Food Served - Vegetarian Food - Car Park - Wheelchair Access
- Accommodation - Children Welcome - Garden/Patio - Dogs
Allowed - Live Music - Background Music
Stonehenge Inn is within the Durrington Walls boundary and
while Stonehenge may be Britain's most famous prehistoric
monument, Durrington Walls is the biggest.
Durrington Walls is a massive circular earthwork, or henge,
about 500 metres in diameter (nearly 1/3 mile), located
north of Woodhenge. Despite having been much damaged by
ploughing and cut through by the A345 road, its tall banks
are still visible.
was built in the Neolithic period (around 3100-2400BC).
The Stonehenge Inn came along much later, but thinking ahead
to the possibilities of early tourism, Lewis Toomes, (of
local beer retailers William Toomes), built the Stonehenge
Inn, at the junction of the Upavon to Amesbury and Bulford
to Shrewton roads, at the top of Durrington, in 1889. Because
it was quite a distance from the village proper it became
known as “Toomes Folly”.
He advertised the pub as a posting house with its own brewery
and livery and bait stables. (Bait was a term used for feeding
To the locals surprise it was an immediate success and probably
the reason for the closure of the Nag’s Head, on Bulford
Hill, between 1889 and 1895. The Nag’s Head had been
a pub since 1731.
From then until now the Stonehenge Inn has thrived, both
as an alehouse and an inn. People from all over the world
have visited as the Stonehenge Inn is the only pub in the
world (as far as we know) with this name and is only about
a mile, as the crow flies, from Stonehenge itself.
The area is rich with places of historical interest and
is the ideal stopping point whether just for a meal, a drink
or over night stop.
"The Stones", as the locals now call it, being
an Inn, Restaurant and Pub, has something to offer everyone.
The restaurant is large and comfortable and is split into
two areas. The public bar, where you may also eat, is to
the right of the pub and visitors will usually find a local
sitting at the bar who will be more than willing to point
them in the right direction for places of interest.
is what the "Stones" looked like 101 years ago