Sites You Really Should Visit!

Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow

These are the two most well-known prehistoric sites in Britain that are connected with ancient religious beliefs. Silbury Hill, in Wiltshire, is a prehistoric mound or ‘hill’ that was built between around 2600 and 2000 BC. A series of ‘S’-shapes were cut into the surface of the hill around 3000 years ago. This was probably to form a centre for religious activities, and a place for people to bury their dead. West Kennett Long Barrow, in the Thames Valley, is an enormous Neolithic (New Stone Age) henge or circular monument. It is the largest prehistoric monument in Britain, and was built between 3100 and 2500 BC. It was probably used for religious ceremonies, and may have been a grave for important people.

West Stow and Avebury, Oxfordshire

West Stow is an important Neolithic henge monument close to Avebury in the West Berkshire Downs. West Stow has a ditch, bank and entrance known as the Mound and a possible timber temple. It was built around 3500 BC and was an important religious site for Neolithic people around 4000 years later. Its significance was not fully understood until the 19th century.

Many Stone Age monuments in Britain have been damaged, destroyed or built over. However, West Stow has survived remarkably well and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This can be attributed to its location, which is a distance from modern-day buildings which means that it is shielded from modern pollution and noise


Stonehenge is a prehistoric stone circle located in the English county of Wiltshire. Archaeologists believe it was built around 2500 BC and was used for ceremonies that may have involved animals. It is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world and is regarded as a British cultural icon. Today, Stonehenge is a World Heritage Site, and attracts millions of visitors each year.

It is still used for cerain ceremonial events and although the surrounding area has been significantly changed by human activity, the monument itself remains largely unaltered, retaining the original setting and appearance.

The site is owned by the National Trust, which has administered it since 1920. It is cared for by a team of 40 staff. Stonehenge might have been built for many reasons including religious reasons, or as an astronomical observatory, or as a place for people to gather and bring offerings to the gods.

This Neolithic site consists of a circular area of ancient standing stones, which were erected between 3,000 and 2,000 BC. The surrounding ditch and bank are also thought to have been built thousands of years ago.

Stonehenge is the most popular archaeoastronomical site in the world, with many scholars believing that it was used as a temple and calendar for predicting seasonal events and, perhaps, for divination. However, Stonehenge is more famous for its mysteries than its archaeology. Its original purpose, who built it and what happened to the people who lived here remain a mystery.

The site of Celtic 'Newcastle'

The River Wear near Newcastle in County Durham has yielded a vast array of archaeological remains, dating back to around 3000 BC. Newcastle was the largest of a chain of towns and settlements along the Wear which stretched from the mouth of the river to the border of Scotland.

Archaeologists believe that the area was of great importance in the early history of the British Isles, being on both the east-west and north-south transport routes, including the Irish Sea crossing and the north-south route along the coast.

Newcastle was the largest of a chain of towns and settlements along the Wear which stretched from the mouth of the river to the border of Scotland. From the Iron Age onwards it was an important port, exporting iron and exporting wine.

Glastonbury (English and Celtic)

Glastonbury is an important site for archaeologists and the general public, being one of the top ten most visited places in the UK. What makes Glastonbury so special is its role in the historical development of the Celtic Christian religion.

There are many important archaeological finds and structures at Glastonbury Abbey, including the oldest wooden doorway in the world, dating back to around AD 600.

In the late 6th century AD, the great Celtic Christian missionary St. Augustine landed in Britain and established a mission at Glastonbury.

The legend has it that he was guided to the site by a vision of the Virgin Mary, who is thought to have appeared at the nearby Well of St. Agatha. The abbey has many mystical connections and is said to be the home of the ‘King Arthur’ myth. Arthur is believed to have lived in the abbey, with his tomb and grave said to have been located in the area. There is also a connection between Glastonbury and the legend of Jesus Christ. It is said that Mary Magdalene travelled to Glastonbury to seek enlightenment, and that it was here she met the resurrected Christ.

t is believed that the site of the avbbey has had religious significance some 8,000 years, and there are significant finds from both the Iron Age and the Roman times.

Glastonbury is known as the ‘Abode of Avalon’, a place for pilgrims to take shelter from persecution and to seek spiritual enlightenment. There are numerous mythological and historical connections to Glastonbury Abbey. The site remains an important pilgrimage centre for modern-day Christians, and also attracts thousands of visitors each year to visit the Glastonbury Festival.

The Devil’s Dyke

The Devil’s Dyke is a prehistoric earthwork that lies in the Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. It is made up of three sections: the Great Dyke, the Middle Dyke and the Little Dyke. The dykes have been dated to be around 5,500 years old, making them one of the oldest earthworks in the country. The dykes were built to form a defensive ditch, and may have been used to protect the town of Aylesbury from attack by the Saxons and are thought to be one of the oldest prehistoric sites in Britain.

The dykes are a great example of how people were able to build huge defensive structures without modern construction equipment. At the time that the dykes were built, the only way that people could have created such a strong structure would have been to build up each section using only muscle power; human, animal or both.

It is now a scheduled ancient monument, and is protected by law.

St. Ninian’s Catholic Church, Whithorn

St. Ninian’s Catholic Church is located in the small town of Whithorn on the island of Whithorn in the Scottish island of Great Britain. The church is one of the most important examples of Celtic Christianity in the British Isles and is also a World Heritage Site. St. Ninian’s Church is a grand religious building that is an excellent example of a late Celtic Christian church. The church is thought to have been built around 500 AD and it has been continuously used for its religious purposes ever since.

York (Anglo-Saxon and Viking)

York is a city in the North of England, often regarded as the capital of the Anglo-Saxon territories. The first major medieval city in England, York has remained an important city to this day. It has been the site of many significant archaeological discoveries, including two of the most famous medieval artefacts in the world, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Sutton Hoo helmet. York is also famous for being the site of the Viking settlement of Jorvik. This Viking settlement was responsible for the building of many impressive buildings, the largest being the Viking Great Hall. York is also a World Heritage Site, and is regarded as one of the most important cities in the United Kingdom.

Dover Castle

Dover is a town located on the English coast, and is one of Britain’s most popular seaside resorts. The town has a rich past, and during Roman times was one of Britain’s most important ports. Dover Castle is one of the best examples of Roman architecture in Britain. It is believed to have been built during the reign of the Emperor Claudius (41-54 AD). The castle was built to defend the town from attack by the Saxons, and also protected the harbour from damage. It was also used as a place of refuge during the Norman conquest of Britain, when the Normans built a defensive wall around the castle.

Offa’s Dyke

The Offa’s Dyke is a massive earthwork that runs for about 100 miles from near Chester in Cheshire, across the Welsh border, to near Wroxeter in Shropshire. It is known for being the largest and oldest of the many such earthworks that were built across Britain in the late 7th and early 8th century to defend against invasion from the Irish Sea. It is also a World Heritage Site and is protected by law.

Lindisfarne (Anglo-Saxon) and Holy Island (Celtic and Medieval)

The Island of Lindisfarne was a major Anglo-Celtic religious and cultural site. The site was founded in the 6th century, which was around the same time as the Anglo-Saxon invasions into England. The site became important as a centre for Christian worship and a monastery was set up here. This monastery was destroyed in the 9th century by Viking raiders, with parts of the monastery remaining until the 13th century. The Vikings eventually set up camp on the island, to the horror of the nearby Chritian Anglo-Saxons.

The island is now a tourist attraction, which is important as it brings the site to the public eye and brings in money for the site. Holy Island (now called Lindisfarne) is an important site that is forever linked to the Vikings.

St. Michael’s Mount: Where religion meets archaeology

Located off the coast of Cornwall, St. Michael’s Mount has been an important religious site since the 6th century, when St. Germanus was baptised by St. Brendan. The island was linked to the Celtic religion and is linked to Merlin, the British God of prophecy.

The site later became an important settlement for the Romans and, in the Middle Ages, it was a refuge for the Norman kings. St. Michael’s Mount became a major tourist attraction in the 19th century and continues to be a popular destination for those seeking spiritual fulfilment today. The site is one of the best-preserved religious centres in the country and is an essential part of the heritage of the UK.

The standing stone sites

These are impressive standing stones that can be found throughout the British Isles. They are characteristics of a stone circle and are often associated with megalithic structures. The stones are often large, upright stones and can be found in a variety of shapes, such as a circle, polygon or crescent. The stones are the responsibility of the individual member of the circle and are marked by placing a stone with its necropolis on top of them. The circles can be found at a number of different sites around the UK, including Avebury, West Kennet, Badminton, and Aveley


There are many ancient religious sites in Britain that are important to the country’s mythological and historic past. These sites include Neolithic monuments such as West Stow and Avebury, and Iron Age hill forts such as Carnac-Léfou. They also include early Christian monuments such as the copper cross found at Stoodleigh Cross in Devon. Ancient religious sites are important for different reasons, and are often associated with different groups of people. Neolithic people are often thought to be animistic and believed in a connection to the land. Many of these ancient sites were also associated with the Druids, but they were a diverse group of people with many beliefs and practices. Ancient religious sites are an important part of Britain’s history and are often fascinating to visit. They are also important for future generations and can help us learn more about the people who built them and their beliefs.

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