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Stonehenge & Avebury Stone Circles

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Stonehenge & Avebury Stone Circles

We will be driving to Bath on May 3rd from Heathrow and would like to visit one of these stone circles. In previous posts we've been advised to go to Avebury rather than Stonehenge. If we do go to Avebury, do they have guides who could give us some information? Is there a charge to visit? How long should we expect to be there?

If we decide to go to Stonehenge, instead, it looks like we have to get a ticket in advance. Is this true? If so, we are not sure what time we might arrive. Any advice on how to do this?

And we'd also like to visit Salisbury Cathedral -- how long might that take?

Thanks for any advice ......

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1. Re: Stonehenge & Avebury Stone Circles

Avebury is free to visit and you can turn up anytime. It is a beautiful location with a series of thatched cottages within the circle, plus Silbury Hill and West Kennett Longbarrow in close proximity. You cannot climb Silbury Hill but you can walk up to the barrow. It will probably take up 30 minutes of your time. There is a lay by on the A4 where you can park. At Avebury you might spend an hour or more, depends if you grab lunch in the pub or browse around the Henge Shop or the NT shop or even visit Avebury Manor or the Museum, which both charge admission.

Stonehenge is more conveniently located to Salisbury than Avebury (a 20 minute drive rather than a 45 minute drive) and holds a lot more of interest. There is an admission charge and times entry but it will hold more fascination than Avebury. It's worth reading up why this is so, I haven't time to write chapter and verse about it here, plus with the new visitor centre, hands on activities, a recreation of a Neolithic village and museum, it can take up two hours of your time.

If you are really interested in Late Stone Age monuments and society then visit Stonehenge, if you just want to see a ring of stones, visit Avebury.

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Since you've just completed a transatlantic flight you might find it more practical to drive straight to Bath and spend time relaxing and unwinding. You could then see about booking a local van tour to both sites. I'd given brief thought to driving in the Cotswolds several years ago but was intimidated by the Bath traffic so we booked one of these van tours which took us to Stonehenge, Avebury, Castle Coomb and Laycock. I'm sure your hotel would have brochures of various tours on offer. Stonehenge is STONEHENGE and not to be missed especially if its your only chance. The Avebury circle stones are less massive but cover a broader area and is located in a nice village but is a guide it yourself activity- do internet research beforehand for info. Hope you enjoy your trip.

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Thanks for these 2 responses. We are actually going to be in London for 3 nights before picking up our rental car at Heathrow, so the jet lag should be behind us. Hopefully the tube strike won't complicate things too much.

As for Stonehenge, I think we'd prefer to go there, but do we need to buy our tickets in advance or can we get them at Stonehenge when we arrive? That's the dilemma -- not knowing exactly when we might arrive.

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Try Mad Max tours at madmaxtours.co.uk/index.php/tours/stonehenge… which will save you all the hassle of booking and it includes a guide.

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5. Re: Stonehenge & Avebury Stone Circles

The Avebury stones are free to visit but there is a charge for the large car park (£5 last time I used it) which is clearly signposted.

Guided tours are available for a small charge (check times on the board) and do not need to be booked in advance - see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury for more information.

Alternatively, inexpensive guides may be purchased at the Henge Shop - www.hengeshop.com - at the top end of the main village street.

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