New dawn at last for Britain's Stonehenge
STONEHENGE (AFP) - Stonehenge's new visitor centre opens on Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013, in time for the winter solstice, hoping to provide an improved experience for the million tourists that flock annually to Britain's most famous prehistoric monument.
The mysterious circle of standing stones, on Salisbury Plain in south-west England, is one of the most iconic ancient sites in Europe.
However, thanks to decades of rows and indecision, it has never offered much of a welcome beyond a car park - something which the new £27 million (S$55 million)
"It has been described a national disgrace by our politicians that Stonehenge, such an incredible monument, has been so badly treated," said Mr Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, the public body which runs the site.