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How to Visit Stonehenge for FREE in 2024 – 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 2024 is £20.90 (£23 with Gift Aid) and you also have to pay to park up at the visitor centre in peak season.

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 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 9.30 am and, from then on, it’s packed with visitors all day until 8 pm!

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 the summer solstice.

For more information on celebrating the Summer Solstice, 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 it. 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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Sunday 21st of January 2024

Hi, Many thanks for this detailed article on how to see the stones for free. Followed it and saved ourselves £45. Cheers, Tim & Helen

Sophie Pearce

Sunday 21st of January 2024

Hi Tim and Helen, ah you're so welcome and what a saving! Glad you had a good time :) thanks for reading, Sophie x


Wednesday 12th of April 2023

Hello! Do you know if they keep this trail open even when the normal trail is closed? I mean like early in the morning or when the site closes on Jun 21. Thanks!

Sophie Pearce

Thursday 20th of April 2023

Hi Diego, I believe they keep the trail open but if you're visiting for Solstice I would recommend parking up and going in for free :) It's busy but a wonderful atmosphere and you get to touch the stones! Sophie x


Thursday 6th of April 2023

Thank you for the tip! The gate beyond the Stonehenge sign was open, so we could drive pretty much all the way in and park with the campervans. Stonehenge was then just 2 minutes away, brilliant!

Sophie Pearce

Friday 7th of April 2023

Hi Steph, Ah I'm so happy that it all worked out for you and you had a great time :) Thanks for reading! Sophie x


Sunday 26th of March 2023

Can you get there by regular bus from Salisbury?

Sophie Pearce

Friday 7th of April 2023

Hi Art, sorry for the late reply! Yes, you can. You can take the Salisbury Reds bus service from the city centre to Larkhill. Then, you can walk to Stonehenge from there. Alternatively, yuo could get dropped off at the visitor centre and visit that way but it will be a bit of a walk :) Thanks, Sophie x


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Hi Sophie, thanks for the very information post. I'll be holidaying with my dog and we are thinking of dropping by. Do you know if dogs are allowed on this free public footpath? I have not read any information confirming if dogs (on lead) are allowed. Many thanks!

Sophie Pearce

Thursday 8th of December 2022

Hi Joan, I've not seen any signs of dogs not allowed there. But , I'd definitely keep them on a lead due to the sheep! :) Hope this helps and have fun! Sophie x