Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury Stone Circle
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Dawn L
    Derby, United Kingdom53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting stones, interesting place
    Decent little exhibition but not all the labelling was very clear. Credit for being honest about what is not known. The information in the barn was good but poorly lit. The stones themselves are fascinating and the summer flowers on the banking are delightful. The facilities are fine and the staff are friendly and helpful.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • VaAlleyCat
    Aldie, Virginia1,198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge prehistoric stones
    Easy access to this prehistoric stone circle. It's right off the road. Lovely site where you can walk up to and touch the stones. Families were here walking the and kids were rolling down the hills, having fun. There is no entrance (per-se) to this site, just a gate you use to access the area. It's free. I assume this place is open 24x7, but the stones are not lit....so come during the daylight hours. Unlike Stonehenge, this spot doesn't close at 3:30pm. Which makes it awesome in my book.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Hartley
    Dorset, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really lovely day out
    Arrived for a day trip to visit Avebury and Silbury Hill. Lovely walk around the stones, great information from the signs, and nice visit to the shops. Had tea and ice cream in the national trust cafe and a walk around the Manor and gardens. Highly recommended for a very peaceful place for a day trip
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 23, 2023
  • suntracker
    154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    giant complex of neolithic circles deserving of a full day to explore
    Plan to spend a full day to see the whole site. This was a repeat visit because we had not allowed enough time to see it all before and it was 'calling us back'. This is a giant complex of neolithic circles and an avenue leading to a sanctuary. Part of the little town was built inside the circle so some of it has been destroyed but it's well worth wandering. Also nearby are some barrows, mounds and other such sites.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Katy B
    Burntwood, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing, recharging visit.
    Beautiful location, so much to see! So many beautiful beautiful routes for walks, steeped in history. Also you can see many burial Chambers from the neolithic period. Peaceful, amazing little village, awesome pub and little shops to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • LiimmoM
    Browns Plains, Australia162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stone magic
    Loved our visit. We arrived at about 3.30 pm and parked. If you are a National Trust member, parking is free. It is a small carpark, but we had plenty of space at this time. You also walk for about 25 mins from car park to the barn for museum tickets. We saw the museum and the barn and walked the Stone circle. I thought it was magic at that time of say with the sun going down. I could easily come back and just wander all day. You can wander at any time as long as you stick to the paths. This had been on my bucket list, and I wasn't disappointed. Your imagination could run wild as you are about to roam and touch the stones and greet sheep.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 11, 2023
  • louise B
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Wonderful place to visit. Breathtaking and very atmospheric. Ample parking, but a bit pricey if you are not a National Trust member. Very clean and well maintained and nice pub nearby. Would recommend a visit 👍🏻
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Chrisgale
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    I knew how busy this would be so I went for 8am on a very sunny day. There were only 3 cars on the car park, it isn't very big. Don't park in the village or in a layby as you are likely to get a ticket. The NT or the shops don't open until 10 so you can't get a coffee but the pub the Red Lion opens at 9.30 for a very good breakfast. I had a good walk and had breakfast. By then the NT was open so I saw the museum and Manor garden, the manor house is shut at the moment. I was there 4 hours by the time I had seen the church and the shops. It is £7 to park but if you go in the pub and eat and there is space you can register your car free, there are cameras so make sure you do so. Again the car park is small. Lovely time, the stones they were much bigger than I imagined. Apart from it being very muddy in places with huge puddles, a good day out
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2024
  • CWA810
    Portland, Maine422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit to step back in time
    Made it here on a very windy day… the stones were fascinating to walk around. You can visit in less than three hours! Pubs and cafes nearby as well as toilet facilities- and gift shops. Very dog and family friendly.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2024
  • Angela M
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely surprise.
    Avebury was such a nice surprise. I didn't know what to expect, but it was a very pleasant walk. I didn't visit the Visitor Centre before I went to the stones, and this was probably a mistake as I didn't have a lot of knowledge about it myself. But their are various podcasts about it, so I just listened to them as I walked around and managed to capture the essence of the stones. I walked to The Sanctuary, West Kennet Barrow and Silbury Hill, again listening to podcasts about them on the way, and got really immersed in what was happening 5,000 years ago.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 14, 2024
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fobl11
Birmingham, UK715 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Me and my family visited here earlier in the week and although the kids weren't able to appreciate it (4yo and 18m), we found it very interesting.
We parked in the National Trust car park where you need coins to pay (there is an online option but signal is poor) or you can pay by card in the barn. Its £7 for all day, although i cant see anyone spending all day here and £4 for after 3pm. We got there about 20mins early so just missed out.
The stones are situated in a beautiful little village and are seperated into a few sections, broken up by the road. Its a shame really that a road was ever built through it as you could probably appreciate the whole site more as a whole.
There is also the Red Lion pub where you can stop for a meal or drink.
When we visited, the restaurant was closed (on mondays and Tuesdays) which was a shame as there were plenty of people who wanted to go in.
Luckily there is a local little shop nearby where you can buy ice creams and refreshments etc.

Some of the stones are huge and its amazing picturing people 4000 odd years ago putting this together.

We only spent about an hour here, but there is a church and a few other buildings to visit that we weren't particularly interested in, but may bulk up other peoples day.
Written July 16, 2021
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Roger F
Gosport, UK240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It is a fascinating ancient place. Car parking is free for National Trust members. Non members can pay by phone (if they can find a signal) or at the barn visitor centre. There is no need to walk back to the car to put a ticket in the window. Children can have a great time running round. When we visited at the end of October there was a tremendous downpour. We sheltered under some trees and then went to the cafe by the barn visitor centre. There were no unoccupied tables available inside and the outside seats were all wet despite some parasol.
Written November 10, 2022
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Chrisgale
Sheffield, UK1,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I knew how busy this would be so I went for 8am on a very sunny day. There were only 3 cars on the car park, it isn't very big. Don't park in the village or in a layby as you are likely to get a ticket. The NT or the shops don't open until 10 so you can't get a coffee but the pub the Red Lion opens at 9.30 for a very good breakfast. I had a good walk and had breakfast. By then the NT was open so I saw the museum and Manor garden, the manor house is shut at the moment. I was there 4 hours by the time I had seen the church and the shops. It is £7 to park but if you go in the pub and eat and there is space you can register your car free, there are cameras so make sure you do so. Again the car park is small. Lovely time, the stones they were much bigger than I imagined. Apart from it being very muddy in places with huge puddles, a good day out
Written March 16, 2024
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Beth Mahoney
Brackley, UK79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Parking charges are difficult to pay for, £7 for any amount of time and have to pay with change, option for pay by phone...with no signal to do so and always a queue at the restaurant, shop was closed.
Lovely little walk but not much signage to explain the history
Written September 29, 2020
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Officegirl8
Halifax, UK23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I would love to give this a five star review as I love the village and stones at Avebury, what spoils this is the attitude of The National Trust. The car park charges are £7or £4 after 3pm, which are limited and expensive. In the current situation this seems ridiculous as not much is open. The carpark attendant was particularly arrogant today when I enquired about what was open. What any visitor from other countries would make of this attitude, that just seems in reinforce a stereotype of colonialism. The National Trust need to address this issue soon as possible!
Written August 10, 2020
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daftzippy
Exeter, UK24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The car park is a complete ripoff at £7 (even if you only want to stay an hour), and then National Trust will fleece you for even more money to get into their attractions, rip you off again in their overpriced restaurant, and then try to entice you in their shop as well to buy all kinds of stuff you don't need. And the events? Come along and do a yoga session for £12.50! FFS!

Avebury is no longer regarded as a valuable part of our national heritage which should be accessible to all. It's regarded by the National Trust as a money making opportunity, pure and simple. The only ones who could afford a day out here are rich pensioners and people who don't need to work.
Written June 26, 2022
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Philmex1
Southampton, UK1,940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
This was my first visit to Avebury. If you like Stonehenge, this would be the next place to visit. It's a strange place - the stones a mysterious reminder of the distant past. The parish church has a Saxon font and is worth a visit. The Stables Museum is interesting with a few exhibits including a playperson which I guess was included as a bit of fun for younger visitors. The cafe serves a variety of snacks and drink. The gluten free chocolate brownies are delicious!

The main car park has a good number of spaces and is free to English Heritage and National Trust members (£7 for non-members) as is the Stables Museum. Avebury Manor is only free for National Trust members. The stone circle is free.

Written April 30, 2022
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Helen M
Darwen, UK216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Overall this is a good place to.visit to get up and close to actual stone circles. As a national trust members it is good value but I do think the parking fee is steep and maybe an hourly rate would also work. The car park is a tight fit especially with a lot of big cars fitting in.
Written August 18, 2021
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Ewyena
Crowland, UK12,581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I visited Avebury a few times in the last years. The site (the village) is quite small, but offers plenty to see: the stone circles lay around on many fields, the museum is also something to visit, and the manor house, which is a National Trust site. A few miles away we can visit Sudbury Hill, too. There is a church and some nice little shop and pub in the village, which is - I repeat myself, not too big, but lovely, rural and everyone can find something for themselves. The car park is not too big though and they should count with plenty of visitors in good weather. I truly recommend to anyone, families, couples, oldies, youngsters, with or without dogs, it is just a lovely day out. It can be crowded at some point, but again what crowd means to us... be prepared with wellies in wintertime or on rainy days, also with straw hat on sunny days and water. If we start to roam around, there is no shade or drink kiosk close to us...
Written July 8, 2022
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Harald Berings
Ghent, Belgium29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
If visiting Stonehenge is too much of a hassle and you are scared by the excessive entrance fees over there, this place provides a good alternative.
Although it is advertised as 'free' to visit, there is a 7-pound fee to park the car (you could also park the car at a local pub if you plan to eat there).
The area is beautifully maintained and you are free to walk anywhere you like. Great for a family trip!
Schedule around 2-3 hours to see most of the area and finish your visit with lunch/dinner in the village.
Written August 2, 2020
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