Is Avebury better than Stonehenge?

Avebury henge is a great training camp for Stonehenge, about 20 miles south. And unlike Stonehenge, the stones have completely free access, you can walk among and touch the stones free of charge. Avebury is far, far larger than Stonehenge. It is about a mile to walk around the perimeter on the bank alone.

Is Avebury connected to Stonehenge?

The World Heritage property Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites is internationally important for its complexes of outstanding prehistoric monuments. Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, while Avebury is the largest.

Is Avebury older than Stonehenge?

New radiocarbon dating has revealed that vast wooden palisades at Avebury, Wiltshire, are more than 800 years older than experts previously thought. When first discovered 30 years ago, experts thought they were built in 2,500 BC – making them the same age as the Stonehenge just 20 miles down the road.

Is Avebury English Heritage?

Together with Stonehenge, Avebury and its surroundings are a World Heritage Site. Avebury henge and stone circles are managed by The National Trust on behalf of English Heritage, and the two organisations share the cost of managing and maintaining the property.

Do you have to pay to see Avebury Stones?

The stone circles are open from dawn to dusk. You are free to wander among the stones as much as you wish.

Is Avebury worth visiting?

The big attraction people come to see at Avebury is of course, Avebury stone circle, (Avebury henge) part of a National Trust site; but the whole surrounding landscape including West Kennet and Silbury Hill is worth visiting in its own right.

Who built Avebury?

Alexander Keiller
Archaeological investigation followed in the 20th century, led primarily by Alexander Keiller, who oversaw a project which reconstructed much of the monument. Avebury is owned and managed by the National Trust….Avebury.

Type Monument
Material Sarsen
Founded Neolithic
Site notes

Who discovered Avebury?

businessman Alexander Keiller
‘Quite astonishing’ The site being excavated is next to the West Kennet Avenue – a 1.5-mile (2.5km) prehistoric avenue of two parallel lines of stones – and was first discovered by archaeologist and businessman Alexander Keiller 80 years ago.

Do I need to book to visit Avebury?

There is no longer any need to book to visit Avebury, although some events are bookable.

Can you walk from Avebury to Stonehenge?

Wiltshire. Walk between the World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. The first section of this walk rises through open countryside to a height of around 260m before it descends to several villages and briefly follows the Kennet & Avon Canal.

How many people live in Avebury?


Name Status Population Estimate 2020-06-30
Avebury Parish 613
Avebury 613 Population [2020] – Estimate 22.47 km² Area 27.28/km² Population Density [2020] -0.040% Annual Population Change [2011 → 2020]
South West England Region 5,659,143

Is Avebury a Celtic?

Celts and Romans in the Avebury area Once again changes are associated with a particular culture, and this time it is that of the Celts.