Although this is the third largest complex of prehistoric standing stones in England, the three circles and three-stone ‘cove’ of Stanton Drew in Somerset are surprisingly little known. The Great Circle, 113 metres in diameter, is one of the largest stone circles in the country and has 26 surviving upright stones. Yet recent surveys have revealed that the circles and cove were just part of a much more elaborate and important ritual site than had previously been imagined.
Read more about the history of Stanton Drew Circles and Cove.
Before You Go
Access: Follow BS39 4EW for the circles and BS39 4EJ for the cove. View details.
Prices and Opening Times: A £1 entrance fee is charged by the landowner for the Stone Circles and access is at his direction. View details.
Parking: There is limited parking for the circles at the entrance to the stones field. Further parking for the cove can be found adjacent to The Druids Arms.
School Visits/Large Groups: The village has narrow roads that may not be suitable for large coaches.
Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present in the stone circle field therefore no dogs are allowed.
Other Information: An information leaflet is normally available at the site entrance or from The Druids Arms.
Plan a Great Day Out
Use the information panels provided to locate the Great Circle and the two smaller circles to the North East and South West.
A visit to the nearby Neolithic Tomb of Stoney Littleton Long Barrow also gives you another opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside.
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