Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites


In the south of England, circles of huge stones rose from the plains.

Video from UNESCO TV / © NHK Nippon Hoso Kyokai

Stonehenge and Avebury, in Wiltshire, are among the most famous groups of megaliths in the world. The two sanctuaries consist of circles of menhirs arranged in a pattern whose astronomical significance is still being explored. These holy places and the nearby Neolithic sites are an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times. Learn more on the UNESCO World Heritage List website.

Cite this page as: UNESCO, "Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites," in Smarthistory, December 21, 2015, accessed April 17, 2024,