At the centre of a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs stands Avebury Stone Circle, the largest stone circle in the world.
This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue.
Originally erected about 4,500 years ago, many of the stones were re-erected in the 1930s by Alexander Keiller.
The first farmers made their mark on the Avebury landscape almost 6,000 years ago.
Since then, a pretty village has grown up at the heart of the monument.
This is the only place in the world where you’ll find a pub and a chapel inside a stone circle.
But there is more than simply stones to this World Heritage Site.
Avebury Manor was recently the subject of a unique collaboration with the BBC.
The lives and stories of the house’s many owners were brought to life by the use of interior design, including the creation of many new pieces reflecting the skills of contemporary craftsmen.
The project’s aim was to create a unique experience – visitors are encouraged to relax with a book in the armchairs, listen to the gramophone or even try out the beds.
Nearby in the Old Farmyard you’ll find the Alexander Keiller Museum: your gateway to Avebury World Heritage Site.
Housing archaeological treasures from Avebury it reveals the mysteries of this ancient place.
The 17th-century threshing barn forms one half of the museum and is home to five species of bats.
Nearby you’ll also find a dovecote, shop and cafe.
Avebury has been a landscape of fields and farms since the Bronze Age, so you will find sheep amongst the stones, and occasionally mud.
As with all great adventures you may need sensible shoes as some of the walking conditions can be rough.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|No admission charge to Stone Circle||Free|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
|Stone Circle 2016 (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)|
|Alexander Keiller Museum 2016 (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)|
|Avebury Manor 2016 (9 Feb 2016 - 22 Dec 2016)|
* Stone Circle open 24 hours. *Manor and Museum close earlier in winter.
Visitor Car Park (pay and display) open 09:30 – 18:30 summer and 09:30 – 16:30 winter.
Manor House closed and parking may be very limited 20-22 June.
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
- Guide Dogs Permitted
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge)
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
- Approx length of visit - one hour
- Special group rates
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads welcomed everywhere, except manor house and gardens and café.
- Open all year
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
Map & Directions
Near Junction 16 of the M4 on the A4361.
Six miles west of Marlborough.
SatNav users please use postcode SN8 1RD to find the main car park just off the A4361.
Public Transport Directions
Bus services 49 Swindon-Trowbridge
Nearest train station - Swindon
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good397
- Rachel KTrip Type:FamilyTouching stones with a 4,000 year historyTuesday, 6th December 2016On a cold, sunny November day, a brisk walk around the circle with views across the countryside, the place was magical and the sense of people going before us palpable. The kids could run and run and... Read full review
- RobininBRISTOLBristol, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesI cannot think why it has taken so long for me to find!Saturday, 3rd December 2016A really remarkable site which goes on and on for miles. The stones - how ever did they do it 2000 yrs + BC? Some have very square pieces but most are almost liquid random. And yet this is Sarcen... Read full review
- MStJBFrome, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesNice stonesMonday, 28th November 2016Have to agree with the previous review - it IS much better than Stonehenge which always is a bit of a let down..... Despite the chill November day, the walk around the stones is definitely worth a... Read full review