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Stonehenge Winter Solstice Tour

Each year on the 22nd December visitors from around the world gather at Stonehenge early in the morning to mark the Winter solstice and to see the sunrise above the stones.  This tour will then visit the Medieval city of Salisbury.

Each year in December visitors from around the world gather at Stonehenge early in the morning to mark the Winter solstice and to see the sunrise above the stones.  The sunrise on the 22nd of December at 8.04am.  We will be there for sunrise!




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Tour Highlights

  • Enter the inner circle of Stonehenge at Sunrise on the Winter Solstice
  • Witness the Druidic ceremony and Pagan Celebrations
  • Visit Salisbury Cathedral* and medieval City
  • See Old Sarum Hill Fort
  • Luxury Coach and expert guide services
  • Stonehenge Winter Solstice Druids
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The Winter Solstice is the most important day of the year at Stonehenge and a truly magical time to be there.  It’s an annual celebration that brings together England’s New Age Tribes (neo-druids, neo-pagans, Wiccans) with ordinary families, tourists, travelers and party people – 100’s of them!

For many the impulse to arrive at Stonehenge in time for the Solstice is a little like all those people drawn to the strange rock in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  It’s akin to a spiritual experience.  Anyone who has witnessed the crowd become silent as the sky begins to brighten can attest to that.

After we will visit Salisbury.  Explore the historic city of Salisbury.  Wander around the picturesque streets of this ancient market town viewing the magnificent black and white Tudor houses or visit the traditional local market that has been a feature in the city for over 800 years.

There will be time for breakfast and explore the magnificent medieval Cathedral crowned with the tallest spire in Britain and built by medieval craftsmen back in the 13th Century.  Salisbury probably has the finest medieval cathedral in Britain.  See one of the only four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta in the Chapter House.  The Magna Carta is one of the greatest constitutional documents of all times, showing the agreement reach between King John and his barons in 1215 AD.

The Solstice and Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset (opposed to New Grange, which points to the winter solstice sunrise, and the Goseck circle, which is aligned to both the sunset and sunrise).  It is thought that the Winter Solstice was actually more important to the people who constructed Stonehenge than the Summer Solstice.  The Winter Solstice was a time when most cattle were slaughtered (so they would not have to be fed during the winter) and the majority of wine and beer was finally fermented.  The sunrise on the 22nd of December is at 8.04am.  We will be there for sunrise!

The small group nature of this tour means you can have a real personal experience.



Important Information

Depart central London / Bath at approx 04.00am* December 22nd 2017.  Coach Travel to Stonehenge with guide and spend 2 hours inside the circle and witness the sun rising, Druid Ceremony and festivities.  A 1 – 2 hour visit to Salisbury and back to London / Bath at noon.  *This time may vary depending on the access time granted by English Heritage.

This is not like our traditional guided ‘Private Access’ tour.  Although this tour is guided it does not visit other attractions and is not everyone’s cup of tea, however those who do participate will never forget it and will surely ‘tell the tale’ for many years to come…… Please take the time to view our images / video of previous ‘Solstice Tours’.

For those of you who have not visited this sacred site, we should mention that the complex is roped off. Visitors observe the stones from a distance and are not permitted within the temple complex.  Our ‘Winter Solstice’ tours allow you to be amongst the stones before the site is open to the general public.

N.B. With this exception English Heritage do not allow any other ‘private access’ tours between 19th December and 25th December.

English Heritage has not confirmed the date for Open Access for Stonehenge on the Winter Solstice yet, but most likely this will be dawn on the 21st of December.  Expect a short period of access, from approximately 07.00 to 09.00am.  They work closely with agencies, and people from all sectors of the community, in order to create a peaceful occasion – ensuring an event that can be safely enjoyed by all and protects Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments.

Due to the nature of this ‘special access’ tour and the strict entry conditions that English Heritage impose.  Please register your interest for this tour by using the ‘book now’ button or email us.  We will then contact you with booking details and terms and conditions.  This is on a first come first serve’ basis.

There may be a 20- 30 minute walk to the monument so bring a torch!

This tour is designed for people staying in London without their own transport and offers great value.  Visiting Stonehenge for the Solstice from London would be virtually impossible by public transport.

Entrance to Salisbury Cathedral is optional and is NOT included in the tour price.

NEW FOR 2017: Winter Solstice sunset viewing with transport from London and our exclusive Winter Solstice Sunset walking tour (Meet at Stonehenge option).



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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