Stonehenge Visitor Centre
For an unforgettable family day out, visit the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Located near Salisbury in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, it is a highlight of the South West. The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar? How did our ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure? Surrounded by mystery, Stonehenge never fails to impress. Who built Stonehenge? The first part of the long-awaited environmental improvements to Stonehenge will be complete with the unveiling of a new Stonehenge visitor centre on 18 December 2013 to enhance the experience of visiting the Stones.
English Heritage announced that the first phase of the long-awaited improvements to the setting and visitor experience of Stonehenge mystery will be launched to the public on Wednesday 18 December 2013. From this date, entrance to Stonehenge will be managed through timed tickets and advance booking is strongly recommended.
Finally, a Place to Tell Stonehenge’s Story
Visitors will be welcomed at a new visitor building, located 2.1km (1.5 miles) to the west of Stonehenge. For the first time ever at the site, they will be able to learn more about this complex monument in a stunning, museum-quality permanent exhibition curated by English Heritage experts. A 360-degree virtual, immersive experience will let visitors ‘stand in the stones’ before they enter a gallery presenting the facts and theories surrounding the monument through various displays and nearly 300 prehistoric artefacts.
Over 300 Prehistoric Artefacts on Display
The archaeological finds on display are on loan from the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, the Wiltshire Museum, and the Duckworth Collection, University of Cambridge. All were found inside the World Heritage Site and many are on public display for the first time.
Set in Stone? How our ancestors saw Stonehenge history, will be the first special temporary exhibition. It will chart over 800 years of ideas and debate – from 12th-century legends to radiocarbon dating reports in the 1950s – on who built Stonehenge and when, and features stunning objects on loan from many national museums.
Heightened Sense of Anticipation
Visitors will have a heightened sense of anticipation when they arrive at the visitor building as Stonehenge is not immediately visible; it will only emerge slowly on the horizon during the 10-minute shuttle ride to the monument.