Improved Education - A new visitors center replaces the existing building originally erected in 1968 as a temporary facility. The new center will better accommodate and educate through world-class exhibits the one million visitors who flock to Stonehenge each year. Reportedly, a 360 degree cinema is being developed to simulate standing inside the ancient stone circle. Additionally, Neolithic houses based on archaeological clues found at Stonehenge are being constructed as an exterior exhibit to educate visitors on how people may have lived 4,500 years ago.
Increased Preservation - The new visitors center is located over one mile from the Stones compared to the current visitors center that is nearly adjacent to the site. Parking lots and roads are being removed and relocated to return the area around the Stones back to natural grasslands. Aimed at better preserving the entire site, visitors will be shuttled from the new center to the drop off area or can choose to walk part of the distance to the Stones.
The first phase of the project which includes the new visitors center is expected to open late 2013. Stonehenge will remain accessible during the project. Project updates are posted on the English Heritage website.
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Stonehenge Visitors to Experience Standing in the Ancient Circle
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