Stonehedge is a world-famous prehistoric monument built as a ceremonial centre! Uncover the unique story of the iconic huge stones that are part of the English Heritage
. Beginning 5000 years ago
, the megalithic monument was then remodelled several times in the following 1500 years. Uncover the incredible story of one of the world’s most famous places. This must-see monument is a powerful testament to human ingenuity, imagination and creativity, and a visit today offers something for everyone to enjoy.
The massive stone lintels are mortice-and-tenoned to the upright stones and are curved to follow a circle. Some of the stones weigh over 50 tons each, with some brought from the Preseli Mountains in Wales! When you're here, you can walk through the historic Neolithic houses of the Neolithic people who lived there 4,000 years ago. The reason for these archaeological landscapes is unknown. The earthen monuments don't seem to have a purpose, although according to geophysical surveys the outer circle of sarsen stones are said to have been carefully aligned with the sun's movements. And are placed in the place of the summer solstice and winter solstice. Not much known is about Stonehenge, but some say it could have been used as a ceremonial landscape and pig bones have been found here.
Stonehenge now also boasts a fantastic new Stonehenge Visitor Centre and exhibition space, which includes a 360-degree virtual experience. Plus over 250 objects of international importance will be on display, and the reconstructed face of an Early Neolithic man is a highlight. Learn the history of the British monument from 2500 BC, throughout the 17th century, 18th century and beyond. Explore why Stonehenge was reconstructed and discover the timber structures that were also built. The immediate surroundings of the stones are also undergoing dramatic improvement so it's more worth a visit with kids than ever. Please also note the recent changes regarding timed bookings.
Things to Do
Visiting this English Heritage site is more than just seeing the incredible Stonehenge. You can also explore the Stonehenge exhibits, and tour the history and landscape of the area with an after-hours Stonehenge experience. Where you can see the prehistoric stone circle, sarsen stone, the Altar stone, burial sites and more, closer than most!
With plenty for the whole family to discover, book your ticket now for the best price and get ready for an unmissable day out at this iconic site.
- Come face to face with a 5,000-year-old man in the exhibition
- Step into a Neolithic village and find out if you have what it takes to move mighty Sarsen stones
- Get up close to the iconic Stone Circle and take the perfect picture