Information for families
It can be hard work travelling with little ones, so here is some information that might make your visit easier, in no particular order ...
- Parking: The National Trust car park is located 500 yards away from the Old Farmyard and the path is quite bumpy.
- Buggies: Although there are no restrictions on bringing a buggy into the henge and stone circles, at times it can be difficult ground to traverse as often there is tufty grass and it is bumpy. Because of steps and narrow passages, we ask that buggies are left outside Avebury Manor (covers are available on rainy days).
- Sheep/cattle: There are usually livestock in the henge (sheep) and West Kennet Avenue (cattle), so please bear this in mind, and the associated mess that comes with them. (Although children can run free, dogs must be on a lead).
- Toilets: Toilet facilities, including a private baby changing room, are located behind the barn in the Old Farmyard.
- Stone circle: Children are completely free to run around the henge and stone circles. Please watch them on the banks as they can be steep and climbing on the stones is not allowed. All four quadrants of the Avebury stone circle are fenced off, with self shutting pedestrian gates to enter and exit.
- Food and drink: Apart from the usual range of food, the cafe also supplies childrens lunch-boxes consisting of a filled bread roll (cheese or ham), a Benson's Joosed drink, a packet of dried sultanas and raisins, a piece of fruit, a lentil waves snack bag and some stickers - £4.25.
- Picnics: If you are bringing your own picnic, there are picnic tables available in the Old Farmyard, or you can (in the summer holidays) borrow a picnic blanket and sit on the grass. If it rains or you need to get out of the sun, you can use the marquee, the tables inside the barn or the dovecote also has seating.
- Games: In the summer holidays, there are sports games available in the Old Farmyard for children (and grown-ups) to play with.
- Ice creams: For treats, we sell ice cream in tubs, either in the Circles pop-up Cafe or on a trike in the Old Farmyard.
- Shop: The National Trust shop sells a wide range of souvenirs and toys for all ages.
- Garden: On sunny days in summer, in the Church Garden of Avebury Manor (admission applies), there are steamer chairs, picnic blankets, games and story books.
- Dogs: If you are bringing your dogs as well, they are allowed everywhere in Avebury apart from the main Circles pop-up cafe and Avebury Manor and Garden, but must be on a lead and under control. Water for dogs can be found outside the cafe behind the barn. There is plenty of shelter and seating for people who are accompanied by their canine family member.
- Manor: Avebury Manor is particularly great for children as they are allowed to immerse themselves in the house; they can try on the Tudor or Georgian costumes, lie on the beds, have a game of snooker and much more. However we do ask that children are supervised by you at all times.