Not far from Devizes Wharf lay the ancient stones at Avebury. You may plan to discover them on the way to or home from your boating holiday. They are free to visit and you can park in the National Trust carpark (which is free to NT and English Heritage members). Below is some information from English Heritage about the stones, and their links to other historical landmarks nearby.

Sheep grazing in Avebury Circle

Avebury henge and stone circles are one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. Built and much altered during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC, the henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain – originally of about 100 stones – which in turn encloses two smaller stone circles.

Avebury is part of an extraordinary set of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that seemingly formed a vast sacred landscape. They include West Kennet AvenueWest Kennet Long BarrowThe SanctuaryWindmill Hill, and the mysterious Silbury Hill. Many can be reached on foot from the village. The Alexander Keiller Museumalso displays many notable finds from the Avebury monuments. Together with Stonehenge, Avebury and its surroundings are a World Heritage Site.

Read more about Avebury’s history.

Avebury henge and stone circles are managed by The National Trust on behalf of English Heritage, and the two organisations share the cost of managing and maintaining the property.

Read the World Heritage Site Management Plan to find out more about the management of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.