Silbury Hill, Avebury

Ground level view of Silbury Hill, Avebury
Silbury Hill in the snow

Free Entry

Viewing area open during reasonable daylight hours. Strictly no access to the hill itself.

Address:

West Kennett, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1QH

Before You Go

The largest man-made mound in Europe, mysterious Silbury Hill compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids. Probably completed in around 2400 BC, it apparently contains no burial. Though clearly important in itself, its purpose and significance remain unknown.

Silbury Hill is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Read more about the history of Silbury Hill.

Before You Go

Parking: There is a free car park adjacent to the hill.

Other Information: Information panels in the viewing area give insight into the history and construction of this fascinating structure.

Please Be Aware: There is no public access to the hill in order to protect the site and its sensitive archaeology.

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Plan a Great Day Out

The best way to explore Avebury and its various sites is on foot. You should wear appropriate footwear and prepare for the weather.

Begin your visit at the Alexander Keiller Museum to find out about the six sites within the care of English Heritage and their significance, including Avebury Stone Circle, The Sanctuary, West Kennet Avenue, West Kennet Long Barrow and Windmill Hill.

Toilets and a cafe are available near the museum in Avebury.

 

 Silbury Hill Timeline

Late Neolithic, about 2470 BCOrigins

The hill begins as a small, low mound of gravel, perhaps brought from the river Kennet.

Find out more about the history of Silbury Hill

About 2350 BCConstruction Completed

After about 100 years the hill is completed as a much larger mound, surrounded by a massive ditch.

Drawing of neolithic mound surrounded by a ditch with an internal bank
The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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