A new visitor centre is opening at Stonehenge. The £27m project includes a museum and improved facilities for the 900,000 annual visitors to the ancient monument.
The building is located about a mileand- a-half from the stones, and visitors will be shuttled to Stonehenge by a land train. A road which runs alongside the henge will be closed and grassed over, returning the landscape to its historic setting. Stonehenge, built between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC, is thought to have been used for a variety of religious ceremonies. A museum will explore these activities and exhibit objects found near the monument.
When all the work is completed next year, there will be an external gallery which will include five reconstructed Neolithic houses. Using archaeological evidence and authentic materials, the exhibition will allow visitors to walk into these houses to see how people may have lived 4,500 years ago.
The new visitor centre opens on the 18th December 2013.