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How to Visit Stonehenge for FREE in 2021 – Wiltshire’s Best Kept Secret!

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I’ve always been one to pay for attractions. In fact, I often will just pay the cost of the ticket when I travel as you only live once, right? But, Stonehenge, I have a little bit of a gripe about.

The price to enter Stonehenge in 2018 is £17.50 (£19.50 with Gift Aid) and you also have to pay £5 to park up at the visitor centre. That’s maximum £24.50 per ticket! Insane.

That’s without the price of your travel. Last year, English Heritage made £73 million alone from Stonehenge. A historic site that was left here 5,000 years ago.

But, being a Wiltshire lass, I know a few secrets and one of them being how to see Stonehenge completely FREE!

Now, just before you panic, there is nothing illegal about this. In fact, you will be walking on a public footpath around a metre away from the general public who have paid to visit the stones. You essentially get the exact same view, without spending a single penny.

Sound good? Okay, let’s do this!

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Don’t worry, that’s not the view lol!

Step by step instructions on how to visit Stonehenge for free

Step 1: Start out on Fargo Road, in Amesbury, Wiltshire

Stonehenge is based in Amesbury which is out in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside!

The site is a stand-alone monument and you can actually pass it along the A303 road. So, if you didn’t want to get up close, you can catch a glimpse here. There’s always traffic, so you’ll be going slow enough to see.

If you did want to get up close to the stones, then plug Fargo Road (Lark hill) into your Satnav.

You can no longer park up on the A303 and the ‘old’ car park I read from older reviews is now the Visitor centre.

Fargo Road connects both the pathway to Stonehenge and Woodhenge if you wanted to check that out.  You’ll know you’re in the right place when the road is blocked off and you see the sign.

Make sure you’re parked up on the side nearest to Stonehenge. Once I got here, I just plugged in Stonehenge and followed the road until I could see the pathway;

how to visit stonehenge for free
how to see stonehenge for free

Step 2: head down the gravel path all the way to Stonehenge

Once you’re parked up, head down the long gravel path towards Stonehenge.

If you’re not sure where the path begins, just plug it into your Google Maps from Fargo Road and follow the route. It will take around 15 minutes to reach the site.

I got lost around 4/5 times, so you don’t have to! Having not done this since I was a kid, I wasn’t sure what fields were permissible in getting to Stonehenge.

Turns out, none of them were! Most of the meadows came to dead ends of electric fences. But, my detour led me to lots of cute sheep (and unfortunately their poop).

So lesson learned, don’t veer off the gravel path or walk through any of the gates until the very end! You will see the buses dropping the visitors off, and that’s your turn off point.

how to see stonehenge for free
how to visit stonehenge for free

Step 3: Go through the public pathway gate

When you get to the bottom of the gravel path, you will come to the area where the tourists are dropped off by the shuttle buses to see Stonehenge.

You obviously can’t walk through the normal entrance without a ticket, but you can walk along the public pathway for cyclists and pedestrians which is right next to it. Again, this is not illegal as it’s  public land and you can walk here free of charge.

how to visit stonehenge for free
how to visit stonehenge free of charge

Step 4: Meet the stones

You made it! You should now be face to face with the incredible neolithic site of Stonehenge.

One of the best known pre-historic monuments in Europe. it’s an epic site to behold that brings an air of mystery. How did they get here? Why was it built? Your mind will be racing.

And the best bit? It didn’t cost a thing!

If you look at the picture below, you’re actually only a couple of metres away from the ‘observation path’.

It’s good to note that you can’t actually get in amongst the stones even with a paid ticket, so you’re essentially seeing the same view!

Of course, you have a barbed wire fence in the way but it’s still a beauty.

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Go at your own time

What I loved about seeing Stonehenge this way was that I got to have it pretty much all to myself.

The first ticket entry is at 9.30am and, from then on, it’s packed with visitors all day until 8pm!

I wanted to see it early morning and in peace and this way allowed me to do that. It was a magical feeling.

how to visit stonehenge for free

How to visit Stonehenge for free on the Summer Solstice

Every year for Summer Solstice, in eve of the longest day of the year, Stonehenge opens it’s doors for the public.

On June 20th of each year, you can enter the site for free and climb amongst the stones in celebration! I’ve done it a couple of years in the past and I absolutely love it.

Everybody waits in amongst the stones for the sun to rise to mark the earliest sunrise and latest sunset.

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You will hear drums going all night, dancing, partying and all sorts and everyone cheers when the sun goes up.

It’s a tradition that has been running for more than 5,000 years, so I would definitely recommend it if you’re in UK for the solstice.

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In recent years, I’ve been celebrating a little closer to home at a lesser known, but equally as beautiful, stone circle called Avebury. Each year for solstice, visitors walk amongst the stones waiting for the sun to come up.

As a plus, Avebury is free to the public all year round. Not just for summer solstice.

For more information you can see my post all about it here.

summer solstice in avebury stone circle

So, that’s how to visit Stonehenge for FREE! Never pay again…

So, there you have it, an easy step by step (completely legal) guide of how to visit Stonehenge for free.

I think that the view you get from this platform is just as good as paying for a ticket and a visit really isn’t worth the £24.50. Save your cash and do it this way instead. Plus, you can go for sunrise and have it all to yourself, bonus.

I hope you enjoy feeling the energies of Stonehenge, let it bedazzle you without hurting your wallet!

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stephane

Sunday 10th of October 2021

is this still feasable nowadays? Thanks

Sophie Pearce

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Hi Steph, Yep the permissive pathway is accessible all year and always as it's a public walking trail. Hope you have a good time! Sophie x

Kirsty Thomas

Saturday 21st of August 2021

We loved your free Stonehenge guide - for a family of 4 it would have cost £70 (2021) which is really disappointing unless I signed up and joined English heritage - so we decided on your alternative, Avebury - oh my goodness we spent 6 hours at the site touching the stones a lovely walk and picnic amongst sheep wild flowers stones and the wishing tree. We did the national trust museum, manor house and gardens - loved the shops in the hamlet too. I felt quite chilled and didn’t want to leave, my 7yr old son bought a crystals book from the henge shop which led to an obsession with stones and crystals so maybe it’s done something! I would love to go back for sure - we did a drive by stone henge on the way back to our campsite and we felt stone henge was quite underwhelming compared to our Avebury experience. Thank you for your blog we will however try it out properly and visit SH but for now we felt very happy ?

Sophie Pearce

Sunday 29th of August 2021

Hi Kirsty, ah I'm so happy that my guide could help you out! It does add up when you have a family so totally worth parking up and walking over. Avebury is one of my favourite places in the world and I always recommend it over Stonehenge as there is so much more to do and it's free. I'm so happy you had a lovely holiday and your kids had so much fun! Thanks, Sophie x

Catherine Sullivan

Friday 11th of June 2021

Hi Sophie, just done the walk from Fargo Rd great ! and saved the 2 of us £40 ish ( incl parking) would just like to say we parked at end of Willoughby Road where it meets Fargo Road, in case it helps others, as we had gone too far the other end of Fargo Road and then realised & drive back on ourselves. Many thanks for your tips most appreciated ?

Sophie Pearce

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Hi Catherine, I'm so happy that my post could help you and that's a huge saving! Thanks for the tip about Willoughby Road as well as I'm sure that will help others :) Glad you had a lovely time and you had great weather! Sophie x

Vickie

Sunday 6th of June 2021

Sophie....Thanks for the information!! I will be in London with my husband and parents in September. My parents are elderly and might need a motorized scooter or wheelchair for touring. Do you think these would work on the gravel path? Thanks for your time!

Sophie Pearce

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hi Vickie, that’s amazing about your trip and I’m so excited for you. I’m going to be honest, a scooter/wheelchair may be a struggle on that gravel path. It is flat the whole way and You’ll be walking for around 15 minutes to the stones. But, it is a stretch and I’m not sure if the gravel path and sharp stones would potentially damage the scooter/wheelchair. If I was going to be on the safe side I would say to make use of the accessibility with English Heritage as they have bus travel and ramps etc. As well as a good path for wheelchairs. But, I know it’s a pricey ticket. So, it will be a judgement call. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help! I just don’t want to recommend the walk and then it not be possible for you all! Sophie x

Trevor

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Wonderful article on Stonehenge access. Totally agree with your thinking about Heritage England restricting access and making a £73m + cash cow of this place. The car park, visitor centre, with 80% of the building being a Retail Outlet! Keep up the good work. Trevor

Sophie Pearce

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Thank you and Exactly! It’s making endless profit on an ancient sit that was meant for all! Thank you so much! Sophie x

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