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London: Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury Small Group Tour

1. London: Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury Small Group Tour

Visit the mysterious Stonehenge and the World Heritage Site of Avebury. Head out from London on a full-day trip to King Arthur’s realm! Learn the facts and fiction about King Arthur and the mystical Isle of Avalon. Explore ancient stone circles in the Kingdom of Wessex, including Avebury and the iconic Stonehenge. The day begins as you make your way to Stonehenge. Your guide will tell you about the 5,000 years of Stonehenge history and about the theories and ideas that scholars continue to debate. Was the site an astronomical clock, a calendar, a place of worship, or a burial place for the elite? You can ponder the theories as you walk around the stones and admire the views. Continue west to Celtic lands, toward the Isle of Avalon and mystical Glastonbury. Stop at the famous Glastonbury Tor. Descend to the Chalice Well Gardens to hear about the legend of Joseph of Aramathea and the chalice from the Last Supper. Your final stop on this small group tour is the World Heritage Site of Avebury. Not just unusual due to its size (Avebury is home to the largest Stone Circle complex in the world), but also because it is the only Stone Circle with a village built in the middle of it. Here, enjoy a guided walk and some free time to explore this fascinating site before your return to London.

From London: Avebury and Stonehenge Small-Group Tour

2. From London: Avebury and Stonehenge Small-Group Tour

On this day trip from London, visit the medieval village of Avebury, ringed by the largest stone circle in the world. Enjoy free time to explore the historic area, believed to be more than 2,000 years older than Stonehenge. Hear about the ghost sightings at the Red Lion Pub, located inside the stone circle, where high levels of paranormal activity have been recorded. Walk up the hill to West Kennet Long Barrow, which is one of the largest Neolithic burial tombs in Britain. Your guide will take you into the burial chambers and bring history alive. The final stop of the day is world-famous Stonehenge. Enjoy time to explore the site with an audio guide.

London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

3. London: Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, & Avebury Small Group Tour

Depart London in the early morning and be one of the first visitors of the day to Stonehenge. As you arrive at Stonehenge your guide will tell you the facts and theories behind this most famous of Stone Age structures. Was it a temple, a clock, a place of worship, or a burial site for the elite? Then it’s on to Bath, which has seen visitors since the time of the Celts. Centuries later, in the 1st century A.D. the Romans arrived, calling this place Aqua Sulis. Even later, during the Georgian Era of the 18th century, the rich and wealthy arrived from London to see and be seen and took to the waters to rid themselves of joint stiffness and gout.  Stop for a break in the delightful village of Lacock. Seemingly untouched by modern times, this charming place has been used as a setting in many films, including Cranford, Moll Flanders, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter. Enjoy a guided tour of this lovely village before you make your way to Avebury, a pretty village of thatched cottages nestling in the middle of a huge stone circle. After a guided walk in Avebury, depart for your return journey to London.

From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

4. From London: Bath, Avebury and Lacock Village Day Trip

Depart London and travel by luxury minibus to the ancient city of Bath, inhabited for around 2,000 years and full of beautiful Georgian architecture. Visit the famous Roman Baths from the days of the Roman Empire, and admire Bath Abbey. Get plenty of free time to wander around at your own pace. Enjoy lunch at your own expenses, and then travel deeper into rural Wiltshire to the village of Lacock, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a television and film location site. Visit the abbey in woodland grounds and look closer at its fascinating architectural styles. Continue to the pretty village of Avebury, and wander around the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world. Feel the history around you as you explore the mysterious monuments. 

English Heritage: Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors

5. English Heritage: Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors

Get a range of benefits with a 9-day or 16-day single or family English Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass, offering free entry to more than 100 stately homes, castles, prehistoric remains and gardens the length and breadth of England. Only available to non-UK residents, the great value pass will save you money even if you only visit 2 or 3 attractions, making a 9-day pass suitable for a weekend break. You can visit as many English Heritage attractions as you like, and come back as many times as you want to. But the more places you visit, the more money you save! Plan your vacation with the help of our overseas visitor Guidebook. The English Heritage website will also help you plan your visit before you travel. Once you have decided which attractions to explore, there is no need to get your money out at every attraction, and no need to keep track of your spending. The monuments bring the story of England to life, and have all been selected for their historic significance. Located in some of the most beautiful settings in England, they include mighty castles, tranquil monastic ruins, pleasant gardens and grand stately homes. Many host special events throughout the year, and your pass also gives you free or reduced price entry. You might even come face-to-face with a knight in shining armor. All sites have reduced opening times during the winter months (October to March). Detailed information available after booking. The full list of places you can access with your pass is as follows: In London: Apsley HouseChiswick HouseEltham Palace and GardensJewel TowerMarble Hill HouseRanger’s House - The Wernher CollectionWellington ArchIn the South East: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & BattlefieldBayham Old AbbeyCarisbrooke CastleDeal CastleDover CastleFort Brockhurst (as part of a pre-booked group)Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)Lullingstone Roman VillaMedieval Merchant’s HouseOsborne HousePevensey CastlePortchester CastleRichborough Roman FortRochester CastleSt Augustine’s AbbeyWalmer Castle & GardensYarmouth CastleIn the South West: Berry Pomeroy CastleChysauster Ancient VillageCleeve AbbeyDartmouth CastleFarleigh Hungerford CastleHailes AbbeyLaunceston CastleMuchelney AbbeyOkehampton CastleOld SarumOld Wardour CastlePendennis CastlePortland CastleRestormel CastleSt Mawes CastleSherborne Old CastleStonehengeTintagel CastleTotnes Castle In the East of England: Audley End House & GardensBerney Arms Windmill (as part of a pre-booked group)Castle Acre PrioryDenny Abbey and the Farmland MuseumGreat Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars’ CloisterGrime’s GravesFramlingham CastleOrford CastleSaxtead Green Post MillTilbury FortWrest Park In the East Midlands: Ashby de la Zouch CastleBolsover CastleHardwick Old HallKirby HallKirby Muxloe CastleLyddington Bede HousePeveril CastleSibsey Trader WindmillLincoln Medieval Bishops’ PalaceRushton Triangular LodgeIn the West Midlands: Boscobel House and the Royal OakBuildwas AbbeyGoodrich CastleHaughmond AbbeyKenilworth Castle and Elizabethan GardenStokesay CastleWenlock PrioryWitley Court and GardensWroxeter Roman CityIn Yorkshire: Aldborough Roman SiteBrodsworth Hall and GardensByland AbbeyClifford's TowerHelmsley CastleKirkham PrioryMiddleham CastleMount Grace PrioryPickering CastleRichmond CastleRievaulx AbbeyRoche AbbeySt Peter's ChurchScarborough CastleThornton Abbey and GatehouseWhitby AbbeyYork Cold War Bunker (pre-booked visits only)In the North West: Beeston Castle and Woodland ParkBrougham CastleCarlisle CastleFurness AbbeyLanercost PrioryStott Park Bobbin MillAt Hadrian's Wall: Birdoswald Roman FortChesters Roman FortCorbridge Roman TownHousesteads Roman FortIn the North East: Aydon CastleBarnard CastleBerwick-Upon-Tweed-BarracksBelsay Hall, Castle and GardensBrinkburn PrioryDunstanburgh CastleEtal CastleLindisfarne PrioryPrudhoe CastleTynemouth Priory and CastleWarkworth Castle

From Glastonbury: Stonehenge and Avebury Guided Tour

6. From Glastonbury: Stonehenge and Avebury Guided Tour

Stonehenge tour is unlike any the way Tor shares his visions of a world hardly known by historians is as if you are being transported into a timeless dream and seeing the ancients magically erecting the stone circle and aligning them to the solstices and equinoxes in person. He then takes you to a very special site that is only visited by 1% of tourists, here you can walk amongst 5000 years of history and imagine their motivation for creating such amazing sites. After a great British pub lunch, we head off to Avebury, the largest surviving stone circle in the world, a site where you sit in the seat of the ancient Arch Druids and learn about the stars in the way they taught. You feel the energies of the Michael ley line that travels perfectly up the serpent-like stone avenue, you will learn how the ancients aligned the stones to the stars, balanced the sacred masculine and sacred downefeminine with their stone circles, then you will enter a church from the Saxon period, 1000 years of worship and see the famous dragon font. Then you will get to visit the famous Silbury Hill which modern historians believe to have been an ancient pyramid. You will not forget this day in a hurry, traveling through time with Tor’s magical vision of delights.

From Heathrow: Sacred England 8-Day Guided Tour

7. From Heathrow: Sacred England 8-Day Guided Tour

Day One: Arrival. Monday We will whisk you up from the airport and drive you to the magical lands of Glastonbury, where you can settle into your accommodation. Meeting 2:30 pm at Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 Arrivals, it is a three-hour drive to Glastonbury. At 7:30 pm there is an optional Healing Mediation Group at The Arimathean Retreat, where Tor often does a channeling. Day Two: The Quest of Avalon. Tuesday Begin your day with a guided walk across Avalon, be transported back 2000 years through the mists, to a time of magic, myths, and legends, a time when the family of Christ arrived to these shores of Avalon. Stand next to the Holy Thorn Tree which grew from the staff given to Joseph of Arimathea, by Jesus himself. He planted the staff as a symbol of the birth of a new way, the early Christian way, and worked with the Pagans and Druids who had used the ancient Isle of Avalon as a site for spiritual initiation for thousands of years. Then be guided, via the hidden chapel of St Margret, to the site of the Wattle Church in the center of the Glastonbury Abbey. The Wattle Church is England’s first ever building for Christian worship, built by Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea in 62AD. A few steps away we find the last resting place of King Arthur and Gwynevere and find out why it is there and how they are linked to the family of Christ. The windows within St Johns church perfectly paint a picture of the hidden stories of old. We go on our quest for the Holy Grail, said to be buried under the Chalice Well. Find out why these waters in this tranquil garden are said to be healing by drinking them yourself. Balance the red waters, the female energies of the Chalice Well, with the waters of the White Spring, the male energies, which is very close by, in a beautiful candle-lit water temple (you may find a naked bather or two, so please let us know if you would prefer to not witness this.) We leave the best for last, a climb to the top of the Glastonbury Tor. Witness the amazing energies of the Tor, find out why these hills are called sleeping dragons, and look out over the sacred landscape all the way to Wales. Day Three: Six thousand years of mystery in one day. Wednesday. Tor’s Tour of Stonehenge is unlike any. The way he shares his visions of a world hardly known by historians is as if you are being transported into a timeless dream and seeing the ancients magically erecting the stone circle and aligning them to the solstices and equinoxes in person. He then takes you to a very special site that is only visited by 1% of tourists, here you can walk amongst 5000 years of history and imagine their motivation of creating such amazing sites. After a great British pub lunch, we head off to Avebury, the largest surviving stone circle in the world, a site where you sit in the seat of the ancient Arch Druids and learn about the stars in the way they taught. You feel the energies of the Michael ley line that travels perfectly up the serpent-like stone avenue, you will learn how the ancients aligned the stones to the stars, balanced the sacred masculine and sacred feminine with their stone circles, then you will enter a church from the Saxon period, 1000 years of worship and see the famous dragon font. Then you will get to visit the famous Silbury Hill which modern historians believe to have been an ancient pyramid. You will not forget this day in a hurry, traveling through time with Tor’s magical vision of delights. Day Four: Merlin’s Journey. Thursday. These are two days fit for any goddess or knight in search of the Holy Grail or Excalibur. We drive through the lands of these legends and present the truth hidden in a landscape where dragons fly and crystals emerge from the ground, where you meet real earth energy workers, witches, and saints. We begin the day by driving down the Michael ley line into the wilds of Dartmoor, where we cross bridges over 4000 years old and wander in the magical Wistman’s Faerie Wood. We then dine, as nobles do, at the Hunting Lodge in the middle of the moors. Afterward, we climb up the holy Templar hill, Brentor, where a church greets us, perched on its peak as if held up only by magic and the energies of the Michael ley line. We arrive in Tintagel where we settle into our B&B, and go for an extremely delicious dinner at the Wellington Hotel. Day Five: King Arthur's Cornwall. Friday. We start the day in the amazing town of Tintagel as the tide reveals one of the most magical places, where it is said Merlin himself worked and initiated druids, we will bravely clamber into ‘Merlin's Cave’ where we will do a visualization. As we emerge from the darkness of the cave, we will visit Tintagel Castle Island, which is perched on the cliffs above the cave. Here we will place our foot where King Arthur himself was crowned (Sadly most of 2019 Tintagel Island and Merlin’s Cave are closed to build and bridge, but we will be able to get close and see it.) Then we walk back into the little village and have a taste of the most famous Cornish lunch. Then we will walk into the mystically beautiful St Nectan's Glen and waterfall. Here space is held for the Fairies and the spirit of the 5th century Celtic Christian Saint Nectan. This is said to be the place where the Knights of the Round Table came to be blessed before their quest for the Holy Grail. In the afternoon we travel back to Glastonbury. Day Six: Return journey. Saturday. You will find that your journey into the sacred lands of Avalon, Cornwall, Stonehenge, and Avebury will open doors into magical places in your psyche, so it is good for you to spend a little time in silent reflection in the sacred landscape, processing and familiarising your self with your new connections and abilities. We suggest you choose where you would like to be - Chalice Well, the Abbey, the White Spring, the Tor or finding the last magical tool from one of the many shops to take home with you to remind you of your magical trip. Or you may like to book in for an hour-long healing and channeling session with Tor, at 10 am or 11:30 am or 1 pm. Day Seven: a Taste of Glastonbury, Sunday. On this day, May I suggest you try some of the many therapies on offer in Glastonbury, at a special Tor’s Tours discounted price. Healing and Channelling from Lisehanne Webster, Deep Tissue Massage from Justine, or Sound Healing from Lui. Day Eight: Travel back to Heathrow, Monday. We depart Glastonbury at 10:30 am and we will arrive back at Heathrow before 2 pm. Whilst we travel we can talk about your amazing adventures through the sacred landscapes of England or just reminisce on all your adventures and recall the delights of Tor's Tours and we hope to see you again.

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What people are saying about Avebury

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 161 reviews

We picked up our 16-day pass in Battle Abbey (near Hastings) and were received there in a very friendly and courteous manner with all of our questions. The exchange of the GYG voucher went smoothly. - Unfortunately, there was information on the GYG explanation pages that the family pass included 4 children under the age of 19. Unfortunately, as we learned in Battle Abbey, this is not the case; it only applies to children under the age of 18. So we had to buy an extra “adult” pass for our 18 year old son. But English Heritage cannot help it; please change the information on the Get Your Guide pages. Otherwise, the whole booking procedure was very pleasant, quick and flawless. And I think it's great that there are short-term passes for overseas tourists that save you having to take out an annual membership.

I thought it was good! The tour guide was fun, I think her name was Penny and she actually knew quite a bit of facts about the sites we went to. When we got to Avebury, I wasn't really sure what to do, it would have been nice to get more information on Avebury before getting there, because it's not a well known place.

A really good experience! We were a small group and the mini bus was not completely full. The guide was nice and explained everything to us in detail. I highly recommend this tour!

The tour was excellent, the guide, Tony, was the best we could have had, he made the tour so much fun.

The pass is recommended. Paying locally is much more expensive.