Stonehenge 'excited' to welcome visitors back

Stonehenge 'excited' to welcome visitors back

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:00am 4th July 2020.

3 minute read

The English Heritage site is being opened up again today (Saturday 4th July), but we can expect a few changes.

The monument field has been closed to the public since lockdown started in March - including for the Summer Solstice celebrations.

The most important thing to remember about reopening is that we'll have to pre-book tickets to visit Stonehenge.

That also applies to members and Local Resident Pass Holders - but they'll continue to get free entry, with an advance booking.

Stonehenge with visitors (Mike Draper)
Visitors will be making their way back to Stonehenge today (4th July) for the first time in over three months

The capacity on site each day will also be limited, to ensure social distancing is maintained.

General Manager of Stonehenge, Jenny Davies, has been telling Spire FM how pleased they are to see people back on site - and what to expect when we arrive:

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT? 

A number of safety measures have been introduced to help make sure Stonehenge can reopen safely:

  • 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 and 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 stonesAdditional 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

Jenny Davies from English Heritage says the shuttle bus changes are probably the biggest alteration for them: 

"We'll be asking people who can to walk to the stones, rather than taking the bus. We've arranged a new walking route through the Stonehenge landscape nearby, with our friends from the National Trust - it's a lovely walk, I did it myself yesterday! 

"So we're asking the majority of people to walk but of course, the shuttle buses will be running for those that need it - so if you've got accessibility issues, or you've got small children with you, the buses will still be there, you'll just need to remember to bring a face covering like you would wear on any other bus."

If you're planning a visit to Stonehenge, remember to pre-book your tickets via the English Heritage website.

Timed entry slots are available between 9.30am and 2.30pm each day.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Spire FM

© Copyright 2020 Spire FM, A UKRD group company