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About Stonehenge Essential Information

Stonehenge is a historically important place located in London with its roots being several thousand years old, making it a significant symbol of ancient culture in the city. The large grounds, cafes and museums of this prehistoric monumental site offer a space for visitors irrespective of their age and professional backgrounds. The various stories about Stonehenge around the techniques utilised in its construction and the reason why they were built at first, fascinate visitors the most. On strolling around the mammoth sized stones aligned in a pattern of circle, you would wonder what purpose might they originally serve? The story behind it goes as the site was a graveyard but your guide would tell you different perspectives of the history behind this structure in more detail.

The most endearing aspect of the site that attracts visitors during the summer and winter solstices is around its engineering. The positioning of uprightly standing sarsens (the large stones) is such that they trace the movement of the rotational cycles of earth and moon. If you're already feeling lost in the stories of these magical stones, you must then discover more at the Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire museum. The Gnomus at Stonehenge would tell you about the stories of the origin of earth along with that of these stones as you follow him on the trail of finding his age-old friend.

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Essential Information
How To Reach?

  • Location- Salisbury Plain, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

  • Timings- The prehistoric monumental site is operational between 09:30 AM to 07:00 PM. Please take a note that last admission within the premises is allowed only 2 hours before the closing time while the last saver tickets are available from 04:30 PM.

  • Best Time To Visit- The best time to visit Stonehenge London is during the early morning hours or late evening hours. The beauty of dawn and dusk enhances multifolds when experienced standing behind sarsens and taking a stone circle around. The place is very less crowded in the early hours, those considering to spend some peaceful and quiet time should visit then. The positive and inspiring energy felt in the morning is worth troubling yourself in the early hours. Evenings would undoubtedly be the best time to visit Stonehenge London, though it would be crowded at this time but the beauty of a setting sun illuminating the area is worth the trouble.

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Tips To Visit Stonehenge

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  • You will be glad to know that pets are allowed inside the premises of the monument but it’s advisable to know that they are permitted in some selected areas only.
  • Assistance dogs are an exception to the rules, they can accompany you all along. For all other sorts of your pets contact Customer Services for advice in advance to save yourself any sort of convenience.
  • It’s just not permissible to leave your dogs inside the cars as the parking doesn’t have even a mild shade. The temperature shots up real quick leaving the animal in distress.
  • Guests are advised to dress in loose or comfortable clothing and footwear as a visit here would require you to walk a lot.
  • Carry your own water bottles, it would avoid extra plastic usage and help fulfil one of the sustainability goals of the authorities at Stonehenge.
  • Pack the most delicious dishes along and sit down in the lush green grounds of Stonehenge for a family picnic.
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Food And Drink at Stonehenge

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  • Welcome yourself into this elegantly decorated modern Cafe of Stonehenge which seems to cheerfully invite you to relax in its indoor and outdoor seating. The commissioned artwork by Catherine Headley is all here to inspire you and fill you with delight.
  • About the snacks and meals option don’t worry as you get to choose from soups, hotpots, vegetarian and traditional pastries, sausage rolls, sandwiches, salads and other sweet items.
  • The menu of the cafe is well chosen, their Rock Cakes are made inside the cafe, the famous ice cream is coming all the way from Marshfield Farm, juices from bensons Totally Fruity and beer from Stonehenge Brewery.
  • Want to make your day more memorable by arranging a picnic at Stonehenge. Pick your picnic-ready sustainable takeaway packaging, visitors can also bring their picnic. Open up lunch boxes in the evening, when the sun sets in the background as it certainly is the best time to visit Stonehenge London.
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FAQs

Is there wheelchair accessibility inside Stonehenge?

Yes, the area in and around the coach/parks has wheelchair accessibility. Other areas like the Visitor Centre and the Stone Circle are accessible via tarmac and grass paths though these paths are subjected to weather. But, the larger area of wider landscapes is not accessible to standard wheelchairs.

How long should one spend inside Stonehenge?

On an average it takes around 2.5 hours to take a stroll around Stonehenge. But guests may lay down in the cosy grass for as long as they prefer and spend hours in the Museum till their curiosity is satisfied.

Do we have to book in advance for Stonehenge Tickets?

No, it’s not compulsory to pre-book your visit to the monument but it’s highly advisable to do so. Online booking in advance won’t only ensure a convenient trip by cutting the trouble of standing in long queues off your list. It would also make the process easier and quicker by providing more than one payment option as well as discount coupons. Make sure that you check the refund and cancellation policy before completing the payment, confirmation tickets would be mailed within a few hours of successful payment.

What is the best time to experience Solstice in Stonehenge?

The best time to visit Stonehenge London in order to experience Solstice is usually around the early morning hours. The timings of Solstices are subjected to change every year, the official timings when the Solstice is best visible from Stonehenge is released on the official website. Keep checking for the announcement of the best time and plan your trip accordingly.

What is special about Stonehenge?

Stonehenge England is a prehistoric monument site whose history still puzzles the historians. The techniques that might have been used by the ancestors adds charm to the engineering and science of the site. The special characteristics of the monument is reflected in the ability of ancestors who erected sarens upright in an alignment that traces the movement of the sun, moon and other planets.

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