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Wiltshire, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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Neighbouring counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset
National Parks: New Forest
AONBs: Cotswolds, North Wessex Downs, Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs
Cities: Salisbury
Select Towns/Villages: Bradford-on-Avon, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Swindon, Corsham, Castle Combe, Lacock, Avebury, Aldbourne, Donhead St Andrew, Woodborough

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.

Natural beauty
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, Corsham, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Devizes, Pewsey. 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.

External Links
www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
en.wikipedia.org
www.northwessexdowns.org.uk
www.ccwwdaonb.org.uk

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Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn

Located in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Approximately 2.4 miles away.

Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn has one of the largest stone roofs in Europe. Part of the estate of Shaftesbury Abbey in Dorset. Built in the fourteenth century. The Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn was used to collect 'tithes' o...

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Barton Grange Farm

Located in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Approximately 2.4 miles away.

Grange of the Abbess of Shaftesbury. Abbess given the land in 1001AD by King Ethelred. Working farm until the early 1970s. Yard bought and restored by the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust in 2000. Part of Barton Farm...

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Bradford on Avon Museum

Located in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Approximately 2.4 miles away.

Located in the Bradford on Avon Library, centre of town. Set up in 1990. Preserves and displays 'aspects of the natural and historical heritage of the town and surrounding villages'. Free entry...

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Old Manor Hotel, Bradford On Avon
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 19; Rates: 60 - 170 Per Night

Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, charming, peaceful and quirky - just some comments that previous guests have written about the Old Manor Hotel The hotel is in the countryside overlooking the historic Cotswold market town o...

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Widbrook Grange, Bradford On Avon
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Approximately 1.6 miles away.

Total Rooms: 20; Rates: 95 - 195 Per Night

This warm, informal and elegant 250 year old Georgian country house is peacefully located in 11 acres of land, 17 minutes from Bath and just 40 minutes from Bristol Airport...

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East Wing Bed & Breakfast, Bradford On Avon
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Approximately 2.0 miles away.

Total Rooms: 2; Rates: 65 - 85 Per Night

In an acre of private gardens, just a few minutes from the river and historic Bradford on Avon, this charming bed and breakfast boasts free Wi-Fi, free parking and stunning views...

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