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Friday, July 30, 2010


Avebury is a henge monument on a larger scale than its more famous cousin, Stonehenge. Unlike at Stonehenge, a visitor can still touch the stones at Avebury.

Construction of the monument began 5000 years ago in Neolithic times. The amateur archaeologist, Alexander Keiller, played a large role in discovering and preserving the site, and a museum on the site which is named after him contains some related archaeological finds.


Many gigantic "Sarsen" stones such as the ones pictured below can be appproached by visitors. Also, Avebury is the only stone circle in the world with a chapel and pub inside it. Nearby monuments include the West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill and Windmill Hill.


Avebury is located 6 miles west of Marlborough on the A4361 and B4003 which is not far from another National Trust property, Lacock Abbey.

National Trust Estate Office
High Street
Avebury, Wiltshire SN8 1RF
Tel: 01672 539250
Map of Avebury

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