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    Circus of Horrors

    Swindon

    The jaw-dropping show that rocked Britain's Got Talent, Circus of Horrors will take you on a whirlwind journey and send shivers down your spine with t…more

  • Feed

    Feed

    Salisbury

    Acclaimed devising company Theatre Tmoin are taking their hit show Feed on a tour of the UK in 2020.After the sell-out success of The Marked and T…more

  • MF Martial Arts Lyneham

    MF Martial Arts Lyneham

    Lyneham

    MF Martial Arts run some great classes for ages 3+ that we can't wait for you to take part in; these aim to improve confidence, discipline and much mo…more

  • An Evening with Paul Gascoigne

    An Evening with Paul Gascoigne

    Melksham

    . Britains Favourite Footballer is coming to Melksham!!An Audience with Paul "Gazza" Gascoignehosted by one of the circuits top comedians Jed…more

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Home to Britains most famous ancient monuments Wiltshire is a county that is defined by its place in English history. Unlike other counties however, it is the history of thousands of years ago that makes Wiltshire most famous. For amongst Wiltshires wide-open plains and green hills are hundreds upon hundreds of burial mounds, chalk figures and stone circles (as well as more and more dubious crop circles.)

A good place to start is with the hugely impressive Iron Age Hillfort of Old Sarum, on the site of the original Salisbury City. This fort was used by everyone from the Romans to the Saxons to the Normans and then grew out to become one of the busiest and most successful settlements in the medieval era. To this day Salisbury is still impressive, its fantastic cathedral boasting the tallest spire in England. In addition the city seems to be positively bursting with history, having not one but four original copies of the magna carta and the worlds oldest working clock, as well as countless elegant historic buildings.

People also use it as a base to go off and explore the other top box office destination in Wiltshire, Stonehenge. Stonehenge is one of the most famous historic sites in the world, a complex of earthworks surrounding a circle of large standing stones, built around 2500 BC and the center of a wide ranging complex of Bronze and Neolithic Age monuments as well as numerous burial mounds.

One of Britains largest Stone Age burial mounds, for example, can be found nearby at Longbarrow in Kennet. Similarly at Avebury, 20 miles north of Stonehenge is the Avebury Ring, the oldest stone ring in existence anywhere in the world (older than Stonehenge) and one of the greatest achievements of prehistoric Europe.

Other sites worth seeing include the eight white horses carved into hillsides in the surrounding countryside and part of the White Horse Trail. There are beautiful walks all over the county that pass by the historic sites and they are amongst the best in Britain. With much of the county being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with mystical monuments and symbols everywhere you turn, Wiltshire truly is an intriguing and picturesque county.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Wiltshire

Fun days out in Wiltshire

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Wiltshire, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Wiltshire

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Wiltshire.

Theme Parks in Wiltshire

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Wiltshire.

Museums in Wiltshire

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Wiltshire

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

Updated: 21/01/2020 04:44:32

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