I'm not a great fan of Stately Homes and had really come to Avebury (on my own) to see the stones and henge. However, I thought I'd have a look at the Manor and I'm very glad I did. I won't go through the history / description here, as other reviewers have done that perfectly adequately. I do recommend a visit: the whole complex, associated museum (separate charge), cafe etc. are first rate and there's plenty for small children to do. Visiting the Manor involves buying a ticket for a particular time slot: you're not rushed round once you're inside, but this system helps to avoid crowding. The volunteer guides are excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed enough for small children to enjoy themselves (within reason!) After viewing the house, you can wander round the magnificent gardens: but don't miss out on the tearoom! The cream teas are to die for! Now back to my diet.
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