In a very recently published survey in ‘Which?’ magazine as to how readers rated inland locations in the UK Avebury came out top at 90%. Even beat Castle Combe – regularly regarded as the UK’s ‘Best Kept Village’ into second place at 88%.
Apparently 5,333 readers of ‘Which?’ gave Avebury five stars (top) for ‘Tourist Attractions’, ‘Scenery’ and four stars out of five for ‘Attractiveness’ and ‘Peace & Quiet’.
The description in the magazine states that: “Avebury scored five stars for scenery in our survey, possibly because it showcases many of the usual trappings associated with rural England including a thatched pub, a church that dates back over 1,500 years and front gardens full of roses. But it’s also home to the largest stone circle in the world. Unlike the better-known Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circles and Henge has no entry fee and you are free to wander around the ceremonial site, which dates all the way back to around 2850 BC and 2200 BC. The village also comprises a handful of houses, a couple of B&Bs, a National Trust manor and a 19th-century Greene King pub where you’ll find robed druids sinking pints.”
As well as to readers of ‘Which’, Avebury is also a wonderful place to live. Angela Norman, resident of Avebury told marlborough.news: “Avebury is an incredibly special place to live, not least because of the amazing community of people who live here. Everyone I know truly appreciates how fortunate we are to live in this stunning World Heritage Site, surrounded by the beautiful Downs and its treasure trove of wildlife.
“We set up a village WhatsApp group at the start of the pandemic, and everyone has really pulled together over the last 18 months – and the support we received from so many villagers when I fell seriously ill with Covid during the first lockdown will never be forgotten by our family.
“We have a fantastic community shop, a pub that looks after its locals in the evenings as well as the many visitors during the daytime, a social club, a cricket club etc. Really, who could ask for more from their village?”