Avebury Manor and Gardens
If you’re visiting the historic village of Avebury and the Neolithic Avebury stone circles - don’t leave without visiting Avebury Manor & Gardens.
Avebury Manor House
Avebury Manor House is privately occupied but owned by the National Trust and is partly open to the public.
Avebury Manor House itself dates back to Tudor times but has seen many other influences and adaptations since then. It is thought that it was built on the site of a Benedictine Priory, but became a private house sometime after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1411. Avebury House became the subject of the TV programme ‘The Manor Reborn’ in 2011 which followed the extensive refurbishment by the National Trust and period experts. There are nine key rooms which can be visited and they are decorated in five different period styles:
- Queen Anne
- 20th Century
As such, Avebury House is an ideal place to examine changes in style and fashion. For example there are two differently styled dining rooms: one is refurbished in the Tudor style, and the other in Georgian, and they are both very different. The National Trust has also worked really hard to bring the history to life and it really is great for little ones. You can sit on the furniture, get into the beds, open draws and cupboards and listen to music as you explore the house.
Avebury Manor Garden
The Avebury Manor Garden is series of garden rooms and walkways, each with a different theme. This year the National Trust are introducing picnic blankets and deck chairs in some of the gardens – so do feel free to take a picnic and sit back and relax. Alternatively if you fancy something a bit more special, you can always visit the Avebury Manor Tea Rooms and enjoy a cream tea.
If you are planning to visit Avebury Manor & Gardens please check the National Trust website for up to date opening times and admission prices before you go.
If you have an interest in historic churches, do also visit the Saxon Church next to Avebury Manor House with its Saxon and Norman features and its Norman Font.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for accommodation in the area, why not stay at the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge? Located conveniently just off the A303 it is a perfect place to visit the many local attractions in the area. With a great selection of contemporary rooms, family rooms and accessible rooms, you will be sure to find something to suit your requirements. It also boasts the Solstice Bar & Grill which is renowned for its great menus and breakfasts, perfect for a hard days sight seeing!