Vistors to a new multi-million pound centre at Stonehenge have criticised English Heritage as the venue struggles to cope with high numbers
Druids are angry at the display of ancient bones at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre, which opened to the public for the first time today
The state of the art visitor centre is finally ready for its first visitors at Stonehenge after decades of planning
Visitor numbers to Stonehenge went up by almost 19% in the past year. More than 1.2 million people visited the site, which is the most popular destination in the South West. A new visitor centre was opened in December which aims to attract even more people this year.
There's been a fresh call for a tunnel on the A303 in Wiltshire to avoid traffic driving past Stonehenge.
MPs were told today that the landmark is in danger of being put on UNESCO's "at risk" register because it is so close to a busy trunk road.
Today the area's MP, John Glen, used a Parliamentary debate to call for a deep tunnel, similar to one scrapped in 2005, as a permanent solution to the problem.
Managers at Stonehenge's new visitor centre say feedback has been "overwhelmingly positive", though they admit there have been "some issues."
The statement comes after the centre received a number of complaints about overcrowding and delays in the transport to the stones.
There has been huge interest in Stonehenge since the new visitor centre opened towards the end of December. On one day alone we welcomed 5000 visitors which is along the same levels as during our peak summer season.
This is a brand new operation, on a completely different scale to the old visitor centre, and naturally during these early days, there have been some issues. But we are solving them, we have increased our shuttle service taking people to the stones and from 1 February, our timed ticketing system will swing into place.
– Kate Davies, Stonehenge's General Manager
The majority of feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, visitors have been fascinated by our new exhibition and love the sense that the stones are now reconnected with the wider landscape. We appreciate all the feedback we've received and we would ask people to be patient while we iron out the few remaining issues.
Stonehenge's new visitor centre, which opened last month, has had a few teething problems. People have complained about overcrowding and delays for the transport to the stones.
Staff agree there have been problems but the shuttle service has been increased and a timed ticket system will be introduced next month.
More than 3,500 people were at Stonehenge at sunrise to mark the start of winter on the shortest day of the year.
Worshippers and partygoers alike celebrated, despite the bad weather.
Our reporter Katie Rowlett was there:
Over 3500 people have attended this morning's Winter Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge.
People have once again been allowed access to the ancient stones of Stonehenge to mark sunrise on the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year.
Work has just been completed on the new visitor centre at the ancient monument.
Worshippers and partygoers alike will watch the sun rise over the stones at just after 8 am.
After today, the days will start to get longer again.