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Stonehenge

This powerful prehistoric structure is one of England’s most visited monuments and an important UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stonehenge is a mysterious ring of monolithic stones that has confused archaeologists for centuries. Admire this fascinating structure against the haunting backdrop of Salisbury Plain and discover what’s known about its puzzling history at the modern visitors’ center.

Stonehenge was built beginning as early as 3000 B.C., with the construction believed to have taken place in several stages. Archeologists debate the purpose of the monument, although its symmetry and location suggest it was a type of observatory or time-measuring device. It’s thought that the monument you see today is only part of the original complex, with many original stones stolen for use as building materials over the centuries. Follow the site’s modular walkway, which will take you on a full circuit around the stones.

It’s no longer possible to enter the stone circle without special advanced arrangement. A rope barrier keeps visitors 50 feet (15 meters) away from the stones. Bring some binoculars so you’ll be able to inspect the prehistoric carvings on the stones, which are not clearly visible from a distance.

Stonehenge is best visited early in the morning or in the evening. Crowds are typically thinner at these times and the lighting casts compelling shadows on the stones, enhancing their mystical presence. Head to the top of nearby Amesbury Hill to see wonderful panoramic views over the site.

Be sure to check out the visitors’ center, which features an exceptional exhibit dedicated to the monument. You’ll see prehistoric objects discovered in the area, including a flint arrow tip embedded in human bone as well as a recreation of the face of a Neolithic man. A 360-degree projection allows you to see what it would be like to stand in the middle of the stone circle and watch the seasons change through time-lapse photography. The center is located 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) away from the monument, but shuttles run frequently between the two if you don’t feel like walking.

There is an admission fee to explore Stonehenge and the visitors’ center. Hours vary by season. To reach the monument, take one of the regular buses running from Salisbury.

A getaway is a good time to slow down, relax and unwind. It's also the perfect time to dive into new experiences!

This place has a wide range of activities on offer. Here are some ideas to jump start your trip to Stonehenge:

For a complete guide to activities, jump onto our Stonehenge things to do page.


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Holiday Inn Salisbury - Stonehenge Rs6,230
Holiday Inn Salisbury - Stonehenge

Holiday Inn Salisbury - Stonehenge

Midsummer Place, Solstice Park, Salisbury, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Woodhenge and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Durrington Walls. Stonehenge and Boscombe Down Aviation Collection are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    The Stonehenge Inn & Carvery
    The Stonehenge Inn & Carvery

    The Stonehenge Inn & Carvery

    2 Stonehenge Road, Durrington, Salisbury, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Durrington Walls and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Stonehenge. Woodhenge is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

      Fairlawn House Rs6,179
      Fairlawn House

      Fairlawn House

      42 High Street, Amesbury, Salisbury, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Salisbury, this bed & breakfast is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Woodhenge and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Stonehenge. Durrington Walls is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

        Relaxinnz George Hotel
        Relaxinnz George Hotel

        Relaxinnz George Hotel

        High Street, Amesbury, Salisbury, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Salisbury, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Woodhenge and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Stonehenge. Durrington Walls is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

          The Antrobus Hotel Rs5,021
          The Antrobus Hotel

          The Antrobus Hotel

          15 Church Street, Amesbury, Salisbury, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Salisbury, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Woodhenge and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stonehenge. Durrington Walls is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

            2 Chambers Avenue
            2 Chambers Avenue

            2 Chambers Avenue

            2 Chamber Avenue, Amesbury, Salisbury, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Salisbury, this holiday home is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Woodhenge and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Durrington Walls. Stonehenge and Old Sarum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              The Rose & Crown Rs3,862
              The Rose & Crown

              The Rose & Crown

              39 High St, Bulford, Salisbury, England
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Salisbury, this inn is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Durrington Walls and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Woodhenge. Stonehenge and Thruxton Motorsport Centre are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Rollestone Manor Rs7,686
                Rollestone Manor

                Rollestone Manor

                Shrewton, Stonehenge, Salisbury, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Salisbury, this bed & breakfast is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Stonehenge, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Woodhenge and Wilton House. Old Sarum and Boscombe Down Aviation Collection are also within 12 mi (20 km).