West Kennet Avenue, Avebury

View of standing stones along the avenue in low sunlight
An aerial view of West Kennet Avenue

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours

Address:

Avebury, Marlborough, Gloucestershire, SN8 1RD

Before You Go

An 'avenue', originally of around 100 pairs of prehistoric standing stones, raised to form a winding 1 1/2 mile ritual link between the pre-existing monuments of Avebury and The Sanctuary. Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

West Kennet Avenue is in the freehold ownership of The National Trust and in English Heritage guardianship. It is managed by The National Trust on behalf of English Heritage, and the two organisations share the cost of managing and maintaining the property.

Read more about the history of West Kennet Avenue.

Before You Go

Parking: Free parking is available in the layby at the south end of the avenue on the B4003. Alternatively park in the National Trust car park in Avebury village, which is free for English Heritage members.

Dogs: Sheep may be grazing the site, so please keep dogs on leads.

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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, West Kennet Long Barrow, Windmill Hill, The Sanctuary and Silbury Hill.

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

 

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

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