Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Accommodation near Tidworth - Wiltshire

On holiday or business or visiting friends and relatives there is only a very limited choice of suitable accommodation for visitors in Tidworth itself.

Accommodation Amesbury | Salisbury

If you head SW on the A338 or along the A303 into Amesbury, Shrewton or Salisbury to the south there is generally a good choice of accommodation available from small B&Bs;, campsites or village pubs through to luxury hotel accommodation. There are several quality hotels in the Amesbury area for example The Antrobus Arms Hotel. On the edge of Salisbury Plain there are many rural thatched villages where you can also find family run B&Bs; for example The Old Post Office B&B; at Haxtonor pub accommodation.

North and South Tidworth or Tedworth as it was known are villages of Saxon origin mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1270. North Tidworth was in the county of Wiltshire and South Tidworth in Hampshire. Following the boundary re-organisation of 1992 both north and south are now in Wiltshire.

In the 19th century Salisbury plain had been used for military training using tented accommodation in the summer and wished to build a more permanent base. Tedworth House and Estate was amongst the largest of these earliest purchases in 1897 and the War Office took over much of both north and south Tidworth. Most of the population left when their cottages were taken over to house military personnel. The War Office tried to auction off Tedworth House itself but having failed to sell it they decided in 1898 that it should become the offices and home of the Commanding Officer and has remained in the Army’s possession ever since fulfilling a variety of functions over the years.

More recently it became the Garrison Officers Mess until Feb 2011 when it was handed over on a 99 years lease to Help for Heroes the soldiers charity with a £20m refurbishment programme as their flagship Recovery centre. Tedworth House is able to accommodate 54 residents and 30 day visitors. Its purpose is to inspire wounded, injured, sick and returning veterans to lead active independent and fulfilling lives, enabling them to reach their full potential, as well as supporting them and their families for life. This is best summed up as Inspire, Enable and Support.

Tidworth Camp forms the major part of Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison. In recent years there has been a massive building project of accommodation at all UK Army bases including Tidworth, Perham Down and Bulford the aim being to improve the living and working condition for our soldiers and their families. Tidworth is undergoing a very large building programme and has taken on the appearance of a small town as garrison numbers increase. As well as soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq there has been a rationalisation of other Army bases to concentrate them close to the main exercise area of Salisbury Plain.

If you are seeking holiday accommodation near Tidworth or just visiting the base on business or visit relatives there is a good choice of accommodation to be found in and around Salisbury and Amesbury on our pages.

Accommodation near Tidworth