This post provides information on ticket options for Stonehenge.
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- Ticket Options
- What to Expect
- Free Access
- Organized Tours from London
- Come on Your Own
- London Day Trips
English Heritage, the organization responsible for Stonehenge, has established a museum at the Stonehenge site in the UK.
It gives visitors the facts of the structure, as well as the history of the landmark and the surrounding area.
Included in the Stonehenge exhibition is a reconstruction of neolithic houses that are designed to look exactly as they would have back when this tourist attraction was first created.
Booking tickets in advance is strongly recommended, particularly in the high season.
Entrance is timed, so there is a limit to how many tickets are available each day.
But, before you pay full price - check out the discounts we've listed below.
NOTE: There are guided tours from London you can use which include admission, and this is a great way to avoid the necessity of booking tickets in advance.
Stonehenge Admission Ticket Prices
- Adult – £20.90
- Child (5 – 17) – £12.70
- Seniors - £18.10
- Concession – £18.10
- Family (1 adult, 3 children) – £33.60
- Family (2 adults, 3 children) – £54.50
- Under 5’s – FREE
Tickets include a free audio guide that provides information about the landmark.
The hours of operation vary depending on the season, but they are open every day of the year.
These are the current opening times available to visit this prehistoric monument:
- June & August | 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
- September & Mid-October | 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
- Mid-October to March | 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Mid-March | 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sunrise and Sunset Tickets
There are also opportunities to visit the site at sunrise before it opens, and at sunset, after the site has been closed.
These are premium tickets that allow you to also walk inside of Stonehenge as opposed to being restricted to the outside. Learn more.
TIP: Stonehenge is open to the public for the Summer Solstice every year, which means you can spend the night and watch the sunrise. Read below for more information.
Special Access/Inner Circle Tickets
There are special tickets available that allow you to walk inside the stone circle of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
This service is very limited, as it’s only offered once or twice a week at most and there is no service in October, November, or the last two weeks of June.
In addition to those limitations, these inner circle tickets are only offered with certain specially organized Stonehenge day trips from Premium Tours and Evan Evans Tours.
These Stonehenge tours usually include additional attractions such as Oxford, Bath, or Windsor, and you can expect your outing to last all day.
Due to limited availability, you should plan on purchasing your tickets well ahead of time.
What to Expect at Stonehenge
If you're wondering what a trip to Stonehenge will look like, this section will answer some of the most common questions about visiting the landmark.
Can you visit Stonehenge on your own?
Yes, you can! You don't need to visit with a tour group.
It is possible to drive here on your own if you have access to a car, and you can purchase tickets upon arrival.
How much time do you need at Stonehenge?
English Heritage recommends you set aside at least 2.5 hours, but depending on how much you plan to do and see, you might spend even less time here.
For instance, if you're not planning to visit the café or gift shop, and you don't want to spend much time at the Stonehenge visitor centre, you probably won't need to set aside as much time for this activity.
Can you walk around the stones at Stonehenge?
Yes! You can get pretty close to the stones using a special access/inner circle ticket.
Visitors will also typically get quite close during the Summer Solstice event.
Can you visit Stonehenge for free?
Yes! There are several ways to visit Stonehenge without paying for a ticket.
That said, unless you want to walk for a while, it'll be much easier to just pay for admission.
11 Ways to Get Discount Tickets for Stonehenge
In this section, we will go over all of the different ways you can either save money on Stonehenge tickets or get free admission.
1. Get a Heritage Pass
This tourist pass provides admission to several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country – including Stonehenge.
If you’re planning to visit several historic landmarks in England, this could be a great way to save money on tickets.
Unlike other passes, this service is specifically designed to cover admission costs at historic locations, so there aren’t any other activities or services like the London Eye or Madame Tussauds included.
That said, with more than 100 sites included, it’s easy to see how this could save you a lot of money on tickets to some of the most popular destinations in the entire country.
This pass is available for either 9 days or 16 days.
Individual Pass Prices
- 9-Day Pass: £38 per person
- 16-Day Pass: £45 per person
2 Adult Pass Prices
- 9-Day Pass: £66 (£33 per person)
- 16-Day Pass: £76 (£38 per person)
Family Pass Prices (2 Adults + 4 Kids)
- 9-Day Family Pass: £75
- 16-Day Family Pass: £86
If you plan on visiting at least 3-4 different heritage sites, this pass could easily pay for itself in no time.
Travelers who want to visit even more than 4 locations will likely save a lot of money on general admission prices.
2. Use a Different Tourist Pass
In addition to the Heritage Pass, you can also get discounts on Stonehenge tickets by using other London tourist passes.
Most of the discount opportunities offered by these services are actually organized tours and day trips from London which include admission to Stonehenge in the ticket price.
These tourist discount passes allow you to pay one flat price for a set number of attractions or days in which you can use the pass.
Some tourist passes also give you a specific discount (usually 20% off) for these activities.
NOTE: Stonehenge is currently not included with any tourist passes as of Jan 2023, but that will probably change in the future.
For more details about these options, make sure to read our full post covering which London tourist pass is best.
Alternatively, if you want to learn more about day trips from London, read our section about organized Stonehenge tours.
3. Visit Stonehenge for Free
Essentially, Stonehenge is on a heritage trail and the trail doesn’t cost anything to access.
You can get pretty close to the site without paying anything.
You won’t get access to the museum/visitor center and you will be approximately 10 meters farther back from the site than the paid visitors, but you will still be quite close.
For additional details and a map to help you find your way to the site, make sure to read our post about how to visit Stonehenge for free.
If you are travelling from London by public bus or train to Salisbury Station, you can take the Stonehenge bus from there to the carpark on site.
4. Walk from Woodhenge to Stonehenge for Free
If you have a car and either want to avoid paying £5 to park or you would like a unique experience where you can see additional historic sites, then consider this walk.
The National Trust offers a free car park at Woodhenge, another historic landmark in the area.
Unlike some other heritage sites, this location on Salisbury Plain is actually free to visit, and it’s fairly close to Stonehenge although it requires a bit of a hike.
If you’re interested in getting some exercise, there is a path to Stonehenge that will take anywhere from 60-90 minutes to walk.
This walk will bring you to the same viewing location as mentioned in the option above.
For more details and a full map describing how to get there, read our post on how to visit Stonehenge for free.
5. Visit During Summer Solstice
Given the history of Stonehenge and its most probable purpose, there is a special event held every June during the Summer Solstice.
During this time period, admission is free and you can actually stay overnight!
For more details, please read our post about how to visit Stonehenge for free.
6. Get an English Heritage Membership
There are a few additional ways to save money on tickets to Stonehenge.
One of the best opportunities is to get an English Heritage Membership.
While this is aimed at people who live in England, it’s a pretty affordable alternative to general admission prices, and it’s also available to people living outside of the country.
A monthly membership will only set you back £5.33, and admission to Stonehenge is included for free. This means you would save £14 on a standard ticket.
That said, in order to apply for this service, you must agree to purchase at least a 1-year membership.
You can cancel your membership at the end of the year, but you’ll pay £5.33 per month (£64 annually) for 12 months.
Needless to say, you’ll get the best value out of this service if you actually live in England, as you’ll have more opportunities to visit heritage sites.
If you’re only going to be there for a week or two, consider a heritage pass instead.
7. Use Discount Sites
8. Enjoy Discounts for Children
If you're bringing kids between the ages of 5-17, tickets will be £9.30 less than general admission.
All children under the age of 5 are eligible for free entry.
9. Take Advantage of Family Ticket Discounts
Buying a family ticket is an excellent way to save money if you're coming with at least 1 adult and up to 3 children.
Prices for the family ticket w/ 2 adults are £60.60. If you were to buy the tickets individually, that would be 2 adult tickets (£46.60) and 3 children's tickets (£42.00) for a total of £88.60!
Using the family ticket, you'll save £28.
With 1 adult, the family ticket is just £37.30. If you do the math, you'll find this option can save you £28 as well!
10. Get Concession Tickets
This ticket pricing option is available for seniors over the age of 65 and students with an NUS card.
If you're eligible, this type of ticket will be £2.30 off!
11. Ask for Group Discounts
If you're planning to visit Stonehenge with 11 or more people, you could qualify for a group discount.
You'll have to purchase tickets directly from English Heritage and call to request this opportunity.
ORGANIZED STONEHENGE TOURS
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to see Stonehenge is by taking an organized tour from London.
These day trips include transportation to and from the landmark by coach (tour buses), as well as admission to the museum and viewing area.
Organized Stonehenge tours are very economical because they take you straight to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and you don’t have to worry about admission costs.
There are no trains or shuttle buses from London that will take you directly to Stonehenge.
As a result, you have to make a transfer to Salisbury, which can take a lot more time than just going straight to the landmark.
In other words, if you’re short on time, an organized Stonehenge tour bus could be one of the best ways to get there.
The only other quick alternative is driving there, and then you have to worry about parking and tickets.
At an average price of £55-£60 per day trip from London, these tours are usually a little cheaper than taking the train.
And they’re close to the same price as driving or taking a bus when factoring in the cost of tickets.
There are also combo packages which include day trips to sites such as Windsor Castle, Oxford, and the Roman Baths. These services are typically closer to £100 per person, but they also usually include admission to the additional sites that you will visit!
If you’re interested in this option, make sure to read our full post covering Organized Stonehenge tours from London.