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'Marvel at the size and mystery of the perfectly circular Silbury Hill, the largest man-made mound in Europe'

Wales The island of Anglesey is home to two impressive chambered tombs, Barclodiad y Gawres with its unique spiral carvings, and Bryn Celli Ddu, meaning 'mound in the dark grove', which is perfectly aligned with the sunrise on the midsummer solstice. It's possible to enter the womb-like, domed structures - but remember to bring a torch! Also on Anglesey, the Din Lligwy Ancient Village, found on a limestone plateau in a grove of trees, is well worth a visit. Nearby Snowdonia

National Park is a treasure trove of ancient landmarks: bronze age cairn Bryn Cader Faner and Iron Age hill fort Tre’r Ceiri are two of the most stunning, but note that walking to them is only suitable for older, more confident children. Always check the weather forecast first.

Where to stay: Bryn Elltyd is a carbon neutral eco-guesthouse in Snowdonia National Park and is well placed for exploring North Wales. From £40 per night. 01766 831356

Cumbria Set in a natural amphitheatre surrounded by mountains, hills and fells, Castlerigg is one of Britain's finest and best preserved stone circles. Catching this scene at sunset in fine weather is a once in a lifetime experience; perhaps you'll even be lucky enough to see the glowing white ball of light which is reported to have been spotted floating above the stones. About 40 minutes drive from Castlerigg, Britain's third largest stone circle, Long Meg, is steeped in local folklore - it's said to be impossible to count all of its stones and arrive at the same number more than once.

Where to stay: Inside Out Camping offers luxury camping in yurts and bell tents in the heart of the Lake District National Park. From £285 for a mid-week break. 07791 184271

READ Julian Cope's book The Modern Antiquarian is a thorough text on the ancient sites of prehistoric Britain.

Caroline is a writer and mumwho lives close to the Sussex Downs. She blogs at



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