Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Wiltshires Top Attractions

Wiltshires top attractions boast one of the country's most beautiful cathedral cities. The county is packed with B&B's and here’s how to make the most of your stay.

Salisbury - The medieval city of Salisbury is located in the south of the county, on the banks of the River Avon. Known as the ‘city in the countryside’ because of its scenic surrounds, it boasts a stunning ancient heart dominated by a thirteenth century cathedral. There is no shortage of visitor attractions, including a well preserved copy of the Magna Carta, the largest Doomsday painting in England and a nationally famous playhouse.

Stonehenge - Samuel Johnson once called Stonehenge an ‘eminent monument of art’, and it certainly lives up to this accolade. The famous stone circle is estimated to be more than 5,000 years old and holds great religious significance for Pagans the world over. The site is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; and National Trust and National Heritage members go free.

North Wessex Downs - Wiltshire might not have the challenging hikes of the neighbouring West Country, but there are plenty of attractive trails for walkers to enjoy. If you fancy a breath of fresh air then head to the North Wessex Downs, which are home to the famous Cherhill White Horse as well as Avebury Stone Circle Heritage Site, Ludgershall Castle and Wayland’s Smithy Long Barrow. There are plenty of opportunities for paragliding, hang-gliding and gliding over the Downs – but if you’re planning on partaking in adventure sports then make sure you take out a policy with a reputable provider such as Go Travel insurance.

Lacock and Castle Combe - Described by locals as two of the prettiest villages in England, Lacock and Castle Combe both offer plenty to delight the eye and are just one of many of Wiltshires top attractions. Both have been used as backdrops for TV period dramas, and Lacock Abbey has become famous for representing Hogwarts in the first and second Harry Potter films. As well as a charming rural atmosphere, you will find a great collection of pubs, tea rooms and local shops in which to break your journey.

Wiltshires Top Attractions