SUMMER SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE
- 21 JUNE 2001 -
TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS
Stonehenge is currently open, however, access at the Summer Solstice is
conditional on there being no outbreak of Foot and Mouth in the vicinity.
English Heritage is pleased to be providing managed open access to
Stonehenge over the Summer Solstice 2001. This is part of the progress
towards achieving the vision of the Stonehenge Master Plan to provide
greatly improved public access to the World Heritage site.
English Heritage continues to work closely with the Wiltshire Constabulary,
the National Trust and many others from all sectors of the community. The
key priorities are to ensure safety and public order, to protect Stonehenge
and its surrounding monuments and to allow everyone who comes to enjoy a
peaceful celebration of the solstice.
Entry will be free of charge but subject to the Terms and Conditions.
Access will be granted to Stonehenge between 2000 hours on Wednesday 20 June
2001 until 0900 hours on Thursday 21 June 2001.
Please do not arrive at the car park or monument in advance of the opening
Sunrise is at 0455 hours on Thursday 21 June.
Normal visitor operations are scheduled to resume at 1000 hours on Thursday
The car park will be near Airman`s Cross as per last year and will be free,
just off the A303, near the A344/A360 junction and will be clearly
signposted with RAC signs. People will be able to walk the 1 km to
Stonehenge safely along the A344, which will be closed to unauthorised
traffic. Subject to weather conditions, coaches and large vehicles may need
to be directed to hard standing.
The car park will open at 1900 hours on 20 June 2001. Last admission will be
at 0700 hours on 21 June 2001. The car park will close at 1400 hours on 21
June 2001 at the latest.
People are advised not to arrive at the car park in advance of the opening
The Stonehenge car park next to the monument will be closed to the public.
Any cars found parked illegally in the surrounding area are liable to be
ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
There will be a minibus service between the designated car park and
Stonehenge for people who are wheelchair-bound, have mobility difficulties
or are infirm. The minibus will be available from just before 2000 hours on
20 June 2001 to 0900 hours on 21 June 2001.
Wheelchair users, accompanied by one carer, will be given access to
Stonehenge via the visitor entry point and the tunnel under the A344. This
access route will be closed to the general public.
Wheelchairs will not be provided by English Heritage.
Road closures are likely to be in operation to ensure safe pedestrian
passage to Stonehenge and allow unimpeded access in the event of an
emergency. Please follow the signs as advised.
People are asked not to drop litter and respect local farmer`s crops and
If weather conditions have been hot and dry, subject to Fire Brigade advice
it may be necessary to ask people to not smoke.
Portaloos, including toilets for disabled people will be provided.
Authorised catering points, selling hot and cold refreshments, will be
provided. No unlicensed, non-invited traders will be permitted to set up.
FIRST AID/EMERGENCY SERVICES
The Wiltshire Ambulance Service, St Johns Ambulance Service and the
Wiltshire Fire Brigade will be in attendance.
There will be a designated area for rubbish disposal and black refuse sacks
will be provided.
There will be two clearly marked meeting points, one in the designated car
park and one close to the entrance to the monument.
LOCAL CAMPING FACILITIES
There are two local campsites. Please check availability and entry
conditions in advance.
Stonehenge Touring Park, Orcheston, Nr Shrewton. Tel: 01980 620304
Salisbury Caravan & Camp Site, Hudsons Field, Castle Road, Salisbury. Tel:
Tourist Information Centre for local area. Tel: 01980 622833/Fax: 01980
Despite the time of year, the weather at Stonehenge can be very cold and
damp, and people are advised to wear appropriate warm clothing and footwear.
The monument will be illuminated during the hours of darkness, but lights
will be turned off at dawn. People may want to bring a torch for the walk
from the car park. It is also a new moon that night and therefore will be
English Heritage accepts no liability for any injury to persons or loss of
or damage to property arising in any way whatever whilst at Stonehenge or
the designated car park and entry is at people`s own risk. Although the car
parking field will be stewarded, please note that any person entering this
area does so at their own risk.
SOLSTICE INFORMATION HOTLINE
For further information about the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, please
telephone English Heritage on 0870 333 1186.
A map/plan will be publicised on the website before Solstice and be handed
out on the night.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY TO STONEHENGE
Stonehenge is Britain`s greatest prehistoric monument and a World Heritage
Site. To many, it is considered to be a sacred site of spiritual
significance. People coming to celebrate the solstice are asked to respect
it. These Terms and Conditions apply in most cases throughout the year in
accordance with English Heritage`s duty of care to members of the public and
our duty to protect Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments. Adherence to
the Terms and Conditions is essential if we are to ensure that access at the
solstice is sustainable and does not jeopardise future years.
CLIMBING ON THE STONES
Please do not climb on the stones, in the interest of your personal safety,
the protection of the monument and respect for those attending Solstice. As
well as putting the Stones themselves at risk of damage, climbing can harm
the delicate lichens that cover them.
FIRES OR FIREWORKS
Please do not light fires, fireworks, flaming torches, candles or any other
sort of naked flame. This not only infringes local bylaws, but also
constitutes a potential fire hazard and is against stringent Health & Safety
Stonehenge is seen by many as a sacred site and amplified music is not
appropriate. No amplified music will be permitted at Stonehenge, the
surrounding landscape and the designated car park.
DOGS OR OTHER ANIMALS
Please do not bring dogs or other pets with you, as they are not permitted
into Stonehenge. Apart from potentially upsetting stock and wildlife in the
area, animal faeces present a health risk to people walking barefoot and
small children within the monument area.
CAMPING OR EQUIPMENT
Please do not put up tents. Please do not bring camping equipment or large
items to the monument. There are Health & Safety issues relating to camping
and it is also inappropriate to the setting of Stonehenge.
BOTTLES,GLASS OR OTHER OBJECTS
Please do not bring glass to Stonehenge or the car park as many people walk
barefoot throughout the year at Stonehenge and livestock and wildlife graze
in the area. This includes any other instrument or object that could cause