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Demand for Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply, dates 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.
Stonehenge Special Access visits are available most, but not all months of the year, (no visits in October and November and are not available on and around the midsummer’s day). Evening Special Access is only available in the summer months.

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Our Stonehenge Special Access Tours (1-30 persons) can depart from London, Bath, Salisbury, Oxford, Southampton or any location in the South West of England.

Explore the beautiful South West of England in the luxury of your own private car, MPV or mini bus, enjoying the knowledge and expertise of our professional local Stonehenge experts.

Our Stonehenge private access tours can also include Bath, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), Salisbury Cathedral, Castle Combe, Windsor Castle, Winchester, Avebury Stone Circle, Lacock Village, The Cotswold’s or where ever you want to visit. We will help with your tour planning

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Travel blogger Teri Didjurgis joined us on our small group  Autumn Equinox tour and here is her story:

How to legally go inside Stonehenge Circle

Though some say Stonehenge is overrated, I found a way to visit the iconic site in a unique way to get a glimpse of the past……………………….

Druids and Pagans enjoying the Equinox sunrise celebrations at Stonehenge.

 

You can read the full story and tour experience on the BlueSkyTraveler  Blog:
How to legally go inside Stonehenge Circle

Experience for yourself our Stonehenge Equinox or Solstice Tours and remember to book in advance as these small group tours are very popular.

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Stonehenge Special Access Tours – Go beyond the fences in 2017

Demand for Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply, dates are often sold out many months in advance. Do not expectStonehenge inner circle tours to get tickets without ordering well in advance. Register your interest with now with no obligation by simply sending us your email address and we will offer you 2017 tours before they are published online giving you the opportunity to secure your preferred travel date. These will include our exclusive small group tours and our preferred travel partner with departures from London, Salisbury and Bath.

Stonehenge Private Access visits are available most but not all months of the year, (no visits in October and November and are not available on and around the midsummer’s day).  Evening Special Access is only available in the summer months

Email: Experts@StonehengeTours.com

2017 Stonehenge Access Private Group Tours

In addition to our regular ‘scheduled group tour’ departures we are often able to get permission from the English Heritage for additional ‘inner circle’ tours for small groups (1-16 persons). These can be sunset or sunrise times depending on availability. These bespoke tours can also include Salisbury, Avebury, Bath, or Warwick Castle etc and can depart from London, Salisbury or Bath. This can often be cheaper than joining a scheduled tour, offers more flexibility, more personal and a better allround experience. Email us your desired dates and group size for a prompt reply

We specialise in arranging customised Stonehenge tours to suit your requirements. Our door to door 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.

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Stonehenge Private Access Tours – Go beyond the fences in 2016

Demand for Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply, dates are often sold out many months in advance. Do not expectStonehenge inner circle tours to get tickets without ordering well in advance. Register your interest with now with no obligation by simply sending us your email address and we will offer you 2016 tours before they are published online giving you the opportunity to secure your preferred travel date. These will include our exclusive small group tours and our preferred travel partner with departures from London, Salisbury and Bath.

Stonehenge Private Access visits are available most but not all months of the year, (no visits in October and November and are not available on and around the midsummer’s day).  Evening Special Access is only available in the summer months

Email: Experts@StonehengeTours.com

2016 Stonehenge Access Private Group Tours

In addition to our regular ‘scheduled group tour’ departures we are often able to get permission from the English Heritage for additional ‘inner circle’ tours for small groups (1-16 persons). These can be sunset or sunrise times depending on availability. These bespoke tours can also include Salisbury, Avebury, Bath, or Warwick Castle etc and can depart from London, Salisbury or Bath. This can often be cheaper than joining a scheduled tour, offers more flexibility, more personal and a better allround experience. Email us your desired dates and group size for a prompt reply

We specialise in arranging customised Stonehenge tours to suit your requirements. Our door to door 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.

Email: PrivateGuidedTours@StonehengeTours.com

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Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, has sent a “message to the Red Planet” from Stonehenge.
(Buzz Aldrin was the second man to set foot on the surface of the moon, after Neil Armstrong, in July 1969)

English Heritage said a number of people had questioned whether the image had been doctored. Copyright James O, Davis

English Heritage said a number of people had questioned whether the image had been doctored. Copyright James O, Davis

The 85-year-old donned a T-shirt urging travel to Mars as he was snapped striking a Superman pose in front of the pre-historic monument.

Following his Wiltshire visit, he tweeted: “While at Stonehenge I decided to send a message to the cosmos.”

The veteran astronaut has called for renewed efforts to not only send a manned mission to Mars but colonize it.

Jessica Trethowan, from English Heritage, said there had been several enquiries about whether the image was real.

“Someone asked if it had been Photoshopped it, but it is real,” she said.

“It was a private visit for him and his family. We were told about it a week or so ago and everyone was very excited about meeting him.”

After a tour of the ancient site, the charity said Aldrin had asked “where we hide the aliens”.

Article Source: BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-31920141

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Stonehenge is one of the most speculated about prehistoric landmarks in the world and it is located right here in Britain.

Close to quaint countryside Wiltshire holiday cottages, it is easy to visit and many often base whole holidays around this most famed of attractions. With English Heritage having recently opened a brand new visitor centre, as reported in this previous article on our sister site, curiosity over Stonehenge has never been higher.

Following on from this article on Stonehenge we have asked the experts for answers to some of Stonehenge’s biggest questions.

Why is Stonehenge so important?

As mentioned earlier, English Heritage recently opened a new visitor centre. The centre has plenty of information about the site and the Druids that not only answer some of the questions visitors might have about the monument, but also provoke new questions. Their recently opened Neolithic Houses show reconstructions of how they think the people that built Stonehenge lived, provoking thoughts on the people of the times themselves. To read more about these fascinating houses see this VisitWiltshire article.

Stonehenge Neolithic Houses

Here English Heritage themselves tell us a bit about why they think Stonehenge is so important.

• “Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated and only surviving lintelled prehistoric stone circle in the world.

It is a unique prehistoric monument that forms part of an extraordinary ancient landscape so rich and varied that it was designated a World Heritage Site in 1986.

It does not stand in isolation, but forms part of a remarkable archaeological landscape of early Neolithic, late Neolithic and early Bronze Age monuments. This landscape is a vast source of information about the ceremonial and funerary practices of Neolithic and Bronze Age people and helps to shed light on how prehistoric society was organised.”

– English Heritage

For more information on Stonehenge from English Heritage, see the StonehengeEH Facebook page where they regularly post the latest news and views on this fascinating site.

Further to English Heritage, Stonehenge.co.uk acts as the ultimate guide to the historic site. From how it was built to visitor information and resources on other ancient sites in the area, the independent website is a great guide for planning a trip to the Wiltshire area. Here they shed some light on the historic structure.

• ‘The importance of Stonehenge rests with its longevity, unique position, but above all its enduring enigma. We shall never truly know its origins or the thoughts of those clever people who designed, built, embellished and maintained the site. Experts may come and go, but their delving and surmise may be no better than that of any other. Long may it last.’

– Stonehenge.co.uk

Why do you think people are still so intrigued by Stonehenge and its history?

VisitWiltshire have some fantastic current information of the Stonehenge site. Here is what they said about Wiltshire’s most famous landmark.

Stonehenge in Golden Light

• ‘We think the reason people are so intrigued by Stonehenge is because of the mystery that still surrounds it. There are so many different theories about how it was constructed and why it is where it is. Continuous archaeological discoveries in the area keep the mystery alive too as bits of the puzzle are slowly unveiled.’

– VisitWiltshire

When visiting the Wiltshire area and staying in English country holiday cottagesit is definitely worth going to VisitWiltshire’s website for local information on what to do and see.

Are there any guided tours of Stonehenge?

For those looking to take a tour of the area the options are endless – whether you want to go it alone with the information provided in this guide or use one of the reputable tour guides in the area, both are sure to make for an unforgettable experience of this magical landmark.

Stonehenge Guided Tours are fantastic Stonehenge tour experts and have been operating small group guided tours of Stonehenge since the early 1990s. They offer a highly personalised and professional service that is ideal for individuals, families and groups. Here is what they said about Stonehenge:

• ‘Stonehenge – Britain’s Best Historic Site Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument without parallel. Voted ‘Britain’s Best Historic Site’ and ‘UK’s top wonder’ in a list of the country’s unmissable attractions, the ancient site also topped a survey of the ‘Seven Wonders of Britain’. Part of an ancient landscape, Stonehenge is one of the most thought-provoking and keenly debated ancient monuments in the world.’

– Stonehenge Guided Tours

Are there other historical sites to see as well as Stonehenge?

If you want to explore further afield once you have visited Stonehenge to gain a greater understanding of the area and its relevance to the site, there are some great tour operators that provide some fantastic insights. The Stonehenge Tour company is operated by Salisbury Reds and they cover a wide area and have plenty to offer their guests by way of information and views of the magnificent local landscape.

The Stonehenge Tour

• ‘Stonehenge is a historical, famous landmark, over 5000 years old. It is truly magnificent and mysterious and many visitors are in awe of such a wondrous monument.

The tour is a unique way to experience Salisbury, Old Sarum and Stonehenge – tour bus visitors get priority upon arrival to Stonehenge and you don’t have to worry about booking a time slot. Our all-inclusive ticket includes Stonehenge admission and a cathedral donation.

There are fantastic views from the top deck as well as a knowledgeable commentary throughout the trip. Visitors can board the tour in the city centre at stop U in New Canal or from the rail station.’

– The Stonehenge Tour

What exactly are Druids?

In answer to this question we though it better to go to the people themselves and asked Aes Dana Grove or, as they are better known, the ‘Amesbury Stonehenge Druids’ if they could shed some light on their practices and tell us about their faith and traditions.

Stonehenge Druids

• “Druids are the priests of the native spiritual tradition ‘the old religion’ of the peoples who inhabited the islands of Britain and Ireland, spreading through much of Europe. It is increasingly understood, and within the Druid community acknowledged, to be of an older indigenous if ever-evolving religious tradition sourced within these islands.

As an ancient pagan religion, our belief is based on the reverential, sacred and honourable relationship between the people and the land. In its personal expression, it is the spiritual interaction between an individual and the spirits of nature, including those of landscape and ancestry, together with the continuities of spiritual, literary and cultural heritage.

Druids may be men or women, or any social class, and born to any race. In ancient times the Druids were an educated spiritual elite who coordinated resistance to expansion of the Roman empire into France and Britain and hence were outlawed under Roman law and vilified in some cases by this enemy who wrote many of the historical accounts.

In 2010 the Druids became once again a recognised religion in England and Wales ending nearly 2000 years of social exclusion.”

– Frank Somer, The Stonehenge Druids

You can find out more and see for yourself at www.stonehenge-druids.org.

Expert View: What is the most interesting question you have ever been asked about Stonehenge?

Kindly, Mike Parker Pearson of the Institute of Archaeology and a well-regarded English archaeologist specialist of Neolithic Britain provided us with his insight into the wonders of Stonehenge.

• “Ramilisonina, my colleague from Madagascar who I have worked with for many years, asked me in 1998 if I realized that Stonehenge was built for the ancestors. I laughed at first but it soon dawned on me that he had a really interesting insight. That led to the start of the Stonehenge Riverside Project 4 years later, and to a complete reinterpretation of Stonehenge.

Books of relevance are my paperback ‘Stonehenge’ published by Simon Schuster, and Marc Aronson’s ‘If Stones Could Speak’ (for younger readers) published by National Geographic. If you take a look at them, you’ll find plenty of information of interest to visitors.”

– Mike Parker Pearson

You can read more on Pearson’s views on the ancient site in his publications, ‘If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge’ and‘Stonehenge: Exploring the greatest Stone Age Mystery’.

Image Credits: Visit Wiltshire, English Heritage, VisitWiltshire/Paul Chambers, The Stonehenge Tour- Diana Jarvis, Aes Dana Grove

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New exhibition and visitor centre at Stonehenge to open on 18th December 2013

The front elevation of the new visitor centre at Stonehenge -

The front elevation of the new visitor centre at Stonehenge

The first phase of the long-awaited improvements of the visitor experience of Stonehenge will be launched to the public before the year is out. English Heritage, which looks after Stonehenge, explained that the new building – located 1.5 miles from the World Heritage Site in Wiltshire – will house the first ever museum-quality permanent exhibition dedicated to the site. The exhibition is to be curated by English Heritage experts and will include a 360-degree virtual experience so that visitors can ‘stand in the stones’ before they enter a gallery presenting the facts and theories surrounding the monument through various displays and nearly 300 prehistoric artefacts. The archaeological finds exhibited were all discovered inside Stonehenge and many are on public display for the first time.

The approach to Stonehenge on the A303 road in 1930

The approach to Stonehenge on the A303 road in 1930 –

The centre will open with the first of many special temporary exhibitions. Set in Stone? How our ancestors saw Stonehenge will chart over 800 years of ideas and debate, from 12th-century legends to radiocarbon dating reports in the 1950s and will feature objects on loan from many national museums. “This world famous monument, perpetually described as a mystery, finally has a place in which to tell its story,” says Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage. “The exhibition will change the way people experience and think about Stonehenge forever – beyond the clichés and towards a meaningful inquiry into an extraordinary human achievement in the distant past. It will put at its centre the individuals associated with its creation and use, and I am very proud with what we have to unveil to the world in December.” Changes have also been made to the surroundings of the actual monument. These include the Avenue, Stonehenge’s ancient processional approach, which has been reconnected to the stone circle after being severed by the A344 road for centuries. The area will be grassy and free of traffic. A group of reconstructed Neolithic houses are scheduled to be opened by Easter 2014. The houses are the focal point of the outdoor gallery and are particularly special given that they have been built by volunteers and the structures are based on houses where the builders of Stonehenge may have lived. The interiors will even come with furniture and fittings. –

Written by Martha Alexander: Britain Magazine: See more at: http://www.britain-magazine.com/news/december-opening-for-new-stonehenge-visitor-centre/#sthash.S3981D7Q.dpuf

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