The largest artificial 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 free parking for around 15 cars. There are no designated disabled spaces and it cannot accommodate coaches or minibuses.
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.
English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
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.
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