Visiting Avebury: what you need to know

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The pretty village of Avebury partially lies within the largest stone circle in the world, and you can wander freely among the stones. There have been some changes to the way we do things now, so please do have a read of the information below which is designed to help you get the best out of your visit to Avebury.

Please note: There is no need to book to visit Avebury stone circles, Avebury Manor guided tours (Fri/Sat/Sun) or the Alexander Keiller Museum.  You can book your entry to Avebury Manor Garden if you wish to guarantee a space, although these are only necessary during busy times such as weekends and holidays.

Staying safe

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.

In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in all our enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

Please use hand sanitiser at every opportunity.

Parking

  • The car park opens daily 8.30am - 5.45pm.
  • You don't need to book to park, however the car park is small so please arrive early if you have a timed ticket for the Avebury Manor Garden.  If the car park is full, please visit at another time.
  • 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, see map link below.
  • You will find parking for Blue Badge holders in the High Street car park, see map link below.
  •  Map of Avebury (PDF / 0.9MB) download  

 

Stone circles

The stone circles are open from dawn to dusk.   There is no charge to visit the stones and you are free to wander among them for as long as you wish.  We ask that you observe social distancing rules at all times.  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. 

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 tickets here for the Alexander Keiler Museum, Avebury Manor tours and entrance to Avebury Manor Garden.

Avebury Manor Garden

You can take a stroll around 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.  We advise booking to make sure you have a time slot to suit you, please book your tickets online via the link below - however it is not usually necessary to book unless you are visiting at the weekend or during the holidays.

Upon arrival please bring your ticket (and membership card if applicable) to the Visitor Reception in the Barn.

Access for everyone
If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can now book a carers ticket at the time of booking, free of charge.

Avebury Manor guided tours

'Glimpses of Avebury Manor' guided tours are available at 11am, 1pm and 3pm (Fri-Sun only and subject to volunteer availability).  These are led by our experienced volunteer guides and take about an hour.  Please go to the Visitor Reception at the Barn to purchase your ticket.  Please note that manor tours are not bookable in advance.

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.  This is a small space, so visitor numbers will be limited to ensure social distancing. Please go to the Visitor Reception at the Barn to purchase your ticket and please note that the museum can’t be booked in advance.

 

Circles Restaurant

The Circles Restaurant is open for light refreshments, please see the menu on the 'Eating and Shopping' section below.  There is limited seating inside and picnic tables outside. 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.
There are perspex screens across the counters and we ask that only one person per party enters to place the order.  Please wear a face covering and register with Track and Trace when you enter.

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.   Please wear a face covering when entering, use sanitiser and abide by social distancing guidelines.

Toilets

The toilets are located behind the Barn in the Old Farmyard which is located next to the restaurant and a 10 minute walk from the visitor car park, they are open daily 10am-5pm. There are also toilets in the High Street which are open daily 10.30am-5pm.  Both are accessible with baby changing facilities. 

Further information can be found here

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Book a visit to Avebury Manor Garden

Avebury Manor Garden is open. We’ve introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. ​ To avoid disappointment, we advise booking in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and holidays. ​ Members book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can now book a carers ticket at the time of booking, free of charge.