Southampton Stonehenge Excursion Reviews

From Southampton, Stonehenge is less than an hour's drive away. These ancient ruins are iconic and considered one of the wonders of the world -- a can't-miss attraction for history and archaeology buffs.
The weather improved for Ray and Traci’s embarkation on the Crown Princess ship.
The weather improved for Ray and Traci’s embarkation on the Crown Princess ship. They arranged pickup from a large bus that brought passengers to the Southampton Cruise Terminal. About halfway in the journey, the bus made a rest stop ... Read More
The weather improved for Ray and Traci’s embarkation on the Crown Princess ship. They arranged pickup from a large bus that brought passengers to the Southampton Cruise Terminal. About halfway in the journey, the bus made a rest stop at an amazing area for motorists. A gorgeous modern building complete with sprinkler fountains for kids to play in had a wide selection of fast food and convenience stores including KFC, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Starbucks, and Burger King. Other European countries have similar truck stops, but the English had by far the nicest. These rest areas are something American road trippers need! Before arriving at the cruise terminal, the bus made a stop at Stonehenge. Simply put, Stonehenge is a collection of large stones over a cemetery. However, astronomers have found the placement of keystones highlight the summer and winter solstice along with other astronomical correlates. Many bodies were buried in the area along with worldly possessions & sadly, their security measures were much less effective than the Egyptian pharaohs so much of their treasures have been looted. Now sheep make their home around the site where a million visitors annually wonder what its purpose was. A landing pad for aliens? A spiritual mecca? Legos for dinosaurs? Fifty years ago there was no visitor center selling all sorts of memorabilia and visitors just walked among the stones. Now it is a UNESCO Cultural Landmark and one of Great Britains most popular destinations. Perhaps it is simply a case study in great marketing. While Ray and Traci were glad to participate in the great puzzle that is Stonehenge, they recommend combining a visit to Stonehenge with other area attractions (or perhaps a cruise ship boarding) in case others dont feel its calling. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Routine bus ride out and back.
Routine bus ride out and back. Nothing special. Stonehenge was magnificent. Glad I got a chance to see it.
Routine bus ride out and back. Nothing special. Stonehenge was magnificent. Glad I got a chance to see it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good outing, not quite enough time in Salisbury but the stones were worth it.
Good outing, not quite enough time in Salisbury but the stones were worth it. A little over-priced to be sure, but a good day.
Good outing, not quite enough time in Salisbury but the stones were worth it. A little over-priced to be sure, but a good day. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our excursion to Stonehenge was part of the transfer from Southampton to the airport.
Our excursion to Stonehenge was part of the transfer from Southampton to the airport. This was a great tour and I'd highly recommend it. Standing in front of that 5,000+ years-old monument is amazing---and though there was no tour ... Read More
Our excursion to Stonehenge was part of the transfer from Southampton to the airport. This was a great tour and I'd highly recommend it. Standing in front of that 5,000+ years-old monument is amazing---and though there was no tour guide, there is an audio-guide that works very well to explain everything you see. There's also a nice little museum, a large gift shop, and a decent cafeteria. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was a transfer to Heathrow with Stonehenge.
This was a transfer to Heathrow with Stonehenge. We had a perfect guide, who did a great job. Stopped at Salisbury to look at the Cathedral, great conversation while driving through the New Forest, a long stop at Stonehenge. Got there at ... Read More
This was a transfer to Heathrow with Stonehenge. We had a perfect guide, who did a great job. Stopped at Salisbury to look at the Cathedral, great conversation while driving through the New Forest, a long stop at Stonehenge. Got there at opening, so had time to do everything, including a quick lunch. Usually they also drive you through Windsor Park, but it was Ascot Week, and access was closed. Great way to get to the airport with a lot of bonus! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Stonehenge, always fascinating and this time we lucked in with the weather.
Stonehenge, always fascinating and this time we lucked in with the weather. Beautiful day but the good weather also brought out the crowds so the line ups were long.
Stonehenge, always fascinating and this time we lucked in with the weather. Beautiful day but the good weather also brought out the crowds so the line ups were long. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The excursion will billed online as being 8 hours long, beginning at 9:30 which would have ended us ...
The excursion will billed online as being 8 hours long, beginning at 9:30 which would have ended us at 5:30. The ship was leaving at 8 pm. We left the port 1/2 to an hour late, waiting for these last two people. We got to Salisbury and ... Read More
The excursion will billed online as being 8 hours long, beginning at 9:30 which would have ended us at 5:30. The ship was leaving at 8 pm. We left the port 1/2 to an hour late, waiting for these last two people. We got to Salisbury and were given an hour and a half there, then we were whisked off to Stonehenge. Upon arrival at Stonehenge, the guide told us we were to be back at the bus at 3 pm to get us back to the ship at 4 pm. I protested to her. I told her that it was supposed to have been an 8 hour day and we were booked until 5:30 anyway. She looked at her papers and they said she was to get us back at 4 pm so she had to follow her papers. She said she would look into it, and she would have loved to have known this as she would have given us extra time to walk around and shop in Salisbury which many of us on the bus agreed, we would have loved. I filed a complaint with the excursion staff onboard the ship about the discrepancy of times, feeling we as an excursion were gypped. I told them that when times are listed on a ship's website, those number of hours and times need to be followed as closely as possible. What happened to our tour was we were cut off by 2 hours and this is very unfair and we were screwed. The woman I spoke with over the phone gave me 15% back from my excursion fee but this was not satisfactory to me as I would have preferred to have my tour be what it said it was. Don't deceive the passengers, please. I wanted this corrected for all future excursions to Stonehenge. The drive thru the forest to Salisbury was eventful, wild pigs and wild horses everywhere. So fun. I love wandering Salisbury and would have LOVED the extra time there, time enough to either eat or shop, not both. The day was HOT at Stonehenge and I got wicked overheated walking back from the stones, bus line was over an hour long and I didn't want to wait. Carefully consider your walking ability, it's a long, long walk to or from the stones, path is very easy tho. There are no places along the walk to sit and rest so consider the bus carefully. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took the tour with International Friends, which provided a transfer from London to the ...
We took the tour with International Friends, which provided a transfer from London to the Southampton cruise terminal, with a stop at Stonehenge along the way. The host / guide gave an excellent commentary as we drove from London to ... Read More
We took the tour with International Friends, which provided a transfer from London to the Southampton cruise terminal, with a stop at Stonehenge along the way. The host / guide gave an excellent commentary as we drove from London to Stonehenge. We had plenty of time at Stonehenge. The process of unloading luggage and being dropped off at the terminal went smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We were picked up promptly from the ship, driven safely to these three sites and provided with ...
We were picked up promptly from the ship, driven safely to these three sites and provided with adequate time to see everything. We were then dropped directly at our hotel and assisted with our luggage. Top quality service.
We were picked up promptly from the ship, driven safely to these three sites and provided with adequate time to see everything. We were then dropped directly at our hotel and assisted with our luggage. Top quality service. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tour guide Andrew was amazingly knowledgeable and also knew the right amount of time to talk about ...
Tour guide Andrew was amazingly knowledgeable and also knew the right amount of time to talk about things (some hardly speak and others speak way too much). We also went to Salisbury Cathedral and Windsor Castle on the tour and LOVED ... Read More
Tour guide Andrew was amazingly knowledgeable and also knew the right amount of time to talk about things (some hardly speak and others speak way too much). We also went to Salisbury Cathedral and Windsor Castle on the tour and LOVED Windsor Castle (were there the last day before it was closed for Harry and Meghan's royal wedding). Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Another very long drive and booked with NCL since our port time was limited.
Another very long drive and booked with NCL since our port time was limited. Stonehenge is now roped off but you still get close enough to realize how awesome it is.
Another very long drive and booked with NCL since our port time was limited. Stonehenge is now roped off but you still get close enough to realize how awesome it is. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Of course Salisbury and Stonehenge are impressive, but we were also moved by the generosity and ...
Of course Salisbury and Stonehenge are impressive, but we were also moved by the generosity and warm welcome from the people of Portland themselves. The singing send-off with cannon fire shows that volunteers can bring joy to others ... Read More
Of course Salisbury and Stonehenge are impressive, but we were also moved by the generosity and warm welcome from the people of Portland themselves. The singing send-off with cannon fire shows that volunteers can bring joy to others worldwide. Bloom where you're planted. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Stonehenge was good, a lot of history to see.
Stonehenge was good, a lot of history to see. Our tour had a booked time which was great. A lot of driving.
Stonehenge was good, a lot of history to see. Our tour had a booked time which was great. A lot of driving. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour with a slightly odd guide.
Excellent tour with a slightly odd guide. Plenty of time at Stonehenge and in Salisbury, spending some extra money to eat might be encouraged as we were out for 7-8 hours (we chose to wait to eat until we came back and just had protein ... Read More
Excellent tour with a slightly odd guide. Plenty of time at Stonehenge and in Salisbury, spending some extra money to eat might be encouraged as we were out for 7-8 hours (we chose to wait to eat until we came back and just had protein bars).Stonehenge needs British Pounds so make sure to bring some if you want to buy anything (without a credit card) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Great experiences at Stonehenge and in Salisbury.
Great experiences at Stonehenge and in Salisbury.
Great experiences at Stonehenge and in Salisbury. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
The your took us through the New Forest to Stonehenge where we had plenty of time to explore and ...
The your took us through the New Forest to Stonehenge where we had plenty of time to explore and then to beautiful Salisbury and the amazing cathedral!
The your took us through the New Forest to Stonehenge where we had plenty of time to explore and then to beautiful Salisbury and the amazing cathedral! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Guide and driver fantastic and very knowledgeable.
Guide and driver fantastic and very knowledgeable.
Guide and driver fantastic and very knowledgeable. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
AMAZING!
AMAZING! It was breathtaking to be in the center of those 5,000-year-old monoliths. To stand next to the huge stones was awe-inspiring.
AMAZING! It was breathtaking to be in the center of those 5,000-year-old monoliths. To stand next to the huge stones was awe-inspiring. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The trip to Stonehenge was at the end of the cruise and dropped us off in central London.
The trip to Stonehenge was at the end of the cruise and dropped us off in central London. .
The trip to Stonehenge was at the end of the cruise and dropped us off in central London. . Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Basically, the company we booked our transfer from London to Southampton offered a one hour stop at ...
Basically, the company we booked our transfer from London to Southampton offered a one hour stop at Stonehenge, and we took advantage of it. Loved it!
Basically, the company we booked our transfer from London to Southampton offered a one hour stop at Stonehenge, and we took advantage of it. Loved it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wonderful guide, amazing to see and they took great care of us and dropped us off at Heathrow.
Wonderful guide, amazing to see and they took great care of us and dropped us off at Heathrow.
Wonderful guide, amazing to see and they took great care of us and dropped us off at Heathrow. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This would have been a very enjoyable tour if everything was not closed by the time we arrived.
This would have been a very enjoyable tour if everything was not closed by the time we arrived. We arrived at Stonehenge at 5:00 with 5 other buses resulting in no listening devices being available so we were unable to hear about the ... Read More
This would have been a very enjoyable tour if everything was not closed by the time we arrived. We arrived at Stonehenge at 5:00 with 5 other buses resulting in no listening devices being available so we were unable to hear about the history or legends. This would have been a wonderful stop but not when the site was unable to handle the volume. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ship arrived late, Rush-hour traffic on Friday.
Ship arrived late, Rush-hour traffic on Friday. Arrive at Stonehenge at 5:01p. No guide.
Ship arrived late, Rush-hour traffic on Friday. Arrive at Stonehenge at 5:01p. No guide. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Another item off my bucket list.
Another item off my bucket list. Top-notch guide and tour from Princess.
Another item off my bucket list. Top-notch guide and tour from Princess. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
National Trust has done a terrific job in protecting this irreplaceable attraction but making it ...
National Trust has done a terrific job in protecting this irreplaceable attraction but making it easy to visit. Only negative is that the restaurant is totally inadequate for the crowds.
National Trust has done a terrific job in protecting this irreplaceable attraction but making it easy to visit. Only negative is that the restaurant is totally inadequate for the crowds. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line