Winter Solstice at Stonehenge 2017

English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Friday 22 December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Please read the information below before planning your visit.
Sun glinting through the stones on a frosty morning

Practical Information

DATE AND TIMINGS

FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER 2017
MONUMENT FIELD OPENS: 07.45am (approximately, depending on light levels)
MONUMENT FIELD CLOSES: 10am

Please note, access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice is free. However, for those people who choose to travel by vehicle, there is a parking charge of £5 per car and £2 per motorbike.

GETTING HERE

Parking for Winter Solstice is very limited and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to park near to Stonehenge. If you are planning to travel by car, wherever you park there may be a 30 minute walk to the Monument. We strongly recommend car sharing or using public transport.

Car Sharing - Request or offer a lift to Solstice at Stonehenge

Travel by bus - Salisbury Reds buses will be running from 0600 from Salisbury. Check timetable.

Blue Badge Parking - A limited number of pre-bookable only permits will be available for Blue Badge disabled parking at the Stonehenge visitor centre and there will be accessible transport to the monument field from the visitor centre beginning at approximately 6.30am. Permits must be applied for in advance by 5pm, Friday 15 December through Solstice.Stonehenge@english-heritage.org.uk

Parking and parking charges Limited parking is available in the winter solstice car parks, which will open at 6am on the 22 December.

There will be signs to direct you to the car park - please ensure that you follow these. Please do not arrive early as there is no waiting on the roads in the area and you will be moved on.

  • General parking for cars, private hire minibuses (up to 17 seats) and live-in vehicles £5
  • Motorbikes £2
  • Commercial coaches and minibuses (over 17 seats) £100. Pre-book through Bookstonehenge@english-heritage.org.uk

The car parking charge will help the charity cover the costs of providing additional staffing and lighting in the car parks and is designed to encourage people to car share.

Please note, car parking charges apply to all users of the Winter Solstice car parks, including Blue Badge holders, and members of English Heritage and National Trust.  

Motorists have access to a free park and ride shuttle service from solstice car parking to the visitor centre, and may also use the shuttle from the visitor centre to the car park. However visitors are asked to note that disabled people have priority on this bus and should therefore be prepared for a 30 minute walk, in low light, from parking areas to the monument.

We cannot guarantee entry to the car parks and recommend coming by public transport as cars will be turned away when the car parks are full.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Access to Stonehenge for solstice is subject to the Conditions of Entry - please read these before deciding whether to attend.

COME PREPARED

Stonehenge is in a field on Salisbury Plain and the weather in December will be cold and wet. Even if it isn't raining, the ground will be wet from the dew. There may also be frost. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing is essential.

There is at least  a 30 minute walk (in low light or darkness), from the bus drop off and from parking areas to the monument. You are strongly advised to wear strong, waterproof footwear and bring a torch with you.

Toilets at the Monument Field will only be available once the access period begins. There are no catering facilities in the monument field, however the café at the visitor centre is open for hot drinks and breakfast rolls from 6am.

Please note that there are no other amenities or facilities available to visitors until the Monument Field opens.

ACCOMODATION

Visit Wiltshire has a list of nearby accommodation.

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