A new tunnel for Stonehenge

Stonehenge is an ancient monument in the south of England and one of the most famous historical sites in the world. It’s a circle of enormous stones and was built sometime between 3000 and 2000 BC. The US President Barack Obama was a recent visitor while he was in Europe in October.

Although the site is spectacular and attracts thousands of visitors, a busy road called the A303 runs quite close to the moment. Many people feel that the road spoils the experience of visiting Stonehenge and there is some discussion about how the road could be moved.

One suggestion is to build a tunnel underneath Stonehenge. This would probably cost about one billion pounds, but would reduce congestion and noise pollution around the site. A decision about the tunnel will be made this autumn.


BC                               before Christ

ancient                        very old

enormous                    very big

spectacular                   impressive to look at

to spoil                         to damage

congestion                    too many cars