Things to see and do

Solstice

At Stonehenge on the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone in the north-east part of the horizon and its first rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge.  

Observers at Stonehenge at the winter solstice, standing in the enclosure entrance and facing the centre of the stones, can watch the sun set in the south-west part of the horizon. 

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Summer Solstice 2021

With this week’s news that the Government is delaying the lifting of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions on 21 June and following discussions with Wiltshire Council’s Public Health team and Wiltshire Police, English Heritage has taken the extremely difficult decision to cancel the planned Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge this year.

Sunset and sunrise will be live-streamed for free on English Heritage’s social media channels and will include exclusive interviews and music.  English Heritage will also ensure that small, pre-booked groups from the pagan and druid community can gather on the days around the Summer Solstice to mark this important moment in their calendar.

English Heritage had to cancel both last year’s Summer and Winter Solstice celebrations due to the pandemic but prior to Monday’s Government announcement, the charity was preparing with our partners to welcome people to the prehistoric monument for this year’s Summer Solstice. In previous years numbers attending the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge have swelled through the night to anything from 7,000 to 30,000 plus people, far in excess of the 4,000 currently permitted at outdoor gatherings during the now continuing Step 3 of the roadmap.

We know that Solstice is important to many of you and we hope that you’ll join us online, for free, to watch the Solstice sunset and sunrise, and we look forward to welcoming you back in person as soon as possible.

Watch the livestream

Summer Solstice Live Stream

Join us online as we live stream the sunset and sunrise from Stonehenge. 

How to watch online

  • Head to the English Heritage Facebook page where we will be hosting the live stream event.
  • Set a reminder to be alerted when we go live.
  • This event is free and we will never ask for your credit card details. Remember to look for the blue tick to make sure you're on the official page.

 

Solstice livestream
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LIVE! See the skies above Stonehenge

The Skyscape website has been created by English Heritage to enable people around the world to experience the skies above the iconic stone circle, to learn about movements of the sun, moon and planets and to see the solar alignment at Stonehenge

Aside from the technical and informational aspects of Skyscape it’s also our hope that you’ll enjoy it from a more human perspective. We’ve created a webpage which offers a small escape, a pleasant place to visit, to which you can return frequently, even within a single day, and connect with the land, the stones and the skies above.

 

GO TO SKYSCAPE

Winter Solstice

The stones of Stonehenge have silently marked the winter solstice for thousands of years.

Find out what the winter solstice is and why our ancestors might have built this extraordinary monument 

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Summer Solstice

Find out more about the importance of the solstice axis at Stonehenge and what else we have learnt about the alignment of the stones. 

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