I thought only guided tours allow you to walk among the stones. If you are on your own it’s at some distance. Is that only what the tour salesmen want you to believe?
Ah, there are things to discuss here....the access times that allow you into the stones take place before and after normal opening hours, that means there is no public transport so you need to drive yourself or be taken in a tour bus just to get there .
You can book this access independently if you have transport, noting that numbers are limited and they may not happen everyday. english-heritage.org.uk/visit/…
(You can even download an audio tour to your phone )
The audioguide is excellent; a must-use IMO.
I disagree with post #2 comment "If you are on your own it’s at some distance". One "does" get near the stones a distance of only about 10 yds. When walking clockwise around the path, one finishes up here as evidenced by Google Streetview below.
As others have mentioned it's easy to DIY - using public transport ie you take the train to Salisbury and pick up the HOHO bus outside the station which will take you to Stonehenge. It's also worthwhile spending some time in Salisbury itself.
If you wanted an inner circle access visit then you're probably more likely to want to do that with a tour / guide as there are no audioguides to inform you, and the exhibition centre may not be open, and frankly there may not be other options other than to go with a guided tour. (they get a lot of the availability sewn up before individuals get a chance to book)
But no, for general admission you don't need to go on a guided coach tour.
I think the link KWUK gave is very realistic. Surely thats not too far away?
Hi there, I found a guided tour that starts in Salisbury through the "London Tool Kit" site that supplied great info on the special access tours and dates during our visit. We we visited, we stayed at a B&B close by in Witlshire and booked our access thru the "English Heritage" site which currently shows a special guided tour on March 1, 2018. Hope this helps.
Ah yes. Been past it often enough!