Historic Amesbury – the Home of Stonehenge
Amesbury is the town where history and Stonehenge began, the oldest continuous settlement in Britain. Start your visit with refreshments at Solstice Park and meet the mighty Ancestor representing the earliest settlers in Amesbury around 10,000 years ago. Not far away at Archers Gate you can see the town’s rich heritage depicted through a community mosaic, along with an impressive recreation if the famous Amesbury Archer – found nearby. The town centre welcomes visitors with many independent and unique shops, two coach friendly bays and free parking close to the Community and Visitor Centre (open Monday- Saturday) with information on places to visit, shop, eat, drink and stay.
Wednesday is market day. The History Centre in Church Street (opening times vary), is where the story of Stonehenge is told and home to one of the country’s largest collections of Mesolithic tools. The 10th century church of St Mary and St Mellor is Amesbury’s oldest building and houses a 1777 organ, 15th century clock, crusader crosses and royal floor tiles and tells the story of Queen Eleanor of Provence, who was given a royal funeral in Amesbury in 1291. Famous hostelries include the Antrobus Arms where The Beatles stayed whilst filming Help on Salisbury Plain and the 13th century George Hotel which houses Amesbury’s Aviation Heritage History Centre.
Parking & Transport
- Car Parks
- Coach Parking
Towns & Villages
- Information Centre
- Village shop