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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 December 2005, 01:54 GMT
Stonehenge opens for Boxing Day
Festive opening for the monument
One of the UK's most popular monuments opened on Boxing Day for the first time in a decade.

English Heritage said it was responding to visitor demand and opened Stonehenge to the public on 26 December and wi.ll do the same on New Year's Day.

The ancient monument will be open, for the first day of 2006, from 1000 GMT with last admissions at 1600 GMT.

However, visitors will not be allowed into the stone circle and are restricted to the site's perimeter.

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."

Stonehenge is managed by English Heritage on behalf of the nation. In 1986, it became a World Heritage Site.

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