Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Accommodation near Boscombe Down - Wiltshire

Whether you are visiting family on business or holiday accommodation near Boscombe Down is to be found in Amesbury Salisbury or surrounding villages.

Boscombe Down Establishment is at the top of the hill overlooking Amesbury town. For a selection of suitable accommodation both in the town, Salisbury and within easy reach of Boscombe Down establishment click on :

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In the immediate area there are several good quality hotels in Amesbury, bed and breakfast both inside Amesbury itself and in nearby Shrewton and Netheravon and a choice of several campsites and even campervan hirers close to Stonehenge and Mere just off the A303.

The airfield at Boscombe Down has a long history of experimental flying and started life as an experimental flying unit at the historic airfield at Upavon to the north of the present site before moving to Martlesham Heath in Suffolk in January 1917 . The A&AEE title was adopted by the unit in 1924 and finally to its present home just outside Amesbury in 1939 owing to its vulnerability at its Suffolk base during World War 2.

Other test flying operations notably those at Bedford and Farnborough and Llanbedr in Wales were consolidated into DTEO then DERA and moved to Boscombe Down in the 1990’s . Following privatisation the site is now managed by the company QinetiQ . Boscombe Down airfield is renowned for the Empire Test Pilots Schoo l (ETPS) where test pilots and engineers from all over the world are trained.

For those interested the Boscombe Down flying collection has very recently moved from the establishment into new hangar accommodation at Old Sarum (another historic airfield just outside Salisbury operating private aircraft and offering flying tuition). The museum is open only at weekends during the winter months and daily apart from Tuesdays in the summer months. You are advised to contact the museum tel. (+44))1722 323626 for further details.

Accommodation near Boscombe Down will also give you an opportunity to have a look around at what is a fascinating area of the UK and we recommend you visit Stonehenge or Salisbury Cathedral which are both not far from the airbase.

In fact archaeological treasures have recently been discovered during recent airfield construction works, notably the renowned Amesbury Archer burial site, and are housed in Salisbury Museum.

Accommodation near Boscombe Down