Stonehenge Opening Hours Summer 2015

21 07 2015

You now park over a 2 kilometres from Stonehenge itself, out of sight of the Stonehenge monument. Here there is a modern visitor centre and excellent exhibition and education facilities plus a spacious cafe and souvenir gift shop. A Stonehenge shuttle bus transports you between the visitor centre and the Stone Circle.  English Heritage advise to budget for a visit of around 2 hours. The Visit Wiltshire App is a must for those visiting Stonehenge and the surrounding area.

Last admission time is 2 hours before the advertised closing time.

Entrance to Stonehenge is now managed through timed tickets and advance booking is required. Booking is the only way to guarantee entry on the day and at the time of your choice. Advance bookings are advised!

A temporary coach park will be built near to Stonehenge, Wiltshire Council has agreed

This includes FREE visits by English Heritage and National Trust members (applicable to members of the National Trust in England only – does not include National Trust Scotland or other National Trust affiliated organisations).

1 JUNE – 31 AUGUST 2015

Monday 9:00 – 20:00
Tuesday 9:00 – 20:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 20:00
Thursday 9:00 – 20:00
Friday 9:00 – 20:00
Saturday 9:00 – 20:00
Sunday 9:00 – 20:00

1 SEPTEMBER – 15 OCTOBER 2015

Monday 9:30 – 19:00
Tuesday 9:30 – 19:00
Wednesday 9:30 – 19:00
Thursday 9:30 – 19:00
Friday 9:30 – 19:00
Saturday 9:30 – 19:00
Sunday 9:30 – 19:00

16 OCTOBER 2015 – 15 MARCH 2016

Monday 9:30 – 17:00
Tuesday 9:30 – 17:00
Wednesday 9:30 – 17:00
Thursday 9:30 – 17:00
Friday 9:30 – 17:00
Saturday 9:30 – 17:00
Sunday 9:30 – 17:00

HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES FOR THIS PERIOD

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2015
Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2015
Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2015
10:00 – 16:00
Boxing Day Bank Holiday
28 Dec 2015
9:30 – 17:00
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec 2015
9:30 – 17:00
New Year’s Day
1 Jan 2016
10:00 – 16:00

Please visit the English Heritage Website for details and current prices

Visit Wiltshire Official Website
Salisbury Museum
Devizes Museum
Amesbury Museum
Stonehenge Transport from Salisbury
Stonehenge Guided Tours from London

Enjoy your visit to Stonehenge!

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The Stonehenge Calendar. Sunrise and Sunset Times 2015

21 07 2015

Stonehenge was primarily a functional scientific instrument, used for measuring angles.  The angles of interest were the rising and setting bearings of the sun, moon, and stars.  It was therefore possible, over a period of time, to map the entire visible sky. Please find below accurate times for the sunset, sunrise and the moon phases.

Stonehenge Sunrise

July 2015
Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 4:56am
Sunset: 9:26pm
Moonrise: 8:33pm
Moonset: 4:39am
2

Sunrise: 4:56am
Sunset: 9:26pm
Moonrise: 9:22pm
Moonset: 5:39am
3

Sunrise: 4:57am
Sunset: 9:26pm
Moonrise: 10:05pm
Moonset: 6:46am
4

Sunrise: 4:58am
Sunset: 9:25pm
Moonrise: 10:42pm
Moonset: 7:59am
5

Sunrise: 4:59am
Sunset: 9:25pm
Moonrise: 11:14pm
Moonset: 9:15am
6

Sunrise: 5:00am
Sunset: 9:24pm
Moonrise: 11:44pm
Moonset: 10:32am
7

Sunrise: 5:00am
Sunset: 9:24pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 11:49am
8

Sunrise: 5:01am
Sunset: 9:23pm
Moonrise: 12:12am
Moonset: 1:05pm
9

Sunrise: 5:02am
Sunset: 9:23pm
Moonrise: 12:41am
Moonset: 2:20pm
10

Sunrise: 5:03am
Sunset: 9:22pm
Moonrise: 1:11am
Moonset: 3:33pm
11

Sunrise: 5:04am
Sunset: 9:21pm
Moonrise: 1:45am
Moonset: 4:44pm
12

Sunrise: 5:05am
Sunset: 9:20pm
Moonrise: 2:23am
Moonset: 5:50pm
13

Sunrise: 5:06am
Sunset: 9:20pm
Moonrise: 3:07am
Moonset: 6:50pm
14

Sunrise: 5:08am
Sunset: 9:19pm
Moonrise: 3:57am
Moonset: 7:43pm
15

Sunrise: 5:09am
Sunset: 9:18pm
Moonrise: 4:52am
Moonset: 8:28pm
16

Sunrise: 5:10am
Sunset: 9:17pm
Moonrise: 5:52am
Moonset: 9:06pm
17

Sunrise: 5:11am
Sunset: 9:16pm
Moonrise: 6:54am
Moonset: 9:39pm
18

Sunrise: 5:12am
Sunset: 9:15pm
Moonrise: 7:57am
Moonset: 10:07pm
19

Sunrise: 5:13am
Sunset: 9:14pm
Moonrise: 9:00am
Moonset: 10:32pm
20

Sunrise: 5:15am
Sunset: 9:13pm
Moonrise: 10:03am
Moonset: 10:55pm
21

Sunrise: 5:16am
Sunset: 9:11pm
Moonrise: 11:05am
Moonset: 11:18pm
22

Sunrise: 5:17am
Sunset: 9:10pm
Moonrise: 12:07pm
Moonset: 11:42pm
23

Sunrise: 5:19am
Sunset: 9:09pm
Moonrise: 1:09pm
Moonset: none
24

Sunrise: 5:20am
Sunset: 9:08pm
Moonrise: 2:12pm
Moonset: 12:06am
25

Sunrise: 5:21am
Sunset: 9:06pm
Moonrise: 3:15pm
Moonset: 12:34am
26

Sunrise: 5:23am
Sunset: 9:05pm
Moonrise: 4:19pm
Moonset: 1:05am
27

Sunrise: 5:24am
Sunset: 9:04pm
Moonrise: 5:20pm
Moonset: 1:42am
28

Sunrise: 5:26am
Sunset: 9:02pm
Moonrise: 6:19pm
Moonset: 2:27am
29

Sunrise: 5:27am
Sunset: 9:01pm
Moonrise: 7:11pm
Moonset: 3:22am
30

Sunrise: 5:28am
Sunset: 8:59pm
Moonrise: 7:58pm
Moonset: 4:25am
31

Sunrise: 5:30am
Sunset: 8:58pm
Moonrise: 8:39pm
Moonset: 5:36am

August 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 5:31am
Sunset: 8:56pm
Moonrise: 9:14pm
Moonset: 6:53am
2

Sunrise: 5:33am
Sunset: 8:54pm
Moonrise: 9:46pm
Moonset: 8:12am
3

Sunrise: 5:34am
Sunset: 8:53pm
Moonrise: 10:16pm
Moonset: 9:31am
4

Sunrise: 5:36am
Sunset: 8:51pm
Moonrise: 10:45pm
Moonset: 10:50am
5

Sunrise: 5:37am
Sunset: 8:49pm
Moonrise: 11:16pm
Moonset: 12:07pm
6

Sunrise: 5:39am
Sunset: 8:48pm
Moonrise: 11:48pm
Moonset: 1:23pm
7

Sunrise: 5:40am
Sunset: 8:46pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 2:35pm
8

Sunrise: 5:42am
Sunset: 8:44pm
Moonrise: 12:25am
Moonset: 3:42pm
9

Sunrise: 5:43am
Sunset: 8:42pm
Moonrise: 1:06am
Moonset: 4:44pm
10

Sunrise: 5:45am
Sunset: 8:41pm
Moonrise: 1:54am
Moonset: 5:39pm
11

Sunrise: 5:47am
Sunset: 8:39pm
Moonrise: 2:46am
Moonset: 6:26pm
12

Sunrise: 5:48am
Sunset: 8:37pm
Moonrise: 3:44am
Moonset: 7:06pm
13

Sunrise: 5:50am
Sunset: 8:35pm
Moonrise: 4:44am
Moonset: 7:40pm
14

Sunrise: 5:51am
Sunset: 8:33pm
Moonrise: 5:46am
Moonset: 8:09pm
15

Sunrise: 5:53am
Sunset: 8:31pm
Moonrise: 6:49am
Moonset: 8:36pm
16

Sunrise: 5:54am
Sunset: 8:29pm
Moonrise: 7:52am
Moonset: 9:00pm
17

Sunrise: 5:56am
Sunset: 8:27pm
Moonrise: 8:54am
Moonset: 9:23pm
18

Sunrise: 5:57am
Sunset: 8:25pm
Moonrise: 9:56am
Moonset: 9:47pm
19

Sunrise: 5:59am
Sunset: 8:23pm
Moonrise: 10:58am
Moonset: 10:11pm
20

Sunrise: 6:01am
Sunset: 8:21pm
Moonrise: 12:00pm
Moonset: 10:37pm
21

Sunrise: 6:02am
Sunset: 8:19pm
Moonrise: 1:02pm
Moonset: 11:06pm
22

Sunrise: 6:04am
Sunset: 8:17pm
Moonrise: 2:04pm
Moonset: 11:40pm
23

Sunrise: 6:05am
Sunset: 8:15pm
Moonrise: 3:05pm
Moonset: none
24

Sunrise: 6:07am
Sunset: 8:13pm
Moonrise: 4:04pm
Moonset: 12:20am
25

Sunrise: 6:08am
Sunset: 8:11pm
Moonrise: 4:58pm
Moonset: 1:08am
26

Sunrise: 6:10am
Sunset: 8:09pm
Moonrise: 5:48pm
Moonset: 2:06am
27

Sunrise: 6:12am
Sunset: 8:07pm
Moonrise: 6:31pm
Moonset: 3:12am
28

Sunrise: 6:13am
Sunset: 8:04pm
Moonrise: 7:09pm
Moonset: 4:25am
29

Sunrise: 6:15am
Sunset: 8:02pm
Moonrise: 7:43pm
Moonset: 5:43am
30

Sunrise: 6:16am
Sunset: 8:00pm
Moonrise: 8:15pm
Moonset: 7:04am
31

Sunrise: 6:18am
Sunset: 7:58pm
Moonrise: 8:45pm
Moonset: 8:25am

September 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 6:19am
Sunset: 7:56pm
Moonrise: 9:16pm
Moonset: 9:46am
2

Sunrise: 6:21am
Sunset: 7:54pm
Moonrise: 9:49pm
Moonset: 11:05am
3

Sunrise: 6:23am
Sunset: 7:51pm
Moonrise: 10:25pm
Moonset: 12:21pm
4

Sunrise: 6:24am
Sunset: 7:49pm
Moonrise: 11:06pm
Moonset: 1:32pm
5

Sunrise: 6:26am
Sunset: 7:47pm
Moonrise: 11:52pm
Moonset: 2:37pm
6

Sunrise: 6:27am
Sunset: 7:45pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 3:35pm
7

Sunrise: 6:29am
Sunset: 7:42pm
Moonrise: 12:43am
Moonset: 4:24pm
8

Sunrise: 6:30am
Sunset: 7:40pm
Moonrise: 1:39am
Moonset: 5:06pm
9

Sunrise: 6:32am
Sunset: 7:38pm
Moonrise: 2:38am
Moonset: 5:42pm
10

Sunrise: 6:34am
Sunset: 7:36pm
Moonrise: 3:39am
Moonset: 6:12pm
11

Sunrise: 6:35am
Sunset: 7:33pm
Moonrise: 4:41am
Moonset: 6:40pm
12

Sunrise: 6:37am
Sunset: 7:31pm
Moonrise: 5:43am
Moonset: 7:04pm
13

Sunrise: 6:38am
Sunset: 7:29pm
Moonrise: 6:46am
Moonset: 7:28pm
14

Sunrise: 6:40am
Sunset: 7:27pm
Moonrise: 7:47am
Moonset: 7:51pm
15

Sunrise: 6:41am
Sunset: 7:24pm
Moonrise: 8:49am
Moonset: 8:15pm
16

Sunrise: 6:43am
Sunset: 7:22pm
Moonrise: 9:51am
Moonset: 8:40pm
17

Sunrise: 6:45am
Sunset: 7:20pm
Moonrise: 10:53am
Moonset: 9:08pm
18

Sunrise: 6:46am
Sunset: 7:17pm
Moonrise: 11:54am
Moonset: 9:40pm
19

Sunrise: 6:48am
Sunset: 7:15pm
Moonrise: 12:55pm
Moonset: 10:17pm
20

Sunrise: 6:49am
Sunset: 7:13pm
Moonrise: 1:53pm
Moonset: 11:01pm
21

Sunrise: 6:51am
Sunset: 7:11pm
Moonrise: 2:48pm
Moonset: 11:53pm
22

Sunrise: 6:52am
Sunset: 7:08pm
Moonrise: 3:38pm
Moonset: none
23

Sunrise: 6:54am
Sunset: 7:06pm
Moonrise: 4:23pm
Moonset: 12:53am
24

Sunrise: 6:56am
Sunset: 7:04pm
Moonrise: 5:02pm
Moonset: 2:01am
25

Sunrise: 6:57am
Sunset: 7:01pm
Moonrise: 5:38pm
Moonset: 3:15am
26

Sunrise: 6:59am
Sunset: 6:59pm
Moonrise: 6:10pm
Moonset: 4:33am
27

Sunrise: 7:00am
Sunset: 6:57pm
Moonrise: 6:41pm
Moonset: 5:54am
28

Sunrise: 7:02am
Sunset: 6:55pm
Moonrise: 7:12pm
Moonset: 7:16am
29

Sunrise: 7:04am
Sunset: 6:52pm
Moonrise: 7:45pm
Moonset: 8:37am
30

Sunrise: 7:05am
Sunset: 6:50pm
Moonrise: 8:20pm
Moonset: 9:57am

October 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 7:07am
Sunset: 6:48pm
Moonrise: 9:00pm
Moonset: 11:14am
2

Sunrise: 7:08am
Sunset: 6:45pm
Moonrise: 9:46pm
Moonset: 12:24pm
3

Sunrise: 7:10am
Sunset: 6:43pm
Moonrise: 10:36pm
Moonset: 1:27pm
4

Sunrise: 7:12am
Sunset: 6:41pm
Moonrise: 11:32pm
Moonset: 2:20pm
5

Sunrise: 7:13am
Sunset: 6:39pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 3:06pm
6

Sunrise: 7:15am
Sunset: 6:37pm
Moonrise: 12:31am
Moonset: 3:44pm
7

Sunrise: 7:16am
Sunset: 6:34pm
Moonrise: 1:32am
Moonset: 4:16pm
8

Sunrise: 7:18am
Sunset: 6:32pm
Moonrise: 2:34am
Moonset: 4:44pm
9

Sunrise: 7:20am
Sunset: 6:30pm
Moonrise: 3:36am
Moonset: 5:09pm
10

Sunrise: 7:21am
Sunset: 6:28pm
Moonrise: 4:38am
Moonset: 5:33pm
11

Sunrise: 7:23am
Sunset: 6:25pm
Moonrise: 5:40am
Moonset: 5:56pm
12

Sunrise: 7:25am
Sunset: 6:23pm
Moonrise: 6:42am
Moonset: 6:20pm
13

Sunrise: 7:26am
Sunset: 6:21pm
Moonrise: 7:44am
Moonset: 6:44pm
14

Sunrise: 7:28am
Sunset: 6:19pm
Moonrise: 8:46am
Moonset: 7:11pm
15

Sunrise: 7:30am
Sunset: 6:17pm
Moonrise: 9:48am
Moonset: 7:42pm
16

Sunrise: 7:31am
Sunset: 6:15pm
Moonrise: 10:49am
Moonset: 8:17pm
17

Sunrise: 7:33am
Sunset: 6:13pm
Moonrise: 11:47am
Moonset: 8:58pm
18

Sunrise: 7:35am
Sunset: 6:11pm
Moonrise: 12:43pm
Moonset: 9:47pm
19

Sunrise: 7:36am
Sunset: 6:08pm
Moonrise: 1:33pm
Moonset: 10:43pm
20

Sunrise: 7:38am
Sunset: 6:06pm
Moonrise: 2:19pm
Moonset: 11:46pm
21

Sunrise: 7:40am
Sunset: 6:04pm
Moonrise: 2:59pm
Moonset: none
22

Sunrise: 7:42am
Sunset: 6:02pm
Moonrise: 3:35pm
Moonset: 12:55am
23

Sunrise: 7:43am
Sunset: 6:00pm
Moonrise: 4:07pm
Moonset: 2:08am
24

Sunrise: 7:45am
Sunset: 5:58pm
Moonrise: 4:38pm
Moonset: 3:25am
25 DST Ends


Sunrise: 6:47am
Sunset: 4:56pm
Moonrise: 4:08pm
Moonset: 3:45am

26

Sunrise: 6:48am
Sunset: 4:54pm
Moonrise: 4:39pm
Moonset: 5:06am
27

Sunrise: 6:50am
Sunset: 4:52pm
Moonrise: 5:13pm
Moonset: 6:27am
28

Sunrise: 6:52am
Sunset: 4:51pm
Moonrise: 5:51pm
Moonset: 7:46am
29

Sunrise: 6:54am
Sunset: 4:49pm
Moonrise: 6:34pm
Moonset: 9:02am
30

Sunrise: 6:55am
Sunset: 4:47pm
Moonrise: 7:24pm
Moonset: 10:11am
31

Sunrise: 6:57am
Sunset: 4:45pm
Moonrise: 8:19pm
Moonset: 11:11am

November 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 6:59am
Sunset: 4:43pm
Moonrise: 9:19pm
Moonset: 12:01pm
2

Sunrise: 7:01am
Sunset: 4:41pm
Moonrise: 10:21pm
Moonset: 12:43pm
3

Sunrise: 7:02am
Sunset: 4:40pm
Moonrise: 11:24pm
Moonset: 1:18pm
4

Sunrise: 7:04am
Sunset: 4:38pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 1:48pm
5

Sunrise: 7:06am
Sunset: 4:36pm
Moonrise: 12:27am
Moonset: 2:14pm
6

Sunrise: 7:07am
Sunset: 4:34pm
Moonrise: 1:29am
Moonset: 2:38pm
7

Sunrise: 7:09am
Sunset: 4:33pm
Moonrise: 2:31am
Moonset: 3:01pm
8

Sunrise: 7:11am
Sunset: 4:31pm
Moonrise: 3:33am
Moonset: 3:24pm
9

Sunrise: 7:13am
Sunset: 4:29pm
Moonrise: 4:35am
Moonset: 3:48pm
10

Sunrise: 7:14am
Sunset: 4:28pm
Moonrise: 5:38am
Moonset: 4:14pm
11

Sunrise: 7:16am
Sunset: 4:26pm
Moonrise: 6:40am
Moonset: 4:43pm
12

Sunrise: 7:18am
Sunset: 4:25pm
Moonrise: 7:42am
Moonset: 5:17pm
13

Sunrise: 7:20am
Sunset: 4:23pm
Moonrise: 8:42am
Moonset: 5:57pm
14

Sunrise: 7:21am
Sunset: 4:22pm
Moonrise: 9:39am
Moonset: 6:43pm
15

Sunrise: 7:23am
Sunset: 4:21pm
Moonrise: 10:32am
Moonset: 7:37pm
16

Sunrise: 7:25am
Sunset: 4:19pm
Moonrise: 11:18am
Moonset: 8:37pm
17

Sunrise: 7:26am
Sunset: 4:18pm
Moonrise: 12:00pm
Moonset: 9:44pm
18

Sunrise: 7:28am
Sunset: 4:17pm
Moonrise: 12:36pm
Moonset: 10:54pm
19

Sunrise: 7:30am
Sunset: 4:15pm
Moonrise: 1:08pm
Moonset: none
20

Sunrise: 7:31am
Sunset: 4:14pm
Moonrise: 1:38pm
Moonset: 12:08am
21

Sunrise: 7:33am
Sunset: 4:13pm
Moonrise: 2:07pm
Moonset: 1:23am
22

Sunrise: 7:35am
Sunset: 4:12pm
Moonrise: 2:37pm
Moonset: 2:41am
23

Sunrise: 7:36am
Sunset: 4:11pm
Moonrise: 3:08pm
Moonset: 3:59am
24

Sunrise: 7:38am
Sunset: 4:10pm
Moonrise: 3:43pm
Moonset: 5:18am
25

Sunrise: 7:39am
Sunset: 4:09pm
Moonrise: 4:22pm
Moonset: 6:35am
26

Sunrise: 7:41am
Sunset: 4:08pm
Moonrise: 5:09pm
Moonset: 7:48am
27

Sunrise: 7:42am
Sunset: 4:07pm
Moonrise: 6:02pm
Moonset: 8:54am
28

Sunrise: 7:44am
Sunset: 4:06pm
Moonrise: 7:00pm
Moonset: 9:51am
29

Sunrise: 7:45am
Sunset: 4:05pm
Moonrise: 8:03pm
Moonset: 10:38am
30

Sunrise: 7:47am
Sunset: 4:05pm
Moonrise: 9:08pm
Moonset: 11:17am

December 2015
Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 7:48am
Sunset: 4:04pm
Moonrise: 10:12pm
Moonset: 11:49am
2

Sunrise: 7:50am
Sunset: 4:03pm
Moonrise: 11:16pm
Moonset: 12:17pm
3

Sunrise: 7:51am
Sunset: 4:03pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 12:43pm
4

Sunrise: 7:52am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 12:19am
Moonset: 1:06pm
5

Sunrise: 7:53am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 1:21am
Moonset: 1:29pm
6

Sunrise: 7:55am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 2:23am
Moonset: 1:52pm
7

Sunrise: 7:56am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 3:26am
Moonset: 2:17pm
8

Sunrise: 7:57am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 4:28am
Moonset: 2:45pm
9

Sunrise: 7:58am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 5:31am
Moonset: 3:16pm
10

Sunrise: 7:59am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 6:33am
Moonset: 3:53pm
11

Sunrise: 8:00am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 7:32am
Moonset: 4:37pm
12

Sunrise: 8:01am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 8:27am
Moonset: 5:29pm
13

Sunrise: 8:02am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 9:17am
Moonset: 6:29pm
14

Sunrise: 8:03am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 10:01am
Moonset: 7:34pm
15

Sunrise: 8:04am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 10:39am
Moonset: 8:44pm
16

Sunrise: 8:05am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 11:13am
Moonset: 9:57pm
17

Sunrise: 8:06am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 11:43am
Moonset: 11:11pm
18

Sunrise: 8:07am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 12:12pm
Moonset: none
19

Sunrise: 8:07am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 12:40pm
Moonset: 12:26am
20

Sunrise: 8:08am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 1:09pm
Moonset: 1:42am
21

Sunrise: 8:09am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 1:41pm
Moonset: 2:58am
22

Sunrise: 8:09am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 2:17pm
Moonset: 4:14am
23

Sunrise: 8:10am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 2:59pm
Moonset: 5:27am
24

Sunrise: 8:10am
Sunset: 4:03pm
Moonrise: 3:47pm
Moonset: 6:35am
25

Sunrise: 8:10am
Sunset: 4:04pm
Moonrise: 4:43pm
Moonset: 7:36am
26

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:04pm
Moonrise: 5:44pm
Moonset: 8:28am
27

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:05pm
Moonrise: 6:48pm
Moonset: 9:12am
28

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:06pm
Moonrise: 7:54pm
Moonset: 9:48am
29

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:07pm
Moonrise: 8:59pm
Moonset: 10:19am
30

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:07pm
Moonrise: 10:03pm
Moonset: 10:45am
31

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:08pm
Moonrise: 11:06pm
Moonset: 11:10am

Stonehenge Sunrise and Sunset Times 2015 (Sunrise Sunset Calendar)

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#Stonehenge on Film – 115 years ago!

13 07 2015

Originally posted on The Heritage Journal:

Stonehenge a mere 115 years ago was obviously a very different place from what we see today. No fences, no visitor centre, no interpretation signs, no caravans or campers on the by-ways.

The British Film Institute have a new web site, Britain on Film, which allows browsing and searching on a map for old films, from the mid-1800’s (if you’re lucky!) through to the present day. Many are free to view, for others there is a modest cost.

So far, there’s only one film showing Stonehenge, dated from 1900. It shows a brief panorama across the stones, where a solitary self-concious policeman is on ‘guard’ duty for a single visitor.

StonehengeCop

Imagine if that ratio of police to visitors were to be in place today!

of course, the BFI don’t have a monopoly on old films. The British Pathe News web site also has a selection of films showing Stonehenge

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New Stonehenge sunset alignment theory ‘shown to be correct’

25 06 2015

A new theory that the tallest stone at Stonehenge points towards the midsummer sunset has been observed to be correct, it has been claimed.

Stonehenge steward Tim Daw said his pictures of the midsummer solstice sunset on 20 June 2015 showed how it aligned to the tallest stone

Stonehenge steward Tim Daw said his pictures of the midsummer solstice sunset on 20 June 2015 showed how it aligned to the tallest stone

Earlier this year Tim Daw, a steward at the site, said he had discovered the previously unknown alignment, involving a line of stones at 80 degrees to the axis of the monument.

The theory was tested when the solstice sun set at 21:26 BST on Saturday.

Mr Daw said he was “really thrilled” at the finding.

“It wasn’t the best evening for a sunset picture as a bank of cloud came in at the wrong moment but it was close enough to prove the point,” he added.

“I put forward this theory. I said ‘this stone, the sun will set along its back’ [on] Midsummer. Yes it did.

“[There was] a wonderful sunset last night. We could see the sun going down directly in line with… the back of this stone. It was fantastic.”

Some 23,000 people attended the neolithic site at Stonehenge to watch the sun rise at 04:52 BST, while others gathered at the nearby Avebury stone circle.

The figure was down on the estimated 36,000 who attended last year and the 30,000-40,000 expected this year.

Wiltshire Police said the celebrations were “positive and peaceful”.

Article source: BBC Wiltshire

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More than 23,000 see sunrise at Stonehenge during “peaceful and positive” summer solstice

21 06 2015

Solstice celebrations were quieter than expected this year with nowhere near the predicted 40,000 visitors descending on the Stones.

More than 23,000 see sunrise at Stonehenge during "peaceful and positive" summer solstice

More than 23,000 see sunrise at Stonehenge during “peaceful and positive” summer solstice

Police said the night passed in “a positive and peaceful manner” as around 23,000 people turned up to see the sunrise.

Superintendent Gavin Williams, who led the policing operation, said: “Solstice 2015 has been a great success with approximately 23,000 people celebrating at Stonehenge in the positive, friendly atmosphere as they waited for the sunrise.

“This year the crowds were able to see the sun as it appeared over the horizon, before it disappeared under low cloud.

“There have been a lower number of arrests compared with previous years at Stonehenge, nine people were taken into custody mainly in relation to drugs offences.

“We issued 31 cannabis street warnings, issued five cautions for possession of a class A drug and made 43 drugs seizures.

“The majority of people respected the conditions of entry and the amnesty bins provided were used. As with previous years, the passive drugs dogs proved very effective.

“The success of the event depends largely on the good nature of those attending and we are pleased that people could enjoy Solstice in the spirit of the event.”

Full story in the Salisbury Journal

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Stonehenge Summer Solstice Celebrations. Managed Open Access 2015

2 06 2015

English Heritage is pleased to be providing Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice on 20th – 21st June 2015.  Please help them to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the Conditions of Entry and guidelines set out on these pages. 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.

Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Sunrise

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.

Solstice Events UK are offering their usual tours and transport options from London and Bath.  They can be booked here

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 20th June 2015 is at 21.26 hrs (9.26pm)
  • Sunrise on Sunday 21st June 2015 is at 04.52 hrs (4.52am)

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Stargazing in June: From the Stonehenge summer solstice to a cosmic embrace

1 06 2015
Two of our solar system’s most sensational planets will get together for a tryst

Two of our solar system’s most sensational planets will get together for a tryst

Let’s start by winnowing out the mythical chaff from the factual wheat. The Druids didn’t build Stonehenge; they came on the scene about 2,000 years later, and – according to the Roman writer Pliny – they didn’t worship in stone temples but in ‘‘forests of oak’’.

It was only in the 7th century that the antiquarian John Aubrey associated the Druids with Stonehenge. In 1740, a fellow neo-Druid called William Stukeley measured Stonehenge, and realised that its central line pointed ‘‘full northeast, being the point where the sun rises at the summer solstice’’. At that point, the link between Stonehenge, the Druids and the midsummer sunrise was set in tablets of stone.

But hang on. Instead of standing in the centre of the great stone circle and looking outwards, you could equally well place yourself at the Heel Stone and look through the centre of Stonehenge, towards the south-east. That’s the direction where the Sun sets, at midwinter.

In fact, Stukeley’s original account describes this bearing, with ‘‘the principal diameter or groundline of Stonehenge, leading from the entrance up to the middle of the temple to the high altar’’. So why did he choose the opposite direction as being critical to the Druids?

Stukeley was a Freemason. For Masons, the western part of the sky is the direction of death. The north-east is spiritually all-important because it is the point where the Sun rises on the feast of St John (the traditional Christian date for midsummer, on 24 June).

That’s why Stukeley picked out midsummer as the key season for Stonehenge. There’s no reason, though, to believe that our distant ancestors felt the same way. In fact, there are two great monuments in the British Isles which are unambiguous markers for the solstice, because they contain deep passageways that are lit up by Sun only once a year. In the case of Newgrange in Ireland and Maeshowe in Orkney, that date is the winter solstice..

Now archaeologists have provided the clinching evidence that Stonehenge, too, was erected to mark midwinter’s day. Mike Parker Pearson has excavated Durrington Walls, a huge settlement near Stonehenge. Here he’s found the remains of orgiastic feasts: bones of cows and pigs that had been brought vast distances – some from Cornwall, and others from the far north. Clearly, people came from all over the country to hold ceremonies at Stonehenge.

And the bones reveal the season that they travelled. The growth of the pigs’ teeth, and the amount they had worn, showed that they had been slaughtered for the table at the age of nine months. Given that piglets are naturally born in the spring, Parker Pearson is adamant that people were ‘‘feasting on pork at midwinter  most likely around the midwinter solstice’’.

So, if you want to truly celebrate as our ancestors did, don’t go to Wiltshire this month. Instead, go to Stonehenge on 22 December, to view the sun setting behind the giant portals of stone.

What’s Up

This month, two of our solar system’s most sensational planets are about to get together for a tryst. For the whole of spring, luminous giant Jupiter has been lighting up our evening skies. But dazzling Venus – Earth’s twin in size – has been sneaking up in the opposite part of the sky. Our neighbour world, cloaked in a dense atmosphere of carbon dioxide, reflects sunlight amazingly: it is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon.

On 30 June, the two brilliant worlds tangle in a cosmic embrace. Separated by a space less than the diameter of the moon, Jupiter and  Venus will make a stunning sight low in the western sky. Otherwise, the summer constellations are making their appearance. Orange Arcturus, in Boötes, lords it over the night skies. Next to it, the small-but-perfectly-formed Corona Borealis – the Northern Crown – is a beautiful reminder that warmer days are on the way.

What to look out for

1 June: 5.19 pm: full moon

6 June: Venus at greatest eastern elongation

9 June 4.42 pm: moon at last quarter

16 June 3.05 pm: new moon

24 June 12.03 pm: moon at first quarter; Mercury at greatest western elongation

30 June: Venus and Jupiter close conjunction

Read the full story in the Independent. Heather Couper , Nigel Henbest

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