Walk in the steps of our ancestors at one of the world's best-preserved prehistoric sites.. Great views of the famous Stonehenge circle. Mysterious ceremonial landscape of ancient burial mounds, processional walkways and enclosures. Haven for wildlife, from brown hare and butterflies, to birds such as the skylark. Colourful displays of downland wildflowers in June and July

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Stonehenge Down

National Trust
Home to skylark and brown hare, Stonehenge Down is a wide open landscape with fine views of the famous stone circle. From here you can also explore Bronze Age barrow cemeteries and prehistoric monuments, such as the Stonehenge Avenue and the mysterious Cursus.

King Barrow Ridge

National Trust
Here Bronze Age burial mounds stand among impressive beech trees, with views of Stonehenge and the downs. The hazel coppice provides shelter for wildlife along the ridge, while in summer, chalk downland flora attracts butterflies such as the marbled white.

Normanton Down

National Trust
Normanton Down offers one of the best approaches to the stone circle. The round barrow cemetery dates from around 2600 to 1600BC and is one of the most remarkable groups of burial mounds in the Stonehenge landscape. The downland and arable fields here are home to a variety of farmland birds such as corn bunting and stonechat.

Durrington Walls

National Trust
In 2005 Durrington Walls was revealed to be the site of a rare Neolithic village, with evidence of shrines and feasting. You can still see some of the banks of this circular earthwork, the largest complete 'henge' in Europe. Post holes show that there were large timber structures here, like those at nearby Woodhenge.

Winterbourne Stoke Barrows

National Trust
Another fascinating example of a prehistoric cemetery. The wide range of barrow shapes found here show that this site was used over a long period of time for burials of people of high status. Newly sown chalk downland flora covers the landscape - look out for brown hares too.

World Heritage Site

The Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986 for its outstanding prehistoric monuments dating from 3,700 to 1,600 BC. It comprises two areas – one at Stonehenge and the other at Avebury. At Stonehenge, the unparalleled stone circle is surrounded by a landscape containing more than 350 burial mounds and major prehistoric monuments such as the Stonehenge Avenue, the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls.


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