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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Stonehenge: Our 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 to visit
    9:30am-19:00. June - August opens at 9:00am.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • 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

Great excursion trip out in the country.

Our guide and driver were very well organised. The guide was very knowledgeable about our tour destinations and made sure to let us know to pick up a lunch to eat on the ride between Windsor Castle and Bath. highly recommend, would do another tour with this company.
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath Day Trip Reviewed by Peter, 10/14/2016

Amazing, awesome, beautiful and interesting

So enjoyed seeing Stonehenge in person. Great not having to wait in long lines to buy tickets and a discounted price too. Highly recommend this.
Stonehenge Admission Ticket Reviewed by Katherine, 10/14/2016

very good tour. Our guide, Maria, was excellent

Very good tour. Guide was excellent. Of the 11 hours two-thirds was spent driving due to the distances. Would have preferred more time at the sites.

You need to develop a Bar Code system for your ticketing.

As suggested we did not preprint our ticket and downloaded your app instead. The app does not provide scannable document and your ticket provider had a terrible, time consuming problem providing us with tickets and also an internal receipt for your system. if airlines can scan iphone tickets you can upgrade your system to accommodate one million visitors a year.
Stonehenge Admission Ticket Reviewed by Norm, 09/14/2016

Stonehenge and Bath is a great place to visit.

Very good trip to Stonehenge and Bath. Our tour guide Yasmine was very helpful, organised and gave us useful information. We had plenty of time to go explore each location, and the drive there and back was comfortable. Thank you highly recommend for future trips!

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