Avebury

North Wessex Downs Icons

Avebury

Containing the largest and one of the most important megalithic stone circles in Europe, The UNESCO World Heritage site of Avebury in Wiltshire is a very special place within the North Wessex Downs AONB. Constructed around 2600 BC, archaeologists believe that it was part of a larger prehistoric landscape containing several older monuments within the AONB, including West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill. Today, Avebury is still an important place for contemporary Pagan religions, where publicly performed rites attract large crowds particularly around summer solstice.


North Wessex Downs