The state of the art visitor centre is finally ready for its first visitors at Stonehenge after decades of planning
Olympic legend Michael Johnson carries the Olympic flame at Stonehenge before the start of day 55 of the torch relay
Work has begun today on a twenty seven million pound project to restore tranquility to Stonehenge's setting, English Heritage has announced
The new look stonehenge officially opened today with a new visitor centre for the historic monuments. The £27 million project to modernise facilities at Stonehenge has been opened after decades of planning. Jonty Messer has more.
The new facilities are housed in a pair of single-storey "pods", sitting beneath an undulating canopy that mimics the rolling plains nearby.
Further work to decommission the existing facilities, built in 1968, and returning the car park to grass will start in the New Year.
There is a 360-degree Stand in the Stones experience, using state-of-the-art laser scans, to allow visitors to experience summer and winter solstices.
A major exhibition will open for visitors tomorrow at the historic Stonehenge site.
ITV News got an exclusive look around the new visitor centre which includes important objects never seen before and a 360-degree experience that will allow visitors to 'stand in the stones'.
The much-anticipated new Stonehenge exhibition will open tomorrow, giving visitors a special exhibition surrounding the story of the historical monuments.
The transformation comes as part of an English Heritage £27 million project to enhance the visitor experience of the iconic site.
A 360-degree virtual experience will allow visitors to 'stand in the stones' where they can be transported back in time with the stones.
Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said:
"At last, visitors to Stonehenge will be able to get a sense of the people who built this monument, of their lives, their deaths and their ceremonies. Visitors will learn the astonishing history of the stones and will see objects, many never seen before, that will bring the stones to life."
Video. The long awaited visitor centre at Stonehenge is nearing completion. £27 million has been spent on transforming the setting of the ancient stones and generally improving the experience for the thousands of visitors who visit the site each year.
It is the largest project undertaken by English Heritage and today, they revealed just what the public will be getting for their money. Our reporter Robert Murphy was given a preview.
The new visitor centre at Stonehenge will open in December, just three days before this year's winter solstice.
English Heritage is spending £27 million on the complex. There will be an exhibition which will include a 360-degree virtual experiecne, allowing visitors to feel like they are standing on the stones.
We spoke to Simon Thurley, the Chief Executive of English Heritage
Severe delays on A303 Westbound between A338 (Parkhouse Cross / Shipton Bellinger) and Stonehenge. Tailbacks for four miles. Delays of over an hour approaching Stonehenge. No accidents or incidents reported.
The busy road that runs past Stonehenge is closed from today as part of £27million of improvements to the world heritage site.
The A344 next to the stones will be dug up and grassed over.
English Heritage say the restoration work will improve the experience for visitors and will be completed by June next year.
Video. Martin Dowse reports on the dawn celebrations at Stonehenge.