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New Stonehenge visitors centre now open

The new £27m visitor centre at Stonehenge is now open. It was built to “restore the dignity” of the monument by allowing the stones to be viewed in a clutter-free environment. The revamp included closing and removing a section of the A344 road and siting the centre over 2km away from the stones themselves. A […]

Winter Solstice 2013 at Stonehenge

English Heritage allowed public access to Stonehenge for the celebration of the 2013 Winter Solstice, the first day of the winter season. Sunrise was at 8.09am on Saturday 21 December and visitors were able to gain free access to the monument from around 7.30am. The exact time of the 2013 Winter Solstice, when the Earth’s axial tilt […]

2013 Summer Solstice – Stonehenge managed access

English Heritage is once again welcoming people to Stonehenge to celebrate the 2013 Summer Solstice. Sunrise will occur at 4.52am on Friday 21 June, on what is the longest day of the year. Peter Carson, Head of Stonehenge at English Heritage, said: “This is the 14th year that English Heritage has provided free access to […]

2012 Winter Solstice at Stonehenge

Before sunrise on 21st December, thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge to mark the Winter Solstice. This year, the date also coincided with the end of the Mayan calendar. The Winter Solstice is one of the only times that the public are allowed into the stone circle itself and it is a very special time, […]

Summer solstice 2012 at Stonehenge

Despite heavy rain and a very muddy car park, around 14,500 people gathered at Stonehenge to mark sunrise on the longest day of the year. The moment of sunrise happened at 4.52am but because of the bad weather no-one could see the sun. That didn’t put anyone off their celebrations though and sunrise was welcomed […]

Celebrate World Heritage Day at Stonehenge and Avebury

World Heritage Day is celebrated annually on 18th April. This year, (also the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention), English Heritage experts are on hand to help you discover the prehistoric landscapes at Stonehenge and Avebury and to show how World Heritage Status is helping to conserve them. Stonehenge and Avebury became a World […]

Solstice Signifies That 2012 Will Be a Good Year

Druids and pagans were among those gathered at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain to celebrate the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. The weather was unseasonably mild which brought out record numbers of people who were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over the ancient stones. Arch druid of the standing stones in Wiltshire, Rollo […]