Leave the spire of Salisbury cathedral and head for historic site of Old Sarum. Pause in Warminster before reaching the wildlife and magnificent house at Longleat. Pass through Trowbridge to arrive at Melksham. Enjoy the atmosphere of Devizes before visiting Tidworth en route to the monuments at Amesbury and Stonehenge.
The Salisbury Cathedral is a magnificent sight with its towering spire rises from the water meadows landscape. See a copy of the original Magna Carta manuscript at the Chapter House, visit Salisbury Museum, The Rifles Military Museum, Arundells – former home of Sir Edward Heath and Mompesson House.
Old Sarum just outside Salisbury is an early settlement site where you can take in the history of an Iron Age fortification, a royal castle and the original Salisbury cathedral.
Explore the history of Warminster, on the edge of the West Wiltshire Downs – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take in Warminster Maltings – Britain’s oldest working maltings, the Dents glove factory, the Smallbrook Nature Reserve and Iron Age forts in the surrounding hills. Nearby Westbury has the White Horse cut into the escarpment.
Enjoy the grandeur of Longleat House with its Elizabethan architecture, art work and stunning formal gardens before setting off to explore the animals on your safari journey through the surrounding grounds – be careful, it’s a jungle out there!
On the banks of the River Biss, Trowbridge is rich in industrial heritage. Explore the Trowbridge Museum, spend some time shopping and then soak up the atmosphere, relaxing in one of the town’s eateries.
Perched on the banks of the Bristol Avon, the market town of Melksham has an Historic Quarter that includes Canon Square, Church Walk and St. Michael and All Angel’s Church. Enjoy a riverside walk or if you time your visit right, maybe one of town’s many events such as the Melksham Comic Convention or the Melksham Music Festival.
Explore the history and treasure of bustling Devizes, with over 500 listed buildings and 50 heritage plaques. Take in the town’s two museums, a castle – Roundway Down Iron Age Hill Fort, Wadworth Brewery - a working brewery tour and the Caen Flight of canal locks.
Enjoy the garrison town of Tidworth with its thatched cottages and military heritage. Visit St. Mary’s Mortuary Chapel and the Norman Church of Holy Trinity dating from the 13th or maybe even 12th century. Outside the town you can find Silbury Hill, an ancient Iron Age earthwork – a 75 acre Neolithic site.
Located on the banks of the River Avon, Amesbury is steeped in history. Enjoy one of Britain’s largest Mesolithic collections at the museum, the sculpture at Archers Gate – named after the Amesbury Archer who was found close by, the wonderful town mosaic and the giant Ancestor at Solstice Park.
The world famous prehistoric monument and one of the great wonders of the world, Stonehenge is about more than the iconic Stone Circle. Explore Neolithic houses, displays, exhibitions and walk across the landscape of over 4,500 years history.