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Avebury with it's circle of standing stones is less well known than Stonehenge but nevertheless a fascinating place. It also has several advantages: As it is less well known it attracts less visitors, meaning it is not as crowded as Stonehenge can sometimes be. While you are kept away from the stones in Stonehenge you can walk right next to them in Avebury (apart from a very few who are in danger of falling).
Avebury consist of a large stone circle with a surrounding ditch and bank. Within the large circle are several smaller circles. Below left you can see part of one of the inner circles with the outer circle and bank in the background. Below right you can see part of the circle and the ditch, in the background some of the houses of the village. Some houses are actually in the circle...
Inner and outer circle Stones and ditch
Three stonesOn the left three well preserved stones of the stone circle. Unfortunately a lot of the stones have been lost over the centuries. Several of them have been broken up and been used in the houses of the village, until the importance of the monument was recognised and this practice stopped. The big stoneTo the right one of the largest remaining stones. I estimate it to be around 15 ft / 5 metres high.
Below in the centre of the picture the Red Lion, probably the only pub in the world in the middle of a stone circle. For food a lot of people also recommend The Circle Restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant just outside the circle in the village.
Village in the circle The Red Lion in the stone circle
If you have a fast connection (or a enough time) you can view two QuickTime VR panoramas. Two views from different points:

For more information about Avebury try the National Trust page for Avebury

Silbury Hill Silbury Hill behind a field of rapeseed
Above two pictures of Silbury Hill, about a mile from Avebury stone circle. Silbury Hill was built around 2700 BC and is the largest prehistoric mound in Europe. Its purpose is still not entirely clear, despite more than two centuries of investigation...