The Stonehenge visitor centre lies within a World Heritage Site, 1.5 miles away from the Stone Circle itself. Out of sight of the monument, it's a subtle addition to the ancient landscape and the buildings are designed to be sensitive to the environment.
Read about our energy consumption, our ground source heat recovery, water use and our BREEAM score for sustainability. Local, recyclable and renewable materials were used in the construction of the visitor centre wherever possible.
For more information about the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and it's BREEAM credentials please view this leaflet.
RECYCLING & WASTE
We serve an incredible 500,000 cups of tea, coffee and hot chocolate at Stonehenge every year. Through the Simply Cups scheme we can recycle the used cups back in to everyday items such as stationary and gardening equipment. The Simply Cups scheme is a collection and recycling service dedicated to turning paper and plastic cups into second-life materials. The scheme came into existence to address the UK's fastest growing waste stream, an estimated 2.5 billion paper drinking cups disposed of each year. Please help us to recycle by placing your empty coffee cups in the designated cup bins located in the café.
Wherever possible, our café uses recyclable or packaging made from sustainable sources. Please ensure you use the bins provided at the Visitor Centre and on entrance to the monument field, or take your rubbish home with you.
All general waste, across the Visitor Centre, is collected by Grist Environmental based locally in Devizes, Wiltshire. Grist Environmental are a family run business with a dedication and passion for caring for the environment and operate a 'zero to landfill' policy. This means all our waste is collected and sorted for recycling.
The food and drink served in our café is, wherever possible, sustainably and locally sourced. Our meat and egg products are all organic and free-range and our sandwiches are provided by Simply Lunch who are certified by the Soil Association.
CAR SHARING & PUBLIC TRANSPORT
We are committed to cutting down on CO2 emissions and ask our visitors to consider whether they need to use a car to travel to Stonehenge. The Stonehenge Tour Bus offers direct route from Salisbury Train Station to the Visitor Centre and tickets can be purchased on a bus only option or including your Stonehenge entry ticket.
We have set up a lift sharing community where visitors can find a lift or offer up empty seats in their vehicles to those wanting to travel to Stonehenge.
"Grey water", including rainwater collected from the roof of the building, is used for the bulk of water required at the visitor centre, e.g. for flushing toilets. Other water - e.g. for drinking - is drawn from the aquifer, a local and renewable resource. Our sanitary fittings have also been design to be 'ultra-low' where possible which means we can reduce the amount of water used. Our toilets are bleach-free, and all cleaning products used in the Stonehenge visitor centre have no environmental impact.
Through the PHS Group LifeCycle scheme, all hygiene waste from the Stonehenge visitor centre is collected by an eco-friendly fleet and the waste is subsequently processed back into environmentally sustainable fuel, rather than being sent to landfill.