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This is the largest and one of the most spectacular stone circles in the world, it certainly eclipses Stonehenge, for not only is it older, but you are able to wander around the stones unhindered by protective ropes as is the case at Stonehenge. Thus the visitor can delight in giving themselves up to the mystery and atmosphere of the site, enjoying to the full unhewn stones in attractive natural shapes, hauled thousands of years ago from the Marlborough Downs.
For years the history of the stones has remained a mystery, Archaeologists have pondered at the purpose of the stones, and perhaps all of this is part of their appeal. However, it can now be said with some certainty that the stones came from the Marlborough Downs, but their purpose continues to perplex - maybe they were something to do with pagan rituals or sun worship - whatever, a visit here is truly uplifting, spiritual and rewarding.
The circle, standing inside a great bank of earth stretches to almost 1500 feet in diameter, it is an awesome sight especially when seen against a background of autumnal mist rising across the meadows. Dappled sunlight casts a kind of magic over the site, but whatever the weather this is a site where you can give full reign to your imaginings, your mind wandering back to the mysterious times when this once barren landscape was populated by Bronze and Iron-Age settlers.
Visitors to Avebury will find it pleasant to walk to nearby Windmill Hill, here you can view a causewayed camp dating to about 3700 BC, probably the oldest of its kind in Britain.
in the county of Wiltshire(0.8 miles, 1.2 km)
The village of Avebury is world famous for its spectacular stone circle, which some consider more spectacular than Stonehenge. The pretty village also has a 15th century church,.....
in the county of Wiltshire(4.9 miles, 7.8 km, direction E)
Dramatic chalk downs extend from Berkshire into rural Wiltshire, they are particularly rich in pre-historic remains and shelter a wealth of charming market towns and pretty.....
Gatherings of graceful medieval houses line the streets of Lacock..
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Avebury Manor is a 16th century manor house built on the site of an old monastery. The rich interior of the house shows original.....
Lacock is one of the most beautiful villages in England, with houses dating from the 15th-century to the 18th-century. At the.....