After my first visit to Stonehenge, I left feeling extremely underwhelmed on this destination and ripped off on the ticket price. I walked away calling this the “Most Over hyped Destination” I had visited. If I knew the tips I’m going to share with you during my first visit on how to visit Stonehenge for free, I’m certain I would not have coined this destination as such.
Thankfully, I returned for a second visit – read why HERE. The best part was that this visit was for free, thanks to a tip from a fellow traveller friend.
Stonehenge tickets costs £23.30 for adults and £14 for children with donation.* (£2 pounds less per ticket without the donation) Do note, that this ticket will not allow you to enter inside the stone circle. To go inside the circle, you must purchase the “VIP Experience” and this “luxury” comes at £47.00 for adults and £28.20 for kids*. Wondering how to visit Stonehenge for FREE?
*2020 Ticket Costs
Save money for other experiences without having to miss out on seeing this English Heritage with my steps below.
5 steps to see stonehenge for free
1.Google “Stonehenge Public Viewpoint”
This will provide you to directions directly in front of Stonehenge where the “Public Footpath” can be found. The public footpath is used by locals going on runs, walks etc. and smart travelers like us.
Do not steer away from the Google directions despite the road signs indicating other directions as the road signs lead you to the tourist location where you will have to pay the hefty ticket prices and walk longer to get to the site.
2. Free Parking
The directions will lead you to a dirt road directly in front of Stonehenge. This dirt road is bumpy, but it does double as an area to park your vehicle for free and is the closest place you can park your car to Stonehenge.
Need to rent a car? Use Rentalcars.com as they are my go to in England.
3. Walk Past The Ticket Entrance & Find The Public Viewpoint Entrance
Walk toward the entrance for ticket holders and right next to it you will see the public footpath entrance. This path will lead you to the “Public Viewpoint” area for the stone circle, which is next to the ticket entrance.
4. Walk The Public Footpath
The footpath alone has you feeling like you are a VIP as there are less people on it. This footpath has the same view of Stonehenge as regular ticket holders, but for free.
The picture below shows you both the Public Footpath & Ticket Footpath in Stonehenge are very close.
Now it is time to enjoy one the world’s most famous and mysterious prehistoric monuments that is this stone circle. Don’t forget to take pictures!
See the amazing pictures we took from Stonehenge’s Public Footpath without spending a dime.
What we would have spent on visiting Stonehenge, we used to treat ourselves to afternoon tea at the iconic The Pump Room in Bath.
The Pump Room offers nice views of the Roman Baths…practically for free!! As it was included with the price of afternoon tea.