Things to See and Do

Things to See and Do

Stonehenge in the daytime against blue sky

Stone Circle

Iconic symbol of Britain, a walk around the Stone Circle is the centrepiece of any visit to the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.

With a history spanning 4,500 years Stonehenge has many different meanings to people today. It is a wonder of the world, a spiritual place and a source of inspiration.

The Stone Circle is a masterpiece of engineering, and building it would have taken huge effort from hundreds of well-organised people using only simple tools and technologies. Visit Stonehenge to find out more, and use our handy glossary to understand words such as trilithon, sarsen and henge.

Children running around the reconstructed Neolithic houses at Stonehenge

Neolithic Houses

Wander around the Neolithic houses outside the visitor centre. Step inside to imagine how people lived 4,500 years ago.

Chat to our volunteers and discover how the houses were built using authentic materials and techniques, based on the evidence of dwellings found nearby.

Watch us demonstrate ancient domestic skills - flint knapping, making rope out of rushes, and grinding grain with a quern and a rider.

Family watching stone circle simulation in Stonehenge visitors centre

‘Standing in the Stones’

Watch the seasons pass and take a trip through time with our incredible audio-visual 360 degree view from inside the stones, in the visitor centre.

Imagine what it feels like to stand in the middle of Stonehenge at winter and summer solstice, with this unique and memorable experience.

You can also use our online virtual tour to explore some of the monument’s key features.

Reconstruction of bearded Neolithic man

Stonehenge Exhibition

Discover the story of Stonehenge: the Stones, the landscape, the people and its meaning, through a powerful combination of cutting-edge audio-visual experiences and incredible ancient objects.

Over 250 archaeological objects and treasures discovered in the landscape, are displayed together at Stonehenge for the first time. Ranging from jewellery, pottery and tools to ancient human remains, many of these items are on loan from our museum partners, Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum.

Come and see the face of a man who was here 5,500 years ago - a forensic reconstruction based on his bones found near Stonehenge.

Making Connections: Stonehenge in its prehistoric world

12 October 2018 - 21 April 2019

Our prehistoric ancestors interacted with each other by making and sharing objects. This year, a new exhibition at the Stonehenge visitor centre, in partnership with the British Museum, will explore these connections and give you the chance to see some remarkable finds brought together for the very first time. 

Find out more
Visitors to Stonehenge enjoy a picnic in the meadow with the visitor centre and neolithic huts in the background

Ancient Landscape

Follow in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors and discover the prehistoric monuments that fill the vast ancient landscape surrounding Stonehenge.

Travel through the landscape on the visitor shuttle, walk from the visitor centre, or take the shuttle halfway to the Stones and walk.

Pick up an orientation leaflet from the visitor centre and explore the (6,500 acre) Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site with a variety of walking routes.

Two women smiling in the Stonehenge visitor centre café

Café

Relax and enjoy countryside views while eating delicious, locally sourced food in our café.

Try one of our famous Stonehenge rock cakes or enjoy a beer from the Stonehenge Brewery.

Warm up in the winter with a deluxe hot chocolate or cool down in the summer with a Marshfield Farm ice-cream. There is also a great choice of soups, sandwiches, cornish pasties and sweet treats, as well as hot and cold drinks.

Shop

Browse a wide range of souvenirs, clothing, books and gifts to provide memories of your visit, many made in the UK exclusively for Stonehenge.

Why not browse our online shop before your visit?

Alice Roberts at Salisbury Museum
Alice Roberts at Salisbury Museum
© Salisbury Museum

Visit a museum

Extend your visit and discover more about the story of Stonehenge at one of our partner museums. Salisbury Museum’s collections span the history and archaeology of south Wiltshire from prehistoric times to the present day.

Wiltshire Museum in Devizes offers award-winning displays of gold from the time of Stonehenge that belonged to people who worshipped inside the stone circle.

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