Visiting Avebury: what you need to know

Standing stones

The pretty village of Avebury partially lies within the largest stone circle in the world, and you can wander freely among the stones.

Parking

  • The car park opens daily 10am - 5pm.
  • Paying for the car park can only be done by coins or using 'paybyphone.co.uk' - we would recommend downloading the app before you come as the mobile phone signal can be patchy at Avebury.  Alternatively you can pay by card at the Visitor Reception in the Great Barn in the Old Farmyard.
  • The car park costs £7 per day (£4 after 3pm).  The money you pay for parking goes directly towards looking after Avebury and the other sites in our care.
  • The toilets are an approximately 10 minutes walk from the car park.
  • You will find parking for Blue Badge holders in the High Street car park, see map link below.
  • Avebury access statement (PDF / 2.3MB) download

 

Stone circles

The stone circles are open from dawn to dusk.  You are free to wander among the stones as much as you wish.  Please note that some areas will be fenced off for erosion control especially during the winter months.  During periods of heavy rain, the henge and particularly the henge banks can become very slippery - please wear appropriate footwear when visiting the site. Please also be especially careful when using gates leading onto the road - do not cross the road until it is clear that the gate on the other side is free of pedestrians.  There are daily stone circles tours which last around an hour (subject to volunteer availability), ask for details at Visitor Reception when you arrive.

Visitor Reception

The Visitor Reception is located in the Great Barn in the Old Farmyard, where you'll find a member of staff to help you with any enquiries.  You can purchase your tickets here.  

Avebury Manor Garden

The garden is delightful at any time of the year and is designed as a series of garden 'rooms', each with a different character, including the kitchen garden, the potager garden, the orchard and lawns.

Avebury Manor

At Avebury Manor you will find each room furnished in the style of a different historical period, designed to reflect the lives of the people who have lived here. Please check the opening times on the website before you visit to check opening times which do vary depending on volunteer availability (the manor is currently closed on Wednesdays).

Alexander Keiller Museum: Stables Gallery

The museum houses a collection of artefacts from the Avebury part of the World Heritage Site, from the Neolithic period onwards.  

Circles Restaurant

There is seating inside and out, including picnic tables. We offer a selection of delicious hot and cold drinks and delicious cakes and light lunches including soup and pasties.  Please note that our due to supply chain difficulties our range is limited at the current time. Circles Restaurant is currently closed on Tuesdays.

Shopping

The National Trust shop has a wide selection of gifts and treats and Cobblestones second-hand bookshop has hundreds of pre-loved books to browse through.   

Toilets

The toilets are located behind the Great Barn in the Old Farmyard (10am - 5.30pm) which is a 5 minute walk from the visitor car park, and there are also toilets in Avebury High Street.

Accessibility

The stone circles are partiallty accessible.  The ground floor of Avebury Manor is accessible as are the shop, restaurant and Avebury Manor Garden.

There is a mobility Tramper available to borrow.  Please ask at Visitor Reception.

Accessible toilets are available in the Old Farmyard.

Assistance dogs are allowed everywhere.

Carers tickets are available, please ask at visitor reception upon arrival.

View our access statement here Access statement (PDF / 2.7MB) download