Summer Solstice at Stonehenge 2016

Monday 20th June 2016
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE, England MAP
FREE (£15 for car park)
daily capacity: 20000
last updated: Thu 9th Jun 2016

the Solstice

English Heritage are again expected to provide "Managed Open Access" for around 20,000 people to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice. Please help to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the conditions (see below).

Please note that a high volume of traffic is anticipated in the Stonehenge area on the evening of Monday 20th June with solstice at 22:34. The car park (enter off the A303 from the roundabout - it's signposted).

Access

Access to the stones themselves is expected to be from around 7pm on Sunday 19th June. Times to be confirmed.

There's likely to be casual entertainment from samba bands & drummers but no amplified music is allowed. When you visit Stonehenge for the Solstice, please remember it is a Sacred Place to many and should be respected.

Van loads of police have been present in the area in case of any trouble, but generally a jovial mood prevails. Few arrests have been made in previous years, mostly in relation to minor drug offences.

Facilities

Toilets and drinking water are available and welfare is provided by festival welfare services. There are normally one or two food and drink vans with reasonable prices but huge queues, all well away from the stones themselves.

Sunrise is at around 4:45am.

Parking will be £15.

Conditions

Rules include no camping, no dogs, no fires or fireworks, no glass bottles, no large bags or rucksacks, and no climbing onto the stones. Please use the bags given free on arrival and take them out, filled with your litter, to the skips provided. Please respect the rules so that we're all able to enjoy the solstice morning at Stonehenge for years to come.

Getting there

Where possible, please travel to Stonehenge using public transport. The local bus company, Wilts & Dorset, will be running a service from Salisbury railway and bus stations to Stonehenge over the Solstice period. Access to Stonehenge from the bus drop off point is through the National Trust farmland.

Helpful links

For the full access policy details please see the English Heritage Summer Solstice website.

For directions, click here.
For special access to the Stones (not during the Solstice), click here.
The Avebury complex is a must on your itinerary and only a short journey, north, from Stonehenge. There is free, open access to the whole of this huge site. click here for more information.

More information will be here when available.

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Monday 20th June 2016
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE, England MAP
FREE (£15 for car park)
daily capacity: 20000
last updated: Thu 9th Jun 2016


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