Wiltshire county lies to the east of Bristol and Somerset, a lush green landscape with a story leading back to prehistoric times. Renowned for the iconic white horses carved into the rolling downs, almost half of Wiltshire is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are numerous ways to enjoy the quintessentially English countryside, from walking, cycling, and horseback riding to canal and riverboat trips.
The ancient druid standing stones at Stonehenge and Avebury have a magnetism that has drawn people for centuries, and its UNESCO World Heritage Site status stands as a testament to the ages. History in Wiltshire is not just ancient - Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark on the countryside and towns. Visit the traditional medieval city of Salisbury with its magnificent Cathedral.
In the northwest of Wiltshire, the Cotswold hills encompass the old-world village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury. Let this area transport you back to the days of old - potter around some of the prettiest villages in the UK, built from the local honey-coloured stone. Visit museums that explore the times of Domesday Book, stately manors perched on rolling hills and farmers’ markets with fresh produce and local culinary delights.
Wiltshire is a diverse county with a thriving arts scene covering theatre, cinema, galleries and arts centres. Enjoy great shopping opportunities at designer outlets or browse quirky independent stores in charming market towns. Discover Longleat and the National Trust gardens at Stourhead, climb ridgeways between Iron Age hill forts and follow peaceful country lanes winding through the stunning English countryside - sturdy walking boots essential!
More to see
The White Horses: Carved into the rolling hillsides, some of the iconic chalk figures date back 500 years, and eight Wiltshire White Horses still remain on view today.
Stonehenge: The world-famous prehistoric site, with an unforgettable atmosphere.
Salisbury Cathedral: Home to the Magna Carta, the 800-year old original document of rights for the people of England, and the UK’s tallest church spire.
The Cotswolds: The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famed for its picture-perfect villages.
Stourhead: One of the world’s finest landscape gardens - in autumn you can see panoramic views highlighted with beautiful golden leaves and rusty colour palettes.
Longleat: The ancient woodland with a grand stately home and drive-through exotic safari park.
Lacock Abbey: A country house built around a 13th-century abbey - and the birthplace of modern photography!