English Heritage, formerly a Government executive body, became a self-financing charitable trust that manages the National Heritage Collection for England on behalf of Historic England in 2015.  The collection consists of over 400 sites, including the Stonehenge monument and the triangular land immediately surrounding the stone circle. (The National Trust owns considerably more of the landscape of the World Heritage Site, some of it bordering the A303.)  The Stonehenge visitor centre, car and coach parks are on the boundary of the WHS on a long lease from the landowner.

English Heritage Trust was created in April 2015 and is commonly known as English Heritage. You can follow English Heritage on Twitter @EH_Stonehenge


English Heritage quoted in Museums Journal on line retrieved in July 2021: https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/07/stonehenge-could-be-placed-on-heritage-in-danger-register/)

“Last week at its 44th session in Fuzhou, China, the World Heritage Committee expressed concerns that the A303 road improvement scheme at Stonehenge was a “potential threat to the property” that could have “deleterious effects on its inherent characteristics, notably to its integrity”.

It set the government a deadline of 1 February 2022 to amend its plans – including extending the tunnel – in order to “deliver the best available outcome for the Outstanding Universal Value of the property”. If not, it is expected to place Stonehenge on the heritage in danger list at its 45th meeting next year.

Responding to Unesco’s warning, a spokesperson for English Heritage, which manages the site, said:

“[Stonehenge] is one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in the world, but for far too long it has been cut in two by a major road.

“We’ve already seen the enormous improvement brought about by removing the A344 and the inappropriate old visitor facilities next to the stones. Removing the A303 will completely reunite the ancient landscape and allow everyone to understand Stonehenge better. People will at last be able to explore the wider countryside surrounding the stones, including all the many other fascinating prehistoric monuments.

“English Heritage will continue to work closely with heritage partners, Highways England and Wiltshire Council to ensure that the final road scheme is the best available outcome for the World Heritage site, minimising harm and maximising its benefits.”


Joint statement with Historic England, National Trust and English Heritage 

Stonehenge and the A303 – Consultation response

7th February 2017 – Interim response

Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust published their initial joint response to Highways England’s proposal. Supported with the exception of the Western Portal:

“We are presently considering how the western portal proposals might be amended to ensure benefit to this internationally important ancient landscape. We will include constructive comment on this as part of our formal response to the public consultation and will seek Highways England’s commitment to improving this aspect of the scheme”.


25 July 2016 English Heritage successfully applied to Wiltshire Council for planning permission to permanently extend the Coach Park. Application plans, details and decision notice here.

Stonehenge Alliance objected to the permanent extension and asked for temporary planning permission.  Reasons given are set out in our letter here, summarised in our blog here.

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