School Visits

School Visits

The world-famous Stonehenge has inspired people for millennia. Take your class back in time to walk in the footsteps of their Neolithic forefathers and bring prehistory to life. Discover a fantastic range of cross-curricular options designed for every key stage.

“I loved today. It was really interesting. The bit in the Neolithic houses was cool. The volunteers taught us about the artefacts. The huts had flint axes, and red deer horns which were amazing! I want to be a pilot when I’m older, but if that doesn’t work out, I’d like a job here!”

Year 7 Pupil from Stonehenge School, Amesbury

Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Stonehenge will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS1 Geography: Geographical skills and fieldwork
  • KS2 History: A local history study. Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
  • KS2 Geography: Geographical skills and fieldwork: use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present human and physical features in the local area. Human geography: types of settlement and land use
  • KS3 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066
  • KS3 Geography: Human geography: understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes and environments
  • KS4 History: OCR Specification B 2c. Introduction to history around us
  • KS4-5 Business/Leisure and Tourism: Heritage Management
School children being led on a tour around Stonehenge

Free Self-Led Visits

Studying late Neolithic hunter gatherers and Bronze Age religion? We challenge you to find a better site to help you cover the topic than the world famous Stonehenge. It’s a unique opportunity, whatever your area of study, for your class to explore the most outstanding prehistoric monument in the British Isles. Enjoy a free self-led visit and explore the site your way.

Download the Teachers' Kit below for information and activities to help you discover the story of Stonehenge, or use these resources available online:

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Expert-led Discovery Visits

Sandford Award winner 2021!

Let us help you inspire your students with our hands-on, award-winning expert-led Discovery Visits. Available Tuesday-Thursday, they're great value for up to 30 students.

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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice. 

Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day. 

Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • STONEHENGE: The stone circle, exhibition and visitor centre are all open for you to enjoy.
    • SHUTTLE BUS: The shuttle bus is available for school groups to use.
    • PARKING: Free coach parking is available. A maximum parking of 2 hours is allowed on site.
    • DIRECTIONS: Please note if you’re travelling to us from Salisbury by road between 2 April until mid-July there will be a diversion in place, please follow the signs and allow a little extra time for your journey. 
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Our education room is not available at this time. Please check this page for future updates.
    • TOILETS: There are currently limited toilets available due to site maintenance work so please allow plenty of time for your group to use the facilities. Accessible toilets are available. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.
    • LUNCH: Unfortunately there is no indoor lunch space. A takeaway catering offer will be provided in our outdoor seating area or you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy near the stones.
    • SHOP: As this space can get busy during peak times, we ask that you only bring in groups of 10 max at any one time.

    Site Map

    Stonehenge Site Map

  • Hazard Information

    A useful tool to help with your risk assessments.

    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • 1 April-27 May: Monday-Sunday 9:30-5pm. Discovery Visits available Tuesday-Thursday
    • 28 May-4 September: Monday-Sunday 9:30-7pm. Discovery Visits available Tuesday-Thurdsay
    • 5 September-31 March: Monday-Sunday 9:30-5pm. Disovery Visits available Tuesday-Thursday

Learning Resources

  • Stonehenge Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4+)

    Our Teachers’ Kits feature historical information and activity suggestions for group leaders of various subjects and key stages.

  • Stonehenge OCR Spec B: History Around Us (GCSE)

    We’ve created a site proposal form to help with your planning in conjunction with OCR.

  • Stonehenge Teachers' Kit (Czech)

    A Czech translation of our Stonehenge Teachers' Kit. 

  • Stonehenge Teachers' Kit (French)

    A French translation of our Stonehenge Teachers' Kit. 

  • Stonehenge Teachers' Kit (German)

    A German translation of our Stonehenge Teachers' Kit.

  • Teaching Prehistory

    Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your prehistory teaching.

  • Stonehenge: Stand or Fall? Game

    Can you raise Stonehenge or will it fall? Try building Stonehenge with our interactive game. 

  • Virtual Tour of Stonehenge

    Explore the key features of Stonehenge with this 360 degree virtual tour from inside the monument.

  • Learn: Celebrating Solstice at Stonehenge

    Use our guide to celebrating solstice to find out more about what a solstice is, why it happens, and how Stonehenge aligns with the sun. 

  • Maggie Aderin-Pocock Explains the Solstice

    Join space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock as she explains what the solstice is and why it happens. 

  • Skyscape

    Take a look at the live view from within the stones and learn about the movements of the sun, moon and planets. 

  • A Mini Guide to Prehistoric Monuments

    Use this short animation to better understand how and why prehistoric monuments were built. 

  • How was Stonehenge Created?

    Learn more about how Stonehenge was built in this short animation. 

  • What Happened in the Neolithic?

    Find out more about life and developments during the Neolithic period with this animation.

  • How to Make Prehistoric Pottery

    Join ancient pottery specialist, Graham Taylor, as he explains how Grooved Ware was made.