Avebury, Wiltshire

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury in Wiltshire is such a fabulous place to visit; not just for the circles of ancient stones, which are the stars of course!

Font at Parish Church of St James, Avebury
Font at Parish Church of St James, Avebury

The main street has some beautiful houses, you can look down a well inside the Red Lion pub and the parish church is well worth a visit. I especially love the font, which may date from Saxon times and is decorated with a 12th century carving of (probably) Christ trampling two dragons. About a mile from Avebury is neolithic Windmill Hill, the largest known causewayed enclosure in Britain – take the footpath from the churchyard via Avebury Trusloe.

Avebury Manor was magical at Christmas. The National Trust always deck it out well for the season and I love the Manor’s laid-back attitude to visitors who are encouraged to don period hats and climb into the reproduction beds!

Avebury chinese wallpaperI love that the volunteers raised the enormous sum needed to commission another gorgeous-smelling hand-crafted rush mat (made by Rush Matters) for the Tudor bedchamber. The hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the Governor of Jamaica’s dining room is full of surprises and Keiller’s 1930’s parlour is a joy.

We are so lucky being less than 10 miles from a such a precious world heritage site. Do visit in 2015!

Avebury Signpost
Avebury Signpost

Get in touch with Woods For The Trees while you are in the area. The initial consultation is free!

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