Avebury and Stonehenge
Oldbury Tours will meet you at your accommodation or arrival point.
A typical day will begin at the Sanctuary near Avebury for a general introduction to the prehistory of the British Isles. This will help put the sites we are going to visit into the wider context.
From the Sanctuary you can see prehistoric monuments that cover a four thousand year period from Windmill Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow at c.3,600BC via Silbury Hill, c.2,400BC, Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hillfort to remnants from the Roman period of the early centuries AD.
We then walk some (or all) of the West Kennet Avenue into Avebury for a tour of the henge and stone circles. From here we will visit Adam and Eve, Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow.
After this fascinating morning we have a number of options that we will discuss prior to our tour. We have listed two here but items are interchangeable.
Option 1 – Lunch and museum
Lunch will be at one of the many fantastic pubs in the region, a cafe in Devizes or, if weather permits, a picnic on the downs.
We spend forty minutes in the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes looking at the many treasures discovered within the UNESCO World Heritage Site focusing on Stonehenge and Avebury. We will then drive through the Pewsey Vale perhaps stopping at the All Cannings modern Long Barrow and a Saxon church before reaching the Stonehenge region.
After visiting Durrington Walls and Woodhenge we will go to Stonehenge itself.
Option 2 – Michelin starred lunch
(only available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) – add c. £35 per head
We drive from Avebury through Lockeridge Dene to Adam’s Grave and Knap Hill. We will then visit Marden henge the scene of much recent archaeology and the Saxon Church at Alton Barnes.
Lunch will be at The Red Lion, East Chisenbury for a set lunch in this superb Michelin starred pub. After lunch we will visit the Stonehenge region including Durrington Walls, Woodhenge and Stonehenge itself.
Other Tour Options
There are many other possibilities to include on a full day depending on your interests and where you are staying. We have variously visited Windmill Hill, The Polissoir on The Ridgeway, Oldbury Castle, Marlborough, Devizes, Salisbury, Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta, Old Sarum, Avebury Manor, Lacock Abbey, the source of the Salisbury Avon and much more.
Whichever options we decide on Oldbury Tours will return you to your accommodation or departure point.
To fit everything in it is of course more comfortable to spend two days in the region which we have successfully organised on several occasions.
Why Choose Oldbury Tours?
Comfort & Convenience
Your driver guide, Laurence, will pick you up from your hotel or other place of choice. You will be driven between sites in a fully air-conditioned 7 seat car and taken back to your hotel or other place of choice at the end of the tour.
Fully Licensed & Insured
Your driver guide holds a private hire licence issued by Wiltshire County Council and is fully insured to operate as a driver guide. Oldbury Tours also have all the necessary Public Liability Insurance.
Oldbury Tours can design your tour for you but you can also have as much input as you like. Please ask and we will try to accommodate all of your requests. We are also happy to be flexible on the day if our conversation leads us somewhere. Nothing is set in stone!
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Design my own tour
f you have specific places that you want to see that aren’t listed then please get in touch. We will do our best to include everything and design the day you would like.
We are happy to consider any requests regarding places to visit or pick up and drop off locations. We have been asked to include many different places on our tours and have picked clients up from locations as diverse as London, Chepstow in Wales and Southampton Airport. We have even taken clients on hunts for ancestors in graveyards! Just ask and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.Enquire