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Visiting Avebury, West Kennet Barrow & Silbury Hill

A practical guide for visitors to Avebury

Avebury Sign

Avebury henge comprises of an enormous circular earthwork, 400m wide.

Inside is a circle of immense standing stones, and inside that there are two more stone circles each 100 metres in diameter.

From Avebury there run two stone avenues, each of which had about 100 megaliths as part of a 600 stone complex.

Avebury is about 24 miles north of Stonehenge, the large Sarsen stones from Stonehenge originate from the Avebury district.

Avebury Henge

The main attraction at Avebury is the henge itself. Much bigger than the more famous Stonehenge there is totally free access, you can walk among and touch the stones.

Avebury is a great preparation for a visit to Stonehenge, some aspects like the processional avenue and earthworks are far more identifiable than at Stonehenge.

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Avebury Village

The village of Avebury is part within Avebury henge, so a visit to the henge comes with a bonus of an interesting village too.

The National Trust are dominant in the village and have two museums providing insights into material and information relevant to Avebury.

There are a number of thatched cottages, an historic church, a thatched pub and a popular National Trust cafe. Its quite a laid back place and you don't get the tour bus crowd here, so there is plenty of space.

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West Kennet Long Barrow

West Kennet Long Barrow is burial chamber that was built before the famous henges in the area. West Kennet Long Barrow is totally free access, you can wander inside the tomb. West Kennet Long Barrow is easly walked from Avebury henge in 20-30 minutes.

The chamber, which extends 10 metres into the mound that makes up West Kennet, consists of five separate chambers, two on either side of a narrow passage, which then opens up into a further chamber at the far end.

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Silbury Hill

The largest man made mound in Europe at 130 feet high and covering an area in excess of 5 acres the enormous contours of the hill challenge us with the mystery of why it was built and what for.

Avebury Henge

Avebury Henge

Silbury Hill is located close to West Kennet Long Barrow and also was built during the Neolithic era. Silbury Hill is very much a part of any visit to Avebury.

There are some theories of what Silbury Hill was used for, buts its all a mystery really. Even dating of when and how long it took to build have see sawed over recent time. The latest suggestion is that Silbury Hill is the finale, the full stop at the end of the Neolithic age, the last great monument.

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Self Guided Walk Avebury, West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill

On a nice summer day there is great little walk to get some country air and visit also the main attractions around Avebury.

Our self guided walk starts from Avebury, the village/henge and walks along the ceremonial approach to Avebury before visiting West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill.

Notes For Avebury Self Guided Walk

Getting To Avebury

For crowded Southern England, Avebury is in one of the most isolated locations. The only regular public transport link is an hourly public bus service between Avebury and Swindon, a major rail hub. Very frequent and fast trains run between Swindon and London.

If you do not have your own car, the only public tours visiting Avebury are small group tours from London and Bath. From London the small group specialist, International Friends operate two tour itineraries year round that visit Avebury.

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