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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.


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Lodging Near Stonehenge

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Relaxinnz George Hotel $59
Relaxinnz George Hotel

Relaxinnz George Hotel

High Street, Salisbury
     
    3.5
    of 5, from 171 reviews
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    Situated in Amesbury, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Woodhenge and within 6 mi (10 km) of Stonehenge and Old Sarum. Salisbury Cathedral and Cathedral Close are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Fairlawn House $92
    Fairlawn House

    Fairlawn House

    42 High Street, Salisbury
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 280 reviews
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      Situated in Amesbury, this bed & breakfast is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Woodhenge and within 6 mi (10 km) of Stonehenge and Old Sarum. Salisbury Cathedral and Cathedral Close are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      The Antrobus Hotel $75
      The Antrobus Hotel

      The Antrobus Hotel

      15 Church Street, Salisbury
         
        3.0
        of 5, from 69 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Amesbury, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Woodhenge and within 9 mi (15 km) of Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral. Cathedral Close and Salisbury Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        The Stonehenge Inn & Carvery $77
        The Stonehenge Inn & Carvery

        The Stonehenge Inn & Carvery

        2 Stonehenge Road, Salisbury
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 77 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in the historical district, this inn is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Woodhenge and within 12 mi (20 km) of Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral. Cathedral Close and Salisbury Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Holiday Inn Salisbury - Stonehenge $102
          Holiday Inn Salisbury - Stonehenge

          Holiday Inn Salisbury - Stonehenge

          Midsummer Place, Salisbury
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 523 reviews
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            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Woodhenge and within 9 mi (15 km) of Stonehenge and Old Sarum. Salisbury Cathedral and Cathedral Close are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            The Rose & Crown $54
            The Rose & Crown

            The Rose & Crown

            39 High St, Salisbury
               
              3.0
              of 5, from 37 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Salisbury, this inn is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Woodhenge and within 12 mi (20 km) of Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral. Museum of Army Chaplaincy and Cathedral Close are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Rollestone Manor $108
              Rollestone Manor

              Rollestone Manor

              Shrewton, Salisbury
                 
                4.9
                of 5, from 112 reviews
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                Situated in Salisbury, this bed & breakfast is 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from Woodhenge and within 12 mi (20 km) of Salisbury Cathedral and Old Sarum. Wilton House and Cathedral Close are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                The Stones Hotel $68
                The Stones Hotel

                The Stones Hotel

                A345, Salisbury
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 142 reviews
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                  Situated in High Post, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Old Sarum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Salisbury Cathedral and Woodhenge. Cathedral Close and Salisbury Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).