Pubs Near Avebury
The World Heritage Site of Avebury attracts visitors from around the world, all eager to see the enormous neolithic henge monument.
Many of our wonderful Wiltshire pubs are nearby, where you can sample our impressive range of award-winning Butcombe beers and re-fuel with a satisfying classic pub meal made with local ingredients.
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Pubs And Inns Near Avebury
After a busy day exploring everything Avebury has to offer, you will find many of our Wiltshire pubs within close proximity, offering the perfect place to have a bite to eat or a refreshing drink after exploring this ancient monument.
The Bear Inn
In the heart of the historic market town of Cirencester, you’ll find The Bear Inn, home to hand-pulled beers and ales, locally-sourced modern twists on pub classics, a beautiful beer garden for alfresco dining and drinking and a crackling open fire.
Whether you’re stopping by for a quick pint, short snack or something more substantial after visiting Avebury, you’ll find your favourite classic pub dish at The Bear Inn.
Settle in front of the cracking open fire at The Crown pub in Dyrham with a pint of Butcombe real ale. With its rustic stone-clad interior, authentic wooden beams, and a beautiful beer garden, you can be sure of a relaxing drink at The Crown after a busy day in Avebury. Sample the comforting menu at the on-site restaurant, chock-full of pub classics, with options for all dietary requirements, and the pickiest eaters.
The Horse & Groom
A grade II-listed pub located in the picturesque village of Charlton, The Horse & Groom pub-restaurant dates back to the 16th century and retains many charming original features, including its beautiful flagstone flooring and open fireplace. With a top-notch food menu and tasty beer selection, there’s something to tickle all taste buds, and with a tree-sheltered lawn and sun-trap paddock, the pub offers plenty of space for al fresco drinking and dining after a trip to Avebury.
The King’s Arms
The King’s Arms pub is a charming, 18th-century inn located in picturesque Melksham. Whether you’re stopping by after a visit to Avebury to sample their hand-pulled real ales, enjoy their menu of seasonal, home-cooked food or while away the hours in their inviting beer garden, you can be sure a very warm welcome awaits you.
The Methuen Arms
Formerly a nunnery, The Methuen Arms pub was transformed into coaching inn and brewery from 1608, full of history and character. With a passion for great food and drink at its core, the pub serves up a mouth-watering menu of food lovingly made with ingredients sourced from its kitchen garden. It also boasts a tasty range of award-winning beers and ales, perfect for sipping al fresco style in the pub’s spacious beer garden after a lovely day at Avebury.
The Northey Arms
Located in beautiful Box on the outskirts of Bath, The Northey Arms is a stunning pub and inn steeped in history, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re passionate about great food and drink, with an all-day food offer focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce and hearty pub classics. Behind the bar you’ll find plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer and cider, and a wide range of wine and cocktails. A haven for families, walkers, cyclists and locals fresh from a visit to Avebury, The Northey boasts a large beer garden, an extensive children’s play area and huge carpark.
The Quarrymans Arms
The Quarryman’s Arms inn is a family-friendly country pub located in picturesque Box Hill. The boozer offers a mouth-watering menu featuring pub favourites made with the finest seasonal produce, as well as award-winning pies and sausage rolls and the best Sunday roast in the area. Behind the bar, you’ll find a delicious selection of ales, craft beers, local ciders and wines, while outside the pub’s newly-covered and heated beer garden is an ideal place to unwind after a visit to Avebury.
The White Hart
Located in the village of Wroughton, The White Hart gastropub is a stunning thatched pub boasting bags of character. With traditional and charming pub interiors, large beer gardens, a menu packed with tasty seasonal dishes and a bar stocked with award-winning Butcombe ales, it has everything you need to recharge after a tiring day stomping around Avebury.
A Brief History Of Avebury
The stone circle at Avebury was constructed and adapted over many centuries, with it widely accepted that work began around 3000BC.
The purpose of the Avebury monument (and many other neolithic sites such as Stonehenge) is often the subject of debate, though many experts agree that it is likely that they were created as areas for ceremonies or rituals.
In the periods that followed, Avebury was targeted on multiple occasions. In the early 14th century, many of the stones were toppled by locals who believed that they were linked to the devil. By the 19th century, most of the stones had been removed – either due to the religious beliefs already stated, or had been broken down and used as building materials for nearby projects.
The Avebury Stone Circles
Avebury is a henge monument, with a diameter measuring almost 350 metres. The henge is not perfectly circular and the height fluctuates, indicating that it was excavated simultaneously in different sectors.
Outer Stone Circle
The Outer Stone Circle has a diameter of 330 metres and originally consisted of approximately 30 standing stones. It is the largest stone circle in the world.
Inner Stone Circles
Two additional stone circles are situated towards the middle of the Avebury monument. Although considerably smaller than the Outer Stone Circle, they are both substantial. The Northern Inner Stone Circle has a diameter of 98 metres, while the Southern Inner Stone Circle boasts a diameter of 108 metres.
There are two avenues at Avebury. The West Kennet Avenue, much of which still remains, begins at the southeastern entrance to the henge. The Beckhampton Avenue has only traces remaining, and begins at the henge’s western entrance.
Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, Silbury Hill is a chalk mound that dates back to approximately 2500BC. It is estimated that more than 500,000kg of chalk and soil was used to create it, making it the largest artificial mound in Europe.
Despite dominating the immediate landscape and attracting visitors in their droves, no-one knows why Silbury Hill was ever built.
West Kennet Long Barrow
West Kennet Long Barrow is a neolithic tomb which makes up part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.
Although it is in excess of 5,000 years old, estimates suggest that it was only used as burial space for somewhere between 20-50 years.
The remains of more than 30 human skeletons have been excavated from the site, with experts using cutting-edge technology to determine that they all died in a relatively short period of time, and may have even died at the same time.
Avebury Manor House
As the name suggests, Avebury Manor House is a manor house that dates from the 16th century and is Grade I listed.
Situated less than 500 metres from Avebury Stone Circle, the manor house has been occupied by many famous names throughout the years.
Having been restored by Alexander Keiller in the 1930s, the manor house faced destruction in the 1950s during a time when scores of manor houses throughout the country were being demolished and rebuilt by their owners.
Fortunately, Avebury Manor House survived, and after changing hands several times in the subsequent decades, came under National Trust ownership in 1991.
Avebury Manor Garden
Adjoined to Avebury Manor House is the Avebury Manor Garden.
The garden has been designed to appear as a series of “rooms”. In alphabetical order, they are: Church Garden, East Garden, Half Moon Garden, Kitchen Garden, Lions Walk, Monks Garden, Orchard, South Lawn and Topiary Garden.
As the seasons change, so do the gardens, so if you can visit on more than one occasion throughout the year, you will be greeted by an ever-changing selection of annual plants.
Although Avebury is undoubtedly well-known for its stone circles, the village itself is a sight to behold.
In addition to Avebury Manor House, this delightful Wiltshire villages boasts two additional Grade I listed buildings.
St James’ Church and The Great Barn are both fine architectural examples from their respective eras, while Beckhampton House, West Kennett House and the Waggon & Horses pub have received a host of accolades between them, including being described as “picturesque” by Historic England.
Avebury On Screen
The stone circles of Avebury and the village have appeared on TV on multiple occasions.
During the 1970s, they were featured in Lucifer Rising, Children of the Stones and an episode of A Ghost Story for Christmas.
The stone circles were also featured in a movie from 1998 called “Still Crazy”, while in 2002 both the stone circles and the local village pub appeared in an episode of “Most Haunted”.