A new visitor and exhibition centre for Stonehenge opens today.
Located 1.5 miles from Stonehenge the new centre promises to provide visitors with a more fulfilling experience during their visit with new static and interactive displays, cafe, gift shop and improved visitor parking and visitor facilities.
What English Heritage are saying about their new Stonehenge visitors Centre:
“The new visitor building appears light and unimposing, sensitive to its surroundings and deferential to the stones and the World Heritage Site.”
“Visitors will have a heightened sense of anticipation when they arrive at the visitor building as Stonehenge is not visible – it will only emerge slowly on the horizon during the ten-minute shuttle ride to the monument.”
The visitors centre is only part of the £27m project at this World Heritage Site which so far has included road improvements in the immediate area to Airman’s Cross and the A303 Longbarrow Roundabout. Works also included the closure of the A344 past Stonehenge with the road being returned to a natural landscape to enhance the environment around the ancient stones presenting them in a scene closer to their original setting.
To complete the transformation of the landscape around the Stonehenge itself the old visitor facilities and car park will be demolished and removed with work to restore the area back to grassland expected to be completed by the Summer of 2014.
From 1st February 2014 entrance to the stones will be managed by timed tickets which can be booked and purchased in advance from the English Heritage web site. Visits by English Heritage members and National Trust members are still free although timed tickets are still required by these members and can also be booked in advance online.
For more information, tickets and opening times http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/