Start or finish your special day with an exclusive trip to Stonehenge with a private inner circle tour. One of the wonders of the world and steeped in mystery, this ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is classed as a World Heritage Site and thought to be a place of healing, as well as an astronomical clock and a religious site.

This is a unique and private opportunity to visit the landmark and walk among the stones either during sunset or sunrise.

Demand for our Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply. Do not expect to get tickets without booking well in advance. Register your interest with us now and our booking team will send you various options and live availability.

Our customised private Stonehenge tours continue to get 5 STAR reports on Trip Advisor and other quality review sites. Please take the time to view our customer feedback throughout our 25 years of trading. Excellence as standard.

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We specialise in arranging customised Stonehenge special access tours to suit your requirements. Our door to door friendly service will take you wherever you want to go…….at the time and pace to suit you. Our personalised service gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility without the worry of driving so you can all relax and enjoy the day. Click here for private tours

To help you get the most from your Inner Circle experience, your Stonehenge tour guide will accompany you during private access to give you all the interesting stories surrounding Stonehenge.

Our new Stonehenge Tour portal offers over 100 exclusive Stonehenge tours

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  • Researchers argues that the design of Stonehenge was one big solar calendar 
  • The entire site was the physical representation of one month, lasting 30 days
  • One theory is Stonehenge served as an ancient calendar, although others exist

Research showed the stones were added about 2500BC and remained in the same formation, indicating they worked as a single unit such as a calendar. Join us on a Stonehenge tour and hear all the latest theories

It had long been thought that the famous site of Stonehenge served as an ancient calendar, given its alignment with the solstices. Now, research has identified how it may have worked

Professor Timothy Darvill said the Wiltshire stone circle’s layout served as a physical representation of the year.

He said the research indicated “the site was a calendar based on a tropical solar year of 365.25 days”.

Although the origins of the site remain a mystery, in a paper published in the journal Antiquity, Prof Darvill deduced that the stones are displayed to represent a solar year of 365.25 days and were once used to help people keep track of time.

His analysis also includes new finds about the site’s history, along with analysis of other ancient calendar systems.

The prehistorian, who works at Bournemouth University, said that “the clear solstitial alignment of Stonehenge has prompted people to suggest that the site included some kind of calendar since the antiquarian William Stukeley.

“Now, discoveries brought the issue into sharper focus and indicate the site was a calendar based on a tropical solar year of 365.25 days.”

The significance of the layout is highlighted during the Winter and Summer solstices, when the sun is framed by the same stones every time.

The solstitial alignment helps to calibrate the calendar and any errors would be easily detectable as the sun would be in the wrong place during the biannual event.

Professor Darvill said: “The proposed calendar works in a very straightforward way. Each of the 30 stones in the sarsen circle represents a day within a month, itself divided into three weeks each of 10 days.”

The solar calendar was developed in eastern Mediterranean countries after 3000BC and adopted in Egypt as the Civil Calendar around 2700BC. It was widely used around 2600BC, at the start of the Old Kingdom.

This information raises the possibility that the calendar that Stonehenge tracks may be influenced by other cultures. SOURCE

Relevant Stonehenge News Links:
Stonehenge was a solar calendar, according to research – BBC
Stonehenge may have been a giant calendar and now we know how it works – New Scientist
Stonehenge mystery solved as a solar calendar – with links to ancient Egypt – Evening Standard
Stonehenge mystery unravelled as scientists detail key use ‘Very straightforward’ – The Express
Stonehenge may have served as an ancient solar CALENDAR, helping people track the 365 days of the year, study claims – Daily Mail
Visit Stonehenge with the megalithic experts and hear all the latest theories – Stonehenge Guided Tours

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British Museum unveils treasures at centre of new exhibition on Neolithic period

The forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum will celebrate the iconic megalithic monument Stonehenge in what the institution promises to be a “landmark show.” It can’t include Stonehenge, of course, but our private guided Stonehenge tours can depart from the museum and take you directly to the monument itself.

The World of Stonehenge is at the British Museum, London, from 17th February to 17th July 2022 and will surprisingly be the first time ever that the legendary site has served as the subject of a major event at the massive and prestigious museum. In keeping with that momentous occasion, curators putting the exhibition together have reportedly amassed a staggering array of artifacts, including approximately 250 pieces that have been loaned to the event from institutions throughout Europe and the UK.

A key part of the collection, this 4,000-year-old Bronze Age timber structure has been nicknamed the Stonehenge of the Sea after it re-emerged on a Norfolk beach in 1998. It consists of a large upturned tree stump surrounded by 54 wooden posts. The oak posts, some up to 3m tall and form a 6.6m-diameter circle around the upturned oak, creating a giant tree-like spectacle. A narrow entranceway was built aligning to the rising midsummer sun and it is speculated the monument was used for ritual purposes.

The aim is to set the stone monument – built 4,500 years ago, and one of the most recognisable sights in Europe – into the context of an era during which there was huge social and technological change.

This is a fiercely emotional exhibition, full of love for the people of the distant past. It even wants us to learn from them. The early agriculturalists who built the henges were communal, sharing feasts at a camp called Durrington Walls near Stonehenge. There are even remains from a party when early farmers and the last hunter-gatherers ate together, the hunters cooking venison they caught, the farmers serving beef from their herd. Many of our guided tours include Durrington Walls and Woodhenge as part of the package.

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Smartphones have made it easy to book a Stonehenge tour with a quick click using digital tools or an app but there are many reasons to consider booking directly with the actual operator instead. Not only do we offer an incredible pool of advice you can trust, we can also get you the best value tour deals every time.

Booking directly with the tour operator might seem outdated to some but with the pace of life and your busy schedules it is actually a time saving, safe way to book your tours – you just might need a little patience while we go off to find you the best possible Stonehenge tour deal. After all why should you pay more and why we must we absorb a huge commission fee booking via an online automated travel app. Sit back, relax and let us humans do the hard work.

Most importantly, if anything goes wrong, we can step in and offer a solution. If that hasn’t convinced you, here are 10 reasons to book with the Stonehenge Tour Company

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Stonehenge Tours have been operating since 1995.  We are the original and still the best company to offer tours of the Stonehenge Stone Circle. We are based in nearby London and Salisbury conveniently close to the monument, making us ideally situated to assist with tours from far and wide for those who want an authentic Stonehenge experience.  This can range from an individual on a budget tour to a VIP on an exclusive and bespoke customised tour. We have operation centres in London, Bath, Salisbury and Southampton which means we can offer tours and transfers throughout the South-West of England.‍

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We no longer work with travel apps like Viator, TripAdvisor, ToursbyLocals, GetaGuide etc etc etc, as we are confident that close, direct contact with our customers is far more efficient and enables our prices to be more competitive.  It also protects customers from some of the ‘scams’ being offered on sites where operators are not approved, licensed or legal – you have been warned!   We have a customer-based operation which offers a full care package before, during and also after your tour. We are delighted to announce that 95% of our customers highly recommend us with over 50% repeat business.

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We are the only UK tour operator to focus exclusively on Stonehenge.  We do not sell Theatre tickets, Hotels, Eurostar, Flights, etc. We live, breathe and sleep Stonehenge. We know the market and we listen to what you want and will be able to match you with a better tour than you can find on the internet. Our team of local human experts are keen to share their extensive knowledge of Stonehenge and unrivalled transport solutions.

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Search for ‘Stonehenge Tours’ or ‘Stonehenge VIP access tours’ (or wherever you fancy in London or Britain) online and you’ll find hundreds of results to trawl through. Even if you ask friends and family for advice and spend hours reading online reviews, there’s still a huge amount of planning and research needed before you even think of clicking ‘book’. One of the main reasons to book direct with us is our in-depth knowledge of Stonehenge, London, Bath, Salisbury, Cruise Ships ports. We will SAVE you an enormous amount of precious time. You don’t need to do your travel homework for a successful tour. We already have it done for you!

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We will save you money based on our tour supplier relationships — or at least match the price you find — while saving you time and effort. There are also hidden savings built into pur trips. Sometimes a package that you book online yourself won’t include those, making the experience appear cheaper. There are a lot of value-adds that tourists don’t even know about that can be added by a local British tour operator. Ever wonder why the couple on a Stonehenge tour got VIP inner circle access with a bottle of champagne and you had to view the monument from the fence with a cold coffee? They probably used us!

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We have a reputable and strong working relationship with all leading Stonehenge operators and have direct access to their timetables at discount prices.  If we are unable to help with one of our many scheduled guided tours or arrange a private customised tour then we can assist with booking with one of our preferred travel partners at the best possible price. Stonehenge Tours only partners with leading British tour operators that have been tried, tested, and recommended by experts, offer their customers financial protection and the highest standards of customer service and satisfaction.

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Our operations team are some of the most well-rounded, funny, personable, and knowledgeable people you’ll meet. They come from more backgrounds than you can even count — they have been archaeologists, hotel owners, attraction managers, tour guides, bus drivers, story tellers, professors and old hippies. We all have one thing in common: We are passionate about sharing Stonehenge and the South-West of England with you with you. Take advantage of our services.

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Start or finish your special day with an exclusive trip to Stonehenge with a private inner circle tour. One of the wonders of the world and steeped in mystery, this ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is classed as a World Heritage Site and thought to be a place of healing, as well as an astronomical clock and a religious site.

This is a unique and private opportunity to visit the landmark and walk among the stones either during sunset or sunrise.

Demand for our Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply. Do not expect to get tickets without booking well in advance. Register your interest with us now and our booking team will send you various options and live availability.

Our customised private Stonehenge tours continue to get 5 STAR reports on Trip Advisor and other quality review sites. Please take the time to view our customer feedback throughout our 25 years of trading. Excellence as standard.

2022 Private Group Custom Tours.  Up close and personal
We specialise in arranging customised Stonehenge special access tours to suit your requirements. Our door to door friendly service will take you wherever you want to go…….at the time and pace to suit you. Our personalised service gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility without the worry of driving so you can all relax and enjoy the day. Click here for private tours

To help you get the most from your Inner Circle experience, your Stonehenge tour guide will accompany you during private access to give you all the interesting stories surrounding Stonehenge.

Our new Stonehenge Tour portal offers over 100 exclusive Stonehenge tours

Email the Stonehenge experts.  A deposit will secure your tour.

View our Twitter / Instagram and YouTube channel for recent Stonehenge inner circle photos and videos.

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The December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and this year it falls on 22nd December

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In ancient Pagan traditions, the winter solstice was a time to honor the cycles of life and death and celebrate the sun’s rebirth as the days would slowly begin to lengthen in the months leading into spring. Many modern practitioners of Pagan and earth-centered spiritual traditions observe the holiday, and at Stonehenge, the celebration is particularly special.

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There is no access to the inner circle at Stonehenge on  between the 18th and 27th December inclusive because of the winter solstice. There is, however, open access on the morning of the 22nd December to watch the winter solstice sunrise which happens about 8.09am.  We are are offering our usual exclusive guided Winter Solstice tour that departs from London or Bath, pleae visit our Stonehenge Tour website for full details.

THE winter solstice: the shortest day and longest night of the year.

So what is so important about this date? What about it possesses people to dress in unicorn masks and visit Stonehenge?

Here, we take a look at just what the winter solstice is – and why a day with so little sunlight is worth celebrating.

What is the Winter Solstice?

The winter solstice is a phenomenon that marks the shortest day of the year. Often referred to as the official beginning of winter, the solstice generally only occurs for a moment.

The true solstice occurs when the Earth is tilted the furthest away from the Sun on its axis. Despite it only lasting a moment, the full day is recognised.

When is the Winter Solstice?

The winter solstice generally falls between December 20th and 23rd.  This means, for the UK, the sun will rise at 8.04am and set at 3.54pm – meaning we will have just 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight. In 2021, it will fall on Wednesday, December 22nd.

winter solstice also occurs in the Southern Hemisphere, with the day occurring in late June.

How is it celebrated?

The day is one that is celebrated by pagans and druids, with rituals of rebirth performed throughout history on the day.

One of the biggest celebrations in the UK occurs at Stonehenge with crowds gathering to watch the sunrise on the morning of the winter solstice.

The crowds of devotees, often dressed for the occasion, regularly gather at the historic site.  It is just one of the many pagan festivals, which include midwinter, midsummer and inbolc – the day that traditionally marks the start of spring.

The importance placed on the day comes from how people were previously so ecoenomically dependent on the seasons with straveation common in the first months of winter.

Will the days start to get longer?

After the solstice, the days will start to get longer.  The process is gradual, with minutes added everyday.

Join us on a Stonehenge guided tour from London or Bath and join the Pagan celebrations at sunrise on the Winter Solstice. This is a popular tour and shoule be booked in advance:
Stonehenge Winter Solstice Tour

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RESEARCHERS have made the breakthrough discovery that engraved chalk plaques at Stonehenge depict real objects and not only abstract patterns, as was previously thought.

  • The four chalk plaques were found in Stonehenge’s vicinity between1968–2017
  • Experts have said they are among the ‘most spectacular’ British engraved chalks
  • The surface of the plaques was mapped by Wessex Archaeology researchers
  • One of the plaquescontains a representation of a twisted cord, from real life

Engraved chalk plaques from the Late Neolithic found in the Stonehenge area depict real objects — not only abstract patterns, as previously thought — a study has found.

Considered among the most spectacular examples of Prehistoric British engraved chalk, the four plaques were found within three miles of each other from 1968–2017.

Two of the stones, for example, were recovered from the so-called ‘Chalk Plaque Pit’ as a product of the construction work to widen the A303 back in 1968.

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  • Scientistsanalysed a sample from one of the standing stones taken in the 1950s
  • The sample is made up of sand-sized quartz grains cemented tightly together

Stonehenge may have lasted so long because of the unique geochemical composition of the standing stones, a new study suggests.  

Geochemical analysis shows Stonehenge may have survived so long due to sand-sized quartz grains that are cemented tightly together by an interlocking mosaic of crystals

An international team of scientists analysedwafer-thin slices of a core sample from one of the great sandstone slabs, known as sarsens, under a microscope.

The 3.5-foot-long sample, called Philip’s Core, was extracted more than 60 years ago and only returned to Britain two years ago after being kept souvenir in the US for decades.

In 1958, Robert Phillips, a representative of the drilling company helping to restore Stonehenge, took the cylindrical core after it was drilled from one of Stonehenge’s…

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Register and Book your 2022 Sunset or Sunrise Tours in advance. We have over 25 years of insider Stonehenge knowledge. We live, breathe and sleep Stonehenge.

Start or finish your special day with an exclusive trip to Stonehenge with a private inner circle tour. One of the wonders of the world and steeped in mystery, this ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. It is classed as a World Heritage Site and thought to be a place of healing, as well as an astronomical clock and a religious site. We are holding a waiting list of those wanting access tours in 2022. Dates will be available from around September 2021, however private guided tours can be booked now.

This is a unique and private opportunity to visit the landmark and walk among the stones either during sunset or sunrise.

Demand for our Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply, some 2022 dates are now published but many are often sold out months in advance. Do not expect to get tickets without ordering well in advance. Register your interest with us now and our booking experts will send you exclusive dates sent in advance before official publication. Also includes our ‘early bird’ booking offer.

Our customised private Stonehenge tours continue to get 5 STAR reports on Trip Advisor and other quality review sites. Please take the time to view our customer feedback throughout our 25 years of trading. Excellence as standard.

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We specialise in arranging customised Stonehenge special access tours to suit your requirements. Our door to door friendly service will take you wherever you want to go…….at the time and pace to suit you. Our personalised service gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility without the worry of driving so you can all relax and enjoy the day. Click here for private tours

To help you get the most from your Inner Circle experience, your Stonehenge tour guide will accompany you during private access to give you all the interesting stories surrounding Stonehenge.

Our new Stonehenge Tour portal offers over 100 exclusive Stonehenge tours

Email the Stonehenge experts.  A deposit will secure your tour.

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An unforgettable opportunity to spend time inside the tranquil circle of Stonehenge. Stone Circle Experience at Stonehenge takes you up close to this world-famous monument.

Before 1978 you were free to walk around inside the stone circle at Stonehenge once you’d paid your admission fee. The lack of any guards overnight meant people also hopped the fence once the site had closed.

Stonehenge at dawn.  A special access ‘inner circle’ visit .

Finally, in response to the over 800,000 annual visitors, access was restricted. An article entitled “Heritage Under Siege” in New Scientist (Sept 27th, 1979) reports the Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings as saying:

“The whole problem of Stonehenge is numbers … all through the year. What menaces Stonehenge are the millions of feet (and hands) of the ordinary visitors.”

… and continues:

“An archaeologist calculated that if each visitor walked around the central area just twice during his or her visit, the effect would be the same as having one man standing on each square foot inside the ring and jumping up and down on that spot 62 times every day throughout the year.”

After March 1978, everyone was banned from inside the circle – including archaeologists and other researchers, much to their annoyance. Department of the Environment officials said that the plans to allow out-of-hours access to “those with a special interest” had to be abandoned because the custodians were unwilling to work overtime. And so it remained for a long time.

Eventually things changed and these days it’s possible to book to go inside the stone circle on what is called a “Stone Circle Access” or “Special Access” visit. These are one-hour long slots before and after the monument is open to the public during the day, and a maximum of 30 people are allowed inside at a time.

You can book as an individual, or via Stonehenge Guided Tours who will provide a well-informed tour guide to show you some of the hidden features that you might otherwise miss. Many of their tours are at sunrise or sunset.

Stonehenge VIP Access. Walk amongst the ancient stones at dawn or dusk.
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Once inside, if the light’s right you can pick out some of the hundreds of examples of carved initials and names on the stones. One of them might even be that of Christopher Wren – a local lad who made good and went on to design the new St. Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire of London in 1666.

One thing that a lot of people fail to notice is the sound of the place – there’s a definite sense of entering into an enclosed, peaceful space a soon as you come in through the primary entrance beneath the central lintel of the three on the northeast side of the circle.

It’s only when you’re up really close to the monument that the epic scale of the stones really strikes you – the tallest one is over 7m from grass to top, and there’s a further 2.5m in the ground. Weighing in at over 40 tons it’s a beautifully shaped monolith that was part of the tallest trilithon on the site. Sadly its partner upright fell and broke long ago, leaving the lintel they both supported lying on its side in the southwest part of the central area.

The bluestones, though much smaller than the sarsens, are still impressive rocks – the tallest one stands leaning in front of the highest sarsen stone and has a wide groove worked all the way down one edge. No-one knows why.

There are a few rules – no standing on the stones, no touching them, no smoking – but apart from that you’re free to wander around and properly appreciate both the enormity of the large sarsen blocks, the elegance of the bluestone pillars and the ingenuity of the builders who created the monument over 4,500 years ago.

If you have the chance, by far the best way to see Stonehenge is through a Stone Circle Access visit.  

Stonehenge Guided Tours pioneered these Stonehenge access tours and offer frequent scheduled coach tours at sunrise and sunset. They also arrange private custom inner circle tours with expert Stonehenge tour guides.

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