During the Summer Solstice access to Stonehenge, we support all individuals and groups conducting their own forms of ceremony and celebration providing that they are mutually respectful and tolerant of one another. It is a place seen by many as a sacred site – therefore please respect it and those attending.
English Heritage continues to work closely with the many agencies and people from all sectors of the community and would like to thank them for their help and support.
|Parking and entry to the Monument will be free, subject to the Conditions of Entry. Please do not arrive at the Solstice Car Park or Stonehenge in advance of the opening times listed below: SOLSTICE CAR PARK OPENS||1900 hours (7pm) Thursday 20th June|
|ACCESS TO STONEHENGE||1900 hours (7pm) Thursday 20th June|
|LAST ADMISSION TO SOLSTICE CAR PARK||0600 hours (6am) Friday 21st June|
|STONEHENGE CLOSES||0800 hours (8am) Friday 21st June|
|SOLSTICE CAR PARK TO BE VACATED||1200 hours (12 Noon) Friday 21st June|
Sunset on Thursday 20th June 2013 is at 2126 hrs (9.26pm)
Sunrise on Friday 21st June 2013 is at 0452 hrs (4.52am)
WE HOPE THE WEATHER WILL BE KIND
AND WISH YOU A PEACEFUL AND CELEBRATORY SOLSTICE
SECTION 2 – ONCE YOU ARE AT STONEHENGE: • Conditions of Entry • Admission to Stonehenge • Facilities • Welfare • Rubbish Disposal • For your Safety • In case of emergency
SECTION 3 – OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION: • Visit Wiltshire Website • Local Camping Facilities • Tourist Information Centres • Stonehenge Summer Solstice Website • Stonehenge Summer Solstice Information Hotline • Map 3
SECTION 1 – PLANNING YOUR VISIT
In this section: • What (and what not!) to bring with you • Travelling to Stonehenge • Parking facilities
What (and what not!) to bring with you
• When thinking about what to bring with you, remember your personal possessions are your responsibility and you will have to carry them with you at all times. Therefore, travel as light as you can. Large bags or large rucksacks will not be allowed at the Monument although small bags and rucksacks (similar size to hand luggage on airlines) will be permitted. • Think carefully about what valuables you normally carry and leave all non-essential items at home. Whilst there is a lost property system, the nature of the access means that if you drop/mislay something in the Solstice Car Park or at Stonehenge it might not be easily found or handed in. If you are bringing your mobile phone with you please keep it safe. Think of the hassle you would have if you lost it, or it was stolen. • Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and, in addition, livestock and wildlife also graze in the area. If you bring any glass items with you, they will be confiscated. This also includes any other objects that could cause damage to the Monument or people there. No plastic bottles will be available for decanting purposes. • Please do not bring dogs, pets or other creatures – they are not permitted into Stonehenge, with the exception of registered assistance dogs. Apart from potentially upsetting wildlife and stock in the area, animal faeces present a health risk to children and also to people walking barefoot. • Due to the large number of people in attendance, naked flame is extremely dangerous and it infringes local bylaws/regulations and constitutes a potential fire hazard, so please do not light any fires – this includes BBQs, flaming torches, candles, night-lights, Chinese lanterns or fireworks. • The Solstice Car Park and Stonehenge are ‘fields’ so sensible footwear is essential. • Make sure you wear and bring with you warm clothing, as despite the time of the year, the weather at Stonehenge can be very cold and damp. If rain is likely, then bring a small umbrella for personal use. Please do not wear a hi-viz jacket as this can cause confusion with the officials undertaking a safety role. • In the interests of safety, sleeping bags or duvets will not be allowed on site. Sleeping on the ground can create a trip hazard especially as much of the access is during the hours of darkness. Also, people asleep on the ground could interfere
with the work of the emergency services and hinder their ability to attend an incident. Small ground sheets and blankets will be permitted for people to sit on. If you do want to sleep during the access period, it is strongly recommended that you either return to your vehicle in the Solstice Car Park or go to one of the public gathering areas outside the Monument. • Camping (including erecting any tented structures), fires or BBQs are NOT permitted at Stonehenge, in the Solstice Car Park, or anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land. • Stonehenge is a world renowned historic Monument and it is seen by many who attend the access as a sacred site. Amplified Music is inappropriate and will not be permitted at the Monument, in the surrounding landscape or Solstice Car Park, so please do not bring any sound systems or portable amplifiers. Acoustic instruments will be permitted. • Drunken, disorderly, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated; ejection, possibly by the Police without return, will be the outcome. • Illegal drugs are still illegal at Stonehenge as they are anywhere else. The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone flouting the law. Summer Solstice is not a good time to experiment with drugs - the crowd, the noise and the sheer size of the place are likely to make any bad reaction much, much worse. As much of the access is at night, if you had a bad reaction it may be difficult to locate you to administer treatment. • Only small amounts of alcohol for personal use will be permitted on to site. Alcohol is limited to no more than the equivalent of four 500ml cans of beer/cider or 75cl of wine. No further alcohol will be permitted on subsequent re-entry. Be warned, drug/alcohol cocktails can be lethal, so please be fully of aware of what you are doing. As mentioned previously, no glass bottles are allowed on site at any time.
Travelling to Stonehenge
• Stonehenge is located approximately 2½ miles (4 kms) from the town of Amesbury. The nearest bus and railway stations are in Salisbury, which is 12 miles (19 kms) away from Stonehenge. • As the roads around Stonehenge will be very busy, it is recommended that you leave your car at home and travel to Stonehenge using public transport. Trains run regularly to Salisbury from London, Bristol/Bath and Southampton and the local bus company, Salisbury Reds, will be running a special service, from Salisbury railway and bus stations to a drop-off point near Stonehenge. The buses will also stop at any recognised bus stop along the line of the route, which is via Amesbury. • This bus service will commence at 1830 hours (6.30pm) on Thursday 20th June and run regularly until 0115 hours (1.15am) on Friday 21st June. A service taking people back to Salisbury will start again at 0400 hours (4.00am) and run frequently until 0945 hours (9.45am). The collection point for the return service is in the same location as the drop-off point.
• The walk to Stonehenge from the bus drop-off/collection point is 1½ miles (approximately 2½ kms) - about a 20-30 minute walk and is through National Trust farmland. Sensible footwear might not be fashionable but is definitely advisable as the land is agricultural and the route includes some sloping ground. Also the route is not lit and you may wish to bring a small torch (not naked flame though!!). • To help you plan your journey to Stonehenge, further details on train and bus timetables and fares are available from the following links: For bus service information:
Salisbury Reds Bus Company
For train information:
South West Trains
Tel: 0845 6000 650
|First Great Western www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk Tel: 0845 7000 125|
|National Rail Enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk Tel: 08457 48 49 50|