This tiny village is the center of a wonderful concentration of prehistoric sites, including; Avebury complex, a massive circular bank and ditch surrounding settings of stone circles within the village, linked by avenues of standing stones leading towards West Kennet and the Sanctuary.
These stone circles were built around 2200BC. The henge at Avebury is 16 timed larger than Stonehenge. There is no restriction on access at this site, so you are free to wander amongst the stones and soak up the magical atmosphere. Avebury is more than just a stone circle, although this is its main feature. There is also a rampart, a ditch and two mysterious avenues. The rampart (bank) is on the outside, and then comes the ditch. They both have four entrances and enclose some twenty-eight acres. Inside these 'circles' is the stone circle itself. It once consisted of around one hundred natural uncut and "rough" stones. Inside this larger circle were once two smaller circles with only four stones of one of the smaller circles surviving. None of the stones in the other small circle are now standing.
It was so wonderful to walk up to the stones and be able to touch them. We were so surprised in all the time we spent here, we only saw 4 other people. We had brought coffee with us, so we sat and drank it as we had an everyday conversation in the middle of a historical place. COOL!