Stonehenge - Salisbury

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Amesbury, Salisbury, SP4 7DE
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4.5

Based on 201 reviews.

 

Agregated reviews (201) Stonehenge - Salisbury

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Well how do you rate a place like Stonehenge?

Of course it is amazing given the history and what it took to build it.

A few tips when visiting, you may wish to think about joining English Heritage when you have the ability to visit quite a few heritage sites then you can visit for free as part of your membership. Though what was funny was that the line for heritage tickets was longer than if you were buying tickets on site :)

The day we visited was horrible weather and so we couldn’t make the most of walking around the site and getting to explore it properly so if you are planning a visit then allow for plenty of time so you can walk up and enjoy the other sites and really take in just how big this place is.

There is a bus that you can use to go to and from the site and you can walk around and take the photos but you are some distance and will be there with lots of tourists as it is a very popular place.

The gift shop is pretty good too! Lots of merchandise and yummy foods that you can buy.

Overall an amazing place and you can spend a lot of time there but expect a lot of tourists.

People say you can see the place from the side of the road but you would be missing out and when we first drove past it, we thought it was a small model :)

5 by Simon Mamouney Review source

I visited UK and Stonehenge in 1976 as a high school graduate from New York. Even though this was my first and only visit, I knew immediately that I had been here before. Read Jung. Monuments like this loom large in our specie's collective memory. By the way, Stonehenge is the largest and oldest mortuary complex in Britain. Human sacrifice was performed every year to coincide with the harvest. This structure is a 3rd millennium BC
open air proto-temple that firmly sets the circle as the first element of Sacred Geometry. Structures like this illustrate the very earliest origins of Sacred Geometry and how it is intimately tied to astronomical observation at it's earliest stages.
Sacred Geometry is astronomical measure
translated to ecclesiastical architecture. Roughly contemporaneous with the Great Pyramid, it is not nearly as sophisticated but certainly just as important because it represents a paradigm shift in funerary rites and how these rites tie into the calendrical wheel of our earth set against the heavens. A human life mimics the passage of seasons. Death and Rebirth mimic the setting of the Sun in the West and the resurrection of the Sun in the East. Christianity and Christian ecclesiastical architecture draw heavily on this.

5 by Marc Pilossof Review source

Stonehenge in Salisbury, England, Megalithic, 3,000 years old, rock statues, audio tours, ancient mysteries Located near Salisbury, this megalithic structure is over 3,000 years old, and its stones come all the way from Wales. Scholars still are not sure how the builders got the stones there and have tried to replicate the feat, with dismal results. Moreover, we only have a vague idea of its purpose (we’re basically just guessing). Stonehenge is now fenced off, and you can no longer go into the circle; visitors can only walk around the attraction. But it’s worth visiting for the mystery behind it and an excellent and detailed audio tour.

How to get there
Trains leave from London to Salisbury every thirty minutes from 6.30am. Stonehenge is open from 9:30 am to 7 pm from March 30 – May 31, 9am-8pm from June 1 – August 31, 9:30am-7pm from September 1 – October 15, and 9:30am-5pm from October 16 – March 29. Prices start at 17.50 GBP for adults, and 10.50 GBP for children.

5 by Dilliram Bhandari Review source

Awe Inspiring but Pricey
I’ve wanted to visit Stone Henge for years and it didn’t disappoint. Yes there’s a fence and you can’t walk amongst the stones blah blah blah as everyone always moans about but having heard these complaints so often I was pleasantly surprised at just how close you do get and I would rather see something so important to history preserved for future generations anyway. One regret was not taking the audio guide as there was less signage to explain it all then I had expected. The exhibition in the visitor centre afterwards however did answer a lot of my remaining questions and this was a great part of the visit. Our only gripe was the price. Paying £34 for the two of us seems too steep for something with such low overheads and even though we took our time and sat down for a while to admire the stones, it still only took 1 hour 45 mins. However, definitely worth a visit and take a wander across the field to he burial mounds too while you are there.

4 by Andrei T Review source

Impressive to see. Audio guide available. Typical gift shop with miniature Stonehenge gear all over the place, from whisky cubes to pencils. The Museum takes about 30 minutes to walk around, nothing ground breaking to be honest (nothing a quick YouTube video can’t replace. Nice little touch whilst driving there). Take a small bag of pellets for the crows. It’s probably frowned upon but they eat from the hand.

The Stonehenge guardians/tourist surveyors were very knowledgeable and keen to share some interesting facts outside of what was available to read.

We opted for the simple self guided tour option. We were within 8-10 meters at the nearest point for a stretch of about 20 meters (let’s call this point A).

The tele lense was handy once on the opposing side of point A. The distance, at a rough guess, was varying between 20-30 as you walk around.

Overall a must see if in the area.

4 by Kieran NOONAN Review source

Pick your time of year. We got very lucky bright clear sunny day in the winter. Choice of being transported to site by bus or walking.
We chose the walk, which we were advised about by the guy who checked the tickets. It veers off the road about 200 metres along on the left into fields and you will see several other burrows/earthworks, Yes they are just manmade humps in the ground but it also gives you a different approach to Stonehenge.
Wind can be biting because it's such an exposed place. But we were dressed appropriately so it was tolerable, you should do same . Can imagine it's a shorter viewing of stones if it's raining.
Visitor centre good with very knowledgeable guides who have an obvious enthusiasm for the place and will answer any questions you may have. We enjoyed it. Hope you do too.

4 by Review source

A few people warned me that this place is not that special and I should not expect much... I have to disagree. I am glad that I have visited Stonehenge, it is really special and of course the mystery around it makes the place more interesting.

You can take a (longish) walk from the visitor centre or take a shuttle bus to the stones. You can go quire close to the stone but of course you can’t touch them. For whatever reason I thought that there is a fence around the circle which is not the case. You can get an audio guide and listen to a lots of information about the place, facts and speculations. There can be an awful lot of tourists but you can snap a few nice photos and selfies.

If you are around, do not miss this place it is very nice and makes you think about how on earth they built this is and why?

5 by Adam Knauz Review source

I have visited Stonehenge many times before but not since the new visitor's centre has been built. I would not have gone except for the fact that I am an English Heritage member as the entrance fee is £19.50 (adult). Having said that it was still a good day out. I walked to the monument from the centre (a good 20-30 minutes) although there are shuttle buses every few minutes. There are good information plaques around the site. There is a small exhibition and a neolithic village comprising a few houses only one of which I could enter. There is a well stocked shop, very expensive though - £20 for a small mug - and a cafe also very expensive £4.50 for a pasty. All in all worth a visit but take a picnic. For a family day out it's a good choice for the history but could turn into a very expensive visit.

3 by Dawn Alford Review source

You have to arrive very early and dress for very windy weather! There are large tourist buses that arrive one after the other starting from opening time. If you arrive early (opening time to 1 hr after opening time), you'll have opportunities to take pictures if the stones without people in the way.

The museums are great and you can probably spend another hour wandering around the exhibits. There are wonderful huts that replicate the huts of people that lived around Stonehenge.

There is a large restaurant but it gets very busy very fast. The souvenir shop offers wonderful local produce and English Heritage products. Although, some of the Stonehenge branded products like hoodies and umbrellas were insanely overpriced for the quality.

There is plenty of parking here.

5 by S J Review source

Whilst Stonehenge is lovely to visit, avoid paying for the bus that drives you up there unless it's raining or you don't have a rental car as it's extremely expensive for a short bus drive to the stonehenge.

Depending on the weather and the amount of tourists on the day you may find the experience very calm and peaceful as the wind blows across the beautiful scenery you have in front of you. When we went there was barely any visitors, however please note, if you're going towards the end of the day, bring a jacket as it gets very chilly.

Suitable for people of all ages and they have a lovely cafe and shop before they drive you to from the stonehenge.

Overall highly recommend and would come back again if travelling to England.

5 by James N Review source

Great place to walk around. Staff very friendly. There is a museum, cafe and shop at the visitor's centre. There are free buses that take you to the stones of Stonehenge. They are every 5 or so minutes. The last bus back to the visitor's centre is half an hour before the site closes. You can also walk to the stones which takes about 15-20 minutes as a rough guide as that depends on how fast you walk. The site is an English Heritage site and there are National Trust areas also. It is free entry for members of both. As an English Heritage member, you can have an audio guide and entrance to the museum included. Don't know if this is the case for National Trust members. I'm member of both. The audio guide is very informative.

5 by Nicholas Gannon Review source

Sorry to say, not the best by a mile, There is lots of room to improve.
Felt like on a conveyor belt due to it being busy.
You walk on a elevated walk way all the way around the stones which made you lose the perspective or scale
Enjoyed being there on my 1st visit. Make sure you wear a coat as the wind can make it several degrees colder and its a fair distance to the toilet .Plus the seating was
limited .around the stones. .
.Acess ok for buggy' .and disabled.
Can I suggest (if I missed this sorry) there is a large sign with
some or all details mentioned above so that people don't have to 2nd guess.

you have a long way to go to say 'World Class'

3 by David Needham Review source

I think your level of intrigue into history (and prehistory) is going to be the determining factor in whether or not you enjoy your visit here. Because listen, it’s a pile of rocks in a circle. What that means about the abilities, beliefs, and culture of the time is what is truly mind-blowing and why this is a must visit for people interested in such things! Take the self guided audio tour, which has a lot of really cool commentary on the origins and specifics of the structure. I overheard that you can hire a private tour guide to take you into the actual ring, but I haven’t verified that. Worth a trip out there if only for the view of the countryside, but also incredibly exciting from a world culture perspective.

4 by Hans Fritz Review source

Few places inspire the sense of awe and wonder that the monument of Stonehenge does. A work developed over centuries by prehistoric Keltic denizens of Britain, probably as some kind of astronomical guide for a large agricultural community. Next to the info centre are dwellings recreated from Keltic times to give a sense of how the people lived.

The site is now well managed by English Heritage. Visitors start from and information centre that provides information about the monument and also houses a small museum. The hill where the monument is located is accessed by shuttle buses. The monument is fenced and can be viewed and photographed from a distance. Information boards are displayed at many places.

5 by Review source

Probably the most overrated pile of rocks in the world. Its been on the bucket list to visit but I was left a little let down. Firstly the cost to see the at £21 is absolutely ridiculous. They have the tourists fooled that they have to pay such rip off rates. Its a British Heritage site and as such they cannot deny you access for free, you however have to walk the 1.2km down the road form the parking lot and back and when you view the stones its from 2 metres behind the people who paid £21. You cant even touch the stones anymore even if you paid.

That said still worth the visit due to the significant historical value. Smaller than I thought they would be but ticked off on the bucket list.

4 by Wade Cramer Review source

Amazing place! We had only left enough time to circumnavigate the main Stonehenge structure and send a little time at the exhibit inside. But I wish we had left much more time. There is plenty of reading and a few videos within the exhibit that you should not rush.
If you like to hike, there is a lot more to see. Stonehenge is surrounded by burial mounds, earthwork formations, the Avenue, etc. in the farm fields surrounding the main site. You could easily spend 1/2 a day hiking around these. I recommend buying the tour book. It is full of details on the different things you will see on the walking tour as well as detailed maps. The book helps bring the site alive. Don't forget you camera!

5 by Review source

Don't be fooled. You can see it for free! When you arrive there are signs saying that it costs 20 pounds and it makes it feel like the only option. There are two options. 1. Pay the full price and get a bus trip to the stones, closer access and entrance to the building with info. Option two if you just want to see the stones then walk past the ticket box and follow the path walking to the stones. It's about a 20 minute walk.

Unfortunately they seem to have designed this to make.money from the disabled and elderly because the walk is to far and they are forced to pay the big money just to use the bus. Shame English Heritage.

Worth the walk, but not the ticket price.

3 by Bret Ls Review source

Its an interesting and mysterious place. Love it.

A little frustrating because there's no on-site guides to show as per the device commentary. Our tour timing allocation makes it very hard to follow the commentary thoroughly as well.

Plus when we arrived at the Tourist stop one of the staff seems to have a short fuse and suddenly raised her voice when our guide explains themselves regarding some misunderstanding (unprofessional).

It would be more interesting if there are staff to show things on the site itself of which part of it as per the device's commentary. But I had fun looking around pieces of stacked rocks.

4 by Mohammad Syukri Haji Mohamad Sula Review source

Such an amazing feelings to be here. I used to stare at the picture on my Windows screen, but now I can see the real thing with my very own eyes.

This historic place is very well-maintained and it was worth visiting. Once you arrived, you should purchase your ticket at the counter and get the audio set, then take a shuttle about 6 minutes ride to the stones.

After spending around 30 minutes, we ride the shuttle back to the Gift Shop and an Exhibition room where you should purchase another ticket for entry.

You should try the ice cream in the cafetaria. The serving was generous and the taste was delicious. A must try!

5 by Peila Silvie Review source

Come see this marvel of Neolithic ingenuity. This 5,000 year old monument is almost impossible to describe. The energy that radiates from this place is palpable. Easily accessible by car or train (with a short bus in from town), there is ample parking in the new Visitor's Center, with a multimedia and a living history display just off site from the stones. Do rent the handsets for a guided tour as you wander around the monument. Take your time and learn some of the secrets of the Giant's Dance. The Salisbury area is steeped and stored in history and myth. Spend the day, absorb the energy of this sacred and awe-inspiring place.

5 by Patti Smith Review source

Stonehenge is one of those places that has a bit of mystery still left in it. Even after all the experts have given their opinion, after the many years of research and thought, you realize we're still guessing at best and can never really be sure what the purpose of these stones were and how they reached the location where they currently are.
Keeping this in mind, you can look around and come up with your own theory.
Best to visit on a sunny day so that you can spend time wandering around with a bit of time to think and visit the several other things to see in the neighbourhood and not just the stones

5 by Clint Fernandez Review source

Somewhere I had aimed to visit my whole life! Took me almost 40 years but it was worth the wait. I wasn't sure what to expect after other people told me they thought it was a let down or not with the hype. But I guess it just wasn't their type of thing!
I was thrilled! We did the audio tour and I think it made the experience much better for it. The staff were lovely, even offering to help take photos.
I loved the visitors centre at the beginning and the replica village just outside. I think it makes it more connectable for children.
The only disappointment was the sudden inset of rain ☔

5 by Nicolene Barnes Review source

Obviously stones are amazing. Unfortunately English heritage have extorshinate prices, and dirty facilities. All your money is spent on ensuring that the giftshop is huge, not on finding out about the history of the stones. It was sad to see that English heritage have placed a huge cement path through this historical site, over what might be graves etc. The exhibition didn't really give any information above speculation, and we found the walk round to be disrespectful to the bodies possibly lying there. Advice, drive up the dirt track next to the site and walk round the perimeter for free.

2 by Abi Grosvenor Review source

Had a great time at Stonehenge for the Vernal Equinox of 2018. It's such a spiritual place with so many kinds and interesting people to meet. If you get the chance I'd strongly recommend it over the paid access. We were allowed into the center of the circle on an icy morning just before sunrise. It's totally free access and we could walk right up and be amongst and touch the stones. If this rating was of the English heritage tours then it certainly wouldn't be 5 stars. For those interested the access is allowed 4 times a year in accordance with the pagan wheel of the year.

5 by Jamie Morris Review source

the rock came up in about two thousand and five hundred BC yes pretty incredible considering how prehistoric the people's lives were back.Stonehenge the most famous of Britain's many stone circles is an easy must-see most believe these circles which are as old as the Pharaohs functioned as celestial calendars 5,000 years ago locals could tell when to plant and when to party according to where the Sun rose
and set it still works that way today archaeologists figure some of these stones came from Wales over 200 miles away probably rafted then rolled on logs by Bronze Age people.

5 by Tony Mansi Review source

Has an informative and extensive museum area. You can borrow an audio unit to walk you through and narrate each part of the site with markers set down in places, signifying when to listen to which part of the recording.

Should also mention that this is a huge tourist attraction and as such the site has been appropriated for tourists. There are walkways and shuttle services from the museum to the actual site. People aren't allowed to personally walk up to the stones, for good measure too as vandalism can ruin this great English heritage for all of us.

5 by Kanishka Dissanayake Review source

Amazing piece of history to finally see up close. However I will warn anyone going that it is very expensive for what it is. If you're an English heritage member then great, I believe National Trust members can go for free somehow too, but I'd recommend looking into any way to get a discount on entry. A small peaceful protest is near the site campaigning to open up the site for all and I can see their point given the cost of entry alone. It's clearly English Heritage's cash cow to subsidise other sites they run. Still worth visiting though!

4 by Joss Waddy Review source

My friend said one of the place that I should visit when in London. I followed the suggestion and travel from London to Salisbury by train and Salisbury to Stonehenge by taxi. It took like around 2 hours and spent around 100++ for return tickets.. and you will feel disappointed.. why? By the time u arrived there u will only see STONES, grass and sheeps. The good thing is the weather that day is really good, blue skies and not too hot.. but still i think it’s not worth it to spent your time and money only to see stones.. just ridiculous expensive for stones!!

2 by The Food Passport Review source

The only place where the visitor centre is about 4 times the size of the actual exhibit! The stunning building held up by large straws, consists of a few exhibits and some recreated huts. There's a very large cafe serving £4.50 cheese sandwiches and other cafe type food. Adult entrance is £17.50. Short bus ride to the stones itself and it's worth walking back to enjoy the views. Almost all the visitors appear to be from overseas. Apparently there were over 1 million visitors last year. Great for funding other English Heritage projects around the UK.

3 by Chris Prettejohn Review source

We arrived there almost the end of the opening hours, the security guard almost hit us to get rid of us by swearing and getting angry. The surroundings was full of hippies ? with their camping cars, and very aggressive, I found. The Stonehenge itself was amazing but I didn’t appreciate as much as it could be.
You can’t get closer to the stone more than 5m or so, so you have to look from far away, ( that’s why the pictures are very vague )
I would recommend to go there, as it’s one of the most famous place in the world, just don’t expect too much

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