Visiting Avebury: what you need to know

Hawthorn and 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.

Please note: 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 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 not compulsory but we recommend that you wear one in any area on your visit which is enclosed and crowded. 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 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 pedestrian traffic.  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 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. 

From 19 November Avebury Manor Garden will be open Mon-Wed only (but please note that the manor will be closed on these days).

Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor is open with variable hours when we are able to do so, subject to volunteer availability.  We aim to open between Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but please call 01672 539250 before travelling if you particularly wish to see the manor.

Please note: The manor house will be closed during the following periods:

  • 13 September and 6 October (the garden is still open)
  • 1 November and 18 November (the garden is still open)
  • 24, 25 and 26 December

From 19 November the garden will be closed on the days when the manor is open.

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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

The Circles Restaurant is open for light refreshments.  There is seating inside and out, including picnic tables. We offer a selection of delicious hot and cold drinks and a variety of delicious cakes, bakes and light lunches including soup, jacket potatoes and pasties.

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 Barn in the Old Farmyard (10am - 5.30pm) which is a 5 minute walk from the visitor car park, and Avebury High Street, behind the Coach House Cafe (10.30am - 5pm).  From 1 November the Old Farmyard toilets will open (10am - 4pm) and the High Street toilets will be closed.

Toilets will be closed 24, 25 and 26 December.

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 and the High Street (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