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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.

No matter how swanky your hotel room is, don't spend your stay locked in your room or lounging by the pool. There are so many memorable experiences to be had!

This place has a wide range of things to do. Here are some suggestions to kick start your trip to Stonehenge:

Take a look at our Stonehenge things to do page for a full list of activities.

Not sure how to get the most out of your visit here? We've put together some of the most popular activities that will help:

For even more activities, take a look at our Salisbury things to do page.


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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.

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    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.

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      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.

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        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 Old Sarum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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          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.

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            Vrbo Property

            Vrbo Property

            50 Barnard Field, Salisbury, ENG
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Salisbury, this holiday home is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Woodhenge and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Durrington Walls. Stonehenge and Old Sarum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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              Rollestone Manor

              Rollestone Manor

              Shrewton, Salisbury, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                The Rose & Crown
                The Rose & Crown

                The Rose & Crown

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

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