From world famous stone circles to a world of animals you can see from your car window, Wiltshire is packed with attractions that will delight the whole family. We’ve picked out our top five below but if you think we’ve missed one better let us know on Twitter.
We’ve all seen photos of Stonehenge but until you see this prehistoric monument in the flesh you can’t appreciate it’s scale! Each stone stands around 13 feet high, 7 feet wide and weighs a eye-watering 25 tonnes. Visitors can explore the ancient landscape on foot before stepping inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. A visit to the world-class exhibition and visitor centre is a must; it is filled with 250 ancient objects and includes a 5,500 year-old man to meet.
Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
This majestic building is over 800 years old and is truly one of the UK’s iconic medieval buildings. As well as the building you can discover an original 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four in the world, and explore its legacy in an interactive exhibition. Salisbury is also home to world’s oldest working mechanical clock and some stunning stained glass. What would a visit to a UK heritage site be without some cake or a cream tea? Incomplete, but feat not, The Bell Tower Tearooms are open from March to October and are wonderfully situated overlooking the Cathedral lawns.
Wiltshire Museum (Devizes)
This museum is often touted as a must see before visiting Stonehenge and for good reason. The award-winning displays feature spectacular treasures dating to the time of Stonehenge and worn by people who worshiped inside the stone circle. The museum skilfully tells 500,000 years of Wiltshire’s story in an engaging way. There are lots of things for kids, like building Stonehenge or trying on Bronze Age clothes. There are also fascinating displays telling Wiltshire’s story, including Roman treasure, the Story of Devizes and a new Saxon Gallery features the Making of the Kingdom of Wessex.
Longleat Safari Park
They’ve got elephants, monkeys, wolves, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, deer and so much more! If you love animals you’ll love the chance to see over 500 of them up close and personal, well not too personal, we wouldn’t want you getting eaten! The park opened in 1966 as was the first drive-through safari park outside Africa!
Westbury White Horse & Bratton Camp
The Westbury White Horse is cut into the hillside and is visible for miles, so no wonder it is a famous sight on the local landscape. Records suggest that the horse was originally cut in the late 1600s, probably to commemorate the supposed Battle of Ethandun, thought to have taken place at Bratton Camp in AD 878. Talking of Bratton Camp, the original Iron Age hill fort defences were built here over 2000 years ago. The site was excavated in the 18th century and again in the 19th century when human skeletons and cremations were uncovered. If you visit be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a rare Adonis Blue butterfly or forester moth.