From Swindon head for the history of Marlborough before arriving at Avebury. Head to Calne and enjoy Bowood House. Pause at Chippenham before spending some time in Malmesbury, to finally arrive at Royal Wootton Bassett.
Spend some time shopping in this former market town before seeing the sights. Explore Lydiard House and Park, the history of the Great Western Railway at the STEAM Museum, the Museum of Computing or take in the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.
Marlborough on the River Kennet has a cosmopolitan buzz that welcomes visitors to numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Old buildings line the high street which is home to The Merchant’s House. Discover Merlin Mound within the ground of Marlborough College – burial place of the wizard Merlin?
The village is one of the country’s great prehistoric sites and home to a Neolithic henge containing three stones circles including the world’s largest stone circle. Take the time to visit both the Alexander Keiller Museum – including the Stables Gallery and Barn Gallery, and Avebury Manor.
On the edge of the North Wessex Downs, Calne enjoys an historic past, brought to life in the Historic Quarter. Close by you can visit Bowood Estate, home to Bowood House where you can tour the rooms and outside discover the gardens and Capability Brown landscape.
The historic market town of Chippenham sits on the bank of the River Avon and is home to a lively scene, regular markets and events. Explore the Wiltshire & Swindon Heritage Centre, the Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre or relax in the peaceful John Coles park with its flowerbeds and bandstand.
Visit the 12th century Malmesbury Abbey and the Abbey House Gardens where the gardens, home to over 1,000 years of history cross the River Avon provide a colourful display. Visit Market Cross, the tomb of King Athelstan at the Norman Abbey and the Athelstan Museum.
Royal Wootton Bassett
The former Saxon enclave is a great place to explore the surrounding countryside. Discover the Georgian architecture, 18th century Town Hall and Wootton Bassett Museum. Explore Jubilee Lake and Templars Fir. Nearby at Broad Town you can find the White Horse carved into the hillside.