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The top reasons why Avebury should be on your Wiltshire bucket list

Posted on 17th December 2014

While Stonehenge is arguably Wiltshire’s most famous attraction and Salisbury is one of the county’s most visited cities, Avebury is home to its own stone circle and a number of other great attractions; staying in Wiltshire holiday cottages near Avebury means that you will have a number of attractions on your doorstep as well as a world heritage site.

Below we guide you through some of the must-visit places in Avebury and why it should sit at the top of your Wiltshire bucket list. 

The Stone Circle

Avebury Stones

The Stone Circle, or Avebury henge as it is also known, is a world-famous prehistoric site that is the largest stone circle in the world and much bigger than Stonehenge.

The henge, its outer stone circle and inner stone circle are part of the world heritage site located at Avebury and is a popular area for visitors to walk. The West Kennet Long Barrow, Windmill Hill, West Kennet Avenue, Seven Barrows and the Sanctuary all make up the entire world heritage site, but it is the Avebury Stone Circle that is the main attraction.

If you’re interested in finding out why Avebury Stone Circle was built, the guided walking tours that are available at the site are great for some extra insight into the monument.

Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor

The Avebury Manor and its impressive gardens have a fascinating past that dates back to the 1500s.

The manor, being so old, meant that a lot of the building needed refurbishment and with so much history at stake, the BBC came to the rescue and created a programme called The Manor Reborn, which followed historians, designers and volunteers working together to refurbish the 500-year-old Manor.

Now the Avebury Manor brings to life its previous owners through its impressive interior design, treating visitors to a journey through time.

Despite the main part of the garden being closed during winter, the topiary garden and the lavender walk offer visitors nice walks and views of the manor house from the outside.

The Alexander Keiller Museum

Avebury

Alexander Keiller, a Scottish archaeologist, re-erected many of the stones that make the Stone Circle what it is today, and he made a number of discoveries whilst uncovering one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe.

These finds are now on display at the Stables Gallery of the Alexander Keiller Museum, while a 17th-century threshing barn, which is now the Barn Gallery of the museum, has a number of interactive displays and activities for children and adults to try.

The museum really does give visitors a great look into British heritage and what life may have been like back in prehistoric times.

Avebury’s wildlife

Bat

Nature lovers will also not be disappointed by a visit to Avebury as the area is home to a number of different species.

Bats in the Barn Gallery, Owls at Windmill Hill and rare flowers in the henge all make Avebury a perfect place to visit for anyone interested in nature.

There are loads of walking trails around Avebury that offer the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal to the region’s most beautiful wildlife.

You can find out what other animals and plants call Avebury home here.

So if you are going on Wiltshire cottage holidays in the near future then make sure that a visit to Avebury is on your bucket list.

Image Credits: dougwoods, Gordon Robertson, Gordon Robertson, Gábor Kovács (flickr.com)