Stonehenge 'made £30m from tourism in five years'

Stonehenge has taken more than £30m in tourism income in the past five years, tourism minister John Penrose has said.

The prehistoric Wiltshire monument took an average of £6m a year, while costing taxpayers just under £2.4m to run.

Earlier this month the government said new cash for the attraction would be provided by private donations, lottery money and sponsorship.

The Department of Transport has said £3.5m of taxpayers' money will be spent improving roads around the site.

Stonehenge is run by English Heritage, the historical preservation body, which charges adult visitors £7.50. It attracts about 800,000 visitors a year.

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