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The awe-inspiring stone circle of Avebury, a few miles north of Stonehenge, is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, and rightly so, but unlike its more famous neighbour, Stonehenge, is unfenced. On this walking tour of the site, you will be able to wander freely among the stones.

Unique to this guided tour is the sense of being in an ancient and sacred place; the combination of the natural and historic sights is simply spectacular.

The Story of Avebury: (10,000 years in 60 minutes) Explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury – home of the largest stone circle in Britain – in the company of an author and Megalithic academic.

In this low-level walking tour we’ll delve into Deep Time to explore the amazing history of Avebury. Meeting at the main car-park you’ll be guided around the Avebury site by a lecturer, author and storyteller, who will bring alive the epic sweep of Prehistory in situ. The walk will circumnavigate the main circle of the stones, and will be divided into four sections:

PART 1: A LINE IN THE CHALK
We explore the first quarter of the Avebury circle, and delve 10,000 years into the past, as we look at the earliest activity in the area from the Mesolithic period (8500-4500 BCE). We’ll hunt and gather the evidence of the earliest human activity in the area, and spend time up-close-and-personal with the standing stones – a chance to tune into their energy and connect to ancient history if you wish!

Incredible trees once visited by The Lord of the Rings author, JRR Tolkien

PART 2:  ROLL OUT THE BARROW
We explore the second, most dramatic, quarter of the Avebury circle – with the most iconic megaliths, the mysterious obelisk, and the Goddess and Altar stones, plus the amazing beech grove with its offerings (a chance to spend a moment meditating within these incredible trees once visited by The Lord of the Rings author, JRR Tolkien). We explore the key period for the construction of Avebury (Neolithic 4500-2500 BCE), when the massive henge was created and the mighty sarsen stones transported and erected. We’ll also look at the Bronze Age (2500-800 BCE), when we start to see Round Barrows appear in the surrounding landscape.

PART 3: STONE-SMASHERS & ANTIQUARIANS
We move onto the picturesque third quarter of the Avebury circle, with its charming thatched barns – and the iconic Cove pair of stones. Here you’ll learn about the destructive Middle Ages – when there was a spate of stone-smashing, which ended disastrously! And then we’ll galloped ahead into the Early Modern Period, where we’ll meet the gentlemen antiquarians who first ‘discovered’ and surveyed the Avebury monument. We’ll learn of their fanciful theories, and you can decide how wide of the mark they were!

Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, in southwest England. One of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain, it contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world

PART 4: MR MARMALADE SAVES THE DAY
In the fourth quarter of the Avebury circle, we’ll bring the story up-to-date, from the Late Victorian to the Present Day. Weaving amongst the stone you’ll learn how the son of a ‘marmalade magnate’ saved the stones and radically transformed the village of Avebury – preserving it for future generations. You’ll be shown the picturesque National Trust section, with the Alexander Keiller Museum (entry not included), gift shop and tea rooms. Here we’ll end the tour, unless you wish to continue chatting over refreshments!

This walk is not about covering lots of distance, but about zooming in on the details – things that may easily be missed by the casual visitor. Each magnificent megalith will be observed up-close, and time will be allowed for connecting with the stones and for photo-opportunities.

*There will be an option afterwards for refreshments either at the National Trust tea rooms or The Red Lion. A village shop also sells snacks and drinks.

Activity: light. Slopes/steps. Suitable footwear recommended.
Duration: 90 minutes (including introductions and collection from car-park).

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This can easily be combined with a walking tour of Stonehenge and transport can be provided.

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Stonehenge could be called ‘Storyhenge’, for this Neolithic monument – ancient, mysterious and yet world-famous and one of the most photographed landmarks on the planet – attracts stories like a magnet does iron filings. In the absence of written records left by the original builders a plethora of narratives have accreted around the striking circle of megaliths, which stand taciturn and proud on Salisbury like so many cousins of the Easter Island moai. Long after the original architects had become part of the landscape themselves – cremated remains cooling within grooven earthenware beakers buried in post-holes, or entombed in long barrows – and long after living memory and oral tradition had faded, the stories moved in, claiming the stones for their own, like the resident population of jackdaws who nest in the nook and crannies of the trilithons: each story raucously claiming attention above the rest – Listen to me!…

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Celebrate as our ancestors have done for thousands of years inside the magnificent Megaliths of Avebury Stone Circle. Music, singing and some colourful ceremonies ensure a lively atmosphere at Avebury to mark the Winter Solstice Celebrations. Experience up close, one of the wonders of the world’s largest Stone Circle.

It’s an ad hoc celebration that brings together England’s New Age Tribes (neo-druids, neo-pagans, Wiccans)

SOLSTICE 21st DECEMBER 2020 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
Sunrise at Avebury Stone Circle
West Kennet Long Barrow
Traditional Pub Lunch
English Heritage Stonehenge visitor centre
Visit Stonehenge and witness the solstice sunset
Durrington Walls and Woodhenge
Luxury Mini Coach | London and Bath Departures.

Avebury Stone Circle dwarves Stonehenge and some parts of the complex are older than Stonehenge itself. First, we visit a 6000-year old tomb, the West Kennet Long Barrow, and enter the tomb itself. Back outside take in the wonderful views across the countryside to the world’s largest man-made prehistoric hill, Silbury Hill. West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic tomb or barrow, located near Silbury Hill close to Avebury in Wiltshire. It was built over five and a half thousand years ago and and important pilgrimidge site on the solstice.

Arguably West Kennet Barrow offers one of the most intimate experiences of any ancient site – you are allowed to enter the actual chambers of the barrow, but best to bring a torch with you if you want to see anything on the solstice.

Visit Avebury Stone Circle on the Winter Solstice
Avebury Henge is one of the Wonders of Ancient Britain. Originally, the megalithic complex consisted of over 700 standing stones and contained the world’s largest stone circle. Long and meandering stone avenues coursed for one and a half miles which led to the inner circles and the heart of the stone temple. Walk amongst the Stones with the Druids and Pagans absorbing the magic of the largest Stone Circle in the world at one of the most important times of year. Take time to reflect upon its powerful, mysterious presence and the ancient engineering and design.

“Unique to this guided tour is the sense of being in an ancient and sacred place; the combination of the natural and historic sights is simply spectacular.”

We then take the scenic historic route using the country lanes. As we meander through the countryside to Stonehenge, we pass famous white horses carved into the chalk hillsides and picturesque, tucked away villages. We stop at a traditional country Pub for lunch (included in price). Enjoy a local pint of ale or cider before our onward journey.

Then we will visit key archaeology sites including Durrington Walls, Woodhenge and The Cursus and learn more about the archaeological landscape and investigative work that has taken place in recent years.

Stonehenge is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset. This allows you to witness the sunsetting on the Solstice itself

“The big skies, striking views of the stone circle and sense of ancientness make the Stonehenge landscape a fine place for a truly magical guided tour”

Finally we arrive at the Stonehenge visitor centre. We allow time to explore the exhibition centre before a guided walking tour of the monument itself. Stonehenge is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset on December 21st. Witness the sun setting at Stonehenge from the ceremonial Avenue on the most important day of the Celtic Calander. We will be there for sunset!

Small group so book early!

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At Stonehenge Tours we’ve been working with our London travel partners and program Leaders to ensure that when you are ready to explore Britain again, our collection of small group tours for couples and solo travellers are ready for the new world (post covid-19) that awaits us.

Our exclusive Stonehenge private access tours allow you to walk amongst the Stones at sunrise or sunset when the monument is officially closed to the public.

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Responsible Tourism. We take extra care so you stay safe!

The safety of our travellers, tour leader, local guide and support staff has always been our top priority and with the new guidelines for public health and safety for keeping safe for destinations around the world, we’ve developed our plan to give you peace of mind when travelling with us.

If you are visiting Britain as a small group we can organise a private tour tailored to your interests, to help you have the perfect day exploring Stonehenge and beyond!

Our bespoke private tours are designed for families and small groups in our comfortable 8 seat vehicle, or for larger groups we can arrange small group tours in a 16 seat minibus.

Just contact us with your requirements! Let us help make your visit to Stonehenge unforgettable.

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  • Researchers created a 3D-printed scale model and broadcast ‘chirps’ at different frequencies
  • When Stonehenge was intact, the acoustics were more like a movie theater
  • The sound lingered, suggesting the unique sound effect was used while speaking or singing

A scale model of Stonehenge has been built to try and find out what early visitors to the monument would have heard more than 4,000 years ago.

Researchers discovered sound briefly lingered inside the model on the mid-frequency range.(University of Salford)

University of Salford academics recreated the ancient circle to find out how sound would have carried across all the original 157 stones in 2,200BC. The to-scale 1/12th model was made using 3D printing and custom modelling.

Prof Trevor Cox said the model gave an insight “into what our ancestors would have heard in the stone circles”.

“Now we know the voice would have been enhanced by being in that space,”…

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New prehistoric shafts have been discovered around Durrington Walls henge
Coring suggests the features are Neolithic, excavated over 4,500 years ago
It is thought the shafts served as a boundary to a sacred area or precinct

Thanks to the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, archaeologists at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire have discovered a larger prehistoric ring that consists of massive shafts. Just two miles from the ever-mysterious Stonehenge, a series of at least 20 shafts that are five-meter deep and 10-meter wide have been discovered and dubbed “Holehenge.”  The holes were found using non-invasive geophysical prospection and remote sensing in a series of surveys. Regularly spaced out, which has ruled out natural phenomena, the holes form a partial circle centering on the prehistoric Durrington Walls henge. Researchers think there could be as many as 30 of the holes and they have been radiocarbon dated using precision coring…

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Stonehenge offers one of the most enriching and essential visiting experiences in the country, especially if you’re an antiquarian at heart. Not only is it the best preserved and most beautiful monument in the country, with one of the most fascinating yet mysterious creation stories, it is also part of a sprawling landscape rich in neolithic history. Stonehenge, as fascinating as it is, is merely the jewel in the crown that is the Wessex landscape.

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Our expert guided tours unlock the mystery of the area. With 25 years of experience we offer a holistic experience that ties together both the history and myths of an extensive neolithic landscape, positively bulging with intrigue. Our flexible approach allows you to scalp your ideal experience, across a wide area and with a wide array of possible experiences.

The Ultimate Stonehenge Experience
Far more than just a pile of stones in a field, the monoliths of Stonehenge have been intriguing the world for centuries. Our expert guides can turn the amazing experience of seeing the stones for the first time, into an enlightening one. What is the purpose of the Stones? How long have they been here? How did the Stones come into public ownership?

Our guides are equipped with an extensive knowledge of the UNESCO world heritage site and are happy to answer any and every question you have. And beyond this, they are eager to edify you unprovoked.

Learn the latest theories on how our ancestors managed to transport some of the stones over 160 miles from South Wales. Learn about the Druid religion that still thrives today and places Stonehenge at the centre of its worship. Learn about how the Stones are connected to King Arthur and the wizard Merlin! All the facts and fiction are yours to learn when you experience Stonehenge with our guides…

…And the ultimate Stonehenge experience? Our VIP special access tours! At sunrise or sunset, once the crowds have departed, we offer you the opportunity to venture beyond the fences, amongst the stones themselves. With a guide in toe, revel in the beauty of monoliths up close whilst learning about the origins in depth.

Our exclusive Stonehenge private access tours visit Stonehenge before or after the monument is officially open to the public, missing all the crowds
Our exclusive Stonehenge private access tours visit Stonehenge before or after the monument is officially open to the public, missing all the crowds

Wessex and Beyond…
Our tours allow you to venture beyond the Stones themselves and enrich your neolithic knowledge. Wessex is home to a plethora of significant sites and our guides can help you discover them, weaving a more vibrant tapestry of the area’s history and myths. Why not take the short trip to the Cursus – once thought to be a chariot track leading to the Stones? Or the hundreds of burial mounds which litter the surrounding area? OR Why not visit Avebury stone circle on the same trip? Stonehenge is a lesser known cousin, yet no less drenched in intrigue.

Our bespoke tours allow you to create your own perfect trip, or let us create it for you with our expert knowledge of the area. With expert’s based in the area, as well London, we can create your dream trip – across the country. So where do you want to go?

Stonehenge | Woodhenge | Durrington Walls | Avebury Stone Circle | Bath City | Salisbury Cathedral | The Cotswold’s | Windsor Castle | Oxford | Winchester | Glastonbury | King Arthur’s Avalon | Hampton Court | Lacock Village | Highclere Castle | Downton Abbey |

We offer walking tours, college group tours, solo or family tours, astronomy tours, weddings and even helicopter flights! Whatever it is you want to do, it is worth asking us.

Stonehenge is one of the world’s most unique and memorable experiences – let us make it unique and memorable for you!

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Why Visit Stonehenge? Put simply – because it is one of the most ancient and sensory visiting experiences left in the UK. Stonehenge has been a site of religious significance since its inception over 5,000 years ago. Millennia of spiritual congregation have endowed the monument with energy and arcane effervescence. Since the 1990s we have helped modern pilgrims  absorb this latent energy which cascades from the stones and their surrounding environment in a multitude of excited ways, new and old. 

Ceremony within the inner circle of Stonehenge at sunrise. Connect with ancient traditions and feel the unadulterated intensity of Stonehenges earth-energies beneath your feet.

Ceremony within the inner circle of Stonehenge at sunrise. Connect with ancient traditions and feel the unadulterated intensity of Stonehenges earth-energies beneath your feet.

We have learned guides who are experts in tracing Stonehenges energies and helping you experience them. Stonehenge is believed to be an epicentre of earth-energy, with as many as 14 ley lines converging on the site. Ley lines are powerful channels of energy that connect places of ancient and primordial significance all across the country. This powerful, almost gravitational, energy the site gives off, could be the reason that our ancestors transported some stones 160 miles from South Wales. You can experience and track the ley lines of stonehenge by learning the ancient method of drowsing, one of the most direct methods of tracing the tracks of energy that converge on the site. Furthermore, these channels of energy are an excellent reason to extend your visit beyond the stones themselves. The ley line routes connect the UNESCO world heritage site directly with other sites of significance in the area. YOU can expand your search for ancient energies to nearby ancient burial mounds,  avebury stone circle or even as far as glastonbury, where you can also explore the ancient myths of the area with expert guides. Or, for lovers of true mystery, why not combine your visit to Stonehenge with a tour of local crop-circles – with Wiltshire boasting the highest density of the phenomena in the world. 

Harnessing the Power of Stonehenge Ley Lines. It is believed Stonehenge like many other power places emits energy and the ancients knew the power of the circle to focus and harness this energy. Photo taken at a crystal skull gatherin

Harnessing the Power of Stonehenge Ley Lines. It is believed Stonehenge like many other power places emits energy and the ancients knew the power of the circle to focus and harness this energy. 

The stones were built with an eye to the stars, with ancestors being keen astronomers. The stones themselves align perfectly with the sun at both midsummer and midwinter to render a magnificent spectacle. In this way, the stones are largely charged by the mysterious energies of the cosmos and we offer in depth astrology tours and full moon tours which examine the effects the stars have on the stones and ourselves. Or, for those who want to experience the true power of the Stones at close quarters, we offer the the opportunity to go inside the inner ring of the Stones at either sunrise or sunset. Away from the noise of the crowds, up close and personal, you can feel the unadulterated intensity of Stonehenges earth-energies beneath your feet.

The Stones also offer the opportunity for recharging; harvesting the power of the stones energy to improve your own wellness. Our guides are open-minded and can help you restore your energies in a variety of ways including crystal recharging, meditation groups, drumming ceremonies. For the ultimate experience, we can even arrange Handfasting at the stones, an ancient marriage ritual which involves a couple’s hands being placed together and bound with ribbon or cord, symbolising an eternal union. Even if you are a novice, between them our guides have an extensive knowledge of new-age practices and are happy to help you connect with ancient traditions in new and exciting ways. 

The British Druid Order has recorded a rise in its membership from 3,000 to 7,000 over the past decade- and so there has never been more people attuned to the arcane power of the hallowed site. We are capable of a wide array of spiritual experiences and are more than happy to answer any enquiries you might have surrounding what is possible. So why not experience Stonehenge first hand, for a truly holistic and unforgettable experience. 

Stonehenge Ley Lines and Earth EnergiesWhy Does it Attract ‘New Agers’?

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In the wake of the current Covid-19 pandemic public transport and big coach tours has become less of a safe prospect and unsurprisingly less appealing. Social distancing is now essential for the wellbeing of the general populace as well as essential in blunting the spike in new Coronavirus cases. It can be hard maintaining proper social distancing measures on large coach group tours, so for the good U.K tourism, we are offering our private guided  tour services as an alternative and crucially safe option. We take extra care so you stay safe!

A private guided tour is more flexible and often cheaper than a coach tour if you are travelling as a family or small group.

Ultimately, Travel in the UK can be as safe and enjoyable as it always has been. The UK

Our exclusive Stonehenge private access tours visit Stonehenge before or after the monument is officially open to the public, missing all the crowds.

Our exclusive Stonehenge private access tours visit Stonehenge before or after the monument is officially open to the public, missing all the crowds.

has an abundance of rural tourist destinations which are as beautiful and historically laden as any in the cities. If you follow the critical advice from health experts and book privately, it is easy to stay totally safe and have a fascinating vacation simultaneously. So why not take the private tour option this year or next  and keep your family safe, whilst still showing them the time of their lives!

Why risk it? Due to COVID-19 private hire transport is much safer than using crowed coach tours, especially with the fastidiously precautions we have put in place; going above and beyond the necessary precautions recommended by the government, whilst also providing a high quality of service and an extremely comfortable journey.

Private transfers allow for collection right from your hotel door, reducing the risk of exposure from low to near non-existent.

Advice from medical experts has recommended avoiding crowded public places.  One of the best ways to do this and still enjoy the rich delights of British tourism is to book yourself a private tour experience as opposed to crowded coach trips or making your own way on public transport. Here I hope to relay 5 key  benefits of a private tour, especially in the face of the worlds current Coronavirus fears.

  • Avoid busy coaches and crucially reduce exposure to the Corona virus. A fact to which I have already alluded, but it is a crucial one to remember. Coaches buy nature thrust one into close proximity with a large group of strangers. It is entirely possible to get coach tours refunded and switch to a private tour – a lot of 3rd party online companies will offer refunds as close to 48 hours before departure.
  • No need for public transport or busy coach stations – with collection straight from your hotel door. The coach station’s themselves, as well as train stations and underground stations, pose a similar risk to the public. Private tours allow for collection right from your door, reducing the risk of exposure from low to near non-existent.
  • Coach trips cause large crowds at various monuments. Numerous coaches arrive at the same time to create ‘peak times’, which again pose a risk in the current climate. A private tour has the luxury of choice. Avoiding these peak times will not only lower risk of exposure but also make for a more relaxed atmosphere at any given monument, leaving you in peaceto admire our cultural history.
  • Safety for the whole family. Private tours are ideal for keeping your children out of harm’s way. Private tours are perfectly suited to families, keeping everyone together with no one else to interrupt the family quality time, apart from an experienced and knowledgeable guide, whilst minimising the potential exposure of your children.
  • The flexibility of private tours allows for a more sequestered experience at every turn. Private tours are ideal for finding delightful rural places to enjoy lunch, in quiet village locations. Once again, you can avoid the often-hectic services on UKs motorways and cafés/restaurants near to monuments.

We have implemented the following actions to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Virus:

Our Licensed Driver / Guide… are fully briefed on the symptoms associated with Covid-19 and what is required of them to act with the utmost propriety. Before your vehicle even arrives, the vehicle will be sanitised internally and door handles will be cleaned. All drivers will have washed their hands thoroughly and will be wearing a face mask, at all times. Hand sanitiser will be provided, ready and waiting for all customers.

Our Insured Vehicles… have been specially adapted for your safety, with purpose-built Perspex divides installed between driver and passengers eliminating the risk of any contamination.

Picking you up… Your driver will not shake your hand – you will be asked if you would like your driver to load the luggage or if you would prefer to do this yourself. Unless all seats are required, you will be asked to sit in the rear of the vehicle, to maximise social distancing at all times. Our 9 seat minvans will be reduced to 7 seats for your safety.

Even After you have arrived at each of your tourist destinations your driver / guide will be busy meticulously repeating this process to the letter, while you can carry on your day with your peace of mind intact.

In these strange times, the safety of both our staff and our clients is of paramount importance, and, as always, the comfort of our clients remains at the heart of our business. These special safety measures have been brought in in addition to the abundance of premium tour services we offer.

Getting around safely is essential, so in this scary time don’t take unnecessary risks and travel in safety and luxury with us – professional, comfortable and most importantly safe. See you soon.

Due to this pandemic, the demand for private guided tours is increasing rapidly throughout this summer. BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR / TRANSFER NOW – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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Join us on a magical tour this summer solstice and be a modern day pilgrim. A once in a lifetime experience……

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Since our Neolithic ancestors erected Stonehenge thousands of years ago and exulted in its majesty, people have continued to gather at the hallowed stones. Centuries worth of pilgrimage and spiritual congregation have continued to endow the monument with meaning. All visitors, pilgrims and revellers connect with our ancestors and with the enigmatic and arcane origins of the stones, and ultimately give Stonehenge its primal energy and continuity that any visitor enjoys today.  In this piece, I wanted to examine the history of the pilgrimage associated with the monoliths and how the people who visit and celebrate in the presence of the stones are so important to its continued vitality.

A pilgrimage is ‘a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about the self, others, nature, or a higher good, through the experience.’  The aim of pilgrimage is spiritual…

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