WILTSHIRE. Steeped in Heritage and Houses with beautiful Gardens
To the south of Wiltshire is the City of Salisbury.
A medieval city, 9 miles south of the UNSCO World Hertitage site of Stonehenge. The 13th-century cathedral has a 123m spire, a working 14th-century clock and an original copy of the Magna Carta, from 1215 A.D..
Wilton House and Gardens is just to the west of Salisbury.
Home and country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for 450 years, a true family home.
The Wylye Valley, further to the west of Salisbury and Wilton House.
A chalk stream, with clear water flowing over gravel is a popular fly fishing haunt, with a half-mile stretch of the river with three lakes in Warminster a local nature reserve. This little river meanders through pretty villages, with thatched cottages, so typical to the area.
Travel north from Salisbury across, Salisbury Plain, not forgetting to visit Stonehenge.
The Great Bustard was reintroduced to England on Salisbury Plain in 2004, a shy bird, so difficult to spot. But to date the reintroduction has been so successful that these birds can be spotted by a lucky few on occasions.
Marlborough is a pretty market town, to the east of Salisbury Plain, made famous by The Marlborough College, a leading English Public School.
The unexpectedly wide High Street, the second widest street in the country, boasts room for cars to park, not only on both sides of the street, but through the middle too. Marlborough was once a magor town on the main coach route from London to Bath, before the M4 motorway was built.
Malmesbury, in the north of Wiltshire and a part of The Cotswols.
A market town, built on the wool trade and prominent in the Middle Ages, centered around Malmesbury Abbey, much which survived the dissolution of the monasteries, in King Henry V111 reign.
Villages of Castle Combe. Saxon Bradford on Avon. National Trust Village of Lacock.
Stourhead Gardens. The Stately Home Longleat with the famous Longleat Safari Park. The Stately Home Bowood House.
National Trust The Courts Gardens. Peto Gardens at Iford Manor. Malmesbury Gardens.
N. T. Great Chalfield Manor. Westwood Manor. Mottisfont House.
World Heritage sites Stonehenge and Avebury.
The list just goes on and on of places to visit in Wiltshire, the county that many people just drive through!