Visiting Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice has been voted as one of the top 25 life experiences in the world today. To see the sunrise at Stonehenge on the summer solstice is one of those magical moments that will stay with you forever.
The Summer Solstice is the most important day of the year at Stonehenge and a truly magical time to be there. It's an ad hoc celebration that brings together England's New Age Tribes (Neo-Druids, Neo-Pagans, Wiccans) with ordinary families, tourists, travellers and party people.
Our tour company is the only one that specialises in private access tours to Stonehenge and has built up, over twenty years and more, a vast body of knowledge informed by cutting-edge research into the secrets of the stones. Many of our satisfied clients come back again and again, and stay in touch – because once the solstice or equinox is experienced at Stonehenge you are part of an international fellowship of pilgrims. Friendships can be forged on our tours that last a lifetime. All are united by the unique experience – for you are no ordinary tourist, and this is no ordinary tour. We love taking our pilgrims to the stones, because we love going ourselves. We want to share the magic of these special places with you.
Like other religious groups, Pagans are in awe of the strength of the sun and the divine powers that create life. For many pagans, they believe that the Goddess took over the earth from the horned God at the beginning of spring and she is now at the height of her power and fertility. The summer solstice marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and sees their union as the force that creates the harvest's fruits. To celebrate many Pagans and non-Pagans head to ancient religious sites including Avebury and Stonehenge, to conduct fascinating and colourful ceremonies throughout the night enjoying the last sunset and sunrise before the sun alters it’s direction once more.
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years, and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it an observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design, as we enjoy the wonderful celebrations that take place to mark the summer solstice.
21st June 2024 Sunrise Tour - 9 hrs
Tour departs London at 1AM and heads directly to Stonehenge, arriving at roughly 3.00am. Crowds gather and there will be plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of this historic event, walk amongst the stones, and observe the pagan rituals and ceremonies that take place at varying intervals throughout the evening. Sunrise is 4.41am.
The solstice itself is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator, with the sun appearing to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon.
The word solstice comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sister (to stand still), because, at the solstices, the Sun, as seen from earth stands still in declination before reversing it’s direction. Thus after the summer solstice, the sun does not appear as high in the sky and daylight reduces. The solstice is therefore seen as the midpoint of summer in many cultures and is cause for celebration. We also offer an exclusive summer solstice sunset tour with the option to do both.
Please note that as a responsible tour operator we have a duty of care towards the places we visit and in this case, we ask you to take great care when visiting the historic site. It is important that Stonehenge and its surrounding Monuments are preserved for future generations, and we ask you not to touch the stones, and not to leave any litter at the site.
Visitors are requested to dispose of their rubbish carefully at the designated recycling and rubbish points located in the Solstice Car Park and at Stonehenge. Clear recycling bags will also be handed out on arrival. Please do not drop litter - bag and bin your rubbish so the recycling team can gather them up. It is a very sensitive landscape and still used by local farmers, so please respect their crops and livestock.
There are authorised catering facilities on the site, and some personal food and drink are allowed to be brought onto the site. Please bring them in a small bag – large rucksacks are not permitted. Glass is not permitted and will be confiscated – many people walk barefoot, and the livestock graze in the area throughout the year. Due to the large numbers of people who attend the event, naked flames are strictly forbidden. Small ground sheets and blankets are allowed.
The tour will return to London around midnight terminating at Victoria Station. We will make a few drop-offs including Gloucester Road Underground Station, Hyde Park Corner, and Trafalgar Square. Trafalgar Square is the central hub of London's excellent night bus service that will have a frequent service to your Central London hotel district if you miss the last Underground train. Finally, tour ends at Victoria Station.
*Due to the nature of this special event, we cannot guarantee exact arrival or departure times from Stonehenge so all timings are approximate.
We have now witnessed the summer and winter sunrise solstice tours with your company. It would have been impossible without your expertise. Both tour guides were absolutley awesome and really knew their stuff. The priority parking saved heaps of time and the guided walk across the ceremonial landscape made a truly magical experience under the full moon - wow! We hope to join you for the vernal equinonx next year or 2022. Respect for what you do guys.
A life changing event and and a 'once on a life time' opportunity! I finally crossed this off my bucket list and I am a very happy man and could not have done this without you. My mates experienced the sunrise solstice tour with you many years ago and I am so glad they recommended this trip and I was able to I hook up with you this year - AWESOME! EVERYONE MUST EXPERIENCE THIS AT LEAST ONCE. X