Stonehenge exhibition and visitor centre open

Date Posted: 18/12/2013

The first phase of a £27 million project to transform the visitor experience at Stonehenge is now open, offering what has been described as a proper introduction to one of the world’s most important prehistoric monuments.

From 18th December, a school visit to the long-awaited Stonehenge exhibition and visitor centre will provide students with the chance to see original 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 the centuries. These include two rare 14th-century manuscripts which are among the earliest known drawings of the monument, Roman coins and jewellery, and early surveying equipment.

A 360-degree virtual experience will let children ‘stand in the stones’ before they enter the gallery.

School trip organisers leading a visit from 1st February onwards will need to make an advance booking with English Heritage for Stonehenge, which will be managed through timed tickets.

For further school trip information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.

Pictured: The new Stonehenge 360 degree experience (photo credit: Clare Kendall and English Heritage).

School Travel Organiser's Guide