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They protect an internationally-important collection of historic sites and artefacts which span six millennia, from the ancient past to the present day and include palaces, houses, hill figures, castles, abbeys, industrial sites, Roman forts and even deserted medieval villages.
ENTRANCE FEES TO STONEHENGE
There is nothing quite like Stonehenge anywhere in the world and for 5000 years it has drawn visitors to it. We shall never know what drew people here over the centuries or why hundreds of people struggled over thousands of years to build this monument, but visitors from all over the world come to marvel at this amazing feat of engineering. Before Stonehenge was built thousands of years ago, the whole of Salisbury Plain was a forest of towering pines and hazel woodland. Over centuries the landscape changed to open chalk downland. What you see today is about half of the original monument, some of the stones have fallen down, others have been carried away to be used for building or to repair farm tracks and over centuries visitors have added their damage too. It was quite normal to hire a hammer from the blacksmith in Amesbury and come to Stonehenge to chip bits off. As you can imagine this practice is no longer permitted!
The New Stonehenge Experience
Launched mid-December 2013 the new Stonehenge Experience is now open and offers a completely new look at this essential historical attraction. Access to the stones is now via a shuttle service which departs from the relocated car parks now further away from the stones alongside a new visitor centre. Combined with the closure of one of the busy roads alongside the monument this gives a much more peaceful and atmospheric experience more in keeping with the original intention of the site. You should allow 2 HOURS for a visit to Stonehenge so please bear that in mind when planning itineraries.
PLEASE NOTE: due to summer solstice 12.30-13.00 is the final admission slot on 20 June 2020 and Stonehenge will be closed all day on 21 June 2020 and 25 December 2020.
Pre-bookings are essential for both FIT’s & Groups
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