After thousands of years, Stonehenge has had a makeover. But visitors may initially feel something is missing: the prehistoric monument itself. Tourists will now arrive at a gleaming new visitor center about a mile and a half from Stonehenge. It’s a teasing introduction, with a 360-degree Cinerama-style “virtual tour” along with an exhibition about the Neolithic Britons who built Stonehenge starting 5,000 years ago. The busy road that once ferried thousands of cars a day past the stones is being closed and grassed over, and visitors now will be bused to the stones on a special shuttle. Or they can walk, exploring paths and an ancient processional route that for years has been cut in half by asphalt.
Miami Herald wires