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Discover Wiltshire – a timeless English county home to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and Avebury, the medieval city of Salisbury and stately gardens.

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Step back in time on a visit to Wiltshire. Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors on a visit to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and Avebury, discover the medieval city of Salisbury and explore tranquil gardens and timeless landscapes.

Prehistoric wonders

Wiltshire is an ancient land shrouded in mystery and steeped in legend. If you stand on Salisbury Plain at sunrise or sunset it’s easy to understand why the ancient Britons believed Stonehenge was special. One of the most iconic wonders in the world, it is a prehistoric monument of unique importance. At Avebury, the great stone circle forms a huge ring, enclosing part of the village. There are several tour companies who offer trips to the World Heritage Site including inner circle tours of Stonehenge at dawn or dusk.

Medieval charm

The impressive spire of Salisbury Cathedral dominates Salisbury’s skyline. Home to Britain’s tallest spire, the world’s oldest clock and the best preserved of the 1215AD Magna Carta manuscripts, which is celebrated in an exhibition within the Chapter House.

Step back in time with a visit the National Trust village of Lacock, an architectural jewel that’s home to a 13th century Abbey complete with ornate cloisters and medieval lanes lined with shops. The village has been used for many a film and TV location including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.

Rural escapes

Almost half of Wiltshire is designated an as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there’s an abundance of walking paths, cycle routes and relaxing activities to enjoy. Discover the peaceful Wiltshire Cotswolds punctuated with dry stone walls and honey-coloured villages like Castle Combe. Navigate Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs with its soothing meadows on foot, or along the uplands of the North Wessex Downs.

Keen walkers can enjoy around 8,200 paths and whether you choose a gentle stroll or a more challenging path along one of the long distance routes, there is a network of footpaths to suite everyone. Alternatively, explore  Wiltshire’s timeless countryside by pedaling along the Wiltshire Cycleway or follow the tow path of the Kennet & Avon Canal for a great off-road route.

See if you can spot Wiltshire’s eight White Horses carved into our chalk landscape, the oldest, in Westbury dates from 1778.

Stately surroundings

Relax and unwind in some of Wiltshire’s stately surroundings, from the elaborate gardens at Stourhead to the landscaped gardens at Bowood and Longleat.

Explore Wiltshire’s market towns, stroll across the ancient Town Bridge at Bradford on Avon, meander along the hilltop town of Malmesbury and spot peacocks wandering through the historic streets of Corsham.

Festivals and events

Look out for a fantastic array of events from the annual Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival through to food and drink festivals showcasing the finest local produce.

Make a break of it

After plenty of exploring, rest up in one of Wiltshire’s places to stay. Whether you are looking for spa hotels, cosy B&Bs, farmhouses, country cottages or simply places nearby Stonehenge, there are lots of choices available.

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SStonehenge, Wiltshire. © Chris Lock
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