The amazing wonder of Stonehenge with the mysterious and ginormous stones towering above regular people is a must see for so many who travel to the UK every year. To stand in its presence and feel the history of the land honestly has to be experienced!
If you’re heading to or from a cruise from Southampton then perhaps a trip to Stonehenge wasn’t on your radar at first – but you should definitely add it because actually there are lots of companies who will include this amazing site in your travel plans. Some will pick you up from central London and others from Heathrow.
Alternatively, if you’re docking at Southampton and have time for shore excursions, Stonehenge is just around an hours drive away so can be added in quite easily.
If you’re looking at ways to make the most out of your time from Southampton and include the wonder of Stonehenge then this post is for you. I’m going to list some of the best Stonehenge tours from Southampton that are available right now. We’ll look at both transfers to/from London that will take in the stones and shore excursions that are perfect if you have just a day here.
Important note – Not all of these excursions include your entrance to Stonehenge. If you need to purchase tickets for entry you can do so here.
If you’re wanting a more VIP service to see the stones up close you might be interested in looking at these Stonehenge inner circle tours from London if you’re flexible and have time before or after your cruise.
Tours/transfers from London to Southampton via Stonehenge
First of all let’s look at some tours from London to Southampton that go via Stonehenge. Now, it’s not directly on the route but it’s not too far a diversion to add it in and if you’re landing in the UK to then head off for a cruise it’s a great way to start or end the trip in style! And you get to tick off seeing Stonehenge!
Some of these are specifically pre or post cruise excursions – I’ve highlighted if this is so but also before booking check that they are going the right way for you!
Type – Post Cruise excursion
5 out 5.0 (15+ reviews) – Run by Londoncruise-transfers
This private transfer from Southampton port will take you and your group (up to 12 people) in style from the cruise to London while adding in two amazing sights to your journey – Stonehenge AND Windsor.
This is a great way to combine seeing Stonehenge with your transfer post cruise to London and you’ll also get to enjoy the town of Windsor as well which is just outside London. It’s perfect for anyone interested in the history of our Royals and our ancient history.
Note – admission tickets aren’t included for either Stonehenge or Windsor Castle. You might like to just wander around the town of Windsor where you can see the castle or purchase a ticket to see inside.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Excellent day with Dave
We had a great experience with Dave. He was very helpful throughout our process. His due diligence started when we made our initial booking all the way through pick up and final drop off at our hotel in London. What a marvelous experience and I would highly recommend Dave and his company. The motor coach was comfy and nicely appointed. Dave thinks of everything possibly needed and makes your day memorable! I would Definitely use his services again 🙂Yani_R (Aug 2023) – see more reviews here
Note that there is 1 piece of luggage and 1 bit of hand luggage per person.
The transfer will end by dropping you off at your London hotel.
Type – Pre Cruise excursion
4.7 out 5.0 (110+ reviews) – Run by International Friends
If price is important to you then this group transport option could be a great way to get yourself to the cruise port in Southampton cheaply but also adding in that magical trip to Stonehenge as well.
You can be picked up from a number of locations in London but also direct from Heathrow airport as well so it’s a good way to get direct from there to Southampton if you don’t have time to include the capital at the beginning of your trip.
Admission to the stone circle is also included in the price.
Just be aware that they may be picking up other travellers after yourself which can make the day longer.
Our tour guide Valentina was amazing and she made the trip really fun and interesting. We liked being picked up at a hotel close to ours. Stonehenge was worth it and it was wonderful to be dropped off right at our cruise ship. We would definitely do this again!Melanie – United States (Aug 2023) – see more reviews here
Type – Pre Cruise excursion
5 out 5.0 (5+ reviews) – Run by ATN Cars
This private transfer from London to Southampton port is great for small groups of up to 4 people and is a great way to get you started on your cruise experience by taking you to Stonehenge on the way.
Get your trip started in style and without needing to worry about the UK roads by letting your driver take you to the port easily. On the way you’ll have a couple of hours to spend at Stonehenge too allowing you to tick this magical site from your bucket list!
Note – admission tickets to Stonehenge aren’t included but you can buy here
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Great Experience
We had a wonderful time transferring from the hotel to South Hampton Cruise Port through Stonehenge. Our driver was personable, very polite, and a great conversationalist! She shared details about the areas we drove through and her experiences. I highly recommend this Viator-sponsored tour with this family-owned car operator ATN Cars. I only regret not writing down our sweet driver’s name to share it in. our review after our cruise! SHE WAS Wonderful, in any case!Jacqueline_M (Jul 2023) – see more reviews here
There are a number of areas in London where you can arrange pick up from but you can also do a pick up direct from Heathrow as well.
Type – Post or Pre Cruise excursion
5 out 5.0 (4 reviews) – Run by Undiscovered Cotswolds
Finally we have this post cruise tour from Southampton which will allow you to explore the wonders of Stonehenge and the majestic Windsor before returning to London.
This excursion is good for groups of up to 8 people and end your cruise in style. You won’t need to worry about driving or finding your way on British roads because your driver will take care of it all.
Note – admission tickets ARE included in this tour so you that’s one less thing to worry about!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Sunny day in south England
We had a great day seeing Stonehenge and Windsor Castle with our tour guide Ian! A great pub lunch and a stroll down the long walk were added bonuses! I would Highly recommend this tour. We had great weather too…just a fabulous day!Karen_G (Sep 2023) – see more reviews here
This activity can be either a post or a pre cruise excursion and they can tailor it to your needs since it’s only for your group!
Shore excursions from Southampton to Stonehenge
These trips will allow you to have a day trip from your cruise ship or from a hotel in Southampton and can give you a really nice introduction to England’s history.
5 out 5.0 (15+ reviews) – Run by T&T Southampton
This private tour from Southampton port will let you have the a great introduction to some of England’s most historic and important sites as well as allowing you to bask in the prettiness of Salisbury – a gorgeous small city near Stonehenge.
Because it’s a private tour you won’t need to wait around for other tourists on the bus and you can get stuck right in to exploring the English countryside.
Note – admission tickets aren’t included but you can buy here
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Outstanding overview of ancient European history, thank you Oliver!
Oliver, our tour guide, provided us a wonderful experience touring Stonehenge and the Magna Carta documentation. Oliver’s communications were timely, informative, and well received. His narrative and historical knowledge was most appreciated. One of the best tours we had on our northern European travel adventures.John_F (Aug 2023) – see more reviews here
There are a number of pick up points whether you’re coming straight from a cruise ship or from any of the hotels in the area.
5 out 5.0 (3+ reviews) – Run by Bath Insider Tours
If you’re hungry to pack in as much as possible on your shore excursion from Southampton then this one that includes Stonehenge, Salisbury AND the city of Bath will be for you.
The tour guide is from the city of Bath and will make sure that you see all the highlights of this wonderful Georgian city – it’s one of my favorites!
Note – admission tickets are included with this tour, no need to purchase in advance.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Great excursion with an excellent guide!
Daniel provided our group of 6 a wonderful day! Learned so much, enjoyed a delicious meal, laughed a lot and were thoroughly entertained seeing the sights. Great tour, made even better by an excellent guide!Beth_R (Jun 2023) – see more reviews here
The tour starts at 9am but don’t worry if your cruise ship times might not fit – they are very flexible if you let them know your disembarkation times.
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