Posted by: travelrat | February 14, 2014

Stonehenge Visitor Centre

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I hope I have shown, in the last few weeks, that there’s more to the Stonehenge Landscape than just the circle. Although it’s fairly easy to demonstrate what else is to be seen in its vast acreage, what is hard to get across is the timeline involved.

So, let’s put it this way. If the stone circle was completed yesterday, the Cursus would have begun construction around the time of the Vikings.

But, let’s jump forward 4000 years or so to the present day, and the brand-spanking-new Visitor Centre. This replaced the ‘old’ one … a piece of 1960s nastiness right by the Stones, foisted on English Heritage by the Department of the Environment, which they, in turn, inherited from their predecessors, MPBW …  the Ministry of Public Blunders and Wonders … sorry, Buildings and Works!!

Land Train by the new Visitor Centre

Land Train by the new Visitor Centre

The new Centre is situated quite a distance from the Stones themselves, and visitors who don’t wish to walk can be conveyed to the site by Land Train … drawn by, thank goodness, a Land Rover, not the mock-up railway engines often used in seaside resorts around the Mediterranean.

That’s by no means the complete story, though. New discoveries are being made all the time … and their interpretation usually depends on which archaeologist you believe. And, as I write, they’re building houses similar to the ones at Old Sarum last year; an interpretation of what they think the houses around the time the Stones were raised may have looked like.

I shall report again when they’re complete … and it must be really surreal to see a primitive house almost next to the latest in contemporary architecture.

Neolithis Houses under construction

Neolithic Houses under construction



  1. Reblogged this on Escape Outdoors and commented:
    I was impressed with the Visitor Centre and it’s definitely worth a visit

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