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Alexander Keiller Museum

High Street, Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF
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Details the history of the stone circle at Avebury, particularly in regard to the archaeological excavations that have taken place there. Founded in 1938, the museum lies just outside the largest stone circle in the British Isles, at Avebury henge. The main displays are in a small 17th century stables and an associatated permanent exhibition occupies a nearby 17th century thatched threshing barn. The museum's founder, Alexander Keiller, excavated parts of the henge monument and associated avenue of standing stones in the 1930s and re-erected many fallen and buried stones.

The collection is primarily archaeological and mainly of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age date, with a smaller component of Anglo-Saxon and later material. It includes a large excavation archive from excavations in the 1920s and 1930s. A rare early 20th century motor car is also displayed: a Sizaire Berwick which belonged to Alexander Keiller and the collection includes much Keiller correspondence. The museum library houses an extensive collection of archaeological publications and is open by appointment.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Adult£4.90 per ticket
Child - Child£2.45 per ticket
Family - Family£13.45 per ticket
NT & EH members - Free AdmissionFree

Price includes entry into Barn Gallery Exhibition. Last entry half and hour before closing.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Avebury is 6 miles West of Marlborough. Visitor car park is S of Avebury off the A4361

Public Transport Directions

Train Access: Swindon 11 miles
Bus Access: Number 49 Swindon - Devizes/Trowbridge

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - assistance give
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Open all year
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - free to National Trust members

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - One and a half to two hours
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • Max group size - 30
  • Min group size - 10

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

Open New Year
2022 (1 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*
2012/2023 (1 Nov 2022 - 28 Mar 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Museum closed 24 - 26 December. During cold weather the Barn may be closed.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Awards

  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2022

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