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“A surprise visit.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury SN8 1RF, England
01672 539250
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Avebury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: This mysterious stone circle is thought to have been constructed in Neolithic times between 2500 to 2000 BC by The Beaker people, who might have played a major role in the formation of another eerie ancient site at Stonehenge.
York, United Kingdom
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“A surprise visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was my first visit to Avebury stone circle.
My brother and I stopped off at Avebury on the way to Pewsey from Yorkshire, he did not tell me we would be going and the sight as we approached the village took my breath away. I had seen pictures before of course, but nothing could prepare me for the sheer scale of the bank and ditch. they are enormous, and I do not just mean in circumference. The banks are generally the equivallent of three plus stories high, all built by hand with antler tools or similar, amazing. Then the stones themselves, many are just vast, double decker bus sized in many cases. This is a truly incredible monument. For someone used to having northern europes largest gothic cathedral in sight daily, it takes a lot to take my breath away, but the Avebury Circle did just that again and again as we wandered round it.
The National Trust run the car park a short walk from the stones, at £5 for a full day it is reasonable, however we arrived at about 3.30pm, so it seemed a little steep for so late in the day. However the monument itself is free and very well worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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“Most impressive stone circle in England”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Been to Avebury many times and still feel a buzz at the first sight of the stones and their encircling ditch. Best approach is to drive up the narrow B4033 road from West Kennet. Individual stones start to appear and then you drive alongside the stone avenue that leads to the main circle.
Park in the National trust car park and then take your time. The circle is big enough to almost encompass the village and the size of some of the stones is truly enormous. The size of the Swindon stone ( the very large stone on the road leading out to Swindon ) makes you marvel at the sheer effort and time involved in dragging these stones from their source on the downs above Avebury.
There is no charge for all this and you can touch the stones to see if you can get any bolts of energy…..perhaps a better source of this is the excellent pub in the centre of the village!

Visited June 2012
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“A fantastic place to go to re engergise yourself.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I feel very lucky to live within 10 minutes of Avebury and well within hiking distance. I have visited many times either to walk around the stones or as part of a longer walk.

There needs to be combined with Averbury manor and the museum which are all free to National Trust members.

The stones are very spiritual and visit on certain times of the year i.e. pagan festivals and you will be lucky enough to see some Druids which are amazing.

Visited October 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“More intimate than Stonehenge & just as worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Avebury was an easy 40 min drive from Stonehenge through beautiful countryside.
We arrived, paid a small fee to park and began our walking tour of this incredibly accessible place. Unlike Stonehenge, whose stone circle may arguably be more impressive, Avebury is much larger but more intimate. You can walk the entire circle (very large) and get up close and personal with the stones themselves, something you cannot easily do at Stonehenge without hiring a special tour or visiting with the hordes on the summer solstice. There are no lintel stones here (horizontal stones set atop vertical ones), but the stones are still very large indeed.
We visited both Stonehenge and Avebury on the same day and we really felt there is a more magical feeling to Avebury. It felt less crowded, although we certainly weren't alone.
It was a place that we were very glad we visited after Stonehenge, for the simple fact that we could go and touch whatever we wanted to.
They have a well stocked gift shop here filled with a good variety of new age and more traditional items.
We had an unremarkable tea at the restaurant run by the Trust.
All in all, a very worthwhile use of our time whilst we worked our way up to Lacock.

Visited September 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Stones you can touch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Stone Circle in Avebury is a short drive from Stonehenge, but is a much older and larger site that encircles a small town and sheep pasture! We walked among the stones on hills and narrow dirt paths for several hours. You can actually touch these ancient stones. You do not have to pay for admission here, and there are other things to do, such as patronize the town restaurant, see Avebury Manor and farm, or perhaps attend an outdoor concert (very cool venue). We loved the old church. The town has done a wonderful job of preserving history here and while there are attractions, it is not overrun with visitors. The gift shop is very nice with wool items and history books. This was probably in the top 2 things we saw on our trip to England. Nice place to visit and walk with your family. I would come here again and skip Stonehenge altogether.

Visited July 2012
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