The south-western county of Wiltshire is best known for its stunning natural landscapes, but equally enchanting is its wealth of prehistoric sites. The rural county is popular with walkers, for obvious reasons, but it also attracts a good number of history buffs. While Stonehenge is undoubtedly the county's most famous attraction, Avebury Circle is equally fascinating. With no shortage of exquisite hotels in Wiltshire, the county firmly deserves its reputation as one of the finest holiday spots in the United Kingdom.
Avebury Stone Circle
The National Trust managed site of Avebury Stone Circle is the world's largest prehistoric stone circle, and the outer circle actually encompasses the entire village of Avebury. Built sometime in the third millennium before the common era, historians are generally agreed that the large yet intricate formation served some type of ritualistic purpose.
The Neolithic stone circle stood almost abandoned for a long period of time, before becoming the central point of a new village in the Early Middle Ages. Though part of the structure was destroyed in the building process, it was carefully reconstructed in the 20th Century.
The Museum at Avebury Stone Circle
Visitors to Avebury Stone Circle today don't just get to see this mystical stone formation, they also have access to an excellent museum too. The Alexander Keiller Museum is split into two parts. In the stables, visitors can peruse a range of interesting archaeological treasures from the surrounding area. Over in the 17th century barn, there are interactive displays and a number of kids' activities.
The range of facilities at Avebury Circle make it a simple addition to any itinerary. Visitors can expect a café, gift shop and picnic area. There's ample parking on the site and dogs on leads are welcomed. There are also disabled facilities.
Hotels in Wiltshire
The rural county of Wiltshire is packed with great places to stay, from large luxury hotels to intimate bed and breakfasts. The village of Avebury itself is home to the Avebury Life B&B, a small and welcoming place to stay just minutes from the stone circle.
Visitors in search of a traditional hotel can head to nearby Devizes, which is home to a number, including The Black Swan Hotel and The Castle.