The A303 is infamous for traffic jams and delays going past Stonehenge, especially between the Countess roundabout and the Longbarrow roundabout, the congestion is not helped by drivers slowing to look at the stones as they pass.

Some motorists are trying to avoid the traffic by rat-running through small villages close to the A303, this is causing a danger to pedestrians as well as causing congestion along the narrow roads.

Please be patient and stay away from the local villages, the scenery going past Stonehenge on the A303 is beautiful.

There have been all sorts of plans to try and do something about the traffic congestion at Stonehenge with calls for dualling of the A303 and a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke. There has even been talk of a tunnel but I imagine that it would be a very expensive option. 

Visiting Stonehenge and avoiding the A303 traffic delays

If you're planning a visit by car to Stonehenge from the East of the country, say for example that you're travelling from London to Stonehenge M3 A303 then one of the best ways to avoid having to drive in the traffic on the A303 is to head for Salisbury. The shortest route to Salisbury from London will see you leave the M3 just after Basingstoke and take the A303 towards Andover. It will then take you onto the A343 and bring you down through Middle Wallop, Lopcombe Corner and finally into Salisbury on the A30.

Once in Salisbury, you can park your car in one of the many car parks. You can then catch the Stonehenge Tour Bus from one of the many bus stops including Salisbury railway station. You do need to book tickets to visit Stonehenge in Advance.

As well as a visit to Stonehenge, you will also fine some great places to visit in Salisbury including the medieval Cathedral.

Travel to Stonehenge by train

Of course, one other way to avoid the stress of driving is to go by train. There are regular services to Salisbury from around the Country, as an example, we're only 90 minutes away from London Waterloo. As the advert used to say 'let the train take the strain'

This page replaces one that I previously published with the title:

How To Avoid A303 Stonehenge Traffic Delays

The information concerning an alternative route to avoid the delays on the A303 at Stonehenge has been removed. It was removed due to concerns about the increase in traffic in some local villages. The villages in the area simply cannot cope with extra traffic.

A303 related Links


Stonehenge Traffic Action Group