The largest stone circle in Britain, Avebury was built during the Neolithic period 2850-  2200 BC.  It is part of an extraordinary set of Neolithic Bronze Age Ceremonial Sites forming a vast sacred landscape including West Kennet Avenue, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Sanctuary, Windmill Hill and Silbury Hill.


The most famous and sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world.  It was built in stages starting around 5000 years ago. With Avebury, it forms the heart of a world heritage site.

Crofton beam engines

The oldest working beam engine in the world. Built over 200 years ago to supply water to the highest point in the canal, it is one of the most important surviving remains of the Industrial Revolution in England.  The Boulton & Watt steam pumping engine dating back to 1812 is in its original building.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Built to link London and Bristol, construction started in 1794 and was completed in 1810.  It was heavily used during the building of the Great Western Railway but then fell into decline with competition from the railway.

Wilton windmill

Built in 1821, a fully restored and working windmill.  See the website for times and dates of tours and events.  The site is open all year round and is a perfect spot for a picnic or to admire the views.

Sandham memorial Chapel

Commissioned to commemorate Lieutenant Henry Willoughby Sandham who died at the end of the First World War, it was built to accommodate Stanley Spencer’s series of paintings inspired by his own experiences of the war.

Highclere Castle

The setting for the hugely popular series and film Downton Abbey.  Home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon the castle was created in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry the architect of the Houses of Parliament.  Visit the castle and gardens and see the exhibition of Egyptian artefacts which were brought back by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who funded Howard Carter’s find of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Due to high demand entry cannot be guaranteed without pre-booked tickets.

Watermill theatre

The existence of the mill was recorded in the Domesday Book, it served as a corn and paper mill for hundreds of years.  In the 1960s it was converted from a derelict mill into one of the smallest (240 seats) and most beautiful professional theatres in the country.  The Watermill is a leading force in cultivating the theatre-makers of tomorrow.  It has wonderful productions.

Hawk Conservancy Trust

A fantastic day out set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, with over 130 birds of prey.  Flying displays and spectacular events include owls at moonlight and adult or junior experience days. The National Bird of Prey Hospital is where sick, injured or orphaned raptors are cared for.

Newbury Racecourse

One of the most famous and prestigious racing venues in the UK, providing world class racing, both Flat and National Hunt.  Notable races: the Lockinge Stakes, the Ladbrokes Trophy and Challow Novices Hurdle.


Pretty historic market town, the nearest to the Crown & Anchor, with direct trains from London Paddington on the Bedwyn line.   Hungerford is well known for its many Antique shops and today has some great shopping at Barr’s Yard and in town.


An ancient market town, site of early royal marriages with the second widest high street in the UK. There are markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays and various event throughout the year.

Oxford, Salisbury, Bath, & Winchester

All are also easily visited from the Crown and Anchor, each about an hour’s drive away.

Other activities

Fly fishing/ Riding/ Gliding/ Shooting/ Clay Pigeon Shooting/ Karting/ Canoeing/ Zip Lines/Beauty Salons/Spas/ Exercise Classes

Our team at the pub would be delighted to suggest a day out or activities in the local area. Picnics can be supplied and transport can be organised. Please contact [email protected].