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Stonehenge, Wiltshire ©VisitBritain/ Stephen SpraggonStonehenge, Wiltshire ©VisitBritain/ Stephen Spraggon

©VisitBritain/ Stephen Spraggon

This 5000-year-old World Heritage Site remains a mystifying relic, with the exact purpose of the stones a mystery to all. Was it a place of sun worship, a healing sanctuary or even a sacred burial site? – head to the site and make up your own mind.

Best for: Ages 5 and up.

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What to Expect:


  • Advance tickets
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Family tickets
  • Great for teens
  • Open year-round
  • Special events
  • Pay on day
 

What to do

Visit the exhibition and visitor centre to see 250 ancient objects come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man, then explore the reconstructed Neolithic houses dotted around it.

Print out or pick up on-site the free Stonehenge Step Inside guide, full of fun activities that will help kids aged 5–9 to explore the mystery of Stonehenge.

Use the complimentary audio tour of the historic site to help you understand the history and possible meanings of the stones as you walk around them (this takes about 45mins).

Take some of the atmospheric but easy walks around Stonehenge.

Where to stay

Family-friendly accommodation handy for Stonehenge includes the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge and the Premier Inn Salisbury, but Wiltshire is also well know for its farmhouse accommodation.

When

In summer, Stonehenge is open daily 9.30am–6pm. For seasonal variations, see the website.

How

Stonehenge is about 14km from Salisbury in Wiltshire, which is just under 150km west of London on the M3.

For those coming by public transport, the Stonehenge Tour bus operates from Salisbury train and bus stations and also takes in the nearby Iron Age fort Old Sarum and some of the Wiltshire countryside, with on-board commentary.

See the website for more information on all transport options.

Eat

Light refreshments are available on-site at the Stonehenge Kitchen, or you can bring a picnic.

Cost

A family ticket will set you back about £20; under-5s go free.

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