Visit: Stonehenge, Amesbury SP4 7DE England
Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. In the early Bronze Age many burial mounds were built nearby. Today, along with Avebury, it forms the heart of a World Heritage Site, with a unique concentration of prehistoric monuments.
On the site itself, there is plenty to see and do for visitors. Iconic symbol of Britain, a walk around the Stone Circle is the centrepiece of any visit to the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. With a history spanning 4,500 years Stonehenge has many different meanings to people today. It is a wonder of the world, a spiritual place and a source of inspiration.
The Stone Circle is a masterpiece of engineering, and building it would have taken huge effort from hundreds of well-organised people using only simple tools and technologies. Visit Stonehenge to find out more, and use our handy glossary to understand words such as trilithon, sarsen and henge.
Wander around the Neolithic houses outside the visitor centre. Step inside to imagine how people lived 4,500 years ago. Chat to our volunteers and discover how the houses were built using authentic materials and techniques, based on the evidence of dwellings found nearby.
Watch us demonstrate ancient domestic skills - flint knapping, making rope out of rushes, and grinding grain with a quern and a rider.
Watch the seasons pass and take a trip through time with our incredible audio-visual 360 degree view from inside the stones, in the visitor centre. Imagine what it feels like to stand in the middle of Stonehenge at winter and summer solstice, with this unique and memorable experience.
You can also experience the Stonehenge landscape through time with our interactive map. See how the environment changed before, during and after the time of Stonehenge, and click on features to learn more about this incredible prehistoric area.
Discover the story of Stonehenge – the stones, the landscape, the people and its meaning – through a powerful combination of cutting-edge audio-visual experiences and incredible ancient objects.
Over 250 archaeological objects and treasures discovered in the landscape are displayed together at Stonehenge for the first time. Ranging from jewellery, pottery and tools to ancient human remains, many of these items are on loan from our museum partners, Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum.
Come and see the face of a man who was here 5,500 years ago – a forensic reconstruction based on his bones found near Stonehenge.