Stonehenge in Winter

Visiting Stonehenge in winter offers a unique experience. We love winter here, during every month: December, January, and February.

Winter at Stonehenge offers a different but equally fascinating experience compared to other seasons. From the quiet of December to the special events and the unique weather, this time has its own charm.

Prepare well, and your winter visit could be a memorable one.

Here’s everything you need to know about planning your winter visit to this iconic site.

Winter Opening Times, Tickets, Tours from London

Tours from London: Click the photo above! If you drive on your own, select an admission ticket from the calendar below.

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Please keep in mind, that the last entry is possible two hours before closing. The tickets are timed tickets with a 30-minute window.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Nov-Dec 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00
Jan-Feb 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00 9:30-17:00

Even in winter, booking in advance is highly recommended: Stonehenge Admission Ticket. To avoid the busier times on weekends, book either the first slot (9:00 AM in summer / 9:30 in winter) or the very last slot (different times depending on the season).

Weather: Cold, Windy, and Often Wet

Sunrise! Winter can be beautiful at Stonehenge!

Winter at Stonehenge can be quite chilly, with temperatures rarely going above 7°C (45°F) in December and dipping to an average maximum of 3.0°C (37.4°F) in January. Expect a lot of rainy days, especially in December, which averages about 20 wet days.

January and February are a bit better but still cold and damp. The wind can be particularly biting, so be prepared.

The good news? Snow is possible, especially in January and February, offering a magical photo opportunity. Plus, February offers slightly more daylight compared to December and January.

What to Wear: Layer Up!

Dressing appropriately is key to enjoying your visit.

  • Base Layer: Start with thermal or moisture-wicking fabrics close to your skin.
  • Middle Layer: Add a sweater or fleece for insulation.
  • Outer Layer: A waterproof or water-resistant coat is a must.
  • Accessories: Don’t forget a hat, gloves, and a scarf.

So, to sum it up, think warm and waterproof!

Crowds: Fewer People, More Serenity

Winter is off-peak season, meaning fewer crowds. December is especially quiet, offering a chance for a more personal experience with the iconic stones. But hey, don’t let your guard down. The period around Christmas and special events like the winter solstice can get surprisingly busy.

January is the least crowded month, though weekends can still attract more visitors. February is generally peaceful except for the UK’s school half-term holiday in the second last week, which can get a bit crowded. So, if solitude is your thing, weekdays are your best bet.

Special Events: The Winter Solstice

The most notable event in winter is the Winter Solstice on December 21st. Celebrated by pagans, druids, and wiccans, this day marks one of the few opportunities to get up close and personal with the Stonehenge stones. However, it’s also one of the busiest days, so it might not be for everyone.

We attended the Winter Solstice celebration. It was a unique, almost magical experience, especially being able to get so close to the stones. But be prepared for large crowds.

Monthly Tips

Please find below the essential tips for each winter month:

December | Off-Peak Season

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Stonehenge Winter Solstice celebration

  • Pro: Generally, a quiet month
  • Con: Cold weather and lots of rain
  • Special: Winter solstice (December 21st)

Visitor Quote: ‘Our visit was in December. We got there early and virtually had Stonehenge to ourselves. It’s a really special place to see when hardly anyone is there, we loved it.’

In December, the visitor numbers at Stonehenge are some of the lowest of the year – you can even be the only people there on some days. Just be aware of the period around Christmas, as the crowds can sometimes pick up if the weather is nice.

December is also the month of the winter solstice – which is a very special event at Stonehenge. Each year, many people gather at the stones to mark the passing of time by watching the sunrise.

The date holds great religious significance to many and is celebrated by pagans, druids and wiccans. It’s one of the few times during the year when you can get right up close and personal with the stones, however, the large crowds might not be to everyone’s taste.

Weather: Another important factor to take into account when visiting Stonehenge in December is the weather. Cold temperatures are to be expected, with an average high of just 7°C (45°F).

It’s a good idea to wrap up warm for this reason, and the cold weather is often accompanied by wind and rain. December is generally a wet month, with an average of 20 rainy days.

January

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Stonehenge in December/January by Fred Rockwood – CC BY-SA 

  • Pro: No heavy crowds
  • Con: Cold weather

Visitor Quote: ‘We were surprised by how much we enjoyed the Stonehenge visit on a wet and gray day in January!’

In January you experience the least crowds at Stonehenge. However, some visitors report a ‘slightly’ busy day especially on weekends. To take full advantage of this quiet month, book a weekday ticket if possible. You could visit without pre-booking in January, but we strongly recommend buying your ticket in advance. It’s just too risky.

Weather: Be prepared for cold and often rainy weather in January. Especially the howling wind can be annoying. Bring layer of clothes and a rain jacket. The average maximum temperature is 3.0°C (37.4°F).

Snow is possible, which makes an awesome photo opportunity. There are 45 hours of sun which makes January the ‘darkest’ month together with December.

 

February

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Stonehenge in February – by HarveyWatts – CC BY cropped

  • Pro: Still less crowded (except for school holiday week)
  • Con: It’s still winter and cold

Visitor Quote: ‘Our family visited in February, which is the low season. There were probably around 80 other visitors within the large area at the site. We didn’t find it to be crowded at all!’

In the month of February, the crowds are still minimal at Stonehenge when visiting mid-week. However, the second last week of February is school half-term holiday in the UK.

It usually gets crowded during that week. If possible, pick another week and avoid weekends as they tend to be very busy, even in February.

Weather: In February it can still be bitterly cold. However, with a little luck you can also enjoy a cool but sunny day at the site. Bring warm clothes and rain gear. The average maximum temps hover around 6.0°C (42.8°F).

You may experience snow as well. With 81 hours of sun, it’s a little better than in January in terms of daylight.

Stay in Salisbury or Bath

If you drive in winter on your own and/or don’t want to take a hassle-free tour (see above) from London, you have two great nearby accommodation choices: Both Salisbury and Bath (Hotel Deals – Bath – via booking.com) are excellent towns to stay during the night if you visit Stonehenge.

However, locals usually recommend Salisbury.

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The site is located directly at the A303, and very easy to reach. There is a path around the Stonehenge monument. However, you are not allowed to get close to the stones and touch them. The advantage: The view is always good with no visitors standing at the stones.

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