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New Stonehenge Visitor Center Now Open

October 8, 2014 by

Couple at Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a popular destination, and today you can even book your pilgrimage to the site online. In an effort to help visitors get the most from their visit, the new Stonehenge Visitor Center is now open with admissions starting at about $20 for adults (£13.90).

Stonehenge

New Visitor Center

A short path connects the parking lot to the visitor center where you will be greeted by a steward who will offer an orientation leaflet that will help you find your way around.

From here you can catch a free shuttle bus for a 10 minute ride to the stone circle or go into the visitor center first where you can learn all about the history of Stonehenge. The new building also serves as shelter from the cold winds that often blow over Salisbury Plain.

The building itself is divided into two pods. The glass pod on the left features a café and shop, and the wooden pod on the right is where visitors will find the exhibitions and the membership sales area. The admissions and audio tour booths are situated between the two pods.

For those looking for the restrooms, they are located on the side of the wooden structure.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

For decades, historians and other experts have debated how the large stone heads came to be. They are built from rock carved from the earth more than 150 miles from the Stonehenge site in Pembrokshire, Wales.

Somehow the builders cut, transported, elevated and planted the monuments without the aid of machinery. The exhibitions in the new visitors center offer insights that help visitors to appreciate their visit on a new level.

Once visitors are dropped off at the stone circle, they can spend as long as they like walking the path which is set about 30 feet from the stone heads. If you decide to skip a visit to the new Visitor Center, be sure to visit the official website for ideas on how to make the best use of your time at this historic site.

Whether you plan to visit for a couple of hours, a half day, or want to make it a full-day journey 4000 years into the past, a visit to Stonehenge creates memories you’ll never forget.

Photo credits: Ben Smith, english-heritage, wikimedia



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