The pretty village of Avebury nestles within the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. Recognised for its globally important Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments, here you’ll find the world’s largest stone circle, stone avenues and ancient tombs. Much of Avebury and the surrounding landscape is owned and cared for by the National Trust and is free to explore for everyone all year round.
Here you’ll also find a manor house which was once lived in by Alexander Keiller, whose archaeological work helped us understand Avebury’s past, and a museum that bears his name.
The first farmers made their mark at Avebury almost 6,000 years ago and archaeologists are still finding clues to their lives. The stone circle and huge henge banks and ditches were erected around 4,300 years ago and you are free to wander around and among the standing stones today, allowing you to walk in the footsteps of the ancestors. You can learn all about the Avebury’s prehistoric past in the Alexander Keiller Museum which is located in two galleries - a 17th century threshing barn gallery which houses interactive displays and the stables gallery which has the archaeological finds.
Avebury Manor and Garden is a unique experience. The lives and stories of the house’s many owners were brought to life by the use of interior design and each room is decorated in the style of different historical periods. Avebury Manor is very ‘hands-on’ and here you can sit in the chairs, read a book, lie on the beds or sit at the dining table. The many garden ‘rooms’ reflect the style of the house.
There are also café’s, gift shops, a second-hand bookshop and toilets in the Old Farmyard as well as an elegant tea-room in Avebury Manor.
Avebury has been a landscape of fields and farms since the Bronze Age, so you will find sheep amongst the stones, and occasionally mud and 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 2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Alexander Keiller Museum 2020 - Temporarily closed (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Avebury Manor 2020 - Temporarily closed (9 Feb 2020 - 22 Dec 2020)|
* All our houses, gardens, parks, toilets, cafes, shops and car parks are now closed to further restrict the spread of coronavirus. Please do not travel to Avebury, the car park is closed.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads welcomed everywhere, except manor house and gardens and café.
- Open All Year
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - one hour
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge)
- Special group rates
- 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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good617
- julian cHailsham, United KingdomQuick stopSaturday, 31st October 2020Nice village with large stone circle which is free to walk around. Parking is quite expensive in the official car park but considering you can walk among and touch the stones it's not so bad a deal. Read full review
- PhilC326Birmingham, United KingdomAmazing prehistoric landscapeSunday, 1st November 2020If you are going to Avebury stone circle, I would recommend walking the landscape. You will get so much better an understanding of what it was all about. Beats Stonehenge! Read full review
- JVP17Bedford, United KingdomVery spiritual PlaceMonday, 2nd November 2020Try to walk around the whole site and the Avenue of stones just lets your mind wonder as to what used to happen - lots of stories and legend Read full review