It’s built away from the visitor Center to move towards having the stones in a more remote setting. The old road that went by the stones was right alongside them and the old Center was again very close. That road has been closed and grassed. The byway that ran from the A303 to the now closed road and old visitor Center has also been closed. It attracted quite a lot of hippy travellers who pitched up for weeks. But it was useful as a short cut on my off roading trips.
There’s a plan to drop the A303 into a tunnel as part of the longer term aim of giving the stones “ more space”.
Yes Carnac does have more stones. But I cannot understand what having a town nearby brings to it. After all the Ancients and their successors were hardly likely to manage their lives fir future caravan visitors.
To appreciate Stonehenge you need to walk the surrounding area and see Durrington Walls and the avenue up from the river towards Stonehenge. But even then its position has to be considered within the wider context of life in those times. This extends to Avebury, the Ridgeway Path, Woodhenge, Silbury Hill, the West Kennet long barrow, Tuckers Grave and the Uffington White Horse.
Having lived in Wiltshire I’ve walked all of these areas and it’s the extent of the ancient workings that make it so special. I must admit thought that we give Stonehenge a wide berth in anytime except winter unless we have visitors who are desperate to see it. Like Bath far too many tourists.
PS edit. It should be Adams Grave. Tuckers Grave was a pub I used to visit thatcsold delicious rough scrumpy. Hence the error brought back by fond memories, or perhaps failing ones. Problem is even a rough old country pub has gone touristy with a website and Trip Advisor reviews. Worth a visit still