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Near Wiltshire’s sparsely populated rolling plains and grass-covered hills are ancient wonders. Visit compelling archaeological sites, enjoy quiet countryside walks and discover tranquil villages.
On the county’s hillsides, try to spot large chalk horses, some dating back more than two centuries. Walk along the White Horse Trail, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) path that passes all eight white horses.
North of Salisbury is Wiltshire’s most iconic attraction, Stonehenge. This mysterious ring of monolithic stones dates back many thousands of years. Stroll along the pathway wrapping around the ring of stones. The purpose of the site is unknown, with theories ranging from a communal meeting place to a sacrificial center.
Less famous but equally impressive is Avebury Stone Circle near Marlborough. With a diameter of 1,140 feet (348 meters) and a construction date estimated between 2500 and 2200 B.C., this ancient site is possibly the largest and oldest stone circle in the world. Visit the Alexander Keiller Museum to learn more about the site and the archaeologist who spent his life trying to discover its purpose.
Don’t miss the stunning 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral. Its 404-foot (123-meter) spire is touted as the tallest in Britain and represents an impressive achievement for its medieval builders. Look for a superb model of the cathedral in the north nave aisle, as well as a 14th-century medieval clock believed to be one of the world’s oldest timepieces.
You might recognize the historic village of Lacock from movies like The Other Boleyn Girl and the Harry Potter series. This pretty village has been managed by the National Trust since the 1940s. Notice the town is almost entirely free of traffic and there are no telephone poles or electric street lights. Wander lovely cobbled streets and visit its striking 13th-century abbey.
Wiltshire is located in southwest England, less than a 2-hour drive from London. The county’s cities are connected to the rest of the U.K. by regular bus services. You can also take the train from London Waterloo to Salisbury.
Located in the heart of Devizes, this romantic hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Silbury Hill, Avebury Circle, and Avebury Stone Circle. Lacock Abbey and West Kennet Long Barrow are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Limpley Stoke, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Claverton Pumping Station, American Museum in Britain, and University of Bath. Westwood Manor is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Located in Castle Combe, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Castle Combe Circuit and within 9 mi (15 km) of Corsham Court and The Players Golf Club. Bath Abbey and Roman Baths are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Harnham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Magna Carta Chapter House and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away.
Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Magna Carta Chapter House and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.
Located in the heart of Chippenham, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Corsham Court, Lacock Abbey, and Castle Combe Circuit. The Courts Garden and Great Chalfield Manor are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Magna Carta Chapter House and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
Situated in Salisbury, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Salisbury Cathedral and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Old Sarum. Stonehenge is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) away.