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19th Century Stonehenge guide book goes on display

The oldest Stonehenge guide book from 1823 will go on display at a new exhibition today. Credit: English Heritage

A new exhibition opens today at the Stonehenge visitor centre looking back at the history of the site as a tourist attraction.

Objects on display include the oldest Stonehenge guide book from 1823, early 20th Century tickets, and souvenirs from over the years.

The exhibition will run until March.

Stonehenge. Credit: English Heritage

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Campaigners to protest against Stonehenge tunnel

Campaigners will begin a series of protests today against plans to build a tunnel under Stonehenge.

Members of the Stonehenge Alliance will meet at the British Museum this afternoon to oppose the plans to carve a tunnel to divert the A303 under the historic site.

The Alliance will be targeting popular heritage sites throughout the summer.

The plans hope to ease congestion and improve the landscape around the site

Plans for new car park at Stonehenge

The new visitor's centre has led to rising numbers of tourists Credit: David Davies/PA

Plans for a new car park at Stonehenge are to be submitted after English Heritage admitted the current one is too small.

The car park was part of a £27 million redevelopment in 2013. Since the new visitor centre a record 1.3 million people have visited the site, and staff say they are having to turn coaches away at peak times because they've reached capacity.

The new plans would double the number of coaches allowed at a time by building on a nearby field.

People asked how best to protect Wiltshire's heritage

Stonehenge in Wiltshire Credit: David Davies/PA

People in Swindon are being asked for their views on the strategy to protect world heritage sites in Wiltshire.

The long term plan to protect Stonehenge and Avebury - two of the county's most important landmarks - will be revealed to the public at Swindon's Central Library. The consultation is an opportunity for the public to have their say on the plan - and comment forms will be available in the Regent Circus library.

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"Heading towards the spring": twice the expected number at Stonehenge for solstice

6,400 people were at Stonehenge this morning to mark the winter solstice.

This is twice the number who participated last year - Stonehenge managers say because it is dry, and schools are out for Christmas.

Kate Davies, Stonehenge General Manager, talks more about the enduring appeal of this ancient tradition.

PICTURES: Thousands gather for solstice at Stonehenge

Our reporter Rob Murphy has been with the crowds at Stonehenge, who have been up with the sunrise to celebrate the winter solstice.

It has been a cloudy one, but that hasn't dulled the enthusiasm of the thousands of people marking this ancient tradition.

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Crowds gather for Stonehenge solstice

Crowds have gathered at Stonehenge in Wiltshire to mark the Winter Solstice. It's cloudy at the ancient stones ahead of the 0804 sunrise.

Winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge

For many this marks the beginning of winter. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Thousands of people are gathering at Stonehenge in Wiltshire this morning to celebrate the winter solstice.

It is one of the rare occasions when visitors can get close and actually touch the stones. The event marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. It is also regarded as the first day of winter. Sunrise is just after eight.

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