How to Take a Day Trip to Stonehenge from London

The mysterious prehistoric ruin, Stonehenge, is a one-of-a-kind monument that should not be missed. Located in the idyllic countryside of Southwestern England, just 8 miles north of the charming historic town of Salisbury, Stonehenge is easily accessible from London and makes for an intriguing and unique day trip. So if you are in London for a few days or even a few weeks and looking for something different to do, a short trek to Stonehenge is worth the effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Map of Southwestern England
  • Train Tickets
  • Train Itinerary

Instructions

    • 1

      Get a timetable from Waterloo Train Station and check times for trains to Salisbury. Timetables are also available online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, check there instead.

    • 2

      Choose a day and time that is convenient for you. Keep in mind that travel time, one way, to Salisbury is about 90 minutes, so you will need a whole day for this trip.

    • 3

      Purchase train tickets. You can buy them ahead of time online or in person at Waterloo train station. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the spot.

    • 4

      Arrive in Salisbury and arrange for a taxi to take you to Stonehenge or find the local bus schedule. Buses do run regularly to Stonehenge from Salisbury and are cheaper than a taxi.

    • 5

      Tour Stonehenge and listen to the audio tour on headphones. Admission to the monument is reasonable and there are discounts for children, students and seniors as well as a lower family rate. The headphones are included in the price if you would like to listen.

    • 6

      Browse the gift shop for a great souvenir. Stonehenge is such a unique place that you will not want to miss buying a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

    • 7

      Take the bus back to Salisbury to catch the train. Make sure you have allowed enough time to make the return train.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stonehenge is open year round and only closes for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours do vary however from season to season, so be sure to double check times before planning your trip.
  • If you would rather not venture out to Stonehenge on your own there are many tour companies that offer day trips from London. This option may be a little more expensive than doing it yourself, but you will have the expertise of a guide and the added security of not getting lost on the way.
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