The Extended Stonehenge Sunset Tour: With Special Inner Circle Access

Join us for a cross country adventure; exploring the finest landscapes the south-west of England has to offer. From the beauty of the Cotswolds’ rolling hills, to the mystery of Wessex’s Neolithic sites, the quaintness of Lacock village to the mesmeric antiquity of Stonehenge – for an unforgettable sunset amidst the sacred stones.

FB_IMG_1487489638840

Stonehenge Special Access Tour Highlights

  1. • Sunset VIP Access viewing of Stonehenge
    • Private viewing of Stonehenge – enter the inner stone circle (1 Hour)
    Luxury + Midi Coach Travel
    • Personalised small groups – maximum 26
    • Expert Local Stonehenge Guide
    • Walking Tour of Avebury Stone Circle
    • See Ancient Chalk Hill Figures
    • See Prehistoric Silbury Hill
    • Lacock Village in the Scenic Cotswolds

Our special arrangement with English Heritage allows us to invite you within the inner ring of Stonehenge as part of a unique tour experience. For 99% of people visiting the sight the stones are roped off and observed from a distance. But not you…
As the sun goes down and the tourists clear the area, you will stay. You will then be permitted beyond the fences, within the inner circle and tread the sacred ground which so few have before you. Our special access tours will allow you to contemplate the mystery of the ancient monoliths as you walk amongst them, whilst an expert tour guide brings to life their many myths, legends and fascinating history.

5000 Years of History in just one Day

The Tour
After your mini coach pick-up direct from or near to your central London we leave London behind and take the old coach road through Hungerford, Marlborough, along the Kennet valley and through the Savernake Forest to Avebury Stone Circle.
Visit two awe-inspiring prehistoric monuments of pagan Britain.

Avebury Prehistoric Stone Circle
As we meander through the countryside to Avebury, we pass famous white horses carved into the chalk hillsides and picturesque, tucked away villages. We explore the mysterious phenomena of crop circles and take a closer look at any which may be in the area.
Feel the magic when walking amongst this the largest ritual stone circle in the World.

Avebury may be less famous then its Neolithic cousin Stonehenge, but it exudes the same occult energy and the same historic significance. It is the largest prehistoric stone circle in Europe, the product of over 500 years of effort by Neolithic man. You will be able to appreciate this enigmatic space on foot, appreciating the ancient and spiritually intuitive earthworks of our Neolithic ancestors. Your appreciation of Neolithic customs will continue to grow as you try your hand at the ancient art of drowsing – prepare to be wholly amazed!

The charming village will add a dimension of variety to the Avebury experience, it’s picturesque thatched cottages, antiques and village churches contrasting with the ancient mysteries of the circle- showing the full range of British history – and of course you can appreciate a cream tea or a pint of beer in the Red Lion!
Before making our way to Lacock Village, we will also see seemingly eternal mystery of Silbury Hill, Europe’s largest prehistoric man-made monument.
Voted one of the most spiritual places in the country

Lacock Village in the scenic Cotswolds

Steep yourself in the transcendental history of Lacock. A national trust village whose quintessential English charm has been so unaffected by modern development, so untouched by recent history, that it has become the setting for many movies and television dramas: Including…

Despite its unadulterated charm, Lacock remains little known and so its beauty remains. Many of the villages wonderful buildings originally formed part of an extensive monastic complex and Lacock Abbey is truly the jewel if Lacock is the crown. We will take a walk through the village and through British history, from the towns Saxons origins to its newfound televisual glamour. There will also be the chance for food and drink at one of the towns splendid pubs.

If you are looking for drama, history and scenery then this is the tour for you!

Stonehenge Sunset Access
Finally, we reach the pinnacle of the tour, the world’s most famous prehistoric monument: Stonehenge and the opportunity to walk amongst these hallowed monoliths

Private Viewing of Stonehenge
Our tour separates you from the crowd. Whilst the average Stonehenge visitor views from a distance, amidst the crowd- our visitors enter the stone circle itself when everyone else had left. Our visitors can stand next to the stones, appreciating their true magnitude as they render you minisule in comparison- some of the stones standing at 9m. The peace of the evening, when all have left adds to the arcane mystery of the Stones- the isolation only increasing the mythic awe of the site. Your intrigue will crescendo as one of our expert guides regails you with the depth of their knowledge.
Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design.

April – September 2020
Availability is strictly limited so book early, as private viewings regularly sell out and operate on selected days only.

This exclusive tour departs central London at 12 noon and return to London approx 11pm mission all rush hour traffic therfore maximising your sightseeing time,
We can often arrange extra inner circle dates for private groups, ideal for couples, families and small groups with specific dates and wanting to save money. – click here

Stonehenge Guided Tours
Operating Stonehenge Access Tours Since 1990
www.StonehengeTours.com

 

How can I get inside the inner circle of Stonehenge?Stonehenge inner circle tours
Which is the best, sunset or the sunrise experience?
Live 2019 Availability and best travel options.
Tours deparing from London, Bath, Salisbury, Southampton?
Who offers the best itinerary at the best price?
Can I meet at Stonehenge?

Stonehenge Stone Circle Access tours, give you a unique opportunity to experience up close this world famous monument. But with so many choices and such limited availability it can be difficult to find the right tour, at the right price on the right date, until now…….

Simply send us an email and one of our Stonehenge experts will respond the same day with all your inner circle tour options with all current live availability including our own exclusive small group tours and with all other operators. We will do all the work for you, simple!

Please tell us know:
Departure City? London, Salisbury, Southampton Bath or if you prefer to meet at Stonehenge
How many people will be travelling?
Your preferred travel date and are you flexible?
Would you prefer Sunset or Sunrise?
Are there and special discounts available?

Email: Experts@StonehengeTours.com 

Travelling as a family or small group or just want the luxury VIP treatment?
It may be more feasible and often cheaper to arrange a private custom tour and we can usually arrange ‘inner circle access’ on the day you want. Please visit our Stonehenge bespoke Stonehenge tour page

Click here for best Stonehenge tour options

The Stonehenge Experts
Established 1995
www.StonehengeTours.com

Register and Book your 2019 Sunset or Sunrise Tours in advance

FB_IMG_1461735130880

Demand for Stonehenge access tours far exceeds supply, some 2019 dates are now published but many 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.

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.

2019 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

FB_IMG_1464066024761

A truly magical experience..

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

Stonehenge Spring Equinox 2019 – click here
Stonehenge Summer Solstice Tour 2019 – click here

Email us your desired dates and group size for a prompt reply.

View out Twitter and Instagram account for inner circle photos

The Stonehege Experts
Established 1995
www.StonengeTours.com

 

Book your 2018 sunset or sunrise tours in advance

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.

2017-09-06 10.59.40

“Being able to walk amongst the stones at dawn without the crowds and without the rope barrier is a truly magical experience and wonderful phot opportunity”

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.

EmailExperts@StonehengeTours.com

2018 Private Group Custom Tours
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.
Click here for private tours

EmailPrivateGuidedTours@StonehengeTours.com

Stonehenge Guided Tours
Est. 1995
Britains leading Stonehenge Experts
http://www.StonehengeTours.com

Stonehenge Private Access Visit or Regular Tourist Visit During Normal Hours?

For those of you who have not visited Stonehenge before, we should mention that the

crowds

Regular Crowded Stonehenge visit

monument is roped off. Visitors observe the stones from a distance and are not permitted within the inner circle and for most tourists this is perfectly adequate. Since the new English Heritage visitor centre opened in 2013 the monument can often see over 1000 people per hour circling the Stone Circle at distances up to 100 meters away.

Walk Among The Stones At Stonehenge Without The Crowds

For the more discerning traveller and those who are really, really interested in Stonehenge it is possible to go beyond the rope fence and walk among the stones with just a handful of people. These visits are called Special Access visits and take place outside public opening hours and are very early in the morning or late in the evening, often at sunset or sunrise. This is the only time you will be able to walk amongst the stones at Stonehenge.  There are periods, noticeably the months of October and November where no Special Access slots are made available at all due to conservation reasons. The days around the summer solstice at the end of June are also blacked out.

Organised Guided Stonehenge Special Access Tours
We have arranged with English Heritage for you to experience a unique guided visit to this ancient sacred site – beyond the fences and after the crowds have gone home. Walk amongst the stones and experience the magical atmosphere within the inner circle. We are the early pioneers of this magical experience and hope you will join one of our exclusive scheduled small group Stonehenge special  access tours or organise a custom VIP private viewing tour, ideal for individuals, families or small groups.

Our tour guides are Stonehenge experts and will bring to life its many myths, legends and mysteries and share all the latest theories and archaeological discoveries,  a truly magical experience.  We have a close relationship with Stonehenge ticketing and all approved tour operators and can often arrange these access visits, even at sunset or sunrise when others can’t. A truly magical experience!

Let us Arrange a Special Access Visit for You
Simply contact us with your preferred date, the number of people travelling and if you prefer sunrise or sunset access inside the Stones.  We will then promptly email your best touring options.  We’ll make sure that you get the very best out of this historic and mysterious Stone Circle!
Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates  and view our pics and videos on Instagram and YouTube

The Stonehenge Experts
Email:
experts@StonehengeTours.com
Operating Stonehenge Guided Tours since 1995
http://www.StonehengeTours.com

Planning on visiting Stonehenge and want to experience the inner circle at sunrise or sunset?

If scheduled Stonehenge coach tours do not suit your travel plans and you are travelling with family or a small group then a ‘bespoke private tour might be the answer, giving you greater flexibility, door to door service on the day YOU want to travel. Our bespoke Stonehenge private access tours  can be tailored to suit your requirements and may be cheaper than you think.

Experience sunrise / sunset from within the inner circle of Stonehenge.  Magical!

Experience sunrise / sunset from within the inner circle of Stonehenge. Magical!

Bespoke Guided Tours of the Inner Circle of Stonehenge.

This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the most popular and mystifying Prehistoric sites in the world. The special access tour is an early morning (sunrise) or evening (sunset) event, closed off to the general public where you will be able to walk amongst the stones and stand within the stone circle!

In the evening after Stonehenge is closed to the public, or at dawn before it is open, we can arrange exclusive access for you to visit this awe-inspiring prehistoric monument and walk among the giant sarsen stones towering 6.4 m high and weighing up to 50 tonnes. Go beyond the fences & after the crowds have gone home. Walk amongst the stones & experience the magical atmosphere within the inner circle.

Normal viewing only permits access from the path that surrounds the circle. Stonehenge dates from 3100BC, and you will be walking where very few people have access. Your guide will explain some of the theories behind this amazing feat of Prehistoric construction.

A truly magical experience….

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

Our customised private Stonehenge tours continue to get 5 STAR reports on Trip Adisor and other quality review sites

Email us your desired dates and group size for a prompt reply.

Stonehenge Guided Tours
The Stonehenge Experts!
www.StonehengeTours.com

At first it was a blur on the horizon, a small, grey silhouette rising softly into the haze. Grassy meadows dotted with cowslips and grazing sheep rolled around me.

As this prehistoric monument prepares for the summer solstice, Ellie Ross joins a new tour offering an authentic view of the site

As this prehistoric monument prepares for the summer solstice, Ellie Ross joins a new tour offering an authentic view of the site

The silence was broken only by birdsong and the occasional scuff of our boots. The path dipped down into a valley before veering left – and the blur came into focus as that familiar stone circle and one of Neolithic man’s most astonishing achievements, Stonehenge.

Standing proud on the skyline, it was magnificent to behold as I followed the remnants of a parallel pair of ditches and banks. I was walking up The Avenue, the ancient ceremonial approach which once connected Stonehenge to the River Avon and which is aligned with the sunrise of the summer solstice. This is the view people would have seen more than 4,000 years ago, when they trekked up here on the final leg of their journey.

My own journey on foot had begun eight miles south, in the Woodford Valley, where the River Avon criss-crosses verdant wheat fields and dense forest. I had arrived with a group of four other walkers accompanied by David Howell, guide and local historian from the walking specialist Foot Trails.

“We’re out here to enjoy the countryside,” he said, hoisting on a hefty backpack as we prepared to embark on Journey to the Stones, a new monthly guided walk. “Please switch off your phones.”

Within moments my surroundings seemed to burst into life – the smell of wet nettles, the chirrup of skylarks, a butterfly flitting next to my elbow. We crossed a footbridge over the Avon, a tranquil, blue-black stretch that flows from Salisbury Plain to Christchurch in Dorset, 38 miles away.

“The river was an important transport route for ancient man, and played a vital role in the construction of Stonehenge,” David explained.

Not only was the Avon a highway for transporting fish, it is believed the river was used to carry the dolerite bluestones of the inner ring, which came from Wales. Although the exact origins and purpose of Stonehenge have been lost, theories as to why it was built range from human sacrifice to astronomy. But what remains is not what the original builders would have seen, as it is at least the third monument that has stood on this site.

Around 2150BC, it changed from a henge – a ditch and bank of earth – to a monument of growing importance, featuring the bluestones and later huge Sarsens from the Marlborough Downs. Work stopped around 1500BC, leaving the stone circle roughly as it is today.

Shadowing the river, we dropped into dense forest peppered with wild garlic, crossed Lower Woodford with its pretty cottages and thatched cob walls, then paused beside a field of flint.

“There was something special about the position of Stonehenge,” David said, offering around a tin of barley sugars. “We are in a chalk landscape – the flint in these fields is compressed chalk. In prehistoric times, it was easier to travel on the chalk downs than in dense valleys. Stonehenge is a natural junction for England’s chalk downs, where you can move in all directions, but remain high. Being at the heart of this superhighway meant it was an ideal meeting point for people who were dispersed around the landscape.”

We pressed on, taking in views of Lake House, the Elizabethan home of Sting, who recorded “Fields of Gold” there after apparently being inspired by the surrounding barley fields. Climbing steadily, we entered what David called the “sacred heart of the landscape”, punctuated with barrows, or burial mounds, which would once have been white.

As we climbed, a dozen grassy lumps rose out of the downs around us, expanding and contracting as our perspective shifted. Then, a gap on the horizon opened to reveal the distant but unmistakable outline of Stonehenge, bathed in sunlight, about half a mile away. The monument is false-crested, set slightly below the summit, to make it visible both from the valley and from afar.

fter half a day on David’s route, avoiding the busy national trails, we had passed no other walkers, and now I felt like we had the stones all to ourselves. It was the perfect spot for a picnic.

“Most people go straight to the stones or simply drive past them on the A303,” David said, producing a blanket and wonderful bread, cheeses, tea and cake from his backpack. But you don’t see the significance of these barrows without walking through them. As a monument, Stonehenge is so much about its landscape. It was designed to be seen from afar, as well as from inside the stone circle.”

Refuelled, we skirted a wide semi-circle around the stones to see them at different angles. Each time I paused and looked towards them, they appeared different, first short and fat, then tall and thin. But all the while they were mesmerising, a dramatic display of human ingenuity that took more than 30 million hours of labour to create.

After a busy but brief crossing of the unavoidable A303, we traversed a field to join The Avenue bending up from the Avon, turning south-west for our final approach.

Standing in the stone circle, as the shadows hugged the ground, I looked out towards the fields with their lumpy barrows, and down the chalk-strewn Avenue, where the sun will soon rise, marking the summer solstice.

Walking there

Foot Trails (01747 820626; foottrails.co.uk) offers ‘Journey to the Stones’ on the first Thursday of every month, until 6 October. The guided day walk costs £75, including return transfers from Salisbury railway station, picnic lunch, entrance to Stonehenge, the services of a guide – and the occasional fortifying barley sugar. Private guided tours can be organised on request.

More information

Article source: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/stonehenge-walking-tour-sunrise-and-stones-on-the-horizon-10331290.html

english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Stonehenge Guided Tours
The Stonehenege Experts