Disabled Access and Accessibility at Stonehenge
Tickets for disabled access
You can purchase disabled access tickets online as normal tickets. Carers travelling with a disabled person do not need to purchase a ticket, instead, on the day they just need to explain at the entrance that they have a ticket for the disabled person and that they require a free carers ticket to accompany the disabled traveller.
Do carers who travel with a disabled person require a ticket?
Carers travelling with a disabled person to and around Stonehenge require a ticket; however, there is no charge for this ticket. If you purchase a ticket online, you need to speak to English Heritage on the day at Stonehenge as explained above. If you see Stonehenge as part of a tour package with a separate company, you may need to pay an additional charge for the carer; however, you will need to speak to the tour company separately.
How accessible is Stonehenge?
Stonehenge is one of the most accessible attractions in the UK for disabled visitors. All areas of the attraction, including our visitor centre and gift shop, are fully accessible for Wheelchairs, motorised chairs, and children’s pushchairs. There is pathed access from the visitor centre to the stone circle of which you can go round one side. If you wish to go the full loop around, then part of this route is on grass paths and may cause some challenges with wheelchairs, particularly on a wet day. However, for those wishing to go inside the inner stone circle, that is not as simple as explained further below. If you want to take the shuttle bus to the Stones, this is also wheelchair accessible, and there is no need to pre-book this bus. As you can see from the picture below, there is a ramp from the kerb to the bus which makes it easy to transition across to.
Are there steps I need to consider at Stonehenge?
There are no steps at Stonehenge, and the facilities have all been considered with ramps available so that no part of this attraction is inaccessible to visitors who need assistance. However, it is not all completely flat. Therefore in some locations (mainly at the entrance), there are ramps which you will need to go up/down and may require some assistance should your wheelchair not be motorised. However, if you stick to the path around Stonehenge, then you should have no issues as the path is extremely well maintained. Therefore, if you are part of a walking tour, Stonehenge will provide no limitations to your experience if you are in a wheelchair.
What is parking like for disabled visitors?
There are 22 disabled spaces available in the car park, these spaces are also very close to the visitor centre and just 100 metres from the main entrance where you can purchase tickets for Stonehenge.
Are there disabled-friendly/accessible toilets?
There are disabled toilets available, as well as a changing place that comes with a hoist. The toilets are located in the Visitor Centre as there are no toilet facilities at the Stones. Wheelchair accessibility is good for the toilet areas, with grab rails, ramps and plenty of space available to ensure suitable turning within the toilet area.
Will I get the same view of Stonehenge as others?
For all standard visitors to Stonehenge, you will get the same view as the majority of those visitors. This is because all visitors have to follow the path around Stonehenge. However, the pathway only goes around half of Stonehenge. So while visitors can walk around Stonehenge on the grass verge, it doesn’t give anything extra than what visitors on the pathway will see. Unfortunately, we don’t recommend people in wheelchairs use the grass verge unless they feel 100% comfortable as it can be slippery, particularly on a damp day. However, if you are on one of the inner circle tours, you will get a great view as long as you are safe to be on the grass and it isn’t damp again.
Is the inner circle wheelchair accessible?
While getting around Stonehenge in a wheelchair is relatively simple. It is important to be aware that if you are wishing to get inside the inner stone circle that is not so easy. While you have a pathway around one side of the stones, there is no pathway inside the inner circle. Therefore, if you are on one of the special access tours of Stonehenge, you will need to ensure that your wheelchair is okay with grass, and we would not recommend doing this in damp or wet weather.