Houghton House


Historic Site
Off A344 Rd, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE, United Kingdom
Open until 6:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:30 AM–6:30 PM

The true meaning of this ancient creation has been lost in time. Was it a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar? How did our ancestors carry the mighty stones from so far away and then build this amazing structure? It never fails to impress.


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    Endre F.
    "Look for special occasions when you can walk amongst the stones!"(14 Tips)
    "Download the app or pick up an audio guide :)"(9 Tips)
    Areej Q.
    "Amazing!!! Especially loved the audio tour! (:"(4 Tips)
    Susana N.
    "As a English Heritage member..."(3 Tips)
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  • Matt B.
    Incredible to see in person! It felt like I was living in a dream! We missed out on the tour that lets you stand in the center, but even from this distance, it was phenomenal!
    Matt Banke · September 7, 2015
  • Helen W.
    You can walk to the henge for free. If the entrance fee prevents you from visiting, the henge is 1.4 miles from the visitor centre. The view is more restricted then paying visitors but still worth it.
    Helen Whitten · October 11, 2014
  • Vivian L.
    Don't bottleneck at the beginning. Once you move in a little people disperse so you won't have to wait forever to take a picture. However the best (or closest) views are in the first 1/4 or 1/3
    Vivian Li · October 11, 2012
  • Steven A.
    If you are willing to walk to the site and don't want an audio guide or see the exhibition, you save the entry price: just walk past the ticket office and not pay, no appears to check on busy days.
    Steven Askwith · August 10, 2014
  • Ian A.
    £14.99 to get in!!! We parked on a dirt road nearby, climbed a fence, crossed a field and got as close as the security guards would let us. Better story and it was free!
    Ian Agar · June 2, 2014
  • Rachel
    We arrived at 6pm couldnt enter the car park so we Just parked the car at the road side and walk across the road towards the fence. Remember to bring a portable chair or ladder to take pic. :p
    Rachel · April 14, 2013
  • Susana N.
    That place is just amazing! Breads story, humanity challenge, emotions... Can't wait to come back! I wish I can do camping in here over night!!! As a English Heritage member... I strongly recommend ❤️
    Susana Nobre · 2 weeks ago
  • Rory E.
    Don't bother paying the admission or car park fee, you can park in the street next to it and then walk over to the fence. You're getting the same view as the people who have paid and saved some money!
    Rory Elrick · August 8, 2011
  • Simone
    Disappointing... Or how you can turn a sacred place dedicated to nature cycles into a cash-machine. Behind the "official" path is free path that can get you closer but not that close - ask locals.
    Simone · June 16, 2014
  • Marie-Anne R.
    The nearest train station to get there is Salisbury (only 90 minutes from London Waterloo). Then you can take a "Stonehenge tour bus" at the Salisbury station to get on the site. It's magic.
    Marie-Anne Ramond · August 23, 2013
  • Akerath A.
    The Russian website shows pictures 'Stonehenge' has been built in 1954. Let's see this site http://beforeitsnews.com/blogging-citizen-journalism/2013/12/shock-1954-photos-show-stonehenge-being-built-2
    Akerath Ake · November 10, 2014
  • Mark T.
    Best approach is from the small village, Lake. Its a 30minute walk across the fields but far more peaceful and better than the traffic island that is the approach from the A303
    Mark Timms · May 30, 2010
  • Gary H.
    Smaller than most expect. Why not go for a walk in the surrounding Stonehenge landscape. Check out The Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls - the largest henge in Britain. Read more
    Gary Hemmings · April 2, 2010
  • Michael W.
    Audio tip useful. You are closest to the stones at the beginning of your tour- probably the best time for photos (depending on the sunlight of course!)
    Michael W · August 27, 2013
  • Cams E.
    It's an amazing and magical place. You have to pay for the entrance but you get a free audioguide with your tickets.
    Cams Escallon · June 26, 2013
  • Kasia B.
    Nice place! Really would like to touch it but seeing it is great experience as well. Can't understand greedy ppl which travel there only to take a pic standing next to the fence lol must go in!
    Kasia Borzymowska · September 6, 2012
  • Brad T.
    More interested in how they got there and they built them rather than the actual structure itself, which is frankly a little underwhelming.
    Brad T · April 7, 2015
  • Tariq H.
    Listen carefully to the audio tour and try to take in the magnitude of what these ancient people did. It's truly amazing!
    Tariq Hossenbux · May 21, 2014
  • Yarn L.
    Plug in your headphones into the audio guide and you'll be hands free to listen and take pictures at the same time.
    Yarn Lam · April 5, 2015
  • T W.
    Before you go, apply for after hours access INTO Stonehenge at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk. Otherwise you have to view from several 100 feet away during normal hours with the tour buses.
    T W · September 7, 2013
  •  ℋumorous
    It is best to first view the Stonehenge in silence from all angles then if you wish to use the audio tour, your own headphones will fit the jack. ☺
     ℋumorous · June 14, 2012
  • Marianne S.
    Nice, but too expensive (around £15)! Go by your own car in the morning, when its not too crowded, and see it for free beyond the fence.
    Marianne Senatore · October 4, 2015
  • Gary H.
    Free entry for English Heritage and National Trust members. Car park charges in place in summer months except for EH and NT members with car stickers.
    Gary Hemmings · August 16, 2010
  • dannysullivan
    If you're going, try to book private access. Easy and much better. More here: Tour Stonehenge The Right Way — Private Access, http://daggle.com/tour-stonehenge-the-right-way-private-access-124 Read more
    dannysullivan · April 13, 2010
  • Pedro S.
    Make sure you listen to the audio guide. It is brilliant if you can work yourself into the mood. Time it so the sun sets 1h15 after you get in.
    Pedro Shade · January 9, 2011
  • Maria K.
    It's just a bunch of rocks but I'd still recommend everyone to go there at least once. I was really impressed.
    Maria Köhler · April 18, 2015
  • ARC
    Mystical, a true wonder of England. Also makes a great stop on the way from Kent or London to Devon & Cornwall.By coach from victoria station or rideing a car,don't miss it!
    ARC · November 20, 2011
  • Viator.com
    The town of Salisbury is 8 miles south and the beautiful medieval Salisbury Cathedral is a must. The famous Magna Carta is also housed there. Read more
    Viator.com · January 27, 2012
  • Tatyana Z.
    Stonehenge is not the only monument at this place. There are at least 5 more monuments a mile from the main attraction. You can find a path to them on the photographs near Stonehenge main stones.
    Tatyana Zailer · August 29, 2015
  • Antoine L.
    It's possible to park in a side road and see it from not too far rather than pay the £16.50. Free for English Heritage Members though.
    Antoine Lefebvre · March 29
  • Gary H.
    If King Arthur is picketing by the entrance then why not pop over, sign the petition, have a picture taken and buy the old warhorse a coffee. White with two please.
    Gary Hemmings · August 16, 2010
  • Steve E.
    More interesting than I expected it to be. Worthwhile considering annual membership of English Heritage to give free access to EH sites for a year.
    Steve Earle · December 1, 2014
  • Ignacio R.
    If you going from Reading-Pewsey on train, don't mind the map that refers bus stop B. Plan to walk 5min and get to Bus Stop C by the fire station
    Ignacio Ruiz · June 21, 2015
  • Patrick V.
    Bit pricy, but worth a visit! Take the bus next to the visitors center. Much quicker!
    Patrick Van de Voort · August 19, 2014
  • Damian
    Do not pay the admission fee, this is our heritage! Railing it off with barbed wire and charging £17 - English heritage - shame on you!
    Damian · August 16, 2015
  • Leilani H.
    AMAZING PLACE - a must see. But... absolute WORST COFFEE EVER! The filter coffee from the cafe at the entry/exit was horrendous.
    Leilani House · June 17, 2012
  • Cheryl G.
    You might be a little disappointed because the real thing looks smaller than expected but still whip out your camera-Stonehenge against a clear blue sky is very picturesque.
    Cheryl Goh · April 2, 2011
  • Hams S.
    Spectacular. Ten thousand years old and can still accurately calculate the calendar year.
    Hams Solo · September 8, 2015
  • The British Monarchy
    The Earl and The Countess of Wessex visit Stonehenge in Wiltshire, 1 May 2014. Read more
    The British Monarchy · May 6, 2014
  • HaeAn S.
    Visit exhibition first and take shuttle bus to go to see the stones. Then you will more enjoy the site. Very interesting.
    HaeAn Sung · March 23, 2015
  • Endre F.
    Look for special occasions when you can walk amongst the stones! The place is spectacular anyway though.
    Endre Fejes · October 5, 2014
  • Paula Olivia R.
    One off the bucket list. It was freezing cold when we went there so make sure to bring a jacket, ear muffs and hand gloves.
    Paula Olivia Racho · May 30, 2013
  • Immersed English
    A magnificent sight amid the countryside of Wiltshire. Stop off in nearby Salisbury for some typical pub grub afterwards. Read more
    Immersed English · February 18, 2012
  • Sarah N.
    Really good if you are an English Heritage member as you go straight through. Think it will be enhanced once the visitors center is built
    Sarah Naylor · September 1, 2013
  • Heather R.
    Certainly worth it, although would love to get the tour that goes inside, if such a thing exists. Next time!
    Heather Rodriguez · July 5, 2012
  • Hector B.
    Great place, the exhibition is great. Be mindful about weather is usually very windy at the stones..
    Hector Barocio · March 19, 2015
  • Claudio V.
    Go there very early, when it has just opened, you'll be able to take great pictures without the lot of people that are usually in.
    Claudio Valerio · October 1, 2011
  • Caitlyn H.
    There are over 500 ancient artistocratic graves within a 3 mile radius of stonehenge. Keep an eye out for little burrows.
    Caitlyn Homer · January 14, 2011
  • Ros47 D.
    Site of first recorded game of intergalactic dominoes. Should have picked up after ourselves but really didn't think the humans would make such a big deal out of this.
    Ros47 Delta · April 9, 2014
  • Alistair
    It would be a better experience if you didn't have to share it with just so many other people. And yes, I know I was part of the problem.
    Alistair · April 14, 2015

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