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The Red Lion pub in Avebury, Wiltshire

The Red Lion pub on Avebury high Street, right in the middle of the Henge.
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Avebury Tourist Information Centre

Avebury Chapel Centre,
Green Street, Avebury SN8 1RE.

Tel: +44 (0)1672 539179

April - October: every day 9.30 am - 5 pm.

November - March: Thursday - Sunday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
Avebury
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Disabled access
There is wheelchair access to the Alexander Keiller Museum, its toilets and restaurant, and parts of the Stone Circles.

Access to other historical sites by slippery-when-wet chalk footpaths. The local hills are not very steep, though there is about 100 metre difference between the lowest and highest points in the area.

There is a free disabled car park in the centre of Avebury and a number of free roadside "lay-by" parking places close to the main sites.

Avebury Tourist Information Centre
(address above) can provide many services, including:
sign language interpreter, RNID Hearing Loop, a scale model of Avebury for visually impaired people, expert local information and tours, accommodation booking, information on local public transport, walks and cycling routes, literature on attractions and places of interest.

Wheelchair hire
Wheelchairs available at the Alexander Keiller Museum
for use in the museum and parts of the stone circle.

Tel: +44 (0)08457 48 49 50

Toilet facilities
Disabled toilets at the Alexander Keiller Museum
and at the Tourist Information Centre.
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Eating and drinking
The Red Lion pub
Avebury High Street.

The 17th century farmhouse has been a public house since 1822. Traditional English pub with character (said to be haunted). Suitable for families. Two bars, a large dining room and benches and tables outside. Extensive menu. Also offers bed and breakfast.

The Circle Restaurant at the Alexander Keiller Museum,
off Avebury High Street.

The The National Trust's only vegetarian restaurant, specializing in vegan and gluten-free dishes, using organic and local produce. Opening times the same as the museum.

Waggon and Horses
16th century pub in the nearby village of Beckhampton, 1.5 km southwest of Avebury.

A real ale pub which serves food at lunchtime and evenings. Famous for being mentioned in Charles Dicken’s novel Pickwick Papers, and as a centre for Crop Circle fans during the 1980s and 90s.
 
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Shopping
Avebury Community Shop
Hope Cottage, High Street, Avebury.

A local intiative, opened in March 2009 following the closure of Avebury post office. It sells groceries (including freshly baked bread, homemade cakes, eggs and milk), household goods and confectionery as well as providing the usual postal services.

It is inspiring to see a community supporting their local shop in an age when too many village stores are closing due to changing demographics and the threat posed of huge shopping centres. Hope Cottage is a great address for the shop. We wish them good luck.

Tel: +44 (0)1672 539 200    www.aveburyshop.co.uk

The Henge Shop
High Street, Avebury.

Housed in a row of medieval cottages, the Henge Shop offers souvenirs and gifts, including clothing, jewellery and books on historical, spiritual and pagan subjects. They also organize guided tours. A friendly and attactive shop with good quality products at modest prices. They also use fair trade or local suppliers wherever they can.

Opening hours: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm

Tel: +44 (0)1672 539 229    www.hengeshop.com

Avebury Tourist Information Centre
(address and details above) sells maps, guide books, postcards,
souvenirs, local crafts, crop circle information and memorabilia.

They also provide many services, including:
sign language interpreter, RNID Hearing Loop, a scale model of Avebury for visually impaired people, expert local information and tours, accommodation booking, information on local public transport, walks and cycling routes, literature on attractions and places of interest.

The Old Granary museum shop at the Alexander Keiller Museum,
off Avebury High Street, sells souvenirs and books on archaeology.
 
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Accommodation
The Lodge vegetarian bed and breakfast, Avebury, Wiltshire

The Lodge vegetarian bed and breakfast on Avebury high Street.

The Red Lion Pub (see eating and drinking above).

The Lodge vegetarian bed and breakfast
High Street, Avebury, Wiltshire SN8 1RF.

A handsome 18th century house, once home of the banker, politician and archaeologist
Sir John Lubbock, first Baron Avebury, who owned much of the village and Henge.

Elegant, comfortable rooms from £80 per night. All rooms overlook the Henge.

Tel: +44 (0)1672 53 90 23    www.aveburylodge.co.uk

On the website you can also book a two hour tour of Avebury
and the surrounding sites for £75.

The New Inn Bed and Breakfast
Winterbourne Monkton.

A former pub, 2 km north of Avebury on the A4361.

Tel: +44 (0)1672 53 92 40    www.thenewinn.net

Manor Farm
High Street, Avebury.

Comfortable red brick farmhouse with views of the Henge.

Single room £60, double room £80 per night.

Tel: +44 (0)1672 53 92 94

The Old Forge
East Kennett, Avebury.

A beautifully restored former smithy, 2 km (1 mile) southeast of Avebury.
All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers.

Tel: +44 (0)1672 86 16 86

Many private houses in and around Avebury
also offer bed and breakfast accommodation.

Local National Trust staff can provide information about accommodation,
including self-catering and camping.

English Heritage in association with Active Hotels
provide accommodation information and online booking.
Prices start from £47 per room per night.
In English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
English Heritage benefits from the bookings.
 
Articles and photos: © David John 2005-2015

Many thanks to Mark Mallett, my host and guide in Wiltshire.

Some of the information and photos in this guide to Avebury
first appeared in 2005 on www.davidjohnberlin.de.

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