Avebury Travel Guide

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Avebury Things to Do

  • Inhale Avebury!

    If you like the outdoors, rolling hills and natural beauty there are few places better than Avebury. Arguably more impressive (and interactive) than Stonehenge, as the National Trust websites states, "you can visit the stones 24 hours a day"!You can also visit the nearby Avebury Manor, museum and interesting Henge shop for naturalist trinketry and...

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  • Avebury Manor

    The manor dates back to the sixteenth century, but has changed over the years. The National Trust, which owns the manor, recently undertook a major project (which was the subject of a BBC TV programme: 'To the Manor Reborn') to restore the manor by recreating interiors from different points in its history. Instead of the usual 'look, don't touch'...

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  • walk around the stones

    The Stone Circle at Avebury dates to about 2800 BC. It consists of a Great Outer circle which is 335m in diameter, a Northern Inner Circle 98m in diameter, a Southern inner circle 108m in diameter and two avenues : the West Kennet avenue and the Beckhampton Avenue. Of the Great Outer Circle only 27 stones remain, but concrete pylons indicate where...

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  • Admire buildings in the village

    Although the village was built in the Middle Ages and some of the stones from the neolithic circle were used to build some of the buildings, it is worth seeing some of the attractive houses. As in other parts of Wiltshire, thatched roofs are a familiar sight, and make me trigger happy with the camera.I didn't have the chance to see all the village,...

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  • Go to Silbury Hill

    This large man-made hill was constructed about 2500-2800 BC It is a mysterious Neolithic monument, the largest prehistoric monument in Europe. It is 40m high and covers 5 and a half acres.. The top is flat. It has been suggested that it would have taken 500 men working continuously 15 years to make. It has been likened to the Great Pyramid at Giza,...

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  • Europe's Largest Prehistoric Artificial...

    The next thing that caught our attention, as we drove a few miles directly south of Avebury on the A4 highway, was the huge mound of Silbury Hill suddenly jutting up out of the landscape! It was hard to miss seeing it, and its regular conical shape immediately suggested that this was not a natural hill. We stopped the car for a look, but actual...

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  • Avebury circles

    The circles themselves are what most people come for and they are split up in four sections with the main road and the village in between the sectors so that you really need to fly over it to appreciate the size and perfect circle. All sectors have their share of impressive stones and there is a mound encircling them all which has footpaths on top...

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  • West Kennet Long Barrow

    We never made it here but it would be stupid of me not to mention this famous monument amongst the Avebury sites. It is a long barrow found between Avebury itself and Silbury Hill and is thought to be the longest barrow of its kind in Europe. Burials happened here 3700 B.C. along with various ceremonies that we know nothing about but which included...

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  • Alexander Keiller Museum

    With the same entrance ticket as the above barn, this is a small but much more interesting museum about Avebury. Here you will find skeletons, pottery and other actual finds from the area as well as maps and explanations of the circles, Sidbury and West Kennet Longbarrow and theories as to who might have lived here and why they erected these huge...

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  • Avebury Church

    People are so struck by the stones that they often forget to look at the rest of the village. That is a shame as for instance the church is very pretty. What you see today is from the 16th century but there has been a church here for around 1000 years. The font includes some serpents being calmed, and as serpents often symbolise pagan things, it is...

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  • Silbury Hill

    Absolutely amazing in size, you're not surprised when told that it is the largest man made mound in Europe. No one knows exactly what it was used for and excavations have not revealed any graves inside which is otherwise common with mounds. The hill is comparable in size to some of the Egyptian pyramides and on top of that it was just built using...

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  • Barn Gallery

    The Barn Gallery is indeed a gallery about Avebury, with various exhibitions on the stone circle, who might have lived here and what has been found. It is housed in a wonderful and massive old barn which was once a part of the manor house nearby (see off the beaten path tip) and I must say I was more impressed by the barn than by the exhibition but...

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Avebury Restaurants

  • Good value specials

    The Red Lion is the pub in Avebury village, and it does a roaring trade in food, including tea and cakes as well as more normal pub lunches.Options at lunchtime range from lighter meals (jacket potatoes, sandwiches etc.) to heartier fare. There are daily specials, and also an offer of 2 main courses for £9.95. Service can be a little slow when they...

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  • Village pub

    Yes, I know I said few people come here but that doesn't mean no one, and as this pub is next to the famous stones, this is where most visitors stop for a drink and/or meal so they must rake it in summertime. Considering this, it is a bit sad that they cannot spend a bit more on refurbishing the back of the pub where the family friendly area is...

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  • A Thatched Roof Beauty

    After our late start from Farnham, Surrey, it was about 1:30 PM on a Sunday afternoon by the time we had reached Avebury and walked to the local pub (parking spaces were at a premium in this popular UNESCO World Heritage Site village). With its thatched roof, the Red Lion certainly looked the part of a traditional English pub but, it is actually...

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Avebury Transportation

  • Bus trip

    You can get to Avebury by bus from Salisbury and Swindon but also nearby Marlborough. They are not that frequent but you should have at least five or so a day to chose from even if the last one back to Salisbury (for trains back to London for instance) is just after 17.00. If you buy an Explorer ticket you can travel around the region as much as...

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  • Mad Max tours from Bath

    Avebury is in the middle of nowhere and hardly accesible by public transport. So the best way to save a lot of time is joining an organized tour. I took Mad Max tours from Bath which took me for 25.00 pounds to Stonehenge, Avebury and also to two nice old villages: Castle Combe and Lacock. The price seems to be high, but it is impossible to do...

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  • A Rental is Essential for Exploration!

    It worked quite well on my previous trips to England, so I arranged for my transportation needs by pre-booking with Hertz for a pickup at Heathrow Airport. I once again rented a standard transmission Ford Mondeo - a nice working vehicle, but maybe just a trifle too big for our needs on the many back roads we travelled. There is not much margin to...

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Avebury Shopping

  • Souvenier Shops

    I walked up the village street and into a couple of the shops. I didn't buy anything, and don't remember the names of the shops :-(It was interesting just to walk up the street.The NT website says that the village has the "Red Lion Inn, the village Post Office, a restaurant and shops retailing crafts, books and souvenirs." We got ice cream from...

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  • STAMPS, SWEETS AND STANDING STONE STUFF!

    A delightful building, originally three mediaeval cottages and at one point the post office and local fire station it is now a gift and sweet shop come village store. Unless you are buying antiques (there is a purveyor of 'old bits' across the main road) or quaffing ale in the local hostelry this is the place to stock up on sweeties, postcards and...

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  • The least tacky gift shop I know

    Normally I give gift shops a wide berth, but this one is great.As well as some very interesting and useful books, maps and so forth, there is a good range of crafts, woollen goods, pewter and silver jewellery and ceramics.

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Avebury Local Customs

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    by Sjalen Updated Apr 21, 2007

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    The villagers at Avebury have of course not always appreciated living in the middle of a stone circle. Of course the stones were here long before the village, but as this then grew (often with the help of now missing stones...), the stones became a nuisanse and even more of them were instead used for building the village, especially in the 18th century when a William Stukeley studied the village and saw how the villagers put the stones in fire pits to be able to break them and use them for walls and houses. These days everything is of course a World Heritage site but that doesn't mean it is any easier living with a stone in your back garden as in this picture.

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Avebury Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic

    As with many English villages, traffic is the most disturbing thing, and here at Avebury it can be downright dangerous as the main road has been built straight through the circle so people wander about, crossing the road here and there and drivers and walkers alike need to be alert. Moreover, there is a bend in the road at the Red Lion pub where...

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  • Helicopters

    Yes, the little dot in the sky in this picture is indeed a helicopter (which you see if you enlarge it), that is how low they often fly here with all the nearby army bases, which explains why you see surprisingly few sheep and cattle on these downs. I would imagine that your own pets too could be alarmed so bear this in mind if you bring them on...

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  • WATCH WHERE YOU'RE WALKING!

    If you cannot take a prettily rural picture in Avebury I fear for both you and your camera. For once you have dodged your fellow tourists setting up a scene of beauty is an absolute snap - well, almost! For although you have the mighty stones, trees, hills and lush grass you also have sheep. Delightful though they are, much of the ancient site...

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Avebury What to Pack

  • PACK YOUR MAC' FOR THE MONOLITHS!

    Allow me to state the obvious. We have an expression in the UK that is charming yet illustrative of the fickle nature of the British Summer and the gloomyness of the British Winter. It is..."Nice weather for ducks!" Although we are not surrounded by Sherlock Holmesian fogs 24 hours a day, neither do we yet enjoy the balmy summers soon to be...

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  • Gird up your loins!

    Getting the best out of Avebury isn't the stuff of a Sunday stroll, you have to work at it! Proper walking boots are essential and waterproofs would be wise. The banks and ditches can be treacherously slippery after wet weather, and the Downs can be bleak. Lots of film - you'll want to take lots of photos and there isn't much scope for buying...

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Avebury Off The Beaten Path

  • Stonehenge

    Stonehenge was one of the places that I was anxious to visit. My daughter took us there, but she said she liked Avebury better, so after we visited Stonehenge we came here. It is perfectly possible to visit both in the same day.Since walking was difficult for me, I actually got closer to the Stonehenge stones, although there were a whole lot more...

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  • Stonehenge

    One of the most famous prehistoric monuments of England next to Avebury. The megalithic monument is located on the southern part of Salisbury Plain (about 8 miles - 13 kilometres - north of Salisbury). Scholars believe that the site was used as a ritual site or temple from 2800 - 1100 BCE (Neolithic Age through the Bronze Age). The monument was...

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  • The White Horses

    This is the White Horse, located near Avebury, Wiltshire County, England. England is spotted with these white horses cantering over the Wiltshire chalk hills around Avebury and Stonehenge. The Cherhill white horse was created in 1780 by cutting away the grass on the hill and using the chalk to create the shape of a horse. It's located on the edge...

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Avebury Favorites

  • Bring a child!

    Children love to roll down into the moat so everywhere you look, they seem to be doing just that on a sunny day :)))

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  • Avebury is Located HERE

    On landing in England for our Christmas 2005 trip, we spent the first two nights in Farnham (the 'red' circle), just outside London where Sue's brother lives. Our first day in the country was spent exploring our old haunt of 'Horley' south of London and just off the map to the right. This was followed by a full day of touring in the heart of...

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  • Crop Circles

    I was surprised to be able to see crop circles from Avebury. (The picture was taken in July.) I'm not sure if they are visible except in the summer and I don't know who or what is responsible for them. You need to click on the picture to really see the pattern.There's another VT Avebury page with a picture of this but it doesn't look exactly like...

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