Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the pretty village of Avebury in Wiltshire. It also happens to be between my Mum’s house and ours so we often stop off on the way home. Exploring Avebury Stone Circle with children is a great day out as there is so much to see and do so I thought I would tell you about our latest trip.
Exploring Avebury Stone Circle with children
Avebury comprises of a large henge (a bank and a ditch) with a large outer stone circle and two separate smaller stone circles inside the centre of the monument. Much of the site is now owned by the National Trust although it is also a village. You pretty much have to pay to park in the large National Trust car park and walk to the historic site as there is no parking in the village.
The village is very small and runs through the centre of the henge. You can’t miss any of it as, unlike Stonehenge, the stones at Avebury are really accessible and you can walk round them. I love this period of history and luckily my children agree. We all find Avebury a really magical place, especially on a lovely sunny day.
The National Trust have built a museum as well as cafe, toilets, shop and more which means you can find out more about the historic site. They run lots of events at Avebury and on our last visit had children’s games out in a huge grassy area to keep them busy.
The village has some beautiful houses and it must be strange living in such a historic landscape. We noticed this rune had been chalked on the side of one of the houses, a sign that some people still come to worship at this historic site.
More standing stones can be found on the road from Avebury, past West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill, towards Marlborough. It’s part of a really impressive historic landscape which is great for exploring.