stonehenge special access


 Explore the renowned World Heritage Site and discover for yourself why Stonehenge has provoked such immense debate. You could never grow tired of trying to clarify its countless uncertainties. A Stonehenge special access tour makes for an especially exquisite tour experience. Or maybe go for a Stonehenge tour, for example, a Stonehenge morning tour, and marvel at this overwhelming landmark.

Mentions of Stonehenge come up again and again in the writings of great scholars, dating right back to the Middle Ages. Roman artefacts and coins have been unearthed there, and, more alarmingly, in 1923 Saxon remains of a headless man were discovered at Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is, well and truly, a compelling nominee for the title of the most legendary landmark on the planet: it cannot be compared to any other. It does not fail to equally fascinate and charm visitors from all over the planet.

Three extremely absorbing theories about imperious Stonehenge are:

The Legend of Merlin
The legend goes that Merlin moved the stones to Salisbury Plain from Ireland after the Saxon leader, Hengest, had treacherously slain 300 British noblemen. Aurelius Ambrosius, the high king, wanted to create an apposite commemorative landmark for the massacred men. Merlin suggested that the Giant’s Ring stone circle in Ireland be moved to Britain and become the commemorative landmark: this, in turn, became Stonehenge.

Edward Duke
Edward Duke was the first person to attempt to find a connection between Stonehenge and astronomy, and asserted that Stonehenge itself was in fact a planetarium and possessed important astronomical patterns. He also stated that specific stones seemed to line up with the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset.

Erich von Däniken
Däniken claims that either extraterrestrials, or humans who were guided by extraterrestrials, made Stonehenge. As well as this, he argues that Stonehenge is a an exact duplicate of our solar system, true to scale, including the asteroid belt. 
It is probably von Däniken’s theory about Stonehenge has inflamed the most discussion in the modern age.

Which theory do you find most convincing, most believable? Or do you rebuff all three of these theories? They are, after all, amongst the most atypical and uncanny. A London Tour to Stonehenge could illuminate things for you; a visit to the amazing structure itself could aid you in coming to your own decision as to why Stonehenge was built.

Stonehenge persists in captivating hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Particularly vast crowds assemble to see the sunrise on the summer solstice. Theories as to the original function of Stonehenge are still rife.

Stonehenge has puzzled intellectuals and archaeologists down the eras. Become delighted by the mystical atmosphere that permeates this landmark on a Stonehenge tour.

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Stonehenge has become the most visited paid-for tourist attraction in the south west of England.

Figures from tourist board Visit England show the iconic Neolithic monument had more visitors last year than the Eden Project in Cornwall, the first time Stonehenge has surpassed the Cornish attraction since it opened in 2001.

In 2010 more than a million people visited the stone circle, which is up 1.9 per cent on the previous year, but overall the figures showed paid-for attractions suffered a decline of one per cent.

David Andrews, chief executive of Visit Wiltshire, said: “Stonehenge is a fabulous site and we’re extremely lucky to have it in the county.”

Peter Carson, head of Stonehenge at English Heritage, said: “Last year for the first time ever, Stonehenge attracted over a million visitors. We are delighted at its success.

“Visitors continue to be intrigued by these ancient stones and recent archaeological research undertaken within the World Heritage Site has helped to fuel this fascination.

This rise in visitors is also due to more overseas holiday makers, who are attracted to England by the favourable exchange rates and wish to see the UK’s premier prehistoric monument.”

Visit England surveyed 1,082 non-charging and paid-for tourist attractions and the British Museum was top with 5.8 million visitors last year.

Why not visit Stonehenge before the crowds arrive on one of our ‘Stonehenge Private Access’ Tours.  These must be booked in advance.

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 Are you searching for a truly unique sightseeing experience?

Stonehenge coach tours from London may be the answer to your every wish. An overwhelming divine aura permeates this incomparable monument. A world heritage site, Stonehenge is debatably the most vital archaic structure in the UK. Take a Stonehenge coach tour and uncover why it has acquired such renowned status, and just why it is that Stonehenge tours are so highly favoured over other tours from London.

Stonehenge  Guided Tours

Stonehenge Guided Tours

Decide between a Stonehenge morning tour or a Stonehenge evening tour with Golden Tours. For the genuinely astounding, indescribable experience, however, you may want to make the most of our elite Stonehenge special access tour. This imparts you with entry to the circle, so that you can get up close to the stones, for a Stonehenge tour with true distinction.

Without a doubt, Stonehenge holds the ability to beguile any visitor. It is an antiquarian structure, yet the details as to its construction remain unclear. 40 tons of rocks have stood on Salisbury Hill for just about 5,000 years. Was Stonehenge used as a religious temple or possibly even as a Bronze Age burial ground?

Theories thrive as to why it was built as well. Discover why it has provoked such debate: go on one of many Stonehenge tours from London.

Or for a comprehensive day out, go on a Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor tour, and discover all three of these charming places. Let Bath’s charming highlights reveal themselves to you: in any case, Bath abounds with captivating sites of culture and holds a rich history. Marvel at the grandiose Royal Crescent and the magnificent Pulteney Bridge. An especial highlight of fascinating Windsor is captivating Windsor Castle.

Bus tours from London to Stonehenge are incredibly prolific. Golden Tours offers a comprehensive range of packages that can fit the wishes of anyone wanting to experience the remarkable wonder that is Stonehenge for themselves. Golden Tours’ large number of tours range from the remarkable value ‘Simply Stonehenge’ tour to Stonehenge special access tours and Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor tours.

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English Heritage are again expected to provide “Managed Open Access” to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. Please help to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the conditions (see below).

Please note that a high volume of traffic is anticipated in the Stonehenge area on the evening of Sunday 20th June. The car park (enter off the A303 from the roundabout – it’s signposted) will open at around 7pm on Monday 20th June, and close at around noon on Tuesday 21st June.
Note that last admission to the car park for vehicles is at around 6am. Access Access to the stones themselves is expected to be from around 8.30pm on Monday 20th June until 8am on Tuesday 21st June.

Stonehenge Summer Solstice

 There’s likely to be casual entertainment from samba bands & drummers but no amplified music is allowed. When you visit Stonehenge for the Solstice, please remember it is a Sacred Place to many and should be respected. Van loads of police have been present in the area in case of any trouble, but generally a jovial mood prevails. Few arrests have been made in previous years, mostly in relation to minor drug offences.

Facilities Toilets and drinking water are available and welfare is provided by festival welfare services. There are normally one or two food and drink vans with reasonable prices but huge queues, all well away from the stones themselves.

Sunrise is at around 4:45am.

Conditions Rules include no camping, no dogs, no fires or fireworks, no glass bottles, no large bags or rucksacks, and no climbing onto the stones. Please use the bags given free on arrival and take them out, filled with your litter, to the skips provided.

Please respect the rules so that we’re all able to enjoy the solstice morning at Stonehenge for years to come.

Getting there: Where possible, please travel to Stonehenge using public transport. The local bus company, Wilts & Dorset, will be running a service from Salisbury railway and bus stations to Stonehenge over the Solstice period. This bus service will commence at 1830 hours (6.30pm) on Monday 20th June and run regularly until 0115 hours (1.15am) on Tuesday 21st June. A service taking people back to Salisbury will start again at 0400 hours (4am) and run frequently until 0945 hours (9.45am). Access to Stonehenge from the bus drop off point is through the National Trust farmland. More information will be here when available.  Needless to say this service is extremly busy, please allow plenty of time.

From London: The ‘Stonehenge Tour Company’ will be offering their usual small group unobtrusive tours to the solstice from London.  There are two services departing London at 4pm and 1am – Click here: ‘Stonehenge Summer Solstice Tour 2011′
Stonehenge summer solstice tours

LINKS: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/stonehenge/2011/

http://blog.stonehenge-stone-circle.co.uk/2011/04/27/stonehenge-summer-solstice-celebrations-2011-june-20th-june-21st/

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/explore/summer-solstice-2011/:

http://www.thestonehengetour.info/

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See you all at the Summer Solstice, yipee……………..

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Stonehenge special access tours
Our driver/guides are amongst the best Stonehenge experts in Britain. If you are looking for inner circle access, why not charter one of our luxury vehicles to collect you from your accommodation. 

How Stonehenge Special Access works.

English Heritage is the organisation which is responsible for managing

Stonehenge inner circle tour

Stonehenge inner circle tour

visitor access to Stonehenge. All special access slots, be they booked through agents, tour operators or directly are allocated by English Heritage. It is not possible to have special access to Stonehenge during normal opening hours and such visits have to me made either very early in the morning or in the early evening. English Heritage for very good reasons place tough restrictions on the maximum number of people that can use the special access during any slot and this number is 26 people (beware of travelling on a large coach group, as you may find that the hour that you have paid for is split into 2  X 30 minute slots). A Slot lasts for 1 hour and unless you have booked your own guide,  there will be no guiding provided by English Heritage and you cannot use the regular audio guides that are available during  the regular access times. For more information on booking special access slots visit the English Heritage website.

After you have found your slot, all you need to then is organise  your transportation and tour guide and this is where we can really help. We employ the very best driver guides available, who are considered to be experts on Stonehenge and the wider area. This means we can offer you a full tour covering Stonehenge and other places (such as Salisbury, Avebury  or Bath). This means you can make the most of your day out rather than just having 30 minutes or an hour at Stonehenge. When booking your Stonehenge special access with English Heritage, please remember to book 1 additional place for your driver/guide so that we can help unfold the mystery!

Best practice for securing a Stonehenge Special Access Tour

Contact English Heritage at: stonecircleaccess@english-heritage.org.uk or by calling 0044 (0)1722 34 38 30 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm GMT)
When you have found which slots are available, contact us:
Neeless to say we are happy to make arrangements for you.

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DAY TOUR “5000 Years in a Day Tour
* Stonehenge * Salisbury Cathedral * Avebury * Medieval Village and Stone circle * Old Sarum Castle *

Magnificent Salisbury Cathedral with the tallest spire in England and medieval town, home to the original Magna Carta. Visit awe inspiring Stonehenge over 5000 years old; Avebury, Europe’s largest stone circle; ancient burial tombs; Old Sarum, an ancient hillfort and one of Britain’s earliest settlements. See mysterious chalk hill figures and any crop circles en route. Click here for full itinerary

DAY TOUR “King Arthur Day Tour
*Stonehenge * King Arthur’s Avalon * Glastonbury Tor * Avebury Stone Circle * Chalice Well Gardens * Glastonbury Abbey *

Visit Glastonbury Abbey, the final resting place of King Arthur; the tranquil Chalice Well Gardens – the reputed burial site of the Holy Grail and drink the red and white spring waters. Enjoy spectacular views from the Isle of Avalon, see giant chalk hill figures and explore Stonehenge and Avebury the world’s largest stone circle. Click here for full itinerary

DAY TOUR “Stonehenge Inner Circle Tours 2011 “
*Go beyond the fences after the crowds have gone home*

We offer a unique opportunity to go beyond the fences and touch the stones. We have arranged with English Heritage for you to experience a unique visit to this ancient sacred site – beyond the fences & after the crowds have gone home. Walk amongst the stones & experience the magical atmosphere within the inner circle. “A once in a lifetime experience” – click here for 2011 dates

DAY TOUR “The Great Heritage Trail™ Tour
*Stonehenge * Georgian City of Bath * Jane Austen’s Lacock * The Cotswolds*

We savour the atmosphere and Golden beauty of Bath, famous for its Roman history and elegant Georgian architecture. We spend over 3 hours in this World Heritage city including a comprehensive guided tour to the Roman Baths and Pump rooms. Afterwards we take a scenic drive throurh the leafy lanes of the Cotswolds visiting Jane Austen’s Lacock and then Stonehenge Stone Circle- Click here for full itinerary

DAY TOUR “Stonehenge and Bath – Late Departure “
*Stonehenge * Georgian City of Bath *

Our late departure time gives you the chance to enjoy a late breakfast before we head off to Stonehenge. Visit Stonehenge and enjoy a unique tour of the Roman Baths with our own Roman Soldier! Click here for full itinerary

   
DAY TOUR “Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath and the Cotswolds Tour
*Stonehenge * Stratford-ipon-Avon * Bath *The Cotswolds*

Private tour of Shakespeares birthplace plus Champagne and Strawberry scones served in his garden! Click here for full itinerary

DAY TOUR “Romans, Royals and Ruins   
*Stonehenge * Georgian City of Bath * Windsor Castle *

Discover the secrets of Stonehenge and hear about the many myths, legends and mysteries associated with this awe inspiring ancient monument. Visit the Roman Baths and Museum – feel the heat of millions of gallons of naturally hot water that bubble up here every day. A scenic country drive along the ‘back roads’ takes us to Bath, famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, beautiful crescents, terraces and squares. As we head back towards London we finish the day with a visit to Windsor castle. Home to the Royal Family for over 900 years Click here for full itinerary

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Stonehenge Inner Circle Tours

A unique experience

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What sets Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tours apart from our competitors is the quality and the range we have available for the visitor, including Stonehenge-Bath-Windsor, Stonehenge-Bath-Salisbury, and Stonehenge-Oxford tours. Alternatively, if you wish to just marvel at the grandeur of Stonehenge and are limited on time, then our Simply Stonehenge tour is the ideal option for you.
Stonehenge has given rise to an immense amount of debate from its very beginnings. Theories proliferate as to why it was built; from the belief that it was used as a religious temple to claims it may even be a Bronze Age burial ground.

A Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tour is remarkable. Take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to enter into the stone circle, and even touch the stone that has been the product of such contention. Take a Stonehenge-Bath-Windsor day tour from London for a genuinely exceptional experience. Bath is a city of ‘firsts’, incredibly rich in history. Bath Abbey held the first coronation of a British king in 973 AD and Bath was the first city in England to be granted status as a World Heritage Site.
Uncover why more than a million visitors a year come to marvel at the best preserved Roman baths from the ancient world. http://www.goldentours.com/ If you hold any interest whatsoever in grandiose architecture or royal history, you are bound to be impressed by Windsor Castle. Be astounded by the sheer majesty of the State Apartments, and visit St George’s Chapel. Formidable St George’s Chapel holds a very distinctive atmosphere, as it is the resting place for many past famed monarchs. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House was made with awe-inspiring attention to detail and delicacy and is well worth examining.

Our Stonehenge-Bath-Salisbury guided coach tour allows you to sample the glory of Salisbury. The remarkable spire of imperious Salisbury Cathedral stands at an immense 123m (404ft). Indeed, it is the tallest spire in the whole of the UK. Also a historically significant cathedral, the Chapter House is home to one of the best preserved copies of the incredibly momentous document, the Magna Carta, which you will be lucky enough to view first-hand on this Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tour.

For the ultimate historical and academic experience, take a Golden Tours’ Stonehenge-Oxford tour. Following a visit to awe-inspiring Stonehenge, traverse the university town of Oxford, a picturesque, quaint city that holds an outstanding reputation. Celebrated for over 900 years as a pinnacle of academic distinction, trail in the footsteps of its notable students; from Oscar Wilde to T.S. Eliot to Stephen Hawking. Take in the world renowned Bodleian Library and the captivating courtyards of different colleges. Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tours allow you to uncover the atmospheric edifice of Stonehenge, and become immersed in its fascinating history. Exclusive to Golden Tours, enter into the stone circle and touch the stone, knowing you are traveling back centuries. For the ultimate experience, however, try a Stonehenge-Bath-Windsor, Stonehenge-Bath-Salisbury, or Stonehenge-Oxford tour. All of these cities have their own distinctive, singular charms, and are sure to leave you enraptured.
Take a Golden Tours guided coach tour from London for a truly memorable experience.

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Stonehenge tours from London are widespread. It is not surprising that a multitude of people wish to explore the history of this enigmatic structure. Scholars still appear to be no closer to uncovering the purpose of Stonehenge

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We are an established QUALITY tour company specialising in daily SMALL GROUP guided tours of Stonehenge Stone Circle and Ancient Britain . We offer a highly PERSONALISED and PROFESSIONAL service ideal for individuals, families and groups (a maximum of just 16 persons – the PERFECT size!) For your comfort and safety we use new LUXURY Mercedes Mini-Coaches . Tours depart daily from central London and operate all year round. In addition to our scheduled tours we are proud to offer alternative tours provided by our preferred travel partners. Please take the time to explore our website.
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What we do…..

We operate daily tours, departing from London which include Stonehenge and explore the surrounding area – rich in History, Myths, Legends and Mysteries. We also offer a unique opportunity to go beyond the Stonehenge fences and touch the stones. Which ever tour you choose we promise a truly memorable experience.

Other Highlights Include: Salisbury Cathedral / Avebury Stone Circle / Old Sarum Castle / Glastonbury Abbey and Tor / King Arthur’s Avalon / Georgian City of Bath / The Cotswolds and much more….

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