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The standing stones of Stonehenge against the blue sky with dawn breaking before sunrise.

Visiting Stonehenge for Summer Solstice

Across the world, there is probably nowhere more closely associated with the summer solstice than Stonehenge. While a busy attraction all year round, England’s most famous archaeological site receives its largest number of visitors at Midsummer, when thousands gather to witness the sun rise here on the northern hemispheres’ longest day of the year. For the 2024 summer solstice, I took a dedicated solstice bus tour from London to Stonehenge; I share my experience.

The standing stones of Stonehenge against the blue sky with dawn breaking before sunrise.
The sarsen megaliths standing stark against the night sky.

Observing Solstice at Stonehenge

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge 2024

People within the stone circle at Stonehenge greeting the rising sun.
Revellers in the centre of the circle greet the rising sun.
Many camera phones raised to catch the rising sun at Stonehenge on summer solstice.
Camera phones appear en mass to welcome the appearance of the midsummer sun.
A group of people standing on top of a barrow at Stonehenge to see the rising sun.
One of the nearby barrows, or earthen burial mounds, as seen in the morning light.
The crowds of people surrounding the standing stones of Stonehenge in the early morning.
Stonehenge and assembled crowds as seen in the morning light.

Archaeology Travel Tips

How to Get to Stonehenge for Summer Solstice 2025

Stonehenge is on the Salisbury Plain in the English county of Wiltshire. The site is 8km north of the city of Salisbury. 

By Bus

By Train

Salisbury is connected to a number of cities by train, including London, Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Southampton. It is possible to get a bus from Salisbury city to Stonehenge, or a taxi.

Private Transport

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of the most well known of all prehistoric sites in the United Kingdom. These famous stones have touched all facets of the popular imagination, much of it fanciful. The location of these enormous stones has been an important place for prehistoric communities since at least 8000 BC. Around 5,000 years ago a ditch and bank henge was created. And there followed about 1,500 years of development. Given the site’s iconic status it is a very popular historical attraction, with people visiting in their millions each year.

Archaeology Travel Writer

Ethan Doyle White

When not exploring archaeology and history sites at home and abroad, and then writing about these for Archaeology Travel, I research religion in early medieval England and contemporary uses of heritage. In 2019 I completed a PhD in medieval history and archaeology from University College, London. Read More

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