Learning at Avebury
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.
Avebury is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
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.
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.
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.
We can arrange specialist talks with our experts for students studying archaeology or heritage management.
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.
Check the Avebury website for correct opening times and price information.
Visiting Avebury and the surrounding landscape is a unique experience. The area contains multiple Neolithic and Bronze Age features including the largest stone circle in the world which you can enter and explore.
The garden is arranged as a series of 'rooms', each with an individual character. The garden is open all year so you can explore every season. With herbaceous borders, topiary and an orchard it’s an ideal place to relax.
Discover artefacts from archaeological excavations in the museum. Step inside the large threshing barn and see the 16th-century dovecote near the wildlife pond.
Find out more about the history of the area including research from two archaeological and geophysical surveys in 2017. Discover new findings at this important site.
The Circles Restaurant serves lunches, cakes, snacks and drinks. Visit the National Trust shop for sustainable products and gifts, or browse Cobblestones second-hand bookshop.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.