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Learning at Avebury

Child and a National Trust Visitor Services Assistant in the museum at Avebury, Wiltshire
Child and a vsitor services assistant in the museum at Avebury | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Find out about bringing school groups to Avebury to learn more about the site and imagine how the huge stones of the circles at Avebury were brought here and put up by people with only the natural tools available to them around 4,500 years ago.

Educational visits

Avebury is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please email us at:

Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust places.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Walkers exploring the ancient stones at Avebury, Wiltshire
Walkers exploring the ancient stones at Avebury | © National Trust Images/Abby George

Interactive learning at the Museum

The Museum's Barn Gallery tells the story of the landscape through an interactive display with models and computers as well as objects to handle.

Hands-on at the Museum

Every summer we run archaeology afternoons which capture children’s imagination and allow them to get close to history. Check the events page of the website to find out when these are running.

Bringing history to life

A visit to Avebury will bring prehistory to life, with real artefacts, interactive exhibits and a Neolithic landscape to explore.

We offer a range of activities to suit various ages. Get in touch for more information or to organise your school visit.

Introductory museum talk

Request a 20-minute talk in our interactive Barn gallery, introducing your class to what life was like in prehistoric Britain. Charges apply.

Stone circle guided tour

Discover the secrets of the stones with a guided tour of the henge. In addition to an introductory talk, your group can learn about the history of the stone circles with an engaging and entertaining volunteer tour guide. Charges apply.

Explore the museum

Access to the museum is free of charge to prebooked education groups. The converted 17th-century Stables Gallery displays some of the objects recovered from the many archaeological sites in the area.

Education room

We have an onsite education room, which can be booked for classroom work, bag storage and as a space to eat packed lunches. The maximum capacity is 45 people.

Expert tours

We can arrange specialist talks with our experts for students studying archaeology or heritage management.

Further resources

To help you with pre-visit and post-visit work, take a look at the teacher's kit, provided by Wessex Archaeology which includes information sheets and activity resources.

Please note: some of the practical information is out of date, such as the prices and opening times, but it's still a useful resource.

Teacher’s kit

Check the Avebury website for correct opening times and price information.

Contact us

Email the education enquiry inbox: or call us on 01672 538 011

Low light casts long shadows across the Henge at Avebury, Wiltshire

Discover more at Avebury

Find out when Avebury is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.