Meaning of Stonehenge

Stonehenge has been the subject of speculation and fascination since at least the early medieval period. There have been different theories put forward about who built it, when, and for what purpose.

Antiquaries argued that it was an ancient Roman temple, or that it was built by the Druids. Astronomers suggested that it was a primitive computer for calculating the dates of eclipses. More recently, archaeologists have suggested that it was a place for prehistoric people's ancestors, or perhaps a centre of healing. The first temporary exhibition at the visitor centre explores this story of our changing understanding of Stonehenge.

Stonehenge has many different meanings to people today. It is an icon of Britain, a wonder of the world, a spiritual place and a source of inspiration.