The summer solstice at Avebury 2017

sunrise

The summer solstice is always very busy at Avebury – this year is likely to be no exception. If you are coming to mark midsummer at Avebury, do plan well in advance. Please consider coming for a shorter time so you don’t need to stay overnight and use public transport if at all possible.

Planning your visit during the solstice

Solstice 2017 will be sunrise on Wednesday 21 June.
Avebury Manor will be closed from Tuesday 20 June to Thursday 22 June.  The museum, café and shop will be open as usual.
 

Car Parking 

Please note that over the summer solstice the car park can become full very early.  
 
The main car park is situated on the A4361 just south of the stone circle, and is a pay and display car park. National Trust and English Heritage members can park for free. 
 
All proceeds from car park charges go towards the care of Avebury and surrounding landscape.
 

Parking charges:

£7 all day (0930 to 1830 in summer)
£4 after 1500 
Motorbikes can park for free
The car park will be open from 0900 on Tuesday June 20 2017
 
There is no on-road parking in Avebury itself or the neighbouring villages of Beckhampton, West Kennet or Winterbourne Monkton. If you park illegally you may be fined and even find your vehicle is removed. Silbury Hill car park will also be closed overnight during this period.  
 
Height limit – there is no access to the car park for any vehicle over 2.1metres high due to a height barrier. This will include camper vans, coaches and some 4x4s and people carriers. Because of a planning enforcement, there is no parking for any vehicles converted for sleeping, regardless of their height.
 

Coach parking and drop off

There is no coach parking in Avebury for the solstice. Any coaches bringing visitors to the solstice will need to drop passengers off at the bus stop but will not be allowed to park in the World Heritage Site. Parking needs to be arranged in advance elsewhere and pick up times planned for your passengers.

The Ridgeway

To tackle the growing numbers gathering on the Ridgeway there will be increased patrols by the Police and Wiltshire Council before, during and after Solstice again this year.
 
There will also be increased enforcement of illegal parking in Avebury village and nearby roads where there will be no parking or waiting except for local residents with permits.
 
Regular patrols of the Ridgeway will ensure safety, keep access along the byway open and prosecute and remove those found to be breaking the law. 
 
The changes have been supported by all those on the Avebury Solstice Planning Group. The Ridgeway has no water or sanitation and there have been concerns for the safety of people there in previous years.
 

Camping for solstice

Please be aware that the only campsite close to Avebury has very limited space with room for just under 100 tents. It opens at 9am on Tuesday 20 June - the campsite can fill up very quickly so places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The campsite closes and must be cleared by 2pm on Thursday 22 June.
 
There is no charge for camping, but campers who also bring cars will need to buy a valid parking ticket for every day that they stay.
 
Dogs are not permitted on the campsite during summer solstice, except assistance dogs.
 
Avebury is a World Heritage Site so alternatives for camping are very limited. 
 
We would recommend you consider using the other official campsites nearby, or just make a short trip for the main celebrations on the early hours of 21 June to save having to camp overnight.
 
Other official campsites near to Avebury are:
Postern Hill Caravan & Camping Site, nr Savernake Forest
0845 130 8224 or 01672 515195 
www.forestholidays.co.uk
 
Blackland Lakes, Calne. 01249 810 943
www.blacklandlakes.co.uk
 
Bell Caravan Park and Camping, Lydeway nr Devizes, 01380 840 230

 

Camper Vans and Mobile Homes

Due to local authority regulations enforced on the site since 2007, vehicles built or adapted for sleeping and all other vehicles over 2.1 metres are prevented from entering the car park during solstice. This includes campervans, mobile homes, vans and coaches.
 
No camping is allowed in vehicles in the car park during solstice. 
 
If vehicles are parked illegally elsewhere they are likely to be given fines and moved on. 
 

Public Transport

If you’re visiting Avebury at any time of the year we encourage you to enjoy a car-free day out.
 
During the summer solstice, when the ancient stones are the focus for celebrations, it is especially important as it will help to ease the expected congestion. 
 
Avebury is just half an hour away from Swindon train station by bus, and is also on the National Cycle Network. 
 
Route 49 (http://www.swindonbus.info/tts/049.htm) runs hourly from Swindon and Trowbridge from early morning until early evening. 
 
A bookable service is provided by Connect2Wiltshire to Calne and Marlborough via Avebury. Advance bookings only: 08456 52 52 55.
 
To plan your journey or download up to date timetables visit www.traveline.info or call traveline on 0871 200 22 33. (Lines are open 364 days a year from 7am – 10pm. Calls from a landline cost 10p per minute). 
 

Information for people with disabilities

The stone circle is around 300m from the main car park. It is a further 150m to the Old Farmyard, where the Alexander Keiller Museum, shop, café and other facilities are based.
 
Blue Badge holders in cars can park for free in the main car park and the high street car park, which is closer to the celebrations in the stone circle.

 

Contact us

We want everyone who comes to Avebury to enjoy their visit.  If you have any questions about your visit, please give us a ring on 01672 539 250 or email us at Avebury@nationaltrust.org.uk
 
17th century tithe barn

The Alexander Keiller Museum

Fun and learning for all the family in the museum. The museum is split into two galleries; the interactive display is in the Barn Gallery and the archaeological finds are displayed in the Stables Gallery.