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Avebury, England: Megalithic Playground

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While England is sprinkled with stone circles, the megalithic playground at Avebury gives travelers a truly hands-on experience. Avebury is 16 times larger than its better known counterpart, Stonehenge, and welcomes kids, sheep, and anyone else who is interested a chance to interact with this engineering marvel. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.
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After visiting King Arthur country at Glastonbury, we go back in time to prehistoric Stonehenge. We sample hard apple cider in Wells, meet an eccentric lord in the Cotswolds, and visit an evocative ruined abbey in South Wales. © 2000 Rick Steves' Europe
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There's a simple rule - tourists go to Stonehenge and British people go to Avebury. Most British people agree that Avebury is far better then Stonehenge. Not for it's complexity, but simply because it has a deeper spiritual feel to it. Avebury is also much older than Stonehenge and lacks the tightly controlled way in which it can be viewed - no one can go near the stones at Stonehenge but in Avebury one is free to get a real feel of the place. If you're coming to Britain for a brief visit, Avebury is the place to see. Surrounded by other sites including Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury is steeped in history and mystery. I could write about it all day but I won't! This programme looks at how and why it was built, and what attracts people to the site, and more modern changes like the church built next to the circle. South Cadbury. This programme looks at the many churches in the local villages and the impact of the Black Death. The hill fort, also known as Cadbury Camp, is five thousand years old and was used as a strategic defence post and occupied for over two thousand years by different groups. Aired in 2000 on HTV, the South West's local ITV Channel.
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More info about travel to England's Lake District: http://www.ricksteves.com/europe/england/lake-district This video takes you to the Cumbrian Lake District, the perfect spot for relaxation, scenic hiking, and hilltop picnics. At http://www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.
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York offers a fascinating collection of great sites mixed with an easy-going pedestrian ambience all lassoed within its formidable wall. Its rich history goes back to ancient times when York was a Roman provincial capital. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.
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Travel video about destination Stonenhenge in England. In the south of England, amidst the hills of WILTSHIRE, surrounded by woodland and mature trees, stands the most significant prehistoric example of Megalithic culture, STONEHENGE. Looking almost as it must have done more than 4000 years ago at the time of the New Stone Age and Bronze Age, here Man created a shrine for a deity dedicated to a religion based upon nature and sun worship. Like gates built by Titans, these gigantic stones take us back to the Dark Ages.
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More info about travel to Paris: http://www.ricksteves.com/europe/france/paris In this video, we see that Paris has a uniquely French way of embracing life. At http://www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.