1.         Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) (C 373bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1986

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/373/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/373/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/373/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1994

Report prepared by ICOMOS

Stonehenge, Avebury and associated sites, United Kingdom (C 373)

ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO have been monitoring the progress of the proposed developments in the Stonehenge area. The current position is that progress is held up awaiting a decision by the UK Department of Transport on the upgrading of the A303 trunk road which runs to the south of the monument. Two options are being studied: a long bored tunnel on the present alignment (the alternative advocated by English Heritage and the National Trust) and a new route to the north of the World Heritage site, proposed by the Department of Transport. A conference on the subject is being held on 8 July 1994, after which it is hoped that the necessary statutory procedures (including a Public Inquiry) will be completed without further delay so that the project may proceed to implementation.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1994


Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 18 BUR VI.B

This site which was inscribed in 1986 is threatened by the path of the A303 motorway through the southern part of the site. At the request of the Observer of the United Kingdom, a communication prepared by the concerned authorities was brought to the attention of the Bureau. Two proposals for the organization of the site will be discussed on 8 July 1994 at a meeting organized by The English Heritage and the National Trust, in which the representatives of the Ministry of Transportation and international experts will participate. The first foresees the construction of a tunnel which would be dug under the site. The second foresees the creation of an access bridge for visitors at the eastern end of the site which would be linked to an observation station on the top of the hill dominating Stonehenge. The first option is by far the most costly.

The Bureau took note of this information and expressed the wish that a satisfactory project could be undertaken as soon as possible.