Summer Solstice

Travelling to Stonehenge

The roads around Stonehenge will be very busy and parking facilities for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge are very limited. We recommend using public transport, car sharing or arranging lifts from taxis and local accommodation providers.

Public Transport

It's easy to travel to Stonehenge by public transport and every year more and more people are choosing to leave their car at home.

Nearest bus and railway stations: Salisbury (12 miles/19 kms) away.

By train: Regular services to Salisbury from London, Bristol/Bath and Southampton.

By taxi: Available at Salisbury train station.

By bus: Salisbury Reds' special Solstice service goes from Salisbury railway station and Stand U in New Canal to a drop-off point at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. Buses will also stop at bus stops along the route, which is via Amesbury.

From Bournemouth: Discover Dorset Tours run a direct bus service from Bournemouth Coach/Rail Station, stand K to the Summer Solstice, full details and online booking can be found here

The Salisbury Reds bus service is wheelchair accessible and begins at 18:30 hours on Thursday 20 June and run regularly until 01:15 hours on Friday 21 June. A service taking people back to Salisbury will start again at 04:00 hours and run frequently until 09:45 hours. The collection point for the return service is in the same location as the drop-off point at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. https://www.salisburyreds.co.uk/news/summer-solstice-2019/

Please note: there is a 25-30 minute walk (approximately 1½ miles or 2km) from the bus drop-off/collection point at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre to Stonehenge. This walk is across National Trust down-land which is uneven: sensible footwear and a torch are advisable.

By foot

Stonehenge is a 2½ mile (4 kms) walk from nearby Amesbury. Sensible footwear and a torch are advisable.

Bicycle

Please bring a strong lock and only park your bike in the designated areas in the Solstice car park. Ask a steward at the Solstice car park entrance or at the entrance to the monument field for assistance. Please do not chain your bike to any of the gates – these are for use by the emergency services and any bikes causing an obstruction will be removed.

Drop off/pick up by car

If you are arriving by taxi or have arranged a lift from your accommodation, the drop-off and pick-up point is in the Stonehenge Visitor Centre car park.

Travelling by car

Parking is very limited and we highly recommend car sharing – follow this link to share your car or find out who has space in their car:

https://liftshare.com/uk/community/eh

Please car share where possible.

Please note traffic will be heavy in the area on the evening of Thursday 20 June. Please do not be tempted to abandon your vehicle and park it either on the A303 or other neighbouring roads and public rights of way. Cars parked illegally or causing an obstruction will be towed away.

Parking Policy

There is a parking charge of £15 per vehicle at Stonehenge during Summer Solstice (including cars, motorhomes and non-commercial minibuses (up to 16 seats).

Motorcycles are £5.00. 

Commercial minibuses and coaches must contact bookstonehenge@english-heritage.org.uk or on +44 (0) 370 333 0604 for information on charges and to apply for access and parking. The deadline for commercial vehicle applications is Saturday 1 June 2019. 

As you approach Stonehenge, please follow the directional signage. We ask that you park sensibly and only where directed by a steward or police officer. This will help us make full use of the Solstice car park.

There is 15-20 minute walk (approximately ½ a mile or 1 km) from the car park to Stonehenge along a designated route. This route is through National Trust down-land, so please wear sensible footwear.

THURSDAY 20 JUNE
SOLSTICE CAR PARK OPENS 19.00 hours

FRIDAY 21 JUNE
LAST ADMISSION TO SOLSTICE CAR PARK 06.00 hours (or when full)
SOLSTICE CAR PARK TO BE VACATED 12.00 hours (Noon)

Motorbikes

Motorbikes may be parked in the Motorbike Parking at a charge of £5.00 each.

Please do not chain your motorbike to any of the gates – the gates are for use by the emergency services and any motorbikes causing an obstruction will be removed.

Accessibility

Limited disabled access parking for Blue Badge holders is available on a 'first come, first served' basis. To access this parking, you will be asked to show your Blue Badge so, to help things move smoothly, please ensure that your badge is clearly displayed in your vehicle on arrival. Finally, please note that normal car parking fees will apply.

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