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Stonehenge Historic Landscape

Amesbury, nr Salisbury, SP4 7DE
Tel: 01980 623108 (Visitor centre EH) 01985 843600 (Open countryside NT)

Bridleway Photo © Jim Champion
Bridleway - Photo: Jim Champion CCL


Ancient ceremonial landscape with many archaeological features. The Trust owns 850ha (2100 acres) of downland surrounding the famous monument, including The Avenue, King Barrows Ridge, Normanton Down Barrows and the Cursus, variously interpreted as an ancient racecourse or processional way.

The Trust is now managing this historic landscape, which forms approximately one third of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, to conserve archaeology, increase access and balance the needs of modern agricultural practice with nature conservation.

Mounds Photo © Pam Brophy
Mounds: Stonehenge - Photo: Pam Brophy CCL


Recent additions to the Estate include Durrington Walls, and the lesser cursus on Greenlands Farm.

There are recommended walks and an archaeological leaflet (£1) obtainable from the leaflet dispenser in the car park or from the NT Wessex office (add 50p p&p).

Discount National Trust Membership

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Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow

Silbury Hill Photo © Jim Champion
Silbury Hill - Photo: Jim Champion CCL


Just south of Avebury, and generally considered part of the overall Avebury temple "complex," stands Silbury Hill.

In a county full of prehistoric "mosts," Silbury Hill is yet another: The tallest man-made prehistoric mound in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.

Rising like a shallow, flat-topped cone from the fields, it stands 40 meters high and covers about five acres, with a base 1640 feet in circumference. More..

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