Equinox - Solstice - Stonehenge

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2018 - 2019 - 2020


Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2019

Equinoxes:March 20 2019 21:58GMTSeptember 23 2019 07:50GMT
Solstices:June 21 2019 15:54 GMTDecember 22 2019 04:19 GMT



Equinoxes:March  20 2017 10:28 GMT
September 22 2017 20:02 GMT

Solstices:June 21 2017 04:24  GMT
December 21 2017 16:28 GMT

Summer Solstice Stonehenge 2018 - Free entry and Access to The Stones - Times 20th/21st June

Stonehenge Winter Solstice 2017 - Conditions of Entry - Free Entry

Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2017 - Free Entry - Conditions Of Entry


Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2018

Equinoxes:March 20 2018 16:15GMTSeptember 23 2018 0154GMT
Solstices:June 21 2018 10:07 GMTDecember 21 2018 22:22GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2019

Equinoxes:March 20 2019 21:58GMTSeptember 23 2019 07:50GMT
Solstices:June 21 2019 15:54 GMTDecember 22 2019 04:19 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2020

Equinoxes:March 20 2020 03:49GMTSeptember 22 2020 13:30GMT
Solstices:June 20 2020 21:43 GMTDecember 21 2020 10:02 GMT


WINTER SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE 2015 - 22 Dec 2015 - For Reference Only 

English Heritage will once again welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am on Tuesday 22 December and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely.
Many people - not least diary manufacturers - believe that the Winter Solstice always falls on 21 December. But the celebration of Winter Solstice at Stonehenge is not fixed to a specific date - this is because of a mismatch between the calendar year and the solar year. 

KEY INFORMATION

  • MONUMENT FIELD OPENS: 07:45 (7.45AM) Tuesday 22 December (approximately - depending on light levels)
  • MONUMENT FIELD CLOSES : 1000 HOURS (10AM) Tuesday 22 December
  • Please be aware that parking is extremely limited and the area you park in may be a 30 minute (1.5 mile) walk from the monument in low light or darkness. You are strongly advised to bring a torch for personal use.
  • Stonehenge is situated in a field and the weather will be cold and possibly wet. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
  • Toilets at the Monument Field will only be available once the access period begins. There are no catering facilities at the monument.
Sun glinting through the stones on a frosty morning

English Heritage is pleased to be providing Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Winter Solstice. Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the Conditions of Entry and guidelines. We have a duty of care to ensure public safety and are responsible for the protection of Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • These Conditions of Entry are written to ensure enjoyment and public safety for everyone. Contravention of any of these conditions may result in entry being refused or your removal from Stonehenge. English Heritage reserves the right to refuse entry.
  • Stonehenge is seen by many as a sacred site.  Please respect it and please respect each other.
  • Stonehenge is a world renowned historic monument. Amplified Music is inappropriate and not permitted.
  • Drunken, disorderly, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated; ejection, by Security staff and/or Police, without return, will be the outcome. 
  • Illegal drugs are still illegal at Stonehenge as they are anywhere else.  The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone breaking the law.  
  • Glass is not allowed at the Monument as many people walk barefoot and, in addition, livestock and wildlife also graze in the area.  If you bring any glass items with you, they will be confiscated.  
  • Only small amounts of alcohol for personal use will be permitted on to site.  
  • Do not climb or stand on any of the stones – this includes the stones that have fallen.  This is in the interest of personal safety, the protection of this special site and respect for those attending.  As well as putting the stones themselves at risk, climbing on them can damage the delicate lichens.
  • Camping, fires, Chinese lanterns, fireworks, candles, tea-lights or BBQs are NOT permitted at Stonehenge, in the parking areas, or anywhere in the surrounding National Trust land.
  • Drones or any type of remote-controlled flying devices are not permitted at Stonehenge. 

SUMMER SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE 2015 - 20th -21st June 2015

English Heritage is pleased to be providing Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice on 20-21 June 2015. 
CELEBRATING THE SUMMER SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE 
Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric site and has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of Summer Solstice since time immemorial.
During Managed Open Access for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, we support all individuals and groups conducting their own forms of ceremony and celebration providing that they are mutually respectful and tolerant of one another. Stonehenge is a place seen by many as a sacred site - please respect it and those attending.
English Heritage continues to work closely with the many agencies and people from all sectors of the community and we would like to thank them for their help and support.
Parking and entry to the Monument will be free, subject to the Conditions of Entry. Please do not arrive at the Solstice car park or Stonehenge in advance of the opening times listed below.
Please note: As Summer Solstice this year occurs on a Saturday/Sunday, the roads around Stonehenge will be very busy. We strongly advise visitors to leave their cars at home and travel to Stonehenge using public transport.   The nearest train station is Salisbury and there will be a regular bus service from Salisbury to Stonehenge.
Please follow @eh_stonehenge on Twitter for travel updates on the night.
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

TIMINGS FOR SUMMER SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE

  • SOLSTICE CAR PARK OPENS 19.00 hours (7pm) Saturday 20 June
  • ACCESS TO STONEHENGE MONUMENT FIELD19.00 hours (7pm) Saturday 20 June
  • LAST ADMISSION TO SOLSTICE CAR PARK 06.00 hours (6am) Sunday 21 June - or earlier if full
  • STONEHENGE MONUMENT FIELD CLOSES 08.00 hours (8am) Sunday 21 June
  • SOLSTICE CAR PARK TO BE VACATED 12.00 hours (12 Noon) Sunday 21 June
We hope the weather will be kind and wish you a peaceful and celebratory solstice.

SUNSET AND SUNRISE

Sunset and sunrise occur at the following times:
  • Sunset on Saturday 20 June 2015 is at 21.26 hrs (9.26pm)
  • Sunrise on Sunday 21 June 2015 is at 04.52 hrs (4.52am)


Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2014

Equinoxes:March  20 2014 16:57GMTSeptember 23 2014 02:29GMT
Solstices:June 21 2014 10:51 GMTDecember 21 2014 23:03GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2015

Equinoxes:March  20 2015 22:45GMTSeptember 23 2015 08:20GMT
Solstices:June 21 2015 16:38 GMTDecember 22 2015 04:38GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2016

Equinoxes:March  20 2016 04:30GMTSeptember 22 2016 14:21GMT
Solstices:June 20 2016 22:34 GMTDecember 21 2016 10:44GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2017

Equinoxes:March  20 2017 10:28GMTSeptember 22 2017 20:02GMT
Solstices:June 21 2017 04:24  GMTDecember 21 2017 16:28GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2018

Equinoxes:March 20 2018 16:15GMTSeptember 23 2018 0154GMT
Solstices:June 21 2018 10:07 GMTDecember 21 2018 22:22GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2019

Equinoxes:March 20 2019 21:58GMTSeptember 23 2019 07:50GMT
Solstices:June 21 2019 15:54 GMTDecember 22 2019 04:19 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2020

Equinoxes:March 20 2020 03:49GMTSeptember 22 2020 13:30GMT
Solstices:June 20 2020 21:43 GMTDecember 21 2020 10:02 GMT