Waterways, wildlife and World Heritage sites: Wiltshire sets the scene for pastoral perfection

This little corner of the West Country is home to some of the world’s most famous sites. From Stonehenge to Salisbury Cathedral, there are ancient landmarks dotted across the county. But look a little closer and you’ll also discover majestic manor houses and welcoming market towns with tucked away Michelin starred restaurants – wrapped up in a rural landscape that’s had a starring role in countless movies. Settle back in a scene-stealing country retreat and enjoy.

Things To Do

Amble – or cycle – along the Kennet and Avon canal towpath. This historic waterway is home to all manner of wildlife, and meanders through beautiful countryside and quaint towns. For a touch of elegance, explore the 18th-century landscape gardens at Stourhead. Or, to see the wilder side of Wiltshire, pay a visit to the lions of Longleat. There’s a safari park for little ones, a stately home for grown-ups and even a forest spa to escape to.

Many people come to Wiltshire for Stonehenge, but make time for Avebury, too – the largest stone circle in the world. The seven hills that surround the charming market town of Warminster were created by humans building Iron Age hill forts and Neolithic burial mounds. Take a picnic and soak up the ancient atmosphere.

Away from the big cities and world-famous landmarks, Castle Combe is a window into Wiltshire’s heritage. Walk around the village and look for centuries-old wool weavers’ cottages made from Cotswold stone, the 14th-century Market Cross and the old ‘Village Pound’. As you stroll you might even spot locations from films like War Horse and Stardust. 

Top Tip from SLH

Plan a private session at Castle Combe Circuit to try out rally car driving – or step it up a gear and book an exclusive Ferrari experience.