Stonehenge tour – special access


This computer-generated image just released by English Heritage gives an impression of the superb facilities which will welcome groups arriving at Stonehenge when its new visitor centre opens late next year.

stonehenge-visitor-centreThe dedicated coach park to the right of the picture will have spaces for 30 vehicles and there is an optional drop off bay in front of the coach reception building – where pre-printed tickets will be available for collection.

Groups will walk the short distance from the coach park to the new visitor centre shown on the left of the image, which will contain:

imaginative museum-quality exhibition galleries

a 114-cover café, with outdoor seating for 60 under a canopy and room to expand by a further 70 seats during the summer peak

expanded retail space that is over four times larger than the existing shop

ample toilets, including disabled toilets

Just outside, groups will hop on to the transit service for the 2km journey from the visitor centre, to the Stone Circle. Able to accommodate 900 passengers every hour, the transit stops once during the 10 minute drive to the Stones, so that passengers can walk a part of the way if they wish.

On arrival at the Stone Circle, they will enjoy a much quieter and greener experience – central to the exciting project being led by English Heritage is the removal of modern clutter next to the monument. This includes the closure of the A344 – which currently runs right past the monument, almost touching the Heel Stone – the removal of ugly high fencing and the existing outdated visitor buildings and car park nearby and the reinstatement of a grassy landscape. Restoration of the landscape is due for completion in summer 2014.

English Heritage is recommending that tour operators and GTOs plan in a dwell time of at least two hours for groups to fully appreciate and enjoy the enhanced experience Stonehenge will offer from late 2013. A pre-booked timed ticketing system will ensure that queues are kept to a minimum.

Construction work began on the new visitor centre in July and while the new facilities are being built, it is business as usual at Stonehenge with group visits unaffected. Popular Stone Circle Access visits – outside normal opening hours – are also unaffected and may be pre-booked.

From late Spring 2013, coaches approaching Stonehenge will be re-routed to the existing parking and visitor facilities, when the A303/A344 junction closes at Stonehenge Bottom so that work can start on de-commissioning the road. Coach drivers should look out for the diversion signs and a little extra time should be planned in to itineraries to take account of the slightly longer arrival and departure routes.

Travel trade clients booking visits to Stonehenge in the future will enjoy the same generous group discounts as now (10% discount for 11 or more people, with a free place for a driver and group leader), as well as a dedicated phone line for bookings/information and dedicated website pages.

Full Article and other Wiltshire news:  http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

When completed, the new visitor centre will make it possible for the first time to present the fascinating story of Stonehenge on site. The archaeological gallery will feature important objects on loan from local museums and outside will be three Neolithic houses, recreated using extremely rare evidence of domestic buildings from prehistoric England recently unearthed near Stonehenge.

Watch the Video here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/our-plans/our-proposals/

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Around 14,500 people braved the miserable weather to welcome the dawn at Wiltshire landmark
Thousands of people have marked the summer solstice despite the celebration being one of the wettest in years.

Poor weather could not dampen the spirits of 14,500 people who welcomed the sun at Stonehenge at dawn this morning.

The annual pagan celebration of the sun, on the longest day of the year, centred on the famous prehistoric monument where the event was marked with religious ceremonies.

The solstice annually attracts an eclectic mix and among the druids, revellers and sun worshippers were those just curious to experience the spiritual event at the site on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

English Heritage opened up the stone circle at Stonehenge yesterday evening ready to welcome those making the annual pilgrimage.

Heavy rain overnight reduced the number of people who camped out or arrived early to witness the dawn compared with previous years, which have seen numbers of around 20,000.

The sunrise at 4.52am was welcomed by rain-sodden crowds with a loud cheer and applause despite the sun being blanketed by dark clouds

Through the poor weather, drummers inside the ancient stone circle kept the mood cheerful while new age pagans danced to their rhythm.

Joining revellers this year was a 22ft (6.70m) figure called Ancestor which was moved to the stones ahead of the solstice celebrations.

The steel statue depicts a man with his ‘head thrown back and arms open wide’.

One of the places to have the heaviest rainfall in England Wales overnight was Evershot in Dorset, Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said.

She said the village had 21.4mm in just six hours – almost half the normal June rainfall of 45mm for London.

Mrs Roberts said the North West was likely to see the heaviest rain in the coming days, with central, south-west and north-east England, as well as north Wales and northern Scotland also getting downpours.

There is also a chance of flooding in the North West tomorrow, she said.

‘The forecast is definitely unsettled for the next few days. The main focus over the next 24 hours is going to be north-west England – that’s where we’re expecting the heaviest rain to be.

‘Further south it could push into north Wales and further north it could push into northern Scotland.’

She added: ‘There is a potential for some large accumulations of very heavy rain and fairly persistent through much of the day tomorrow.’

A spokesman for English Heritage said 14,500 people gathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice this year.

He added: ‘Heavy rain during the night meant this was one of the lowest attendances in recent years.

‘However, the rain did stop in time for the sunrise ceremonies and although clouds obscured the sun, loud cheers and applause rang out amongst the ancient stones.

‘There was torrential rain at some points during the evening, but it stopped and although it was cloudy, it didn’t rain for sunrise.

‘It has been the wettest and dare I say the muddiest in recent years.’

Wiltshire Police said the event passed peacefully apart from 20 arrests.

Superintendent Matt Pullen said: ‘Solstice 2012 has been a positive experience for the majority of visitors.

‘As with every year, sadly there was a small minority who were determined to disregard the law. These people were dealt with robustly and there were 20 arrests throughout the night.’

The arrests were for theft, drugs or alcohol-related offences. There were also 101 street cautions for cannabis.

Stonehenge, which is thought to be between 4,000 and 5,000-years-old, has been the site of confrontations between worshippers, other revellers and police officers in the past.

Meanwhile, racegoers at today’s Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot raised umbrellas and wore ponchos, as showers dampened the Berkshire racetrack throughout the day.

A thunder storm was forecast for this afternoon, said Matt Dobson, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.

‘There will be pretty heavy rain first thing, turning murky and muggy by the late morning. In the afternoon, there is the risk of heavy downpours.

‘If they get unlucky, there could be an absolute cloudburst. By 2pm there could well be thundery conditions.’

Article by the Daily Mail – Click here for some great pics and video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2162495/Summer-solstice-2012-Stonehenge-soggiest-years-Royal-Ascot-set-washout-too.html

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The world is full of the most mysterious and secret places. These are locations all around the world that we either don’t know anything or about or, quite simply, are afraid to venture any further!

Stonehenge is surely Britain's greatest national icon, symbolizing mystery, power and endurance. Its original purpose is unclear to us but some have speculated it was a temple made for the worship of ancient Earth (pagan?) deities. It has also been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on a prehistoric calendar. Others claim it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from societies of long ago. While we can't say with any degree of certainty what it was for, we can say it wasn't constructed for any casual purpose. Only something very important to the ancients would have been worth the effort and investment that it took to construct Stonehenge

There are so many unexplained phenomena… who built some buildings… who created those statues… why do planes and ships disappear here… why do radios not work in some places… the list goes on and on.

In addition, there has often been so much uncertainty about these places. It is understandable, of course. After all, who is really brave enough to fly into the Bermuda Triangle just on a dare?

As we said, there are several such places all around the world and we couldn’t possibly write about them all.

Nevertheless, click on “Slideshow” above, check out the following most mysterious places in the world… and tell us what you think…

 

Link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/302886/20120222/mysteries-world-aliens-ufos-unexplained-phenomena.htm

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Stonehenge tours from London are widespread. It is not surprising that a multitude of people wish to explore the history of this enigmatic structure. Scholars still appear to be no closer to uncovering the purpose of Stonehenge, and reams of visitors have attempted to fathom its mystery.

StonehengeWhat sets Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tours apart from our competitors is the quality and the range we have available for the visitor, including Stonehenge-Bath-Windsor, Stonehenge-Bath-Salisbury, and Stonehenge-Oxford tours. Alternatively, if you wish to just marvel at the grandeur of Stonehenge and are limited on time, then our Simply Stonehenge tour is the ideal option for you.

Stonehenge has given rise to an immense amount of debate from its very beginnings. Theories proliferate as to why it was built; from the belief that it was used as a religious temple to claims it may even be a Bronze Age burial ground. A Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tour is remarkable. Take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to enter into the stone circle, and even touch the stone that has been the product of such contention.

Take a Stonehenge-Bath-Windsor day tour from London for a genuinely exceptional experience. Bath is a city of ‘firsts’, incredibly rich in history. Bath Abbey held the first coronation of a British king in 973 AD and Bath was the first city in England to be granted status as a World Heritage Site. Uncover why more than a million visitors a year come to marvel at the best preserved Roman baths from the ancient world.

If you hold any interest whatsoever in grandiose architecture or royal history, you are bound to be impressed by Windsor Castle. Be astounded by the sheer majesty of the State Apartments, and visit St George’s Chapel. Formidable St George’s Chapel holds a very distinctive atmosphere, as it is the resting place for many past famed monarchs. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House was made with awe-inspiring attention to detail and delicacy and is well worth examining.

Our Stonehenge-Bath-Salisbury guided coach tour allows you to sample the glory of Salisbury. The remarkable spire of imperious Salisbury Cathedral stands at an immense 123m (404ft). Indeed, it is the tallest spire in the whole of the UK. Also a historically significant cathedral, the Chapter House is home to one of the best preserved copies of the incredibly momentous document, the Magna Carta, which you will be lucky enough to view first-hand on this Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tour.

For the ultimate historical and academic experience, take a Golden Tours’ Stonehenge-Oxford tour. Following a visit to awe-inspiring Stonehenge, traverse the university town of Oxford, a picturesque, quaint city that holds an outstanding reputation. Celebrated for over 900 years as a pinnacle of academic distinction, trail in the footsteps of its notable students; from Oscar Wilde to T.S. Eliot to Stephen Hawking. Take in the world renowned Bodleian Library and the captivating courtyards of different colleges.

Golden Tours’ Stonehenge tours allow you to uncover the atmospheric edifice of Stonehenge, and become immersed in its fascinating history. Exclusive to Golden Tours, enter into the stone circle and touch the stone, knowing you are traveling back centuries. For the ultimate experience, however, try a Stonehenge-Bath-Windsor, Stonehenge-Bath-Salisbury, or Stonehenge-Oxford tour. All of these cities have their own distinctive, singular charms, and are sure to leave you enraptured. Take a Golden Tours guided coach tour from London for a truly memorable experience.

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 Explore the renowned World Heritage Site and discover for yourself why Stonehenge has provoked such immense debate. You could never grow tired of trying to clarify its countless uncertainties. A Stonehenge special access tour makes for an especially exquisite tour experience. Or maybe go for a Stonehenge tour, for example, a Stonehenge morning tour, and marvel at this overwhelming landmark.

Mentions of Stonehenge come up again and again in the writings of great scholars, dating right back to the Middle Ages. Roman artefacts and coins have been unearthed there, and, more alarmingly, in 1923 Saxon remains of a headless man were discovered at Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is, well and truly, a compelling nominee for the title of the most legendary landmark on the planet: it cannot be compared to any other. It does not fail to equally fascinate and charm visitors from all over the planet.

Three extremely absorbing theories about imperious Stonehenge are:

The Legend of Merlin
The legend goes that Merlin moved the stones to Salisbury Plain from Ireland after the Saxon leader, Hengest, had treacherously slain 300 British noblemen. Aurelius Ambrosius, the high king, wanted to create an apposite commemorative landmark for the massacred men. Merlin suggested that the Giant’s Ring stone circle in Ireland be moved to Britain and become the commemorative landmark: this, in turn, became Stonehenge.

Edward Duke
Edward Duke was the first person to attempt to find a connection between Stonehenge and astronomy, and asserted that Stonehenge itself was in fact a planetarium and possessed important astronomical patterns. He also stated that specific stones seemed to line up with the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset.

Erich von Däniken
Däniken claims that either extraterrestrials, or humans who were guided by extraterrestrials, made Stonehenge. As well as this, he argues that Stonehenge is a an exact duplicate of our solar system, true to scale, including the asteroid belt. 
It is probably von Däniken’s theory about Stonehenge has inflamed the most discussion in the modern age.

Which theory do you find most convincing, most believable? Or do you rebuff all three of these theories? They are, after all, amongst the most atypical and uncanny. A London Tour to Stonehenge could illuminate things for you; a visit to the amazing structure itself could aid you in coming to your own decision as to why Stonehenge was built.

Stonehenge persists in captivating hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Particularly vast crowds assemble to see the sunrise on the summer solstice. Theories as to the original function of Stonehenge are still rife.

Stonehenge has puzzled intellectuals and archaeologists down the eras. Become delighted by the mystical atmosphere that permeates this landmark on a Stonehenge tour.

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 Are you searching for a truly unique sightseeing experience?

Stonehenge coach tours from London may be the answer to your every wish. An overwhelming divine aura permeates this incomparable monument. A world heritage site, Stonehenge is debatably the most vital archaic structure in the UK. Take a Stonehenge coach tour and uncover why it has acquired such renowned status, and just why it is that Stonehenge tours are so highly favoured over other tours from London.

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Decide between a Stonehenge morning tour or a Stonehenge evening tour with Golden Tours. For the genuinely astounding, indescribable experience, however, you may want to make the most of our elite Stonehenge special access tour. This imparts you with entry to the circle, so that you can get up close to the stones, for a Stonehenge tour with true distinction.

Without a doubt, Stonehenge holds the ability to beguile any visitor. It is an antiquarian structure, yet the details as to its construction remain unclear. 40 tons of rocks have stood on Salisbury Hill for just about 5,000 years. Was Stonehenge used as a religious temple or possibly even as a Bronze Age burial ground?

Theories thrive as to why it was built as well. Discover why it has provoked such debate: go on one of many Stonehenge tours from London.

Or for a comprehensive day out, go on a Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor tour, and discover all three of these charming places. Let Bath’s charming highlights reveal themselves to you: in any case, Bath abounds with captivating sites of culture and holds a rich history. Marvel at the grandiose Royal Crescent and the magnificent Pulteney Bridge. An especial highlight of fascinating Windsor is captivating Windsor Castle.

Bus tours from London to Stonehenge are incredibly prolific. Golden Tours offers a comprehensive range of packages that can fit the wishes of anyone wanting to experience the remarkable wonder that is Stonehenge for themselves. Golden Tours’ large number of tours range from the remarkable value ‘Simply Stonehenge’ tour to Stonehenge special access tours and Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor tours.

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