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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.
Situated in Harnham, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Salisbury Museum and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
Located in the heart of Chippenham, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Bowood Golf & Country Club, Lacock Bakery, and Corsham Court. Lacock Abbey and Bowood Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Claverton Pumping Station, American Museum in Britain, and University of Bath. Old Town and Abbey House Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Salisbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bishop's Palace and Salisbury Cathedral. Old Sarum is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.
Located in the heart of Devizes, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oare House, Old Town, and Kennet & Avon Canal. Bowood Golf & Country Club and Bowood Garden are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Salisbury, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Salisbury Cathedral and 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Old Sarum.
Situated in Calne, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Bowood Garden and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Bowood Golf & Country Club. Silbury Hill and Avebury Circle are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Woodhenge, Durrington Walls, and King Alfred's Tower. Stonehenge and Old Sarum are also within 9 mi (15 km).