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Avebury Stone Circle, Avebury

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Of the Pagan Neolithic henge monuments, such as Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle has the largest circle. It is still a place of religious importance to modern day Pagans, as well as a popular destination for tourists. The stone circles were constructed around 2600 BCE, but not all at the same time. Archaeologists believe that the circles were built slowly over the years, but there's no agreement as to their use. The National Trust manages the site and has been careful about maintaining its integrity by prohibiting development that would commercialize the attraction. However, you'll find two shops in the nearby village that sell gifts and hand out information: one is the National Trust's own shop, the other is a New Age shop that sells items related to the spirituality of the stone circles. To visit Avebury Stone Circle on your trip to Avebury, use our Avebury trip builder.
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  • We were at Avebury of a sunny Spring day and very much enjoyed the walking tour of the stones. Our guide was incredibly well versed on everything about the stones and we had a much better experience t...  more »
  • Good walk and very interesting. Best to look in museum first to get history of the stones. The stones are very spread out so quite a bit of walking is involved. Worth a visit  more »
  • If you want to walk inside a prehistoric Stone Circle to get up close and personal with a rock than there is no better place to go. Interleaved with the village the Stone Circle is accessible and prov...  more »
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  • A very nice place. The car park has a pay and display machine which National Trust members now have to scan their membership cards for an all day parking ticket. This is a good idea and this makes sure that the trust gets the much needed funds from the car park. There is a small walk from the car park to the village. There is plenty to see including the museum and the manor and the gardens. There are plenty of picnic tables in the grounds which are situated opposite the museum. There are ladies toilets next to the restaurant. There is another toilet block behind the barn. These are for gents, ladies disabled and have baby changing facilities. There is the well stocked shop which is situated at the left of the restaurant. The village has a few shops which are worth a look. There is a post box outside the small post office. This place has plenty of walks to see the stones and you can walk a fair way if you want to get to see them all. You could spend all day here.
  • Beautiful setting and a real treat to walk amongst the stones (and even touch them!). The rain and wind that appeared from nowhere as soon as we arrived seemed to be an eerily perfect fit for the surroundings, but I'm sure on a sunny day observing from the nearby pub garden with a pint would be just as pleasant. And great for bikers! Unfortunately the museum and café were closed on our visit but I imagine everything combined would make for a great day out for kids. Not forgetting the flock of sheep who live with the stones! Although they seemed to be none the wiser as to what it all means...
  • This place is more beautiful than Stone Henge. Yet most people don't even know about it. Its also very quiet place and unlike Stone Henge you can stand next to these stones and touch them. Highly recommended to visit there for a day and have a picnic or just eat at the local pub.
  • Whenever I walk down this highway, I marvel at how beautiful the henge is, all the stones standing tall, the sun’s angle in the afternoon. I love how the circle is so big I can’t see the far side when I go through it - it takes my whole day to cross the henge, but I pick vetch and barley while walking, which I love too. I have to give Avebury 5 stars: a transformative experience.
  • +JMJ...I would have never known about Avebury if it hadn't been for my British friend who started as a pen pal who I then had the absolute joy of travelling from Texas to England to visit. Can't really compare Avebury with Stonehenge but I can submit that I found Avebury to be a more "personable" place to visit. I recall peacocks on the grounds and just a plain more serene atmosphere. Having been enamored of the history of England for many years, I was so happy for the opportunity to visit and to be shown many out of the way places familiar to locals.