Avebury, a prehistoric site in Wiltshire, has been awarded second best World Heritage Site for visitors by Which? Magazine. The stone circles beat off stiff competition from the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids and came second only to the Monte Alban in Mexico. Read the full story about how the panel of experts came to their decision on the BBC website.
Visit Avebury today and you’ll find two small stone circles within a larger stone circle together constructed of almost 100 standing stones. There’s also a museum which documents the archaeologist who rediscovered the stones in the 1930s and a cafe serving delicious local food. Why not make a weekend of your trip to Avebury and book one of our wonderful holiday cottages in Wiltshire? Choosing a cottage is a fantastic option if you want to observe the winter or summer solstice at Avebury.
As one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe and the largest stone circle in the world, Avebury attracts numerous visitors every year. Despite its popularity, no-one knows exactly why the stone circle was constructed more than 4,500 years ago but it may have something to do with ley lines which converge at the site. Generations of civilizations have recognised the importance of the circular shape and have been attracted to worship at Avebury.
There’s something for everyone at Avebury; wander the stone circle and enjoy the quiet solitude any time of day or night, take a guided tour of the stones to learn more or visit the on-site museum to recreate life over the centuries at Avebury.
Enjoy a holiday in Wiltshire
Avebury is today looked after by the National Trust and English Heritage and we have lots of cottages close to National Trust properties across the south west so you can look forward to great days out during your holiday.
After you’ve explored Avebury, there’s plenty more to enjoy during a holiday in Wiltshire. Discover the pretty towns of Marlborough and Malmesbury both packed with independent boutiques and make the perfect spot for afternoon tea. There’s also the White Horse Trail which takes you through gorgeous countryside as you attempt to spot all eight of the giant chalk horses carved into the hillside. Bath, Salisbury and Tetbury are all within easy reach of your cosy cottage and make for a great day out.
If this has got you thinking about a trip to Wiltshire, why not browse our website for inspiration?