The Rollright Stones

Places to Visit

Ages:

  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults

Venue:

Outdoor

Cost:

Paid

Description

The Rollright Stones is an ancient site located on the Oxfordshire & Warwickshire border. Traditionally a monarch and his courtiers petrified by a witch, the Rollright Stones consist of three groups: the King's Men stone circle, the Whispering Knights burial chamber, and the single King Stone. They span nearly 2,000 years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development.

The Kings Men Stone Circle

This ceremonial stone circle was erected around 2,500BC. At present there are seventy-odd stones set in an irregular ring about 31m across. The stones are famously uncountable, but originally may have numbered about 105 standing shoulder to shoulder. Read the full history here.

The King Stone

The King Stone is most likely to have been erected around 1500 BC. The name ‘King Stone’ may have originated from its use to mark an important meeting place associated with an extensive Saxon cemetery in the vicinity. Read the full history here.

The Whispering Knights

Four hundred metres east of the Stone Circle, and probably predating it by over 1000 years, the Whispering Knights is a 'portal dolmen' burial chamber that consists of four upright stones and a large fallen capstone. The monument got its name as part of the legend about the king and his army who were outwitted by a witch and turned to stone. Read the full history here.

Neolithic Echoes

The Whispering Knights project -Neolithic Echoes is an ever-changing environmental and aesthetic project, found within the wooded area near the Whispering Knights.

Shapes and structures have been made to please the senses and provide habitat for wildlife. Children of all ages will enjoy discovering the different structures, some of which you can walk or crawl inside!

Things to do at The Rollright Stones

Counting the stones

By tradition, the stones in the King’s Men stone circle cannot be counted: if you count them three times and get the same answer each go, you can have any wish you like! It is genuinely difficult as school groups and their teachers regularly discover!

Wildlife at The Rollright Stones

The area of the Rollright Stones is rich in plants, lichens and other wildlife. For hints on what to look out for, click the links below to download pdfs listing birds and plants recorded at the Rollright Stones:

Birds at the Rollright Stones

Plants at the Rollright Stones

Family Activities


Important Information

Opening Hours 

The Stones are normally open to the public daily all the year round including being available to night-time stargazers.

Entry Fee

The entry charge is £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 7-16. The Rollright Trust receives no public funding and this is the main source of income to look after the site.

You can pay in the following ways:

  • pay online in advance
  • use the QR code on site
  • (in daylight hours) pay by cash using the honesty box at the entrance to the stone circle
  • pay the warden if on duty (some busy weekends).

Dogs at The Rollright Stones

Dogs are allowed on a lead (but not within the Stone Circle please).

Picnics

Benches are available by the King's Men and the Whispering Knights.

Facilities & Refreshments

For toilets, a good café, postcards, farm shop and garden centre - visit Wyatts (approx 1 mile east of the Rollright Stones towards Great Rollright).

The nearest pub is the Red Lion at Long Compton which has a large garden with swings, a small natural play area and is dog friendly.

Parking at The Rollright Stones

The stones are located on Rollright Road along the Oxford/Warwickshire boundary between the A44 and A3400. There is parking space for several vehicles in a lay-by on Rollright Road, from which a level path leads to the stone circle. Entrance to the path is via a kissing gate.

Donate

The Rollright Trust receives no form of public funding and for its income relies entirely on entrance money and donations. Donate here. Your donations are worth 20% more if they are Gift Aided.

Open hours

MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen