Best camping, glamping, and outdoor stays in Stonehenge

While camping onsite is strictly forbidden, plenty of campsites near Stonehenge are within easy reach.

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Archaeological wonder, pagan worship site, UNESCO Heritage site—Stonehenge is all of these things and more. Discover its mysterious origins at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre,  explore the prehistoric stone circle, or venture into the inner circle on a guided tour. Pack a picnic to enjoy with a view of the stones, hike between ancient ruins in the surrounding Wiltshire countryside, then check into one of the many camping and glamping sites along the Salisbury plains, whether it's just outside of Amesbury, within walking distance of Stonehenge, or a short drive away. For an unforgettable experience, join revelers for the annual Summer Solstice festival. You can't camp at the site itself, but local campsites provide shuttles to the event.

When to go

Stonehenge is open year-round, although your visit will be at the mercy of the Salisbury weather—grey clouds and showers are common. Peak season is summer (July and August), when crowds of day-trippers flock to the ruins. Book your time slot at least six weeks in advance, and opt for an early morning or late afternoon visit to avoid the coach tour arrivals. A sunrise or sunset visit is most atmospheric, but only possible by guided tour.

Know before you go

  • Stonehenge is set along the Salisbury Plains, 90 miles southwest of London or an about 2-hour drive along the A303. To arrive by public transport, take the train from London to Salisbury, then a shuttle bus to Stonehenge.
  • Visits to Stonehenge are via timed, 30-minute tickets and include free optional shuttle buses to and from the stones (about a mile walk otherwise). General admission allows you to view the stones from the outside. To walk inside the stone circle, you'll need to book a VIP tour outside of general visiting hours. Viewing the stones from afar without a ticket is also possible.
  • The Stonehenge Visitor Centre includes restrooms, a café and gift shop, and wifi.
  • Stonehenge is an open-air site, so prepare for changeable weather. A raincoat or umbrella is recommended even in summer.
  • Stonehenge has wheelchair-accessible facilities, buses, and trails.

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