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How to Plan Your Trip to Stonehenge, England

Posted by Cherish Germaine on 9/4/16 8:00 AM

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Visiting or living in Europe? Make sure you visit Europe's best-known prehistoric monument, Stonehenge! 

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London alone will be keeping you very busy (but look at how much you can see in a weekend), but if you have the time, we highly suggest checking out the impressive structure of Stonehenge — it's iconic. 

  • How To Get To Stonehenge
  • How To Get Tickets 
  • What To See/Do While Visiting

How To Get To Stonehenge

Although Stonehenge may seem like it is in the middle of nowhere, it is actually really easy to get to.

By Train

One of the easiest ways to get there is by taking the train. From London (Waterloo) to Salisbury, a train ticket will cost you anywhere from $15 - $60, depending on what time of day and year you are visiting. The train ride takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Get tickets here.  

Then Take A Bus

Once you arrive at the Salisbury train station, you can then take The Stonehenge Tour Bus. 

The Stonehenge Tour Bus has many different ticket and tour options. If you want to just buy the bus ticket without any tours then it costs about $20. If you are interested in a tour, then tickets range from $35-$45 depending on the tour. You can get more information on their website by clicking here.  

The bus ride to Stonehenge is about 30 minutes

Other options include finding a taxi (but that can get really expensive quickly), asking around at your hotel and other local areas for the best way to get there, or finding a tour that will take you to Stonehenge and then back to your hotel. 

How To Get Tickets 

If you do decide to get the tour ticket when taking The Stonehenge Tour Bus, then your ticket to Stonehenge is included in that price. Score. 

However, if you decide to go without a tour then it is good to know that any entrance to Stonehenge is managed through timed tickets. The only way you can guarantee entry on the day and at the time of your choice is by pre-booking.

Tickets cost about $20 and can be purchased here.

What to See/Do While Visiting

Stonehenge

Obviously — get tons of pictures of this amazing place. 

But, besides wandering around and exploring the ancient, mysterious (there is still no hard evidence about why Stonehenge was created over 4,500 years ago) monument, don't miss out seeing a few other sites near by — 

Neolithic Houses

Step inside and imagine what life was like 4,500 years ago, nearby Stonehenge.  You can get a mini tour about how these homes were built and even get a little lesson on how to make rope and grind grain. 

Stonehenge Visitor Center

This visitor's center is top-notch.  Inside, there is an incredible 360 degree screen that takes visitors on a trip through time. You can witness what it is like to stand in the middle of Stonehenge during all seasons, too. In the visitor's center, they also have an interactive map that will show you how Stonehenge (and the surrounding landscape) has changed through the ages. 

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Interested in traveling to Europe?

What about living there? We can totally make that happen, just come volunteer with ILP! When you're not teaching English, you can take a cheap flight to London and zoom up to Stonehenge, no problem. Now comes the hard part .... ILP has countries all over the world, but which country in Europe is right for you?

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