How to Get There
Getting there by car – From London take the M3 and A303 to Amesbury. At the A303 Countess roundabout go south to visit Amesbury for food/accommodation, north to visit Woodhenge and Durrington Walls, or continue west to reach Stonehenge at the centre of the UNESCO site. A mile past the roundabout you can see Stonehenge from Kings Barrow Ridge, and take the next right to access the car park. From Salisbury and the South, take the A345 through Amesbury to Countess roundabout, and from the north just follow the A345 south. Stonehenge and Woodhenge are well signposted from Amesbury.
By train – The nearest practical stations are Andover and Salisbury which can be reached from London Waterloo on a direct service. From here you can catch a bus (below), or if there are several in a group (or you are traveling with luggage), the easiest thing to do is hire a taxi at the train station. The current going rate for a roundtrip with an hour stop at Stonehenge is £35.00. An hour is more than enough time in which to visit Stonehenge.
By bus – There are no longer any public buses running to Stonehenge. There is a direct bus, with an oral tour, known as The Stonehenge Tour. Prices are from £11 for an adult/student and up, depending on whether you want a more expansive tour of the area or not. Tickets will soon be available to purchase online.
If there are three or more in your group, negotiate with the taxi drivers and you will get it for about the same price per person and leave your luggage in the cab. If there are four or more of you, a cab is cheaper. If there are other people waiting in line, why not suggest sharing a cab? Alternatively, people can get off at Amesbury bus station on other routes and either take a taxi to the stones or walk into the Stonehenge Landscape.
By tour – Several tours take in Stonehenge when travelling from one destination to the other. Most start from London and visit Stonehenge on their way to Salisbury or Bath. It’s worth noting that these tours usually allow 30 minutes only at Stonehenge, which gives you time to see only the Stones and not time to appreciate the surrounding area. For tours starting from London, the price starts from around £65 for adult, including entry fee and pick-up service in your London hotel.
To visit Stonehenge from Salisbury the Stonehenge Tour is great value for money. Tickets range from £11 for tour only, and £22 for the tour and entry to Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral. The double-decker tour bus picks up at Salisbury train station (outside the station and to the left), Salisbury centre, and Amesbury. The ticket is valid all day long and has stops at Stonehenge and Old Sarum. It runs between every 30 minutes and every hour, depending on time of day and year. Tickets can be purchased online, or from the driver.
If there are three of you, negotiate with a taxi driver, and you will pay only marginally more and they will store your luggage while at Stonehenge. If there are 4 or 5 of you, a taxi is much cheaper.
The stones themselves are next to the main car park on the A344 but for those wishing to explore, the local landscape is best enjoyed on foot or by bicycle. Several bridleways and footpaths crisscross the area, and the National Trust allows access to a large amount of its land that is being reverted to chalk grassland.
Walking – The National Trust has opened some 260 hectares of its land to walkers so that they can access some of the monuments around the area. Several recommended walking tours are available on their website, and dogs are welcome as long as they are kept under control. Visitors have the option of parking at Stonehenge, Woodhenge, or Amesbury, and touring some of the ancient monuments from there. Care should be taken around the A303.
Bicycle – Several quiet back roads and bridleways make access to the monuments quite easy, and for the hardy cyclist, Stonehenge can be combined with a larger tour around Amesbury and the Woodford Valley on the way to Salisbury. It is not advisable to cycle on the A303, but it can be avoided for most of its route anyway.
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