We stayed here for 1 night. It is unique as it is the only pub in the world to be located within a stone circle. It was built in the seventeenth century.
The pub is supposed to be haunted by a woman who was murdered by her husband in Cromwellian times and she has been seen!! The pub is very cosy and old –fashioned, with exposed beams, fireplaces etc. Both breakfast and evening meals were very good.
The only limitation as it is a listed building, access is restricted to your room by a curfew: so you have to be in your room by 11pm and then cannot come back down to the pub/restaurant until 8am.
Unless you are a keen researcher into the stone circle or you find yourself on late night druid patrol you probably won't need to stay in Avebury. Those who fancy a bit of ghost hunting might however find the Red Lion to their liking. In many old inns - and this building dates from the 17th cenury - one can often find tales of unpleasant apparitions. Normally this simply refers to standard of the 'Ploughman's lunches' but here we have a racy tale of a Cavalier husband and an unfaithful wife. Florrie (apparently that was her name) was murdered by her jealous and avenging who slit her throat and hid the body down the well. Needless to say she was not terribly chuffed about it and can be seen wandering the inn. According to the locals many people have refused to stay here more than one night - but according to some vociferous web critics this might have more to do with the food and accommodation than the haunting! Perhaps best left for the dedicated spectre inspector? Ghostly or ghastly? The choice is yours. (If it has any bearing, I was told that Wednesdays used to be Bikers Night)
Directions: If you're amidst the stones, you're only a stone's throw away.
I didn't stay here, but I did drop in for a bit. It was built in the 18th Century. It's also the only inn in the world that's located inside of a stone circle. Supposedly, ghosts haunt the place, but I didn't see any...as usual. Forget the ghosts, get some food, have a pint in the pub, or try to get a room for the night (only 4 available.) Also, the bus stop is right outside the Red Lion.
The Red Lion, Avebury
Red Lion, Avebury
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Address: High St, Avebury, Marlborough, Avebury, SN8 1RF, United Kingdom