PLACES TO VISIT – A selection of sites of interest in Wiltshire

Wiltshire

PLACES TO VISIT – A selection of sites of interest in Wiltshire

Avebury

Avebury is a compact village almost entirely within neolithic earthworks dated between 2500 to 2000BC.

The village includes the Stone Circles, a Museum, the manor, a church, craft shop and the National Trust shop.

For more information see our Avebury Web Page

 


Barrows

There are numerous burial mounds, ‘Barrows’ around Wiltshire with famous ones such as West Kennet Long Barrow featuring in many reference texts.

For more information see our Barrows Web Page

 


Bowood House and Gardens

A magnificent 18th century family home of the Earl and Countess of Shelburne. The House contains a remarkable collection of family heirlooms, Indiana and works of art. It stands in glorious ‘Capability Brown’ parkland with beautiful lawns. For the Children there is an outstanding Adventure Playground complete with lifesize pirate galleon.

Open: 11am – 6pm daily 1st April – 29 October.
Directions: Entrance off the A4 in Derry Hill Village midway between Calne and Chippenham.

 


Corsham Court

Once a Royal Manor in Saxon times it is now home to Lord Methuen. It has a wonderful collection of paintings and statuary. The Picture Gallery and State Rooms are completely open for visitors to wander around.

Open: 2-4.30 daily (except Mon, Fri) 1st January – 30th November
After Good Friday until 30th September open till 6pm including Fridays and Bank Holidays.
Directions: Signposted on the A4 between Bath and Chippenham

 


Edington

A Priory Church well preserved a fine example of perpendicular architecture in Wiltshire is worth a visit for anyone interested. It was designed as a duel purpose church and monastery. The Church has ten bells and on its roof a medieval clock (without face).

Directions: Off the road from Westbury to Market Lavington.

 


Littlecote House

A tudor manor house built around 1500 by the Darrell family. The south front was added in 1590 by Chief Justice Popham.

The house is situated in the Kennet valley with an impressive oak panelled great hall, collection of armour from the civil war, and a large collection of other artifacts. The estate grounds cover 100 acres, in which a mosaic pavement from a Roman Villa was found in 1976.

Also at Littlecote is a classic motor-car collection.

Open: Easter to end of September.
Directions: Off the A4 between Marlborough and Hungerford.

 


Longleat

Longleat house home to the Marquess of Bath and now a safari park as well. It is a fine example of early Elizabethan Houses.

Open:March to October 10am – 6pm.
Directions:On the A362 2 miles SW of Warminster.

 

Roves Farm and Visitor Centre

In the heart of the Great Western Community Forest. It offers a chance to see all the farm animals and go on any of the conservation trails to the wildlife habitats.

Open:Wednesday to Sunday from Mid March to September.
Directions: Turn right off the A361 Swindon/Highworth road. Follow signposts to Severnhampton from Supermarine roundabout. Roves Farm signposted in village.

 


Stourhead

House and Gardens.

The 18th century Palladian mansion and gardens at Stourhead are well worth a visit for anyone who appreciates beautiful English country parks.

Three small temples, a grotto and the statues of eight English kings are situated within the grounds whose views from all locations are breathtaking.

Open: Gardens all year, House March to October, daily except Thurs, Fri, 12noon – 5pm.
Directions:3m NW of Mere (off A303), 9m S of Frome, off B3092.

 


Old Wardour Castle

The unusual hexagonal ruins of Old Wardour Castle stand serenely in its lakeside setting, protected by acres of wood. But this beguiling scene of rural tranquillity masks a blood thirsty past – a terrible battle was fought here in 1643 when Parliamentary forces besieged the castle for several weeks. By the time the occupants surrendered, the damage to the castle was extensive. Today surrounded by landscaped grounds which include an elaborate rockwork grotto, Old Wardour is a picturesque location for picnics and a relaxing day out.

Open: April to September; Daily 10.00am – 6.00pm. October Daily 10.00am – 4.00pm. November to March; Wed – Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm
Directions:Off the A30 between Shaftsbury and Swindon

Other sites within easy travel

Berkley Castle

England’s Oldest inhabited Castle is a home and not a museum, 24 generations of Berkleys have since 1153 transformed a savage Norman Fortress into a Stately home full of treasures. The splendidly preserved Castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and Elizabethan terraced gardens and there is also a wonderful Butterfly farm.

Open: April: daily except Mon 2pm – 5pm,
May – September: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, Sunday 2pm – 5pm.
October: Sundays only 2pm – 4.30pm. Bank holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm.
Directions: Just off the A38 midway between Gloucester and Bristol, from M5 use junction 13 or 14.

 


Chavenage

A Historic Elizabethan house (1576). With tapestry rooms and relics from Cromwellian times, when Chavenage was owned by Colonel Nathaniel Stephens, MP for Gloustershire. There are personal tours by the owner and it is especially suitable for groups.

Open: May – September, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank holidays, 2pm – 5pm
Directions: 2 miles north west of Tetbury (signposted). 1.5 miles from A46.

 


Cotswold Farm Park

The home of rare breed conservation. High on the Cotswolds, it is part of a 1,000 acre farm, home to a collection of nearly 50 rare breeds of British farm animals.

Open: April – September / July – August 10.30am – 5pm.
Directions: Take Fosse way (A429) Cirencester/Bourton-on-the-water road then follow signs.

 

Cotswold Wildlife Park

In 180 acres of gardens and woodland surrounding an old English Manor House you will find the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Animals from all over the world graze in the spacious gardens. Visit the walled garden, Tropical house or even the adventure playground with narrow gauge railway (April to October inclusive)

Open:10am – 6pm or (dusk)
Directions: 2.5 miles south of A40 at Burford, on the A36.

 


Westonbirt Arboretum

One of the World’s finest collections of trees and shrubs, with over 18,000 specimens, in over 600 acres of landscaped Cotswold scenery.

Open: all year 10am – 8pm (or dusk).
Directions: 3 miles south of Tetbury on A433.

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