Date confirmed for Stonehenge reopening

Date confirmed for Stonehenge reopening

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 8:58am 17th June 2020.

3 minute read

The world famous site has been closed since March 18th in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

English Heritage has announced the prehistoric stone circle will welcome visitors again on Saturday July 4th.

The number of visitors will be limited and you'll have to book in advance.

You won't be allowed entry without a booking confirmation.

If you’re a Member or a Local Resident Pass holder, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance.

Earlier this month Old Sarum castle reopened, with similar restrictions in place.

CHANGES:

A number of safety measures have been introduced to help comply with social distancing rules.

  • A 2.6 mile long walking route to the stones and back has been introduced through the ancient landscape on unmade paths. 
  • The shuttle bus will be prioritised for those who need it. All visitors using the bus will be required to bring and wear a face covering.
  • The cafe will only be offering takeaway catering in the outdoor seating area , visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy near the stones.
  • Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.
  • Toilets will be open as usual
  • An audio guide will be available for free to download to your own smartphone in advance - you will need to bring your own headphones. 
  • The shop will be open and most items are also available online.
Stonehenge with visitors (Mike Draper)
Visitors will have to walk to the stones with the shuttle bus prioritised for those who need it.

SUMMER SOLSTICE CANCELLED

English Heritage had previously announced this year's summer solstice at Stonehenge, which usually attracts around 10,000 people, wouldn't be going ahead.

That decision was taken "for the safety and well-being of all attendees, volunteers and staff."

Summer Solstice 2018
The longest day this year will be marked without the traditional crowds at the Wiltshire monument.

SUMMER SOLSTICE TO BE STREAMED FOR FIRST TIME

Instead English Heritage will be streaming both the sunset this Saturday (20th June) and sunrise on Sunday (21st of June) on its social media channels.

"Our cameras will capture the best views of Stonehenge, allowing you to connect with this spiritual place from the comfort of your own home"

Sunset on the 20th is at 9.26pm with sunrise the following morning at 4.26am.

The live stream will also be available as a video if you miss it or are still asleep!

 

 

 

 

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