Summer Solstice at Stonehenge 2018

Thursday 21st June 2018
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE, England MAP
FREE (£15 for car park)
daily capacity: 20000
last updated: Wed 9th May 2018

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 Wednesday 20th June. The car park is signposted, enter off the A303 from the roundabout.


English Heritage have now confirmed the following access for 2018:-

The Solstice car park opens at 7pm Wednesday 20th June, with last access at 6am on Thursday. The car park is to be vacated by midday.

Access to the stones permitted from 7pm Wednesday 20th June. Sunset is at 9.26pm.

Sunrise is at 4.52am. The stonehenge monument field closes at 8am

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.


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.

Parking will be £15.


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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Thursday 21st June 2018
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE, England MAP
FREE (£15 for car park)
daily capacity: 20000
last updated: Wed 9th May 2018

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