19 Days Out and Things to Do in Wiltshire
Wiltshire's most famous attraction is of course the world famous megalithic monument of Stonehenge, but there are many other days out in Wiltshire which the whole family will enjoy:
Avebury Manor and GardenThe beautiful and historic Avebury Manor and Garden was built in the 16th Century on the site of a 12th Century Benedictine priory.
Avebury Stone CircleAlthough sometimes overlooked by visitors in favour of Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle has stood for around 4,500 years, and is one of the world's largest stone circles - it's a quarter of a mile across!
Bowood House and GardensLying in a wonderful parkland setting created by Capability Brown, Bowood House and Gardens and its magnificent contents, including furniture, silver, and ivory from the Indian Raj offer an exceptional day out for lovers of historic houses and gardens.
Buscot and Coleshill Estates
Buscot and Coleshill Estates include two beautiful villages near the Wiltshire - Oxfordshire border.
With more than 60 cottages, a pub, village stores, church and a tea room, there's lots to see in both of these vibrant English villages. As you enjoy a stroll around both villages, you can soak up the atmosphere of a simpler time, and yet see how they are also home to real 21st century working communities.
Castle Combe CircuitThe county has many historical attractions - but there are plenty of other things to do in Wiltshire for the more action-oriented visitor: Just up the road from the tranquil and picturesque village of Castle Combe, lies Castle Combe Circuit - one of England's classic motor racing circuits, and home to motorsport since 1950.
Courts GardenJust yards from the bustling high street in Holt, you'll find a much more tranquil scene - The Courts Garden.
You can enjoy a variety of interesting plants, topiary, ornaments, kitchen garden and more in this beautifully maintained, Gertrude Jekyll inspired garden.
Great Chalfield Manor and GardenIf you were asked to close your eyes and imagine the perfect Medieval Manor House, you probably couldn't dream up anything better than Great Chalfield Manor and Garden.
Lacock AbbeyIf Lacock Abbey looks familiar, it's probably because it's been the location for several popular films including Robin Hood, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and it's even been used for parts of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
LongleatThere's so much to see and do at Longleat - it's not just one of the best days out in Wiltshire - it's one of Britain's favourite days out.
Lydiard House & ParkIf you enjoy visiting Stately Homes, you'll love Lydiard House & Park - you can tour the state rooms, enjoy the Georgian walled garden, and enjoy the house's magnificent setting - which offers more than 260 acres of parkland, lawns, lakes and woods to explore.
Mompesson HouseIf you're visiting Salisbury - don't miss Mompesson House which is conveniently located in the close near the famous cathedral.
The house dates from 1701, the superb plasterwork ceilings were added in the 1740s, and children will enjoy spotting the carved heads throughout the house - there are more than 40 to find in total!
Wiltshire has many ancient historical monuments - and Old Sarum, near Salisbury is one of the finest:
A mighty earthwork built by iron age people in around 500BC, it was later used by the Romans, Saxons and Normans.
As well as the giant earthwork itself, today visitors can see the remains of the Norman palace, cathedral and castle.
Old Wardour CastleOld Wardour Castle beautifully situated by a lake, is every bit the castle of stories and legends, so it's no wonder it appeared in the hit film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
Built in the 14th Century, the castle is now managed by English Heritage, and makes a great day out.
Salisbury and South Wiltshire MuseumHome to finds from this historical area, including the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, Medieval Salisbury and Old Sarum, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum is well worth visiting. Visitors can also enjoy the costume collection, Turner watercolours and more than 600 pieces of Wedgwood.
Salisbury CathedralOne of the finest Medieval buildings in the UK, Salisbury Cathedral is home to the tallest spire in Britain at more than 400ft.
The cathedral also contains one of only 4 surviving Magna Carta dating from 1215, and the oldest working clock in Europe. Check out the amazing virtual tour on our Salisbury Cathedral page.
StonehengeOne of Britain's oldest and most mysterious structures, Stonehenge is now a World Heritage Site.
StourheadAlthough Stourhead is a magnificent historic house, it's particularly notable for its grounds.
Westwood ManorBuilt by a local farmer in the 15th Century, Westwood Manor is a great place to visit if you're interested in Jacobean and Gothic architecture.
Wilton HouseWilton House has starred in many popular films including Mrs Brown, Sense and Sensibility and Young Victoria. It's not hard to see why it was chosen as it boasts both magnificent state rooms and beautiful landscaped parkland. You can also enjoy its superb collection of paintings by Van Dyck.
As you can see, Wiltshire has a lot to offer, with a wide range of tourist attractions, interesting and historic family days out, and things to do.We hope this article has given you some great ideas for things to do in Wiltshire. As you can see, the county has a lot to offer the visitor - an unrivalled selection of ancient monuments and historical attractions, but also one of the best safari parks in the country, a premier motor racing venue, and much more. Enjoy your days out in Wiltshire!