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Historic landmark set for upgrade

Historic landmark set for upgrade

The English Heritage has confirmed that a new visitor centre at Stonehenge will open in time for the winter solstice.

The ambitious project, which is costing as much as £27 million, will see the construction of a visitor centre and museum, both of which will be located about a mile-and-a-half from the landmark.

It has been revealed that visitors will be taken to and from the landmark using a little train, which is sure to come under serious strain in the fullness of time.

Impressively, Stonehenge, which was built between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC, attracts around 900,000 visitors a year, nearly 70 per cent of whom come from overseas.

For this reason, the latest investment marks an historic landmark for Stonehenge - something that has already been acknowledged by Lorraine Knowle, from English Heritage, who said that it has been "beautifully and sensitively designed".

"It will give visitors a real sense of anticipation because the building is really just a stepping stone on the way to seeing the monument," she remarked.

Meanwhile, Joe Studholme, from the Salisbury Museum, said that this is a big moment as the development work will help visitors to put the landmark in proper context.

"Before people go to the stones they need to know much more about the background. Previously there hasn't been any background about the story of the stones," he said.

"We're thrilled to be in partnership with English Heritage and to be able to tell the whole story about Stonehenge and the wonderful area."

It is hoped that the attraction, which already ranks among the most popular in Britain, will see a spike in visitor numbers.

And if you haven't yet seen Stonehenge in person, then you really ought to, especially if you’ve got kids. It is a fascinating sight.

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