Visiting Avebury: what you need to know

Stone circle in a misty frost morning

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

Please note: In line with government guidelines, please wear a face covering in all indoors spaces including visitor reception, the National Trust shop, Cobblestones second-hand bookshop, the Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury Manor and the toilets.  Currently there is no requirement to wear a face covering in Circles Restaurant.

There is no longer any need to book to visit Avebury, although some events are bookable.

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

 

Staying safe

  • The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces apart from the restaurant. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness.
  • If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that had the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit until you are recovered.
  • Thank you for showing staff, volunteers and other visitors kindness and respect as we move forward into this next phase together.

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 these winter months.  At this time of the year, and 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 designed as a series of garden 'rooms', each with a different character, including the kitchen garden, the potager garden, the orchard and lawns. Although the manor is currently closed, the garden is open for visitors. 

Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor is currently closed for its annual conservation clean.  It will reopen on 18 Feb 2022. 

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

Circles Restaurant is open for light refreshments Wed-Sun, 11am - 4pm.  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.

Shopping

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

Toilets

The toilets are located behind the Great Barn in the Old Farmyard (10am - 4pm) which is a 5 minute walk from the visitor car park, and 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.

Accessible toilets are available in the Old Farmyard (see opening times above).

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

Further information can be found here