On 21st December, hundreds of visitors from all over the world with gather at Stonehenge to mark the Winter Solstice, watching the sun rise over the world-famous stones.

21 December 2013Winter Solstice at StonehengeAt dawn, the central Altar stone aligns with the Slaughter stone, Heel stone and the rising sun to the northeast, creating one of the most spectacular sights of the year. The event marks the point at which the majority of wine and beer was ready to drink and the cattle was soon to be harvested; becoming a huge celebration.

And today is no different. Attracting locals, families, tourists and party goers, the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge has become one of the year’s most popular events. But this particular tour has been granted private access by the English Heritage, meaning visitors will get the chance to experience the stones before the masses arrive.

Leaving London at the crack of dawn, the tour arrives with time to spend two hours inside the circle before the area is closed off to the public, and witness the sun rising, along with the traditional Druid ceremonies and festivities the Winter Solstice brings.

Where: Amesbury

Venue: Stonehenge

Address: Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE

How much: £99 per adult, £89 per child aged 3-16 years

Opening times: Coach will leave London around 5am

For more information on Stonehenge Winter Solstice Tour, go to: www.Stonehengetours.com (Operated by Solstice Events UK)

Looking for more fun things to do this December? Check out our guide to what’s on, from festive afternoon teas to the best Christmas things to do in London… 

Article source: http://www.redonline.co.uk/travel/what-s-on/stonehenge-winter-solstice-2013 (Hannah Dunn,)

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