Places to Visit
Longleat House, BA12 7NW. Elizabethan Architecture – and the Capability Brown Landscaped Grounds surrounding it. Completed in 1580. And today the drive through Safari Park. 14 miles. https://www.longleat.co.uk
Bowood House and Gardens, SN11 0LZ. Georgian Country House with interiors by Robert Adam and a "Capability" Brown Garden. 14 miles. https://www.bowood.org/bowood-house-gardens/
Corsham Court, SN13 0BZ. An English Country House built in 1582. Set in a park designed by Capability Brown. Notable for its fine art collection. 11 miles. http://www.corsham-court.co.uk/
Wilton House, SP2 0BJ An English Country House near Salisbury. Country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years, dating back to the 1540’s. 22 acres of Parkland and Gardens. 26 miles http://www.wiltonhouse.com/
The Courts, Holt near Bradford on Avon, BA14 6RR. National Trust English Country Garden, full of differently styled garden "rooms". 6 miles https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-courts-garden
The Peto Gardens, Iford Manor. BA15 2BA. Built into the steep hillside, so terracing is important in the design. Peto was attracted by the charm of old Italian gardens, flowers, cypresses, broad walks, statues and pools.
8 miles https://www.ifordmanor.co.uk/
Stourhead Gardens. Hills, water and classical architecture overlaid by a fabulous collection of trees and shrubs, Stourhead first opened in the 1740's. Breathtaking in any season. 20 miles BA12 6QD https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead
Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath, BA2 5AH. Designed in the 18th century by the poet Alexander Pope and the landscape gardener Capability Brown, now owned by the National Trust.
13 miles https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park-landscape-garden
Westonbirt National Arboretum, GL8 8QS. Managed by the Forestry Commission, perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the United Kingdom. 24 miles https://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Great Chalfield, Nr. Bradford on Avon, SN12 8NH. A medieval manor, partly moated and built 1465 by Thomas Tropenell. Entrance to the manor is by guided tour only. An unsurprisingly popular film set destination. 7 miles https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/great-chalfield-manor-and-garden/features/discover-the-medieval-manor
Westwood Manor is a 15th-century manor house with 16th-century additions and 17th-century plaster-work in the village of Westwood near Bradford on Avon, BA15 2AF. 7 miles https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/westwood-manor Avebury Manor & Garden, SN8 1RF. A National Trust property, a Grade I, listed early 16th century manor house and its surrounding garden. Restoration followed on TV series. 18 miles https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury
UNESCO World Heritage City and Sites
The Roman Baths, BA1 1LZ. Consists of remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs still flow with natural hot water.
15 miles https://www.romanbaths.co.uk/
The Fashion Museum Bath A world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress. Opened in 1963, founded by Doris Langley Moore. Currently being rehomed. 15 miles https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/
No. 1 The Royal Crescent. BA14 2LRA museum, decorated and furnished as it might have been during 1776-1796. Revealing what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents – upstairs and downstairs.
15 miles http://no1royalcrescent.org.uk/
The Holburne Museum, BA2 4DB. The city's first public art gallery, the Grade I listed building, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne. 15 miles https://www.holburne.org/
Stonehenge, SP4 7DE. A prehistoric monument consisting of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weighing around 25 tons.
18 miles http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/
Avebury SN8 1RF. A Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury.
One of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain, it contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world.
18 miles http://ww w.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/avebury/
Farleigh Hungerford Castle, BA2 7RS. A medieval castle or fortified mansion dating back to the 14th Century located on the Wiltshire/Somerset border 8 miles http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/farleigh-hungerford-castle/
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Nunney Castle. BA11 4LW. A medieval castle in Somerset. Built in the late 14th century by Sir John Delamare on the profits of his involvement in the Hundred Years War. 17 miles. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/nunney-castle/
Wardour Castle. SP3 6RP. Ruins of a 14th-century castle built as a lightly fortified luxury residence for comfortable living and lavish entertainment. 15 miles west of Salisbury. 26 miles. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/old-wardour-castle/
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Lacock, SN15 2LG. The National Trust village looks much as it did 200 years ago. The oldest house, older than the 13th century abbey. A favourite with film makers notably Harry Potter and Downton Abbey
8 miles https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum-and-village/
Caen Hill Locks, SN10 1QR. A flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, between Rowde and Devizes. The 29 locks have a rise of 237 feet in 2 miles. 9 miles https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/caen-hill-locks Thanks to Dreamstime for the image.
Wadworth the Victorian brewery in Devizes, SN10 1JW. The tower brewery, built in 1885, is a real landmark in the town. Book a brewery tour at the award winning visitor centre 9 miles https://www.wadworth.co.uk/visitor-centre Westbury White Horse, BA13 4TA. A hill figure on the escarpment of Salisbury Plain a famous local landscape. Records suggest that the horse was originally cut in the late 1600s, probably to commemorate the Battle of Ethandun, thought to have taken place in AD 878. 4 miles.
Salisbury Cathedral, SP1 2EJ. An Anglican Cathedral, and one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Home to a copy of the Magna Carter. 28 miles https://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/
The American Museum in Britain at Claverton Manor, BA2 7BD. Designed by Jeffry Wyatville, built in the 1820s on the site of a manor bought by Ralph Allen in 1758. Journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the 20th century, with a remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts. 13 miles ttps://americanmuseum.org/