Today (September 30th) is the last day of the season for Stonehenge inner circle tours (see below)
Due to conservation reason English Heritage, quite rightly, do not allow people to enter the Stones before or after the monument is closed to the public. Private access resumes in December and throughout 2013. These are very popular tours and demand far exceeds availability. They must be booked well in advance!
Stonehenge is open as usual during normal opening hours:
1 September – 15 October 2012 Daily 9.30 – 18.00
We continue operate daily tours of Stonehenge from London that include a regular visit to Stonehenge. A regular visit allows you to get within 30 feet of the stones.
(Stone Circle Access visits take place outside the normal opening times at Stonehenge, and are very early in the morning or late in the evening, and are not offered during the normal opening times.)
What is meant by conservation?
Is it protecting the site, maintaining the site, enhancing the site or keeping it exactly as it is?
Conservation is the process of managing change to a significant place in its setting in ways that will best sustain its heritage values, while recognising opportunities to reveal or reinforce those values for present and future generations (Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance for the sustainable management of the Historic Environment. English Heritage 2008). The Stonehenge World Heritage Site Management Plan 2009 is the main document which sets out the overarching strategy for protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. Other agencies such as the National Trust and the RSPB also have similar plans
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