Stonehenge, English Heritage
Average time spent – 2 hours – not a full day out
Things to do at Stonehenge review
Stonehenge is a fantastic day out for all the family. As well as being able to get up fairly close to the stones, you can also explore the history of the stones by visiting the exhibition. You will need to book your timed ticket slot in advance online. Both English Heritage and National Trust members benefit from free entry.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) wide, and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.
Access to the stones is either on foot or via a complimentary shuttle bus, available for those with limited mobility or anybody who isn’t feeling up for the walk to the stones. The children loved the shuttle, just make sure you have a face mask for any adults, if you want to take a ride. You also need to wear a face mask in the shop and cafe.
Once closer to the stones, you are free to wander around the one-way path at your leisure, and you can take photos (top tip: the best spots are 3/4 of the way around). You can also listen to the free audio tour via your smartphone, and read up on the history of the stones on handy plaques on your way around.
Children may enjoy the chance to say hello to the sheep in the surrounding countryside, from a distance, on the way round. If you do decide to walk from the visitor centre, make sure you wear sensible footwear. The path is flat and even, but it is a long walk (approximately 30 minutes, depending on pace – little legs will take longer).
The exhibition is mainly indoors, although there is also an outdoor area where you can find out more about Stonehenge’s past, with members of staff in character, transporting visitors back in time, immersing you in the history.
Although I wouldn’t say there is enough to keep you busy for a whole day, definitely set aside at least a couple of hours to fully enjoy your visit, and you can always combine your visit with a trip into local Salisbury, to make a day of it.
Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
Important Information about Stonehenge
Eating – There is a cafe on-site.
Facilities in brief – Historical site with 4,000 years plus standing stones set in a circle including an audio tour. Plus a visitor centre with an exhibition and outdoor reenactors. There are toilets and a cafe
Entry price – *FREE to members of English Heritage and the National Trust.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE or higher priced. An adult ticket without donation midweek is £19.50 and £11.70 for a child aged 5-17. Rising to £21.10 and £12.70 at the weekend. Children under 5 years are free.
Opening: Stonehenge is open for most of the year but it does shut for a few days over winter. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Only assistance dogs are permitted
Address: Salisbury SP4 7DE, Wiltshire, England. Phone: 0370 333 1181
Guest post with thanks to Emma-Louise from Even Angels Fall
Category – Historical monument – Suitable for all ages.
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