stonehenge access tour


These tours sell out very quickly as the demand far outstrips supply of available places – be sure to reserve your place early.
With special access you are allowed right inside Stonehenge, walking among the stones close up and with a maximum of 26 people on the whole site..

Stonehenge private access tours 2013

Stonehenge Close up. Go beyond the fences and enter the inner circle.

Built nearly 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Most visitors to the site are not allowed direct access to the stones.
On this tour you get that access, with a private viewing of the mysterious monoliths. We will enter the stone circle itself and stand beside the mighty Sarsen rocks towering above us. Our guide will explain the history of this ancient site, pointing out the altar, slaughter and heel stones, above which the sun rises dramatically on the summer solstice. There will be time to enjoy the peace, away from the crowds, as we experience Stonehenge at its most mystical and atmospheric best. Not to be missed!

 

 

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Stonehenge – Private Viewing at Sunset and Sunrise 2013
This is a very popular tour and must be booked well in advance!

We can also arrange extra dates for private groups, throughout 2013 – ideal for couples, families and small groups – click here

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Stonehenge is perhaps the most iconic and mysterious of Britain’s many wonders. A large earthen levee surrounding two rings of massive stones located on a vast plain in Wiltshire County, Stonehenge is generally considered a sacred site, but experts differ in their opinions of the site’s original purpose. Although commonly linked to the Druids, Stonehenge was completed long before the first known Druid population arrived in the area. Perhaps it was a burial site for ancient kings or a centre of prehistoric astronomy. Whatever its origin, the mystical Stonehenge draws visitors of all ages and backgrounds

History of Stonehenge

Modern methods date Stonehenge’s earthen levee to approximately 3000 BC, although there is evidence that clearing and preparation of the site might have begun earlier. The inner circle was completed around 2200 BC and the outer circle finished sometime between 1500 and 1200 BC. The stones are arranged on mystical lines known as ley lines, which are said to harness magical energy and are aligned toward the summer solstice. UFO sightings and paranormal activity have been reported around Stonehenge throughout modern history. Until 1978, visitors were permitted to freely wander through the stone circles, leading to vandalism and theft. The popularity of Stonehenge led to a proliferation of highways, parking lots and street vendors. Today, the British government is committed to preserving the site and has undertaken extensive projects to protect the monument and limit the carnival atmosphere.

Daytime Tours

Numerous tour companies offer day trips to Stonehenge from London. These tours generally combine a visit to Stonehenge with a tour of nearby Bath and other local attractions. Daytime tours are an excellent choice for those with limited time. Private, customized tours are available at a higher rate. Ask for tour recommendations at your hotel or at any visitor center in London.

Inside the Circle Tours

Some tour companies, including The Stonehenge Tour Company and Salisbury Guided Tours, have negotiated access to Stonehenge’s inner circle. These tours are pricier than traditional tours and availability is quite limited. Contact the company of your choice as soon as possible to book your tour. Some Inside the Circle tours take place at sunset or sunrise, offering a different view of the monument than that available during the day.

Solstice Tours

If you will be in the area during June, plan to take a solstice tour of Stonehenge. Most Stonehenge tour companies offer a special overnight solstice tour. Visiting on the solstice allows you to view the monument as the ancients intended, with the sun positioned directly over the Heel stone, Slaughter stone and Altar stone. Not all solstice tours provide access inside the circles, so make sure you understand exactly what you are getting.

Touring on Your Own

If you prefer to travel independently, you may visit Stonehenge on your own. English Heritage manages the site and admission is free to members of the National Trust. All others pay a nominal charge. Note that you will not be allowed to enter the circles, but a visitors’ walkway around the site allows you to view it from all angles. Audio guides in 10 languages are included in your admission fee. The walkway is wheelchair accessible.

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Single and Multi-day Trips Exploring London’s Neighboring Cities and Nearby Countries Expand the Olympic Experience Beyond the Games.

As the week started off with record numbers of travelers arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport, the spotlight began to shine even more brightly on the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and, the crowds that would follow through the beginning of September. Viator.com – the leading resource for researching and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries – offers a selection of the best things to do in London, but is also highlighting some ways to take a break from the games and the crowds for both Brits and visitors alike.

Trade Water Polo for Windsor and Hogwarts   Known as the city of spires, Oxford is a delightful day trip from London for exploring historic colleges and relaxing along the riverbank while rowers glide by. Viator’s Best of England Small Group Tour: Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath and Oxford gets travelers out of London for four days with stops at the most famous English landmarks and sights in each city including Christ Church College, or Hogwarts Dining Room to Harry Potter fans. Another famous college town – Cambridge – is only an hour north of London by train and well-explored during Viator’s Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip.

On a Private Viewing of Stonehenge including Bath and Lacock, an expert tour guide will help unlock the secrets of the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Listed monument. For a little history and a little pop culture, the Private Tour: ‘Downton Abbey’ Film Locations Tour led by a private chauffeur and guide visits Highclere Castle (the real-life Downtown Abbey) and the village of Bampton (the real-life Downton village).   Leave Phelps in the Pool for Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon   History buffs will enjoy the three-day Heart of England Tour: North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon and Buxton, where they can trace Shakespeare’s footsteps, explore beautiful castles and enjoy the great outdoors.

A three-day tour to Devon and Cornwall gives travelers a glimpse of King Arthur’s reign with stops at historic ruins such as King Arthur’s Round Table. The small-group Day Trip to Bath, Lacock and Stonehenge highlights some of the most beautiful and historic sites in England, including the history of the Roman Baths. For a glimpse of royalty, the Hampton Court Palace Bike Tour along the River Thames is a great way to experience the home of Henry VIII, now a historic palace museum with wonderful gardens and a famous maze.   Forgo the Fencing for Family Fun

Beatles fans young and old will enjoy hopping onboard the Independent Three-Day Trip to Liverpool, which includes round-trip train travel from London, two-night accommodations in the Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel and admission to the award-winning Beatles Story Experience.

Kids with a passion for trains will enjoy riding the rails on the London to Dublin Rail Trip, the Edinburgh Rail Day Trip or the Paris Rail Day Trip – and mom and dad will enjoy ample time exploring the capital cities of nearby Ireland, Scotland and France. And the entire family will enjoy a traditional English lunch in the Cotswolds, an area seemingly unchanged by the modern world and famous for beautiful villages and rolling hills.

For more things to see and do in London and the surrounding area during the Olympics – or any time of the year – as well as the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news, visit the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Stonehenge has confounded archaeologists and academics alike since its early beginnings

Einstein once declared that ‘the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious’, and this statement is particularly fitting as regards Stonehenge. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986 and retains its intensely spiritual and otherworldly ambience, despite the number of tourists it attracts. If you choose to visit this extraordinary site, ensure you also spend some time delving into the captivating areas that surround Stonehenge. Explore picturesque Windsor and beguiling Bath.

Modern archaeological techniques and a number of recent digs have helped to form new theories about the stones that constitute Stonehenge. However, their definitive use stays as enigmatic as ever; it is suffused with a continuing sense of mystery. Stonehenge stands as an authoritative witness to the once extraordinary civilisations of the Stone and Bronze Ages of around 3,700 BC to 1,600 BC. Similarly, its surrounding areas stand as testament to these mighty cultures.

There is no place on earth quite like Stonehenge. Its brooding, pervasive mysticism, its intense spirituality and its endless aura of mystery all combine to make it an inimitable, idiosyncratic landmark. Take a Stonehenge tour and discover just why it continues to fascinate and perplex people from all over the world.

You may not know that Stonehenge is not the only ancient site in this region. Yet, in fact, a mere 25 miles north of Stonehenge is the impressive Avebury complex, which is a robust contender to be the most grandiose of all the residual prehistoric earthworks in Europe. The Avebury stone circle is actually much greater than that of Stonehenge – but the stones are smaller. A strong benefit that comes of visiting Avebury is that you can in fact touch its stones. Woodhenge, which consists of a circle of wooden posts, is an even more obscure and oft overlooked landmark.

Theories as to the use of Stonehenge range from the eminently believable to the absurd. In the twentieth century, both Fred Hoyle and Gerald Hawkins fascinatingly argued that not only was Stonehenge used as an observatory, but also to calculate future astronomical events such as eclipses. Yet it is probably von Däniken’s theory about Stonehenge that has led to the most furore, conflict and general disputation. Däniken claims that either extraterrestrials, or humans who were aided by extraterrestrials, built Stonehenge. He then goes on to argue that Stonehenge is an exact replica of our solar system, including the asteroid belt.

Why not merge a visit to Stonehenge with visits to its nearby districts, which hold their own captivating and idiosyncratic attractions? A combination Bath and Stonehenge tour from London is one of the most extraordinary tours you can do. Bath is, without a doubt, one of the most absorbing destinations to explore in the UK. An especially great number of visitors assemble to view the extraordinary sunrise at the summer solstice.

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Residents of the Northern Hemisphere are downright giddy this time of year with the official arrival of spring. In honor of longer days, sunshine and the tantalizing prospect of summer on the horizon, Cheapflights.com has chosen its top 10 list of places around the world to see a magnificent sunrise.  Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Stonehenge, England

Equinox devotees will gather every year for the Vernal Equinox. A place of sun worship still, Stonehenge is a mysterious destination that holds deep spiritual value for many travelers. Some researchers suggest the formation was erected as early as 2200 BC, while others argue it was even earlier, in 3000 BC. No matter the date of creation, Stonehenge is a powerful landmark, and well worth the visit for a beautiful—and perhaps magical—sunrise.

Stonehenge Equinox Sunrise

Stonehenge Equinox Sunrise

 

2. Svalbard, Norway

The sun doesn’t set in Svalbard—at least not between mid-April and late August each year. It’s obvious, then, why the sun rising holds an almost magical appeal for visitors. Situated north of the Arctic Circle, the northernmost inhabited spot on the planet features the midnight sun, a phenomenon where the sun stays continuously in the sky for 24 hours a day. Glaciers and mountains clutter Svalbard’s horizon, painting a landscape that merely enhances the event.

3. Angkor Wat Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat any time of day is powerful, but arriving early enough to watch the sunrise offers visitors an even greater spectacle. The preserved temple attracts travelers to Cambodia from around the world, providing them architectural insight into Khmer and Hindu mythology and history. We advise that visitors dedicate more than a day to exploring the sacred grounds (and that one of those days begins before dawn).

4. Fiji

Smack dab on the 180-degree longitude line, Fiji is one of the first spots in the world to see the sun rise every day. The South Pacific destination, a favorite among lovers of turquoise seas and white-sand beaches (and who isn’t), offers unrivaled scenery and inspirational landscapes. Itinerary tip: Follow an intoxicating sunrise up with a morning exploration; the “soft coral capital of the world” offers some of the best scuba diving in the world.

5. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is on practically every adventure traveler’s to-do list. With the enormous undertaking comes a chance to see one of the most enchanting sunrises in the world. From Kili’s summit—19,341 feet above sea level—dedicated souls can reflect on their ascent, a massive accomplishment, while soaking up an unparalleled sight to see.

6. Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, USA

Boarding a bus in the wee hours of morning is a pain, particularly on vacation when the greatest indulgence is sleeping in. But the alarm-clock acknowledgement is worth it if the payoff is watching a sunrise from above the clouds, on the top of a volcano. Various van tours offer the trip through Haleakala National Park in Maui, picking visitors up at 3 a.m. and dropping them off to see the event from the summit. Should you want to (and we highly recommend it), you can bike the 28 miles down the mountain, back to sea level.

7. Tres Cruces, Peru

A six-hour bus ride from Cuzco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, Tres Cruces is undeniably worth the long trek. The Incas held the mountain spot, situated on the Amazon basin, sacred. Nowadays, it’s visitors looking to experience a mind-blowing sunrise who sanctify the destination. The view famously boasts celestial hues and Polaroid moments from above the clouds.

8. Tulum, Mexico

The coastal oasis of Tulum draws spiritual travelers and yoga-types year-round to soak up exquisite culture, history and scenery all in a single spot. The destination’s think-green mentality and efforts toward sustainability set the tone for a raw form of vacationing, where visitors are up with the sun (and often in bed shortly after the sun goes down). No need to set an alarm in Tulum, where sun worshipers gather at the shoreline daily to watch the sunrise.

9. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

The most impressive sunrises in the continental United States occur every day across the Grand Canyon. Cool purples melt into shades bronze and orange against the awe-inspiring scenery, arguably America’s greatest natural wonder. There isn’t a best place to see the sunrise in the Grand Canyon, but Maricopa, Hopi, and Mather points, and along the South Rim are recommended highly by in-the-know travelers.

10. Mount Sinai, Egypt

First a history refresher: Jews, Christians and Muslims alike believe that Moses received the 10 Commandments at the biblical Mount Sinai, as mentioned in the Torah, Bible and Koran. Still an important religious destination, Mount Sinai today draws believers who scale the route by foot for religious purposes, and for the chance to see one of the most inspiring sunrises in the world.

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Stonehenge is one of the most mystifying and fascinating attractions you are likely to unearth in your lifetime. Solstice, or Litha is defined as a stopping or standing still of the sun. It is the longest day of the year and the time when the sun is at its highest elevation. This date has held sacred import for thousands of years as humans have unfailingly been astounded by the immense life-giving force of the sun.

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Sunrise

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Sunrise

The Celts commemorated it with bonfires that supplemented the sun’s energy, Christians celebrated the feast of St John the Baptist towards the end of June and the Chinese commemorated the Summer Solstice with the festival of Li, the Goddess of light. Celebrators characteristically congregate at Stonehenge, the archaic stone circle in Wiltshire, to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, positioned outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.

Intriguingly, Summer Solstice revelers used to number, incredibly enough, in the region of 70,000. In 1985 they conflicted with up to 500 police in the notorious ‘Battle of the Beanfield’. For many the wish to get to Stonehenge in time for the Solstice is analogous to a sacred experience. Take a Stonehenge tour and savour the most powerfully spiritual experience you are very likely to have.

Stonehenge was deemed a World Heritage Site in 1986 and still maintains its deeply sacred and unearthly feel, in spite of the great number of tourists who visit. If you decide to visit this remarkable site during the Summer Solstice, you are making an altogether very wise decision. However, you should also make certain you also spend some time exploring into the enchanting regions that are in close proximity to Stonehenge.
Indeed, if it is spirituality you are looking for, do not limit your tour to the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge. Stonehenge is not the only antique landmark in this area. Indeed, just 25 miles north of Stonehenge is the striking Avebury complex, which is a vigorous competitor to be the most impressive of all the remaining antediluvian earthworks in Europe. The Avebury stone circle is truly much better than that of Stonehenge – but the stones are slighter. Upon visiting Avebury, you can touch its stones, which you are not able to do at Stonehenge.

Windsor Castle is certainly well worth visiting. Indeed, it is not for naught that Samuel Pepys avowed the Castle to be ‘the most romantic castle that is in the world’. That was in 1666 – however, it is a true today as it ever was. In 43 AD the Romans began the creation of ‘Aquae Sulis’, the Roman Baths, as a refuge affording tranquillity and relaxation, distinct from other Roman defensive town settlements.
Take a Stonehenge and Windsor tour for an especially captivating experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

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Get Up Close To The Stones At Stonehenge Like Few Visitors Do

Stonehenge Sunset

Stonehenge Sunset Tour

Built nearly 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge is the most popular prehistoric monument in the world. Most visitors to the site are not allowed direct access to the stones.

On this tour you get that access, with a private viewing of the mysterious monoliths. We will enter the stone circle itself and stand beside the mighty Sarsen rocks towering above us.
Our guide will explain the history of this ancient site, pointing out the altar, slaughter and heel stones, above which the sun rises dramatically on the summer solstice. There will be time to enjoy the peace, away from the crowds, as we experience Stonehenge at its most mystical and atmospheric best. Not to be missed!

With special access you are allowed right inside Stonehenge, walking among the stones close up and with a maximum of 26 people on the whole site.

After collection from London in the morning we drive to Bath to visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room. In the late afternoon we visit Lacock for an early evening supper in a 13th century inn, before driving to Stonehenge.

As the sun begins to set, we enter the stone circle (which is normally roped off to the public) for a unique private viewing. The most dramatic and atmospheric way of visiting Stonehenge.

On selected days the tour operates in reverse, beginning with a private viewing of Stonehenge before it opens to the public in the morning, so we see the stones in the eerie morning light. This is followed by our visits to Lacock and Bath.

These tours sell out very quickly as the demand far outstrips supply of available places – be sure to reserve your place early.

The tour twins your special visit to Stonehenge with Bath and Lacock.

Lacock

Lacock is a very picturesque village dating back to the Saxon era. So pretty is the village that it has provided the setting for many movies and television dramas including Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice and more recently Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Take a walk before enjoying an early evening supper* (breakfast for morning tours*) in The George, a vintage English pub built in 1361. (*food/drink not included).

Bath

Bath, a world heritage site, is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. There will be plenty of time to visit Bath Abbey, or to shop and explore. Your guide will also conduct an optional walking tour to show you where Charles Dickens lived and worked as a young man, and a give you a chance to sample some delicious cheeses fresh from the local dairy farms. Then we will enter the magnificent Roman Baths, where over one million litres of boiling water still burst free from the hot springs everyday.

Stonehenge Special Access Tours Dates 2012

MORNING Dates

January 2012
13,20,23,30

February 2012
3,13,17

March 2012
2,5,12,16

April 2012
5,9,12,19,23,26

May 2012
3,10,14,17,24,28,31

June 2012
4,7,11,14

July 2012
5,16,19,23,26

August 2012
2,9,13,16,23,27,30

September 2012
2,9,13,16,23,27,30

EVENING Dates

April 2012
1,4,8,15,18,22,29

May 2012
6,9,13,23,27

June 2012
3,6,10,13

July 2012
1,4,8,22,25,29

August 2012
5,8,12,19,22,26

September 2012
2,9,16

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