The Nine Stones

Please be aware that the permissive footpath to the stones is currently closed while National Grid excavate part of it to replace the overhead electricity cables and pylons in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with underground cables. This work is due to run until summer 2022. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are working to find an alternative route to the stones while this work continues. Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows are open as usual.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Winterbourne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9LX

Before You Go

Now in a wooded glade, this small prehistoric circle of nine standing stones was constructed around 4,000 years ago.

Read more about the history of the Nine Stones.

Before You Go

Parking: There is limited on-street parking on the side roads within the village of Winterbourne Abbas. Please note parking at the former Little Chef is no longer available, we apologise for any inconvenience.

How to Find It: From Winterbourne Abbas follow the pavement on the south side of the A35 in a westerly direction, to the outskirts of the village. A signed pedestrian gate leads into a field where a permissive path continues parallel to the main road. Follow the field edge for 450m to the wooden gate and metal railings that enclose the stones.

Dogs: Cattle may be present in the field, so please keep dogs on leads.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. 

Plan a Great Day Out

While in the area, continue west along the A35 for a couple of minutes to the Bronze Age cemetery of Winterbourne Poor Lot.

Also within easy driving distance is Kingston Russell, another fine example of a prehistoric stone circle.

The impressive Iron Age hillfort of Maiden Castle is a 15-minute drive away.

Or if you're heading to the coast, why not also visit Portland Castle, one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses? It overlooks Portland Harbour and boasts a great tearoom and stunning views out to sea.

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