Stonehenge, Wiltshire
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Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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.



What to expect

Open year-round

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 45 minutes).

Take some of the atmospheric but easy walks around Stonehenge.


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Where to stay

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


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


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

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A family ticket will set you back about £30; under-5s go free.