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Avebury Stone Circle
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
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“Worth seeing”
Reviewed 13 August 2012

The stone circle itself is impressive, and it's brilliant that you can walk amongst them properly, touch them, take photos, soak up the atmosphere. There's a bit of trekking through fields as with anything like this; I think it adds to the experience.

The museums are good for getting out of the rain, but I'm not sure they're worth having two buildings. The lower one, down by the manor and the church, is better than the one up top, and the gentleman who was working there at the time was knowledgable and enthusiastic and gave us a good talk through the exhibit and the history of the place. That was great! The exhibits themselves are okay, and the other museum is a bit of a let-down, but I was fine with paying the £4-whatever just for the lower one. The gift shops and tea room are nice, but of course the main draw is those giant stones themselves, and the feeling of something so staggeringly old.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

A great walk around the stones, with dogs on leads. Cafe is nice and staff in the cafe and gift shop are very friendly. Beautiful little village also. Worth a trip.

Visited December 2011
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Avebury is well worth a visit. Join the National Trust to get free parking (otherwise 5 pounds). It was very busy on a Friday. Walk around the stones for free. Very interesting site and a pretty village. See the Manor House and Garden also close, for a mixture of Neolithic and 'new' history. We also visited Stonehenge and I'd say that Avebury has a different feel to it, not as big stones but it is across a larger scale. Both are worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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“The good - the bad and the ugly”
Reviewed 12 August 2012

Lets start with the good:

Avebury circle is an absolute must see visit if you're sightseeing in Wiltshire. The fact that you can walk around the stones and henge is absolutely fantastic - as some would say - much better than Stonehenge. I'd also recommend a visit inside the church as it has Saxon and early Norman features.

The bad:

The museum inside the barn is a total rip off. I cannot comprehend how the National Trust have got the nerve to charge £4.40 per adult to walk around a series of static displays???!!!???? This should be £2 maximum per adult.

The ugly:

It costs £5 for the car parking!!!!! This is an absolute scandal, utterly unjustified and it certainly left a very sour taste in my mouth after visiting. What an absolute rip off!!!! You can't pay for the time you actually spend there - it's £5 or nothing. 99% of people who visit stay for less than 2 hours. Why is it so difficult to charge say £1 per hour up to a maximum of £5 for visiting Avebury? A top tip though - if you park in the Red Lion pub car park (inside the circle) you can pay by the hour.

National Trust - you've been named and shamed!

PS: be sure to visit both Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow. Both are nearby and better still - both are FREE to visit.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

YOur free to walk around the stones at your leisure or your could get an audio tour from the nearby shop. It's a very chilled out place, bring a picnic for a sunny day!

Visited August 2012
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