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5 Facts About the History of Stonehenge

The history of Stonehenge is shrouded in mystery and the theories to the site's origins and purpose are as numerous as they are fanciful. Many are convinced it was built by aliens! Here are 5 hard facts about the world's most famous prehistoric monument.

5000 Years Old

5000 Years Old

Stonehenge was built in several stages. Radiocarbon dating estimates that the first constructions occurred over 5000 years ago, several centuries before the Pyramids.

A Prehistoric Cemetery

A Prehistoric Cemetery

Many functions have been attributed to Stonehenge. One that's been confirmed is its use as a prehistoric burial ground – discovered cremated remains date back as far as 3000 B.C.

Early Scientists

Early Scientists

Despite its age, the fact that Stonehenge is aligned with the trajectory of the setting and rising sun gives evidence to a very advanced understanding of mathematics and geometry.

Stones From Afar

Stones From Afar

The larger stones are up to 9 meters tall and weigh around 20 tons. These were transported over 20 miles. The smaller stones, weighing 3 to 4 tons, were transported over 150 miles!

Pesky Earthworms

Pesky Earthworms

After researching the site in the late 19th century, Charles Darwin concluded that earthworms were the main reason why the Stonehenge stones have sunk into the ground.

Our insider tips

Take Advantage of the Audio Guide

To make the most of your time at Stonehenge and learn all about the history and the many theories surrounding the site, make sure to grab one of the audio guides, which are available for free on site. Or even better, to avoid queuing for the audio guide, you can download it for free online and listen to it on your own portable music device.

Stop by Salisbury

About 13 kilometers from Stonehenge is Salisbury, a picturesque medieval city with a gorgeous cathedral. Once you've come all this way, it's worth adding a couple of hours to your trip and explore this lovely historic gem.

Enjoy the Sunset

Stonehenge is a magnificent sight at any time of day, but at sunset it's quite simply magical. If you can time your visit accordingly, you won't regret it. Note that you won't be alone – Stonehenge is very popular at sunset. If a leisurly visit is more important to you, then your best bet is arriving early. The site opens to visitors at 9:30am all year except from June through August, when it opens at 9:00am.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 9:30 AM-7:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Standard adult; £14.50
  • Will I need a guide?
    Free audio guides are avaliable on site, or to download in advance.
  • How to get there
    By Car: Off the A360 at Airman's Corner. By Bus: The Stonehenge Tour Bus is the public bus departing from Salisbury rail and bus stations.
  • Additional information

    • Last admission is two hours before advertised closing time.

    • Advance booking is now required as entrance to Stonehenge is managed through timed tickets.

What people are saying about Stonehenge

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 9,308 reviews

The trip was super interesting and well-run. Guide was excellent!

This trip was run with high energy, which was what was needed to see all 3 sites. Although it was an 11-hour day, there was a great mix of down time on the bus and activity at the locations. The guide Tom was super-knowledgeable and very likeable, and the driver (Andy?) was great. The technology provided (radio and audio guide) worked flawlessly and enabled perfect communication. Tom did a bi-lingual tour and he was very comfortable in both languages. I would highly recommend this tour and this team.

Excellent, educative, humorous and interesting

Our guide, Rowen, was amazing. She had a unique sense of humor which overrode the gloomy weather. We learned a lot during the tour. She was very friendly and interesting. The children (age 13+) also enjoyed. The driver, Jane, drove very carefully so we felt safe. It was just not clear at the beginning where the exact meeting point was, so we had to phone a representative, which was a bit stressful although we arrived half an hour before time.

The day was a total success, especially the tour guide, Phil & driver.

We enjoyed our tour very much. Each stop was wonderful and pleasant. Between each stop, our tour guide, Phil, offered a breadth and depth of knowledge about the sites we were visiting as well as a plethora of other topics, with a great sense of humor making the long bus trip seem much shorter. Our driver, "Michaelangelo", showed his skill, especially on the narrow roads.

Peter was a spectacular guide! He was very knowledgeable and funny!

This was a great way to get a taste of all three sites. We had about 2 hours at each stop. Peter, our guide, gave us tips as we reached each spot to help us see the most important sites at each stop. Peter also regaled is with important, and some fun, information and London and each stop. It was a lovely day and I would book again!

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Roman Baths Day Trip Reviewed by

Amazing Sacha and beautiful destinations

Sacha made our tour unforgettable and her passion for what she is doing makes you want to come back and experience more places. The destinations were really amazing. Mysterious Stonehenge with, gorgeous Windsor Castle and perfectly built full of hysterically big events inspiring Oxford. If you're in it's a must.

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