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Visitors to Stonehenge hit an all-time high in 2014

Posted on 30th December 2014

English Heritage has revealed that Stonehenge welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors in 2014.

In total, 1.3 million people visited Stonehenge this year, a number which is comprised of not only holidaymakers staying in holiday cottages in Salisbury, Wiltshire, which is just eight miles away from the prehistoric site, but also President Barack Obama and a group of WWE wrestlers as well.

English Heritage announced that the number of visitors in 2014 was up by 9 per cent from the same period in 2013.

A number of recent changes at the iconic site are believed to have helped attract more visitors, with the new visitor centre at Stonehenge opening on 18th December 2013, the nearby A334 being shut down and grassed over, and a new shuttle bus being put on for people to visit the attraction.

Speaking to the BBC, Kate Davies, English Heritage general manager of Stonehenge, added, “This month marks the first anniversary of the new Stonehenge Visitors Centre and we are delighted that over 1.3 million people have explored the site during that time.”

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