Winter Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge 2017

from £89.00

A one off once a year chance to ex­pe­rien­ce Stonehenge on the morning of the ma­gi­cal winter solstice. Witness sunrise on the morning of December 21st amongst a gathering of members of England's new age tribes, including Druids and Pagans. Winter solstice, according to many archaeological experts, was the more significant of the two solstices. Archaeological evidence discovered around the Stonehenge landscape, points to great feasts and celebrations that would have occurred at this special time of year. In the Bronze age, this was a time when clans would slay cows, finish fermenting their wine, and mark the start of a new year. Please be aware, the as winter solstice occurs in the middle of winter, the weather can be extremely cold and wet, and if it is cloudy we may not be able to see the sun. Please come fully prepared for spending potentially 3 hours outside in very cold, wet and windy weather.

Stonehenge Winter Solstice

Along with the summer solstice, winter solstice is one of only two days of the year when the calculated layout of these ancient stones appears to align. At sunrise, the sun casts a line of sunlight connecting the altar stone, the slaughter stone and the heel stone.

We invite you to join us and our expert guide on a Stonehenge Winter solstice torch light morning tour, approaching the stones through the incredible prehistoric landscape of the surrounds of Stonehenge.

On the way to the stones you will pass first the Stonehenge cursus - an elongated earthwork enclosure with a ditch and a bank that defines an area more than 100m wide and 2.7km long, built in the early Neolithic period in about 3400 BC, predating the site of Stonehenge itself. Then beyond the cursus barrows, bronze age burial mounds dating from 2300 BC, past the Avenue - constructed around 2300 BC and probably a ceremonial approach to Stonehenge, before you finally reach the site of Stonehenge itself.

Join the masses at Stonehenge in the build up to sunrise, gather amongst the neo-druid and neo-pagan pilgrims and witness their annual ceremony marking this special day. At winter solstice, access to the stones themselves is free and without restriction, so you will have the opportunity to get up close and touch the stones themselves.

A one off once a year chance to experience Stonehenge on the morning of the magical winter solstice. Witness sunrise on the morning of December 21st amongst a gathering of members of England's new age tribes, including Druids and Pagans. Winter solstice, according to many archaeological experts, was the more significant of the two solstices. Archaeological evidence discovered around the Stonehenge landscape, points to great feasts and celebrations that would have occurred at this special time of year. In the Bronze age, this was a time when clans would slay cows, finish fermenting their wine, and mark the start of a new year.

Stonehenge

A world famous ancient stone circle. This 5000 year old site is a "must see" and arguably one of the world's most important prehistoric sites, certainly one of Britain's most popular attractions.

A mystical place and a reminder of lost civilisations from a time before history. A stone circle built with perfect precision and with stones weighing up to 50 tonnes, some from 200km away, all without modern machines or technology.

There are so many theories about why Stonehenge was built, but no one can be sure. What do you think?

A one off once a year chance to experience Stonehenge on the morning of the magical winter solstice. Witness sunrise on the morning of December 21st amongst a gathering of members of England's new age tribes, including Druids and Pagans. Winter solstice, according to many archaeological experts, was the more significant of the two solstices. Archaeological evidence discovered around the Stonehenge landscape, points to great feasts and celebrations that would have occurred at this special time of year. In the Bronze age, this was a time when clans would slay cows, finish fermenting their wine, and mark the start of a new year.

Day 1 - Stonehenge at Winter Solstice sunrise tour 2015
3.45am - Depart from opposite the London Eye - Belvedere Road

As with our regular tours, this tour will begin opposite the London Eye, near the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, Waterloo – SE1 7BP. Please see the departure point page for more information.

4.00am - Pick up Green Park

Pickup at the bus stop by the south entrance to Green Park underground station, next to the Ritz hotel on Piccadilly

4.15am - Pick up Hammersmith Apollo

Pickup outside the front of the Hammersmith Apollo theatre in Hammersmith, West London.

5.30am - Breakfast/coffee stop

Before our arrival at Stonehenge we will make a stop for a quick bite to eat and a cup of hot tea or coffee to prepare us for the morning's events

6.15am - Arrive Stonehenge Landscape

On our arrival at the Stonehenge landscape you will be given your own torchlight to prepare us for the torch light walk to the stones to arrive before sunrise. Prior to starting out walk, we will make a short torchlit visit to Woodhenge, another prehistoric site in the vicinity of Stonehenge. After a short 5 minute drive from Woodhenge, your expert guide will then begin the walk with you.

8.09am - Winter solstice sunrise

Witness the eclectic celebrations at sunrise on the winter solstice.

9.30am - Depart Stonehenge for London

We will begin our journey back to London, through the countryside of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

11.30am - Arrive London

On arrival in London you will be offered the option of multiple drop off points in central London to make your journey as easy as possible. Drop off locations typically feature Hammersmith, Earls Court, South Kensington, Victoria, Green Park and Waterloo. Your guide will speak to you regarding where you would like to be dropped off on the day.

What's included in the Tour Price?

The tour price includes all your travel and the services of your friendly, knowledgable driver and guide. Entrance to Stonehenge is free on Winter Solstice.

What's not included in the Tour Price?

The tour price does not include any food or drinks. There will be a stop on the way to Sonehenge when you can purchase coffee and breakfast.

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