Travel info for Stonehenge Winter Solstice

Travel info for Stonehenge Winter Solstice

Published by Mike Draper at 5:00am 21st December 2019. (Updated at 10:30am 22nd December 2019)

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Getting to this year's event should be easier thanks to special shuttle buses and advice about the A303 from Highways England.

THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE WINTER SOLSTICE

An estimated 5,000 people are expected to visit Stonehenge on the morning of Sunday, 22 December, and with limited parking on site, English Heritage is once again urging visitors to use public transport or car share.

The Monument Field will be opened at approximately 7.45am, dependent on light levels, and will close at 10.00am.

SALISBURY REDS SHUTTLE BUSES

    • Salisbury Reds buses is running its 333 service to Stonehenge between 6.00am and 6.50am
    • Buses will run Salisbury New Canal on Sunday 22 December
    • Buses will be returning from Stonehenge between 9.15am and 10.15 am
    • The service will also stop at Salisbury Railway Station and Salisbury Street in Amesbury
    • Tickets from Salisbury cost £10 for an adult return
    • Child tickets (between 5 and 14 years) cost £5 return
Salisbury Reds Winter Solstice 2019 shuttle bus timetable.
The Salisbury Reds Winter Solstice shuttle bus timetable, and ticketing info from Amesbury

Nikki Honer, Salisbury Reds head of communications, said:

"Buses will leave Salisbury from early on Sunday morning, to give customers plenty of time to reach the stones and mark the Winter Solstice in their own way. We already work closely with English Heritage at Stonehenge - providing buses to the location for those wishing to leave their cars behind - but this is a very special occasion. The aim is to make it as easy as possible for people to come and take in the magical atmosphere here early on Sunday morning."

"Parking at Stonehenge is very limited, so English Heritage recommends that people travel by public transport or car share wherever possible. However you travel, make sure you wrap up warm and be prepared for a chilling morning!"

GOING TO WINTER SOLSTICE BY CAR

If you're going by car to the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, Highways England is advising motorists to plan their journey.

A view of traffic on the A303 during the Winter Solstice in 2017.
WINTER SOLSTICE: Visitors urged to use public transport or car share.

A303 SPEED LIMIT

To assist the flow of traffic both before and after the event, a 40mph speed limit will be in place on the A303 between the Countess roundabout and Longbarrow roundabout, with the lay-bys closed in-between.

Gareth Price, Highways England Emergency Planning Officer for the South West, said:

"We expect traffic volumes to increase around the event, and our aim is to keep the Highways England network running while keeping road users safe and informed. The traffic management will be in place for safety and to keep disruption to a minimum, and we advise all road users to check our traffic and travel information channels, plan their journeys and allow plenty of time."

Drivers can get up-to-the-minute travel information by following @HighwaysSWEST on Twitter.

For more information on the Winter Solstice you can also check English Heritage: Stonehenge Winter Solstice.

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