While the tour buses and snap-happy tourists make a beeline for Stonehenge, prehistoric purists head for the massive ring of stones at Avebury instead. Though it lacks the huge stones and dramatic trilothons of its sister site across the plain, Avebury is arguably a much more rewarding place to visit: it’s bigger, older and much quieter than Stonehenge, and judging by its huge scale, and its location at the centre of a complex of barrows, burial chambers and processional avenues, it may also have been a more important ceremonial site to its ancient builders.
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Small-Group Day Trip to Salisbury, Stonehenge and Avebury from London
Grab the opportunity to go on this small-group tour to learn about the unique history of the great British Empire, from the Stone Age to the Victorians. Journey back in time to a land of stone circles, burial chambers and hill forts to discover fascinating reminiscences like Stonehenge, Old Sarum Castle, Salisbury Cathedral and the huge stone circles at Avebury.