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Abbey Church of St Mary and St Melor

Amesbury is a town in Wiltshire, England. As the closest town to Stonehenge, it makes an excellent starting point for a visit to the ancient monument by car or on foot.

Understand[edit]

Bluebells on Lord's Walk

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By car[edit]

The A303 trunk road runs past Amesbury. From the east, it's high-speed dual-carriageway all the way from the M3 (junction 8 - 28 miles), but from the west there's a 5-mile stretch of single-carriageway through the village of Winterbourne Stoke and past Stonehenge. The combination of bottleneck and the "rubberneck effect" of the ancient monument means traffic on this section is typically at a crawl, so factor this in to your journey planning.

From Salisbury, the A345 makes for a direct 8-mile drive.

By public transport[edit]

The nearest railway station is Salisbury, which is served by trains from towns and cities across southern Britain, including London, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. See Salisbury#By train for more details.

Salisbury Reds offer bus service from Salisbury on their X4, X5, and activ8 lines. Fares are £4.30 adult single, £6.60 adult return (2021) and can be paid with cash or contactless.

The active8 line also has service from Andover.

Get around[edit]

Map of Amesbury (England)

The Amesbury HOPPA Community Bus offers local bus service.

The historic High Street area is very walkable.

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Do[edit]

Lord's Walk
  • 1 Lord's Walk, Countess Road (north of High Street). A peaceful nature trail through the woods along the River Avon and up on the ridge nearby. The path more or less forms a loop – after a half hour or so of walking, it deposits you on the same road you started from. Along the way you might meet people fishing or walking their dogs. Free.

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Go next[edit]

  • Salisbury – the tallest cathedral spire in Britain and the best-preserved copy of the Magna Carta await you in Wiltshire's handsome county town.
  • Stonehenge – it's possible to walk the roughly 3 miles from Amesbury to Stonehenge, passing through beautiful countryside and other ancient monuments including Woodhenge and many burial mounds.
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