Avebury (1), Wiltshire
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Avebury, Wiltshire, England, Great Britain

Avebury is known principally for the stone circle but it is also known that the stone circle is big enough to have part of the village within it and it is an attractive little village.

This part of the village is very near the church and Avebury Manor.

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Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire, England, Great Britain

This is part of the stone circle for which Avebury is famous. It is older, and much larger, than Stonehenge. Although it might appear that there is a carving on this particular stone it is actually caused by natural weathering.

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West Kennet Avenue, Avebury, Wiltshire, England, Great Britain

West Kennett Avenue was created around 2400 BC to link two existing sites, Avebury Stone Circle and the Sanctuary, which are one and a half miles apart. This view is looking along West Kennett Avenue with Avebury behind.

There were originally 100 pairs of standing stones although many of them are now destroyed but enough remain to impress the visitor.

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Silbury Hill, Avebury, Wiltshire, England, Great Britain

Silbury Hill, at 130 feet, is the highest man-made hill in Europe and covers about 5 acres at it's base. Carbon dating suggests that it was built around 2500 BC although nobody really knows why even though there have been a number of excavations to try and unravel it's mysteries.

There is a car park just to the West of the mound on the North side of the A4. It is signed so it should be easy to find and you can see that there is a footpath from here to Avebury.

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West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury, Wiltshire, England, Great Britain

Less than a mile South of Silbury Hill is West Kennet Long Barrow reached by an easy walk across fields. It is one of the many prehistoric monuments to be found around Avebury and is one of the most impressive and well-preserved burial chambers in Britain as well as being one of the most visited.

It is open at all times and anyone can walk in. You can see the entrance behind the row of large stone slabs.

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