The English Heritage site, Stonehenge, is even more school and group friendly now that a newly designed coach park has been opened, along with more improvements in the pipeline.
The site’s new coach park marks the completion of the first phase of a major improvement project that aims to give tour groups a better experience.
The coach park provides spaces for 52 60-seater coaches in an upgraded layout which makes coach arrivals and departures more efficient whilst enhancing pedestrian safety.
There is also a new Visitor Transit Shuttle pick up point which allows school groups to go directly from the coach park to the stone circle.
Phase two of the project will be completed in the summer and will see the opening of a new group reception building, complete with facilities, which will be located close to the coach parking bays and shuttle pick up point.
School visits to Stonehenge
Stonehenge welcomes school visits and has a lot to offer pupils.
Visiting pupils can enjoy various curriculum linked activities as well as take part in expert led visits. These visits can involve the Stones and Bones: Stonehenge in its landscape workshop, suitable for Key Stage 1 to 3, and the Business of Heritage and Tourism, suitable for Key Stage 4 to 5.
Teaching resources are also available via the English Heritage website.
Stonehenge offers free coach parking too.
More about the improvements
The improvements aim to make the World Heritage Site more accessible and streamlined for larger groups and will add ease to for all visitors arriving at peak times.
Jennifer Davies, Stonehenge’s general manager said: “The improvement project was implemented following an extensive review of our operation at Stonehenge and feedback from tourism professionals to find the best way to meet demand and ease congestion at this significant and busy attraction.
“Once complete, the improvements will help us deliver a world class experience for the 1.3m visitors we welcome each year from across the globe, so that they can fully appreciate this ancient wonder of human endeavour.”
For more information on booking a school trip to Stonehenge, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge.