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  • Counterfeit Seventies Show

    Counterfeit Seventies Show

    Swindon

    The Counterfeit Seventiesbring you their unique Seventies throwback to a decade of glam rock through to new wave music and everything in between.F…more

  • QOF Badass 10KM, June 2019

    QOF Badass 10KM, June 2019

    Ludgershall

    This great event is back for its second year in Collingbourne woods in Wiltshire gives you great woodland running with no roads and traffic to cont…more

  • Collingbourne Half Marathon, June 2019

    Collingbourne Half Marathon, June 2019

    Ludgershall

    This not so hilly run gives you bridle track, woodland tracks and great single track running. suitable for all level of runnersLoads of parking ,Wat…more

  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    Wiltshire

    Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austens notorious heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse…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: 20/04/2019 16:45:15

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