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17/12/2013 04:03 GMT | Updated 17/12/2013 04:04 GMT

New Stonehenge Visitor Centre In 17 Stunning Pictures

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Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday December 17. A young visitor to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge near Salisbury in Wiltshire experiences a virtual tour of the stones in the new visitor centre.

A new visitor centre at Stonehenge that aims to "restore the dignity" of the ancient monument has been opened after a £27m project completed.

More than a million people flock to the popular ancient monument in Wiltshire each year, with hundreds attending ceremonies to mark the solstices.

Since the end of the 19th century, Stonehenge has been "severely compromised" by the intrusion of roads and traffic, with "outdated and inadequate" visitor facilities.

A section of the A344 road, which runs past Stonehenge, was permanently closed in June and tomorrow the visitor building - complete with a "thrilling" exhibition - will open.

The centre, designed by architects Denton Corker Marshall, lies a mile-and-a-half to the west of the stones.

Stonehenge is not immediately visible from the visitor centre, with tourists able to use a 10-minute shuttle bus or walk down a newly-reconnected ancient processional approach.

Click below for a preview of how the new centre looks.