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12 December 2005
Stonehenge to open over Christmas

One of the world's most popular megalithic monuments is opening over the Christmas period for the first time in a decade. English Heritage says it is responding to visitor demand and opening Stonehenge to the public on Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The ancient monument will be open from 1000 GMT with last admissions at 1600 GMT on both days. However, visitors will be restricted to the perimeter of the site and not allowed into the stone circle.
     Peter Carson, Stonehenge director, said: "We normally stay closed during the festive holidays, but coach tours still come in their droves and look at Stonehenge from the roadside. So it seemed important to have the site open for a few extra days over the holiday period."

Source: BBC News (5 December 2005)

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