Guest Blog: Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site – Inspiration across time

21 08 2015

The Arts in Wiltshire

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites became a World Heritage Site in 1986 (we’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary throughout 2016). “Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, while Avebury is the largest in the world.” The archaeological importance of both Stonehenge and Avebury is well known but not everyone is aware that both Stonehenge and Avebury are also a World Heritage Site (WHS) because of the “influence of the remains of Neolithic and Bronze Age funerary and ceremonial monuments and their landscape settings on architects, artists, historians, archaeologists and others”.

Stonehenge and King Barrow Ridge. Copyright Beth Thomas Stonehenge and King Barrow Ridge.
Copyright Beth Thomas

The influence of Stonehenge and Avebury on artists can be seen in a number of art forms and over several centuries.

English Heritage celebrated the opening of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre in 2013 with a special exhibition entitled Set in Stone. This exhibition told…

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Stonehenge named one of the world’s top destinations

20 08 2015

Stonehenge has been rated one of the 500 best places to visit in the world.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has put Wiltshire’s towering ancient monument at number 62. The number one spot was taken by the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

Stonehenge named one of the world’s top destinations

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Stonehenge has been rated one of the world’s must-sees. Credit: English Heritage/PA Wire

Stonehenge has been rated one of the 500 best places to visit in the world.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has put Wiltshire’s towering ancient monument at number 62. The number one spot was taken by the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Ultimate Travelist is being published today, and has a reputation as a dream to-do list for many travellers.

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