The site covers an amazing five acres and soars up to 130 feet. It was built around 2500BC… but no-one is quite sure why. Perhaps it was a burial monument to the ancient monarch, King Sil, who’s said to rest under the hill, in a suit of gold armour, sitting on a solid gold horse.
Tours of Silbury Hill
During our tour of mystical Wiltshire, we’ll show you the imposing Silbury Hill, the largest man made mound in Europe.
Alternatively, legend has it that the earth was dumped there by the Devil. He’d wanted to cover the townspeople of Marlborough, but was tricked by a crafty cobbler, who he met en route. The devil asked for directions – and the cobbler told him that Marlborough was so far away, that he’d worn out all the old shoes that he was carrying. The devil decided to give up, and dropped his giant mound of earth there and then.. thus saving the town! Hooray!
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