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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 9,434 reviews

It was great trip, very well managed - timing was carefully balanced, so you will havs just enough time to enjoy everything. Stonehenge is a must. Windsor is breathtaking. Oxford was fine as well, not that interesting though. Our guide, Vaughn, was amazing - very well prepared, proving us with interesting information in a funny way, leading the whole trip smoothly. Greetings to the driver Tony for providing us safe and comfortable drive. Overall, I strongly recommend.

Obviously because of the Covid-19 we arrived and told you had to pre-book which I found extreme frustrating having travelled many miles to visit Stonehenge. Fortunately we had decided to visit early on our holiday and were able to book online that night for the following day. It is some 40 years since I last went to Stonehenge and how has it changed. Now there is a wealth of information with guides who are only to happy to answer any questions.

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Absolutely enjoyed the walk on a beautiful September day, to the stones from the centre. People were eating picnics and having fun by the stones. Very joyful lots of energy at the stones. After got the bus back to the restaurant and had a nice cool drink. Lovely day out.

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Excellent experience, seeing it in pictures and on TV cannot provide the awesome feeling when actually there. Shame you cannot actually touch the stones though. Quite a walk from the entrance to the actual stones but buses are provided.

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Obviously it is now out of season, but there was loads of parking. One had the chance to walk to the site, but there were frequent bases laid on as part of the entry ticket. Beautiful area. Loads of explanation and museum very good.

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