Places to visit

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Avebury is the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle and encloses the pretty village,church and Avebury Manor. A walk from the village to Silbury Hill, the Sanctuary and West Kennet Barrow is highly recommended. (10 miles)

Savernake Forest:
The old Forest of Savernake is derived from ancient wood pasture management, and has many veteran trees.  The forest extends to 1100 hectares (2750 acres) most of which is classified as a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as being registered as an important historic park. There are lovely walks and cycle rides. (6 miles)

Situated in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, Devizes is an historic market town with a colourful medieval past. The town enjoys a rich heritage of fine Georgian houses and a 19th century castle built on the site of a Norman stronghold. When it comes to shopping and eating out Devizes has retained its individuality and offers enchanting cobbled alleyways with specialist retailers, cafes and traditional pubs. Markets abound, both outdoors in the Market Place (market day is Thursday) and indoors at The Shambles. Wadworth’s celebrated brewery remains in its original town location and their brewer’s dray drawn by mighty Shire Horses is a regular and much-loved sight on the streets. Tours of the brewery are offered and a visitor centre is also on site. One of the UK’s most iconic canals, the Kennet & Avon canal passes through Devizes and the famous flight of 29 locks are easily accessible on foot. (11 miles)

Crofton Pumping Station:
The oldest working steam engines in the world still performing the job they were built to do.  There are two beam engines, one of which is an original 200-year-old Boulton & Watt. Both are fed by a hand-stoked, coal-fired Lancashire boiler. These are magnificent pieces of industrial archaeology appealing both to families and steam enthusiasts. Find refreshment in the distinguished Engineman’s Rest Café and gift shop, both open every day (except Monday) 10.30 to 4.30.  The engine house is set in unspoiled Wiltshire countryside close to the Kennet & Avon Canal and the old market town of Marlborough. (6 miles)

Wilton Windmill:
Windmill - smallSet high above the village of Wilton with stunning views, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal and stone-ground flour. The windmill is open from Easter to the end of September on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2pm to 5pm when the windmill building is open for guided tours. The shepherd’s hut shop, serving refreshments and gifts and providing a seating area, is also open at this time, as are the loos. (7 miles)

Hungerford: a haven for antique collectors (13 miles)

Open Every Day 09:30 – 17:00 – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man. (16 miles)

Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden. When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery. (38 miles)

Drive-thru wild animal park, an Elizabethan house, theme park, amusements and events. (35 miles)

Salisbury Plain:
Salisbury Plain is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used as a military training ground. However there are many delights including some Salisbury Plain walks to be discovered. The grassland habitats of the Plain support many species of wildlife including the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly and the Stone Curlew. Recently the area has also seen the reintroduction of the county’s bird, the Great Bustard by The Great Bustard Group. Keen ornithologists can see the hides by contacting the Great Bustard Group or book onto a Wiltshire Bird Tour for a unique way to see the local nature. If you are interested in Salisbury Plain walks then there’s the Imber Range Perimeter Walk, a long distance walk which gives views across Salisbury Plain. The ‘lost’ village of Imber remains a significant place on the Salisbury Plain. Villagers of Imber were evacuated during World War II and the village has stayed in the MOD’s hands since. At certain times of year, notably Easter and St Giles’ Day, the church in the village is open to the general public and is now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

White Horses:
Wiltshire is the county for white horses. There are or were at least twenty-four of these hill figures in Britain, with no less than thirteen being in Wiltshire, and another white horse, the oldest of them all, being just over the border in Oxfordshire. Most of the white horses are chalk hill carvings, and the chalk downs of central Wiltshire make it an ideal place for such figures.

Arcades, alleyways, coaching inns, half-timbered cottages and a church at each end of the high street — Marlborough still retains much of its original rustic charm. In the north east corner of Wiltshire, is the archetypical English market town with excellent shopping and a wide choice of places to eat and things to do. On Saturdays and Wednesdays the High Street hosts a market selling all kinds of stuff from locally produced meat and vegetables, to pots, plants, pashminas and pottery. A number of continental markets also come to the town, but mainly in the summer months. There is excellent shopping and a wide choice of places to eat and things to do at any time of the year.(7 miles)

VE16502Kennet & Avon Canal:
The Kennet & Avon Canal is one of our most well-loved waterways. The 87 mile long canal links London with the Bristol Channel, and passes through some spectacular landscapes including West Berkshire and the rolling Cotswolds. But this haven in southern England faced closure in the last century and was only brought back to life thanks to the tireless dedication of volunteers. Today, thousands of visitors enjoy boating, walking and cycling along the peaceful towpaths of the Kennet & Avon Canal, fondly known as the K&A. A waterside walk along any stretch of towpath is an enjoyable experience. For family days out, the Crofton Pumping Station, Caen Hill Flight, Avoncliff Aqueduct, Claverton Pumping Station and the historic city of Bath are just some of the canal’s many highlights. Hire a boat for the day from our local company at nearby Honeystreet –

National Trust:
Gardens: Stourhead and The Courts
Properties: Mompesson House, Avebury Manor, Great Chalfied Manor, Westwood Manor, Little Clarendon

psc-landscape-03Salisbury Cathedral:
Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals having been built in just 38 years (1220 – 1258) in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The tower and spire (Britain’s tallest) were added about 50 years later. The building itself is remarkable, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who erected it. But it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. (21 miles)

Lacock village is near the town of Chippenham (3 miles) in North Wiltshire. The village, which dates from the 13th century and has many limewashed half-timbered and stone houses, was used as a location in the TV and film productions of Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders and Emma. The Abbey also featured in the recent Harry Potter films. The Abbey was founded in 1232 and converted into a country house c.1540, the fine medieval cloisters, sacristy, chapter house and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. The handsome 16th-century stable courtyard has half-timbered gables, a clockhouse, brewery and bakehouse. The Victorian woodland garden boasts a fine display of spring flowers, magnificent trees, an 18th-century summer house, Victorian rose garden, newly restored botanic garden and ha-ha. Fox Talbot Museum, The Museum of Photography commemorates the achievements of a former resident of the Abbey, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77), inventor of the negative/positive photographic process and whose descendants gave the Abbey and village to the Trust in 1944. (22 miles)

West Kennet Long Barrow:
The West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic tomb or barrow, situated on a prominent chalk ridge, near Silbury Hill, one-and-a-half miles south of Avebury in Wiltshire, England. The site was recorded by John Aubrey in the 17th century and by William Stukeley in the 18th century. (9 miles)

Neolithic monument, dating from about 2300 BC, with concrete markers replacing six concentric rings of timber posts, once possibly supporting a ring-shaped building. This is part of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. (12 miles)

Wilton House:
Wilton House, home to the 18th Earl of Pembroke, provides a fascinating insight into British history. Built on the site of a 9th century nunnery but now set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland, with water and rose gardens beside the River Nadder and Palladian Bridge. The magnificent Inigo Jones Staterooms include the famous Double Cube Room – the finest surviving 17th century stateroom in England – which was designed to display the family portraits by Van Dyck. This is the greatest collection of paintings by the artist still to be seen in its original setting. Programme of special events throughout the year. For younger visitors there is an exciting adventure playground and quizzes in the house and grounds. (23 miles)

Old Sarum:
Climb the mighty ramparts for views over the Wiltshire plains and imagine the once thriving town of Old Sarum. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury’s original cathedral, conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte, and discover the awe-inspiring Iron Age hill fort where it all began. Unearth over 2,000 years of history and find out how the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark on this impressive landscape. (19 miles)

psc-landscape-04Bowood House:
Bowood has been the Lansdowne family home for over 250 years. The House lies in the centre of a beautiful rolling landscape next to a large lake – all created by ‘Capability’ Brown back in the 1760’s. More recently added to this two thousand acre oasis has been an amazing adventure playground (1970s), championship golf course (1990s) and boutique hotel (2009). Lord Lansdowne’s vision, over the past forty years, has been to harness Bowood’s natural assets whilst preserving its unique heritage by creating something that interests and excites all tastes and ages. (20 miles)