If you don’t know Wiltshire, take a look at this list – lots to do, plenty to see – options for everyone!
World Heritage Sites:
The famous Stonehenge (25 miles) and Avebury (5 miles) stone circles are the best known, but there are more mysterious sites to explore in the area. At Stonehenge, spend time in the excellent visitor centre and learn what has been discovered about this iconic site. At Avebury, a village stands in the middle of the stones and you can wander freely around the circles. And for those wanting to know a lot more, get in touch with Laurence at Oldbury Tours – a real expert.
PLUS: In addition, just a short distance along the A4 from the farm is the largest man-made mound in Europe, the mysterious Silbury Hill, compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids, and West Kennet Longbarrow – a neolithic burial chamber more than 5,500 years old.
Beautiful English Villages:
Two quintessential British villages, probably very familiar to you through their appearance in many films including Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and War Horse, are Lacock (10 miles) and Castle Combe (16 miles)
Nearby town: Devizes
Three interesting options in the nearby town of Devizes (9 miles) are the Wiltshire Museum, famous for its Avebury and Stonehenge collections, a tour of the Wadworths Brewery perhaps followed by a walk up the Caen Hill Locks – all 29 of them – the longest flight of locks in the country.
Nearby town: Marlborough
With its wide high street and weekly market, Marlborough is a great ‘browsing’ town. Many independent shops, interesting architecture including the restored 17th Century Silk Merchant’s house in the high street plus a wide selection of restaurants from Pizza chains to Rick Stein’s Fish restaurant, there is something for everyone.
Nearby Town: Calne
The Heritage Centre and Heritage Quarter are well worth a visit, and, weather permitting, a stroll around Castlefields Park before a slap-up Sunday roast at the Lansdowne on the Strand, a beautifully restored 16th Century coaching inn.
For the car enthusiasts amongst you, the Atwell Wilson Motor Museum, just 3 miles away, is well worth a visit and if you bring your own classic (or not so classic) car when you stay with us, we can offer garage parking (if booked in advance) to keep it safe and dry!
Bowood House, with its beautiful buildings and gardens, adventure playground, golf course and spa, plus its many events through the summer is just 6 miles away.
STEAM, the museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II listed railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. See the magnificent locomotives, operate signals, drive a simulator and learn about the history of railway – conveniently located next to the Swindon Outlet Mall.
If you are looking for some exercise, you can just walk, or walk with a purpose! There are 3 golf courses within easy reach; or if you’d rather, bring your bike – cycle paths start at the end of the lane. For walkers, the Ridgeway is accessible from a path just 100 metres from the farm or for something very ‘Wiltshire’, check out the Cherhill White Horse and the Lansdowne Monument – just 3 miles from the farm!
Explore in the air with the Wiltshire Microlight Centre – microlights and light aircraft – fast and exciting and only 10 minutes from the farm!!
Or whizz round a go-kart track with M4 Karting – just 30 minutes away.
If you are visiting for the popular Badminton Horse Trials (normally first weekend in May), we are just 20 miles away with easy access to the Luckington Lane parking – a perfect way to dodge the traffic jams! Or perhaps just to see the magnificent Gardens on their open days. And in July, the annual Barbury Horse Trials are close by and have been described as a mini-Badminton – several different classes including top riders bringing their young horses – a chance to see the stars of the future.