Winter Solstice at Stonehenge


The Winter Solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge around 21 December. Thousands mark the shortest day and longest night.

The exact time of the winter solstice varies each year and it can be on any day from 20 to 23 December.

English Heritage haven’t yet confirmed the date of this year’s official celebrations, but it will most likely take place at dawn on Sunday December 22.

The solstice is the point in time when one hemisphere of the planet reaches the point tilted most towards the sun and the other is tilted furthest away. In the northern hemisphere, that gives us the winter solstice in December whilst in the southern hemisphere it is the summer solstice.

Visitors are able to access the stones as soon as it is light enough to do so safely.