Rock stars: the summer soltice at Averbury, Wiltshire

Lord of the rings at Avebury on the longest day of the year

This weekend marks the celebrations for this year's summer solstice – but forget visiting Stonehenge. Hugh Thomson prefers the wonders of its nearby rival, the largest stone circle in England

The Natural History Museum in London

Staff walkouts threaten disruption at museums

Industrial action this week is part of a three month campaign culminating in a national walkout at the end of June

The life-size interactive inflatable stonehenge, called 'Sacrilege 2012', is in the middle of Hong Kong

Bouncy-castle style Stonehenge on display in international inflatable exhibition

A life-size inflatable replica of famous British landmark Stonehenge has gone on display in Hong Kong as part of an inflatable exhibition.

An artist's impression of what the elite lady would have looked like in the grave at the time of the funeral some 4400 years ago

Four-thousand year old gold-adorned skeleton found near Windsor

Archaeologists, excavating near the Royal Borough, have discovered the 4400 year old skeleton of an upper class woman

Banksy, the Dome and curry are three of the things that symbolise the best of England

Curry, the O2 and Banksy – the very best of England: Tourism chiefs have come up with a roster of 101 'must-do' activities

See Naples and die, goes the saying, such was the Italian city's erstwhile fame for beauty and magnificence. Taking inspiration from such sentiments, tourism bosses in England have produced a "bucket list" of 101 things to do and see before you expire – or worse, holiday abroad.

Stonehenge needs a new manager and if there were ever a workplace with “a unique set of demands”, this is it

Wanted: manager to look after Stonehenge - the world's most famous stone circle

The ancient monument presents a unique challenge, as Charlie Cooper discovers

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Hugh Thomson sets off to walk through England by ancient pathways from Dorset to Norfolk.

Britain's second toll motorway is to be given the go-ahead by George Osborne later this year

Chancellor plans second toll motorway in major road spend

Britain's second toll motorway is to be given the go-ahead by George Osborne later this year as part of a multi-billion pound road-building programme to stimulate the economy, The Independent has learnt.

Studies suggest that about 500 years before the Stonehenge we know today was built, a larger stone circle was erected at the same site as a community graveyard

Stonehenge: new study suggests landmark started life as a graveyard for the 'prehistoric elite'

Latest of many explanations for mysterious site

Portfolio: Brock Davis

It began with a banana. In an effort to entertain his two children at breakfast one day, the graphic-designer-cum-photographer Brock Davis put the brain that has carried him through 17 years of creative thinking in the advertising industry into gear, and fashioned a section of the peel into a hat for the banana to wear. Cue delighted children – and a delightful new project for the man from Minneapolis to play with.

Balloons to transform Hadrian's Wall into world's longest work of art

Artists will use 450 balloons and thousands of light emitting diodes to turn the 2,000-year-old Hadrian's Wall into the world's longest work of art.

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Poor weather could not dampen the spirits of 14,500 people who welcomed the sun at Stonehenge at dawn this morning.

At last, Stonehenge gets a £27m makeover

The Stonehenge site, dubbed a "national disgrace", is finally set for an overhaul 30 years after English Heritage first proposed tackling the "clutter" surrounding the iconic stones.

Johnson at Stone Henge earlier today

Michael Johnson lights up Stone Henge with Olympic Torch

One of the world's greatest ever athletes carried the Olympic Torch around Stonehenge at sunrise today.

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