Respect the Stones

Stonehenge is a World Heritage Site, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is seen by many as a sacred place. We ask that all those attending respect it and those celebrating around it. 

Care of the monument

English Heritage works very hard during the year to protect Stonehenge for everyone’s long term enjoyment.

During the summer solstice we allow everyone access to the whole site including the inner circle. This is because we are aware that this is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate the summer solstice inside the stone circle.

However Stonehenge is vulnerable despite being made up of huge stones and earthworks. 

Each stone has been worked and tooled and placed in position some have very rare prehistoric carvings on them -many of which cannot be seen by the naked eye.  The stones also support rare lichens which can easily be damaged.

The earthwork remains, particularly the bank and ditch, still contain buried archaeology which has never been studied and so is a fragile resource which needs protecting.

So do enjoy the solstice but please remember to Respect The Stones and take care not to damage the monument. 

Please help us to look after Stonehenge while enjoying the Solstice!

No Climbing on the stones

Please do not climb or stand on any of the stones – this includes the stones that have fallen.  This is for your own safety and also to protect this special site and respect for those around you.

Bag and bin your rubbish

We are making every effort to create a more sustainable, environmentally friendly Solstice.  Please bag and bin your rubbish so our recycling team can collect it.  Stonehenge sits within a very sensitive landscape which is still in agricultural use – please respect the local farmers’ crops and livestock.


Please use the toilets provided in the Monument Field and Solstice Car Park and do not desecrate the Monument or surrounding land.

If you would like to find out more about how we protect and care for Stonehenge during the year and over the Solstice you can read more about this on the English Heritage website.

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