1550 BC. This is a temple to the sun, moon, planets and stars, an astronomical clock. Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in England.

Stonehenge Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Advance Ticket (Non Gift Aid)£16.30 per ticket
Child Advance Ticket (Non Gift Aid)£9.80 per ticket
Concession Advance Ticket (Non Gift Aid)£14.70 per ticket
Family Advance Ticket (Non Gift Aid) 2 + 3£42.40 per ticket
Above prices are for pre-booked tickets via green button above through VisitWiltshire (advance booking is strongly recommended to guarantee entry) English Heritage and National Trust members admitted free. Please note: All Travel Trade, paying group and education group visits must be pre-booked.

Stonehenge Opening Times

Open New Year
2018(01st January - 29 Mar 2018)
2018/19(30 Mar 2018 - 31 May 2019)
2018 Summer(1 June 2018 - 31 Aug 2018)
2018 Autumn(1 Sept 2018 - 15 Oct 2018)
26 Dec & 1 Jan, 10am-5pm
24-25 Dec Closed

2018 Closed days-
20th June
21st June
24th December
25th December
On the 22nd June for Summer Solstice it will not open until 11:30

Last admission is 2 hours before the advertised closing time.
The Stonehenge Tourist Guide

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Stonehenge Winter Solstice Open Access Arrangements

English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Wednesday 21st December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Please read the information below before planning your visit.
MONUMENT FIELD OPENS: 07.45am (approximately, depending on light levels)
Please note, access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice is free. Parking charges apply.
Blue Badge Parking – Blue badge parking is in the visitor centre car park and permits must be booked in advance. There is accessible transport to the monument field from the visitor centre beginning at approximately 6.30am. Permits available from
Parking and parking charges Limited parking is available in the winter solstice car parks, which will open at 5.30am on the 22nd December.
As you approach Stonehenge, there will be signs to direct you to the car park – please ensure that you follow these. Please do not arrive early as there is no waiting on the roads in the area and you will be moved on.
Parking may involve a shuttle journey to the visitor centre and wherever you park there may be a 30 minute walk.
  • Cars, private hire minibuses and live-in vehicles £5
  • Motorbikes £2
  • Commercial coaches £50
The car parking charge is designed to encourage people to car share and will help the charity offset  the costs of providing additional staffing and lighting in the car parks.
Please note, car parking charges apply to all users of the Winter Solstice car parks, including Blue Badge holders, and members of English Heritage and National Trust.
Motorists have access to a park and ride shuttle from the off-site solstice car parking to the visitor centre. A shuttle will also be provided between the visitor centre and Stonehenge, however visitors are asked to note that disabled people have priority on this bus and should therefore be prepared for a 30 minute walk, in low light, from parking areas to the monument.
We cannot guarantee entry to the car parks and recommend coming by public transport as cars will be turned away when the car parks are full.
Access to Stonehenge for solstice is subject to the Conditions of Entry – please read these before deciding whether to attend.
Stonehenge is in a field on Salisbury Plain and the weather in December will be cold and may be wet and windy. Even if it isn’t raining, the ground will be wet from the dew. There may also be frost.
Please be prepared for a 30 minute walk (in low light or darkness), from the bus drop off and from parking areas to the monument. You are strongly advised to wear warm and waterproof clothing and footwear and bring a torch with you.
Toilets at the Monument Field will only be available once the access period begins. There are no catering facilities in the monument field, however the café at the visitor centre is open for hot drinks and breakfast rolls from 6am.
Please note that there are no other amenities or facilities available to visitors until the Monument Field opens.
Please visit the official English Heritage website for full details.
Stonehenge Guided Tours are offering their usual small group Winter Solstice guided tour from London and Bath, ideal if you do not have your own transport and want to learn more about the history and  mystery of Stonehenge and the surrounding landscape. Visit their website to book.
The Stonehenge Tourist Guide