Located on Salisbury Plain in the Wiltshire Downs, Stonehenge is one of Britain’s most iconic ancient monuments. It’s a circle of over 30 standing stones dating from Neolithic times, the Late Stone Age some 4,000 years ago, and whose purpose remains unclear. Stonehenge could have been a burial site, a sun worshipper’s temple, or was used to calibrate an astronomical calendar. It can be reached from London by train, bus, guided tour, or car.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- London Underground map
- London road map
- Southern England road map
Decide which mode of transport you will use to reach Stonehenge. Check on train and bus timetables online. If travelling by private or rental car, listen to local radio – BBC Radio London, LBC 97.3, or Capital Radio - for traffic reports.
Take the London Underground (the Tube) or a taxi to Waterloo station on the Northern, Bakerloo or Jubilee lines. Buy a ticket to Salisbury either at the station’s ticket office or from automatic machine’s on the concourse. Take a train to Salisbury, a journey of one and half hours. Trains leave approximately every hour. On arrival at Salisbury, take a taxi or a local bus to Stonehenge 9.5 miles away.
Take the Tube or a taxi to Victoria station on the Victoria, District and Circle lines and follow the signs to Victoria Coach Station. Take a coach to Amesbury. Buy tickets on the coach or at the station ticket office. Alight at Amesbury and walk or take a local bus two miles to Stonehenge.
By private tour bus:
Book a day trip to Stonehenge prior to your arrival in London or from your hotel. Most tours will include stops at one or more attractions such as Windsor just west of London, Salisbury, and Bath.
Leave central London by car via Pont Street in Mayfair (the B319) and continue to Kensington. Turn left at the junction with the A4, at that point called Brompton Road. Continue along the A4 as it changes name through West Cromwell Road and Great West Road to Junction 1 with the M4 just outside Chiswick. Continue along the M4 to the junction with the M25, the London orbital motorway, just by Heathrow Airport.
Drive along the M25 to the junction with the M3 at Staines. Continue on the M3 passing Camberley, Farnborough and Basingstoke to Andover at Junction 8. Take the exit to the A303 towards Amesbury. Drive for two miles and turn right into the A344 where Stonehenge is visible in the distance and parking facilities are available.
Tips and warnings
- Leave London by 7 am at the latest if driving to Salisbury. Traffic conditions around London become very busy after this time.
- Check the Southwest Trains website for reports about engineering work that could delay trains, especially at weekends.
- Take the opportunity to visit Salisbury and its cathedral during your visit.
- Ensure you buy a ticket prior to boarding a train. You may not be able to buy one on the train and will face a heavy fine.
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