Wiltshire

Plain Sailing

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Overview

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.

Salisbury

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

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.

Warminster

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.

Longleat

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!

Trowbridge

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.

Melksham

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.

Devizes

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.

Tidworth

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.

Amesbury

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.

Stonehenge

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.

Overview

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Salisbury

2
3.0 miles

Old Sarum

3
21.8 miles

Warminster

4
7.2 miles

Longleat

5
12.5 miles

Trowbridge

6
6.5 miles

Melksham

7
7.7 miles

Devizes

8
19.3 miles

Tidworth

9
8.5 miles

Amesbury

10
3.1 miles

Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

Near Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE

Travelodge Devizes

Travelodge, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire

About the Plain Sailing Trail

Distance:89 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:2

Enjoy the county’s only cathedral city, Salisbury, surrounded by water, meadows, and countryside- before making the short drive to the ancient site of Old Sarum. Head to Warminster on the edge of the West Wiltshire Downs before arriving at Longleat to explore the house, grounds and meet the wildlife. Pass through Trowbridge on the banks of the River Biss to enjoy the market town of Melksham before arriving in bustling Devizes. Pass through Tidworth to the ancient sites of Amesbury and world famous Stonehenge, home to the circular stone monuments dating back thousands of years.

Salisbury Spire

Salisbury Cathedral is home to the best preserved copy of four surviving 1215 Magna Carta documents. Take in the world’s largest working mechanical clock and marvel at the towering spire against the landscape of the surrounding countryside.

Historic Wiltshire

Wiltshire’s countryside is home to a wealth of history – visit the ancient fortification site at Old Sarum. Take in the listed buildings at Devizes and the Mesolithic collections and mosaic at Amesbury.

Stonehenge

Visit Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world, set in the Wiltshire countryside. Take in thousands of years of history, explore the museum and marvel at the ancient stone circle monument.

Also Nearby

Stonehenge

Near Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE

Travelodge Devizes

Travelodge, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire