Avebury Circle Reviews
Dec 26, 2007
Avebury stone circle is located about a twenty minute drive north of stonehenge (due east of Marlborough), and although stonehenge is much more well known, Avebury and the surrounding area is rich in the history and mystery of the ancient 'beaker' people who lived in the lands 4000 - 5000 years ago. The stone circle used to have a full circle, with two stone 'avenue's', has many burial mounds and chambers along with scattered, since destroyed smaller circles.
For people who are annoyed by stonehenge going commercial, this is a wonderful place to visit, even though half the complex was torn down in the renaissance period by christian extremists.
There is little to comment on in terms of advice other than parking, there is a parking site on the South West, but be warned it costs around a fiver. I found parking further in the village, but i wouldnt endorse it as it will annoy the villagers. There is also free parking near Silbury hill off of the main road, but it is no good for young children or older less mobile persons as its about a 10 - 15 minute walk to Avebury over steeped hills. (Silbury hill is a large chalk mound, recently refurbished, built by the same people who built Avebury, and is another great location to visit.) Theres a pub and shop filled with spirtual books and nik-naks which is worth a visit.
There is a tomb located on top of long sloped hill even further from the stone circle, called West Kennett. You can see this sign posted from the same road Silbury hill sits near. (There is a lay by with even more parking.)
I would suggest a visit to any new-age, pagan or ancient history, but be warned that at religious festival times it gets very busy.
Also worth commenting on are the faces that have been engraved into the rocks, they are hard to see, but keep looking hard and you'll notice them.
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