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Stonehenge Tickets, Discounts, and Free Entry

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This post provides information on ticket options for Stonehenge.

We included including special early/late access and discounts and opportunities for free admission. We also list organized tours that include tickets.

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TICKET COSTS

English Heritage, responsible for Stonehenge, has established a museum at the Stonehenge site to give visitors the facts of the structure, as well as the history of the landmark and the surrounding area.

Booking tickets in advance is strongly recommended, particularly in the high season.

Tickets are 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 Prices

  • Adult – £19.50
  • Child (5 – 17) – £11.70
  • Seniors - £17.60
  • Concession – £21
  • Family – £60.60
  • Under 5’s – FREE

Purchase tickets or learn more.

The hours of operation vary depending on the season. These are the current times available to visit Stonehenge:

  • 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. 

Stonehenge Tickets at Sunset

These are premium tickets that allow you to also walk inside of Stonehenge as opposed to 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.

NOTE: As of July 2021, these tours are once again available to the public.


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 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.

English Heritage Pass Site Locations

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.

Purchase the Heritage Pass or learn more.


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 either 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 July 2021, 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.

From the carpark (£5 per car), you can simply walk up the road until just before you reach the shuttle bus drop-off/pick-up location adjacent to the site.

Stonehenge for Free Directions

It’s about 1.3 miles (2 km) from the visitor center carpark to the site itself.

Look for the public access gate that will bring you off to the left side and you are there. 

Free Stonehenge View Map

You can also take a slightly more scenic route as in the video below. 

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 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.

This walk includes an opportunity to see an old Kings Barrow (burial site), another English Heritage site. 

Check this guide for more details about the best walking path to Stonehenge from Woodhenge.

You can also do this by starting at the Stonehenge visitor center.


5. Visit During Summer Solstice

Given the history of Stonehenge and its most probable purpose, there is a special event held every June during Summer Solstice.

During this time period, admission is free and you can actually stay overnight!

It is recommended to arrive by at least late afternoon in order to make sure that you can find parking.

This event draws crowds in the thousands, so you should expect parking spaces to be limited.

If you want to avoid the hassle of parking, consider taking a bus or train to get here instead.


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

Alternatively, you can also check sites such as Groupon or Discount London for discounts on organized Stonehenge tours and other ways to visit the landmark.


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.

COVID-19 ALERT: If you visit with more than 11 people, keep in mind that you will be required to split up into groups of no more than 6 people during your visit.


Special Access/Inner Circle Tickets

There are special tickets available which allow you to walk inside the inner circle of this 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.


This photo of Stonehenge Guided Tours is courtesy of TripAdvisor

In addition to those limitations, these inner circle tickets are only offered with certain special 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.

Purchase Inner Circle Tickets or learn more.


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 as well as admission to the museum and viewing area.


This photo of Stonehenge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Organized Stonehenge tours are very economical because they take you straight to the heritage site and you don’t have to worry about admission costs.

There are no trains or buses from London that will take you directly to Stonehenge.

As a result, you have to make a transfer in 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 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.

If you’re interested in this option, make sure to read our full post covering Organized Stonehenge tours from London.

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 19th, 2021
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