New Stonehenge Visitor's Centre

17-Jan-2014

Stonehenge has a new visitors centre!

Stonehenge now has a transformed visitor experience. A new world-class visitor centre, housing museum-quality permanent and temporary exhibitions, plus a spacious shop and café, is now open. Get closer to the mysteries of the stones as we bring the unique story of Stonehenge to life.  For the first time, visitors will have a proper introduction to one of the world's most important prehistoric monuments. Over 250 objects of international importance will be on display, and the reconstructed face of an Early Neolithic man is a highlight. The immediate surroundings of the stones are also undergoing dramatic improvement. Visitors will be able to see objects used in its construction and those connected with Neolithic and Bronze Age men and women, their lives, their rituals and daily struggles. A special exhibition will display important objects, never seen together before, that tell the story of the changing understanding of Stonehenge over centuries.

Advance booking is required for visits from Saturday 1 February 2014 onwards, as entrance to Stonehenge will be managed through timed tickets. Advance booking will be the only way to guarantee entry on the day and at the time of your choice.

Your visit will consist of a permanent exhibition showing hundreds of prehistoric objects from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. All the objects are on loan from Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum and Wiltshire Museum, Devizes. We recommend a visit to these two museums to find out more about the prehistory of the Stonehenge area.

Next is the Set in Stone Exhibition - "How our ancestors saw Stonehenge", which runs until September 2014. It tells the story of our changing understanding of Stonehenge, from medieval myths and antiquarian theories to modern archaeology. Entry to the exhibition is included in your ticket to Stonehenge.

Then you will visit the Virtual 'Stand in the Stones' Experience.  A 360-degree virtual experience will let visitors 'stand in the stones' before they enter the gallery. This three-minute film, based on state-of-the-art laser scan images of the stone circle, will transport the viewer back in time through the millennia and enable them to experience the summer and winter solstices.

Finally, but of course most importantly, is your land train journey to the actual stones themselves, with hand held devices to give the history of the stones in many languages to suit all visitors.

So why not combine your visit to Stonehenge, see Salisbury Cathedral and its Museums and stay at Rokeby for a few days and explore the rest of Wiltshire with Salisbury as your base?


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