Avebury: the Local Area
Avebury is like a magical playground with sacred sites, beautiful walks, history so far back the dates never agree and views to delight. Visitors come to walk, paint, run, dowse, picnic, cycle, explore, search the mystical path, visit crop circles, the white chalk hill horses and much more besides.
The Red Lion
Enjoy a meal at the Red Lion Inn at Avebury, the only inn in the world that is located inside a prehistoric stone circle. With views over the surrounding megalithic standing stones while you enjoy lunch! There is a small car park, or you can park in the national trust car park, handy if you are a member. Avebury dates back between 4000 and 2400BC.
The building dates back to the early 1600s, and were a farmhouse until 1802, when it acquired a license and became a coaching inn. Several ghosts are said to reside both within and without the ancient property, along with stories of the well inside the Red Lion.
Avebury High Street
The top end of the pretty High Street in Avebury, showing the sides of the Henge Shop and the local village shop. The field on the right hand side forms part of the "Henge Inner Circle" of the Avebury Stones. At the end of the High Street is a small post office, followed by the Red Lion Public House.
The Waggon & Horses
The Waggon and Horses is a quintessential and traditional thatched pub, built in 1669 with the foundation stones made of sarsen stone, which the locals believe to be from the Avebury stones.
Legend has it that the Waggon and Horses has two resident ghosts one of which is believed to be that of a previously landlady, in traditional white attire people have claimed to see her standing on the drinkers side of the bar although she is very harmless, the other is a Victorian Gent who stands at the fireplace, smoking a pipe with a little dog asleep beside him, people also claim that they have smelt the aroma of a pipe burning!
Walk to Windmill Hill
If you are looking for a fantastic country walk, Windmill Hill is believed to have been the area of the Neolithic dwelling site and is only a mile's walk from The Haven. Many artifacts taken can be found in museums in Avebury and Devizes.