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Wiltshire, Visitor & Tourism Guide
Neighbouring counties: Gloucestershire
National Parks: New Forest
, North Wessex Downs
, Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs
Select Towns/Villages: Bradford-on-Avon
, Castle Combe
, Donhead St Andrew
Prehistory and AONBs
Wiltshire is as different as chalk and cheese. To the south and east are stunning chalk downland and a vast chalk plateau. To the north and west is lowland grazed by cows. So Wiltshire's 'as different as chalk and cheese' and that, we understand, is from where the expression comes.
The chalk area is essentially two National Parks
separated by the elevated chalkland plateau of Salisbury Plain
. To the north of Salisbury Plain
is the North Wessex Downs AONB
and to the south is the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB
. The highest places on the downland include Tan Hill in central Wiltshire and Win Green
all the way to the south. Lowland areas include Pewsey Vale
and the Vale of Wardour
. The cheese area is a vast lowland best seen from the scarp face of the downs around Barbury Castle
. This area includes the exquisite Malmesbury Abbey
and Malmesbury Abbey House Gardens
Stonehenge and Avebury
Wiltshire is world famous for its prehistoric sites and we recommend you start here. Stonehenge
and Avebury Stone Circle
form a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for these alone head west from London and spend time in Wiltshire.
Cathedral and country houses
In our opinion, Salisbury Cathedral
is the finest cathedral in the UK. If country houses are your thing there are Longleat, Bowood House and Gardens
, Wilton House and Gardens
and Lydiard House
. You could always learn about its history at Salisbury Cathedral
, Wiltshire Heritage Museum
, STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway
and Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
It's beautiful too. Two National Parks
(the North Wessex Downs
and the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs
) cover a large chunk of the county. Visitors also head for Salisbury Plain
(on which Stonehenge is located), Pewsey Vale
and the Vale of Wardour
. Outdoors, there are also The Ridgeway National Trail
, Marlborough Downs
, Salisbury Plain
, Westbury White Horse
, Win Green
and Stourhead Estate
. All the way down in the south east, the New Forest National Park
creeps into the county.
And it's not only the natural landscape that's beautiful. Check out Salisbury
and the towns of Bradford-on-Avon
. Some of Wiltshire's villages are also among the best around such as Lacock
and Castle Combe
Returning to its prehistory though, this is where Wiltshire's importance lies. If you're open to the experience, in addition to Avebury Stone Circle World Heritage Site
and Stonehenge World Heritage Site
do not miss Alexander Keiller Museum
,West Kennet Long Barrow
, Silbury Hill
and Barbury Castle
Top 10 Recommendations
Selected from the best Hotels in Wiltshire we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Towns in Wiltshire we've listed our top 10.
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