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Family-friendly things to do at Avebury

Two children with wheelbarrows of apples
Apple Day | © National Trust/James Dobson

At Avebury we always have lots going on that can help you spend precious time together as a family. From trails to exhibitions, craft activities to guided tours, scroll down to see what is available this season.

Planning your family visit

  • Free entry for under 5s

  • Baby-changing facilities available

  • Children’s menu available at the café

  • Pocket money gifts and children’s books available in the shop

  • Picnic tables in the Old Farmyard


What you can do all year round

Explore Avebury Henge and Stone Circles

4,500 years ago, people living here built the largest stone circle in the world, with two smaller circles within it* and dug a 9m deep bank and ditch around the outer one.

You can enter the stone circle, touch the stones (but don’t climb), walk all the way around it, and take a walk along West Kennet Avenue, one of the two stone rows that led to (or from) the circles.

The stones is enclosed by fences, but be careful crossing the roads. Most of the year there are sheep grazing the grass.

*Stonehenge would fit within one of these smaller circles.

Discover Avebury Manor

Avebury Manor is unlike most other National Trust properties, as there are few restrictions on what you can do. Whilst we do ask you to be careful and respectful of the items on display, we also encourage you to sit on the chairs, handle the artefacts, and feel able to experience the manor in a tangible way.

Each room in the manor is furnished in the style of a different period, so you can experience what life was like from Tudor times until the 1930s.

Learn about Avebury in the Alexander Keiller Museum

All of the artefacts in the museum come from local excavations, many from the time of Alexander Keiller who dug at Avebury in the 1930s. Here you can find out more about the Avebury World Heritage Site and the Neolithic people who built their monument here.

What’s on for families September to December 2023

Celebrating William Stukeley

Celebrating 300 years of William Stukeley with an exhibition of his antiquarian drawings of Avebury in the Avebury Barn. The exhibition is on until 3 November.

There is also a children’s trail in the museum, can you find the little pictures of William Stukeley among the display?

Sculpture in the garden

A Sculpture Exhibition in Avebury Manor Garden. How many sculptures can you find? This adds an interesting and creative element to the garden, with a wide range of sculptural styles. From 2 September until 15 October.

Apple celebrations

Apple Celebrations in Avebury Manor Garden. Why not join us for lots of apply fun for all the family. There will be apple themed games, apple tasting and apple pressing – a great chance for some autumn outdoor activities. 21 and 22 October.

Throughout October half term, there will also be an apple themed trail in the Avebury Manor garden, with apple-themed activities to complete as you explore.

Christmas at Avebury

Mother and child opening a present by a Christmas tree
Christmas at Avebury Manor | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Avebury Manor

This Christmas Avebury Manor will be decorated in the theme of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ with hand-crafted ornaments throughout the manor (18 Nov - 1 Jan).

Storytime in Avebury Dovecote

Following the theme of 'Twelve Days of Christmas' there is a story-time for children in the Avebury Dovecote where little ones can listen to a magical tale and receive a Christmas gift (bookable).

Christmas Market in Avebury Barn

The Christmas market will take place on 2 and 3 December in Avebury Barn, there’ll be a lovely Christmas atmosphere with carols and music each afternoon and artisanal gifts and treats to inspire you.