Tours of Stonehenge

Tours of Stonehenge are easily done independently. The mysterious UNESCO World Heritage Site is easily accessible by rental cars from Bristol, London, and Southampton, and it is a reasonable day trip from any of these cities. If you don’t have time for an up-close visit, the site is visible from the highway. Stonehenge is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Access can be restricted during bad weather and during the solstices when there may be special events occurring. There is a snack shop and an excellent gift shop, and complimentary audio guides are available in ten languages. The site is surrounded by 1,500 acres of National Trust land, and there are many excellent walks available in the countryside, which is a pleasant surprise for many travelers, as photos of Stonehenge don't always give a good sense of the vast space surrounding it. You’ll find a number of England hotels available within as close as two miles, with most of them located in the town of Salisbury. There are also many bed and breakfasts, some of which are located in stately homes.

Guided tours of Stonehenge are also available. These are included in many package vacations that travel to other places in England and across the UK. Most of these are motorcoach tours that can last anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, and usually include hotel accommodations, many meals, and extensive sightseeing. If you’re not booked on this kind of comprehensive holiday, but want a Stonehenge tour providing the expertise of a professional guide, you can book these in London and other surrounding cities. Many of these are day excursions that will also visit the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral nearby and perhaps the historic city of Bath. Lunch is usually included in these tours, and they are often enjoyed in historic pubs.

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