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Arbor Low
Derbyshire
East Midlands
In a field off farm track at Upper Oldhams Farm, off the A515
Five miles south-west of Bakewell
Neolithic, early Bronze Age site; circular bank, ditch, stone circle with recumbent stones, earthwork; surrounding countryside has late bronze age barrows.

Avebury Stone Circle and Alexander Keiller Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Avebury village
Tel. 01672539250
English Heritage property; largest prehistoric site in Britain with three stone circles; circular bank and ditch cover 28.5 acres; Barn Gallery and Stables Gallery are museums (managed by National Trust) with archaeological collections and interactive displays on the stone circle; visitor parking lot (fee charged) with walk to the village.

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Ballafayle Cairn
Isle of Man
Near Ramsey
Neolithic burial site BC2000-1500; wedge shaped cairn.

Ballaharra Stones
Isle of Man
St John’s village near Peel
Tomb with stones.

Billington Iron Age Hillfort Ramparts
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Off the A505 or A4146
Just south of Leighton Buzzard
13th century church sits in iron age hillfort ramparts.

Birkrigg Stone Circle
Cumbria
North-west Counties
By footpath from minor road off the A5087 to the village of Sunbrick
Tel. NA
Circle with double row of stones and paved floor dating from BC 1700-1400.

Braaid
Isle of Man
Between Douglas and Foxdale, signposted from road.
First a stone circle site, then Norse farmstead, celtic stone roundhouse; two Norse ruins of iron age.

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Cashtal yn Ard
Isle of Man
Near Cornaa on west coast on hill by footpath
Neolithic tomb of BC2000; well preserved large monument.

Casterton Stone Circle
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Northeast of the village of Casterton
Tel. NA
62 foot in diameter circle of 19 stones dating from neolithic/bronze age, approximately BC2000-600.

Castle Ring
Staffordshire
West Midlands
Cannock Chase, near Cannock Wood
Iron age hill fort with four ditches and banks.

Castlerigg Stone Circle
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Signposted off the old A66 Keswick-Penrith road; 1½ miles east of Keswick near the A591 junction
Tel. NA
Managed by English Heritage and the National Trust; neolithic stone circle of 38 stones dating from BC3000; roadside parking.

Chysauster Ancient Village
Cornwall
South-west Counties
Signed off B 3311 between St Ives and Penzance; 2.5 miles north-west of Gulval
Tel. 0 7831 757 934
English Heritage property; parking across the road; walk up the hill to view stone walls, burial cairns, courtyard houses, and huts from the iron age.
For more information and photos see our feature at Chysauster Ancient Village

Cissbury Ring
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
1.5 miles east of Findon off A24; 3 miles north of Worthing
Tel. 0 1243 814 554 or 0 1903 740 233 (warden)
Open: open countryside, by foot only; car park in Findon valley
National Trust property; Iron Age hill-fort on chalk promontory in South Downs; second largest hill-fort in England covering 65 acres; ditch and ramparts date to around BC2500; site of Neolithic flint mining; views of coast and countryside; information board in car park.

Cleigh yn Arragh
Isle of Man
Five miles from Sulby crossroads, A14
Iron age defensive ramparts and ditch.

Cresswell Crags
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
On the B6042 between the A60 Worksop-Mansfield road and the A616
Tel. 0 1909 720 378—phone ahead to find out times of cave tours and to book a place
Prehistoric caves in a limestone gorge
Web: Cresswell Crags

Cronk Karran
Isle of Man
From Cregneash to Chasms; walk along Spanish head
Neolithic stone circle.

Cronk ny Merriu
Isle of Man
Near Santon
Promontory iron age fort with defensive ditch and rampart.

Cronk Sumark
Isle of Man
Between Ramsey and Ballasalla
Unexcavated iron age hill fort.

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Elva Plain Stone Circle
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Neolithic stones
3.5 miles east of Cockermouth
15 low lying stones remain of 30; 125-130 feet in diameter; thought to be late neolithic.

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Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough
Tel. 01733 313414
Bronze age archaeological site and museum of finds; car park, picnic site, light snacks; see full details and photos in our article Flag Fen
Website: Flag Fen

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Giant’s Grave
Isle of Man
St Johns village, near Peel
On the road to Ballig close to Tynwald Hill
Bronze age grave BC1000; burial cist.

Grey Croft Stone Circle
Cumbria
North-west Counties
On private property at Seascale How Farm, north of Seascale
10 stones remain of 12, dating from c2500BC; average height is 4.5 feet; 98.4 foot diameter circle; burial cairn on site.

Grimes Graves
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Located in Thetford Forest Park on a minor road off the A1065 and the A134, seven miles north-west of Thetford.
Tel. 0 1842 810 656
English Heritage property; Neolithic flint mine in Breckland heath (Site of Special Scientific Interest) with many unexcavated mines; one mine open for viewing; exhibition and AV presentation; virtual tour; parking
For photos and more information see our article Grimes Graves

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Hango Hill
Isle of Man
On a bay between Derbyhaven and Castletown.
Ancient execution spot and possible burial site of prehistoric times; ruins of 17th century summerhouse.

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King Arthur’s Round Table
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Beside the B5230, near the turn off for the A6 at Eamont Bridge
Tel. NA
Dates from late neolithic time; 162 feet in diameter; roads and pub destroyed most of it so no stones remain.

King Orry’s Grave
Isle of Man
Near village of Laxey in Minorca
Largest megalithic tomb on the island; cairn with burial stones.

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Lacra Stone Circles
Cumbria
North-west Counties
By foot from A595 Po House turning, near the village of Kirksanton on Lacra Bank hilltop
One circle of six stones 52 feet in diameter; another circle 49 feet in diameter with six of 11 stones remaining.

Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove
Essex
Eastern Counties
Two miles west of Colchester
English Heritage property; part of series of earthworks from iron age and Roman times.

Little Meg (Maughanby Circle)
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Off A686, on minor road to Glassonby near Little Salkeld, Penrith
20-foot in diameter stone circle surrounding prehistoric burial site.

Long Meg and her Daughters
Cumbria
North-west Counties
On minor road ¾ mile north of Little Salkeld off the A686 at Langwathby
Tel. NA
Third largest prehistoric stone circle in England, dating from the Bronze Age (c.2000-900BC); 60 standing stones.

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Mayburgh Henge
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Beside the B5230, near the turn off for the A6 at Eamont Bridge
Tel. NA
Large circular bank 285 feet in diameter, 14 feet in height, covering 1.5 acres of ground.

Meayll Circle (Mull Circle)
Isle of Man
Along Ballnahowe Road between Cregneash and Port Erin
Neolithic passage grave with six pairs of burial chambers in a circle.

Moor Divock
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Southwest edge of Lakeland fells, near Askham and Helton; local directions needed
Tel. NA
Group of cairns, standing stones, and circles on Moor Divock; many have disappeared; some date to bronze age; 90 foot and 34 foot in diameter circles; ashes, bones, and urns found.

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Nine Ladies Stone Circle
Derbyshire
East Midlands
On Stanton Moor, five miles south-east of Bakewell, off unclassified road
Tel. 01629 816200
Early bronze age circle, 50 feet across; more than 70 barrows and cairns from prehistoric times on the moor.

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Old Sarum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Castle Rd, Salisbury
Two miles north of Salisbury iff the A345
Tel. 0 1722 335 398
English Heritage property; iron age (BC 500) hill fort and site of the ancient city of Salisbury; Norman castle and cathedral and royal palace built on the site, along with 12th century town; all moved downhill to present day Salisbury; only ruins remain.

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Rollright Stones
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Near villages of Little Rollright and Long Compton
near Chipping Norton, off minor road between A44 and A3400
Oxfordshire
Tel. NA
English Heritage; 3 groups of Neolithic and Bronze age funerary and ceremonial monument stones; traditionally said to be those of a king’s men, whispering knights burial chamber, and King stone; refreshments at nearyby Wyatt’s farm shop, 1 mile east toward Great Rollright.

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Stonehenge
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Countryside, two miles west of Amesbury
On the junction of the A303 and A344/A360
Tel. 0 870 333 1181
English Heritage site; World Heritage Site is most famous prehistoric stone circle in world; erected circa BC 3000-BC 1600; parking; audio tour; take away refreshments
For full details and photos see our article at Stonehenge

Swinside Stone Circle
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Off A595 on minor road through Broadgate
Tel. NA
Considered an outstanding stone circle; dating from the Bronze Age; 55 (of an original 60) close set (5 feet apart) stones, 32 of which still stand; 94 feet in diameter; tallest stone, at 7.5 feet, weighs five tons.

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West Kennet Long Barrow
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Opposite Silbury Hill, on the A4
3/4 mile south-west of West Kennet
Signed small lay-by for parking
Reach by walking up hill on track by farming fields
Open: open site
English Heritage property, managed by National Trust; one of largest prehistoric chambered tombs in Britain; burial site can be entered.

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