WILTSHIRE

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Alexander Keiller Museum AveburyMuseum
One of the most important prehistoric archaeological collections in Britain, housed in the Stables Gallery, and including many artefacts from the World Heritage Site (WHS) monuments. The admission fee includes access to both the Stables and Barn Galleries. The Barn Gallery (belonging to the National Trust) tells the story of the WHS, its monuments, and the people associated with it.

AveburyAveburyAncient Monument
In the 1930s, the pretty village of Avebury, partially encompassed by the stone circle of this World Heritage site, was witness to the excavations of archaeologist Alexander Keiller. In re-erecting many of the stones, Keiller uncovered the true wonder of one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe. The fascinating finds from his excavations are on display in the 17th-century threshing barn and stables galleries of the Alexander Keiller Museum, where interactive displays and activities for children bring the landscape to life. The 16th-century dovecote also displays a variety of alternating interpretations throughout the year.

Avebury Manor & GardenAveburyHistoric House and Garden
With notable Queen Anne alterations and Edwardian renovation, the present buildings of the house date from the early 16th century. Ancient walls and clipped box hedges contain the 'rooms' of the garden, where splendid topiary and tranquil space provided inspiration for Vita Sackville-West, a frequent visitor in the 1920s.

Bradford-on-Avon Tithe BarnBradford-on-AvonOther Building
A spectacular 14th century monastic stone barn, 51 metres (168 feet) long, with an amazing timber cruck roof.

Bratton Camp and White HorseNr WestburyAncient Monument
Below an Iron Age hillfort, enclosing a much earlier long barrow, stands the Westbury White Horse. Cut into the hillside in 1778, this replaced an older horse, possibly commemorating King Alfred's nearby victory over the Vikings.

Castle Combe MuseumCastle CombeMuseum
Museum with artifacts and displays relevant to the history of Castle Combe.

Chippenham Museum and Heritage CentreChippenhamMuseum
Chippenham Town Council created the Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre, which is housed in a fine 18th century grade II listed building. The museum describes the story of this historic market town; from Neolithic farmers and Roman settlements to King Alfred's struggle to keep the town from Viking invaders, through Brunel's influence with the railway, to Jo Buckle, a local fishmonger who was visited by Queen Mary. Using creative displays you will have an audience with King Alfred who tells you about life in Saxon Chippenham. Lift the floorboards to discover what treasures and artefacts reveal about people's past lives. View inside the wall of a house to reveal the custom of using mummified cats, frogs and bats to ward off evil spirits.

Chisbury ChapelChisbury, nr MarlboroughChurch - Chapel
A pretty thatched and flintwalled 13th century chapel, later used as a barn.

Courts Garden, TheHolt, Nr Bradford-on-AvonGarden
Full of variety, this charming garden shows the English country style at its best. Peaceful water gardens and herbaceous borders, with organically shaped topiary, demonstrate an imaginative use of colour and planting, creating unexpected vistas. Stroll through the arboretum with its wonderful species of trees and naturally planted spring bulbs.

Cricklade MuseumCrickladeMuseum
Small mixed collection museum with displays from Roman to current day. Large photographic collection.

Great Chalfield ManorNr MelkshamHistoric House
This beautiful medieval manor sits in peaceful countryside. Cross the upper moat, passing barns, gatehouse and delightful parish church to enjoy fine oriel windows and the soldiers, griffons and monkey adorning the rooftops. Romantic gardens offer terraces, topiary houses, gazebo, lily pond, roses and views across the spring-fed fishpond.

Great Western MazeSwindonMaze
The Great Western Maize Maze is on Duchy of Cornwall land at Newton Farm, Newton St Loe, Bath. We hope you will come and see us and have loads of fun finding your way around the maze and solving the Puzzle. Don't worry about getting too lost though, our cheery band of helpers are there to make sure you eventually find your way through to the end. Drinks, Icecreams and souvenirs can be bought and you can rest and recover in our picnic area and do more of our puzzles if you have any energy left!

Hamptworth LodgeSalisburyHistoric House
A rebuilt Jacobean Manor House in woodlands on the edge of the New Forest. Grade 2 star family house with period furniture, including a collection of clocks. The Great Hall has an unusual roof construction. There is a collection of prentice pieces and the Moffatt collection of contemporary copies. Gardens also open. Ground floor and grounds only suitable for disabled access.

Hatfield EarthworksMarden, Nr DevizesAncient Monument
The earthworks of a Neolithic henge and monumental mound, by a loop in the River Avon.

John Creasey Museum & the Creasy Collection of Contemporary ArtSalisburyMuseum
The John Creasey Museum comprises a literary museum and a collection of contemporary art, including works by Cecil Beaton, Leon Kossoff, Christopher Le Brun and Michael Pennie.

King's House, TheSalisburyMuseum
Ten galleries of nationally important, award-winning displays. Salisbury's history: costume, Wedgwood and other ceramics, pictures, and wonderful collections of archaeology, particularly Stonehenge (with new interactive gallery), Old Sarum, and the Pitt Rivers collection. Turner watercolours, temporary exhibitions, gift and coffee shops. Housed in the historic King's House in Salisbury Cathedral Close.

Lackham Country ParkLacock, Nr ChippenhamCountry Park
Rural Life Museum; formal & historic walled gardens Woodland Walk; Animal Trail; Picnic Area; Plant & Gift Sales. Car park, Refreshments. Special Event Programme March – October.

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & VillageLacock, Nr ChippenhamHouse & Park
Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location. The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey's monastic past. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography.

Little ClarendonDinton, SalisburyHistoric House
Late 15th-century stone house and curious chapel adjoining.

Longleat Stately Home & Safari ParkWarminsterWildlife Park
Discover some of the world’s most magnificent animals in the UK’s first Safari Park, plus Longleat Hedge Maze, Safari Boats, Longleat Railway, and much more!

Ludgershall Castle and CrossLudgershallCastle
The ruins and earthworks of a royal castle dating mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries, frequently used as a hunting lodge. The remains of the medieval cross stand in the centre of the village. Information panels guide you around the site.

Lydiard House & ParkSwindonHouse and Garden
The beautifully restored ground floor apartments of this Palladian house are open all year. Restored parkland with reinstated ornamental fruit and flower walled garden opening May 2007.

Merchants HouseMarlboroughHouse
The house of Thomas Bayly is one of the best examples of the great merchant's houses of Marlborough built after the great fire in 1653. The property to the East, which is part of the house, has now been purchased by the Merchant's House Trust and will in due time be incorporated in the general development of the House.

Mompesson HouseSalisburyHouse
When walking into the celebrated Cathedral Close in Salisbury, visitors step back into a past world, and on entering Mompesson House, featured in the award-winning film Sense and Sensibility, the feeling of leaving the modern world behind is deepened. The tranquil atmosphere is enhanced by the magnificent plasterwork, fine period furniture and graceful oak staircase, which are the main features of this perfectly proportioned Queen Anne house. In addition, the Turnbull collection of 18th-century drinking glasses is of national importance. The delightful walled garden has a pergola and traditionally planted herbaceous borders.

National Monument Record CentreSwindonMuseum
Discover more about England's heritage at the National Monuments Record (NMR), the public archive of English Heritage. We hold over 10 million photos, plans, drawings, reports and publications on architecture, archaeology, listed buildings, aerial photography and social history. The NMR is one of the largest publicly accessible archives in the UK and the largest one dedicated to the historic environment. You can visit our Public Search Room and the English Heritage Library.

Netheravon DovecoteNetheravonOther Building
A charming 18th century brick dovecote, still with most of its 700 or more nesting boxes.

Old Sarum CastleSalisburyAncient Monument
Discover the story of the original Salisbury and take the family for a day out to Old Sarum, 2 miles north of where the city stands now. The mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark. Today, 5,000 years of history are told through graphic interpretation panels on site. Families, heritage lovers and walkers can enjoy a great value day out at Old Sarum- you could even bring a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views across the Wiltshire countryside. The gift shop has a delicious range of ice-creams and exclusive English Heritage gifts and produce. Wooden bows and arrows are also on sale to help the kids imagine what life was like all those years ago!

Old Wardour CastleTisbury, SalisburyCastle
Set in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle, near Tisbury was once one of the most daring and innovative homes in Britain. It was built in the 14th century as a lightly fortified luxury residence for comfortable living and lavish entertainment. Today the castle ruin provides a relaxed, romantic day out for couples, families and budding historians alike. An audio tour, included in the ticket price, tells of Old Wardour’s eventful past and the fighting it saw during the Civil War. The badly damaged castle became a fashionable romantic ruin, and in the 18th century was incorporated into the landscaped grounds of the New Wardour House (not managed by English Heritage, no public access to New Wardour House or grounds). Today, visitors can still climb the turrets and even imagine themselves as extras in the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, part of which was filmed here.

Pewsey Heritage CentrePewseyAgricultural Museum
The collection is housed in what was once the foundry building of Whatley and Hiscock, agricultural engineers. Indeed, the machinery of this firm formed the basis for the Heritage Centre. When engineering work ceased, the local history society set up a museum to conserve the heavy machinery. This has grown into the resource you can see today.

Philipps House & Dinton ParkDinton, SalisburyHouse & Park
Neo-Grecian house with fine Regency furniture, designed by Jeffry Wyatville for William Wyndham, 1820. Excellent parkland walks throughout year.

Richard Jefferies MuseumCoate, SwindonMuseum
Richard Jefferies (1848 - 1887) was a celebrated writer on the English countryside. His classic children's book 'Bevis' was set around Coate Water. This small museum in the farmhouse where he was born contains manuscripts, first editions and personal items. It also commemorates the work of Alfred Williams (1877 - 1930), the Swindon railwayman, scholar and poet known as the 'Hammerman Poet'.

Sanctuary (Avebury), TheAveburyAncient Monument
Begun in about 3000 BC, the Sanctuary was originally a complex circular arrangement of timber posts, which were later replaced by stones. These components are now indicated by concrete slabs. Its function remains a mystery: possibly it enshrined the dwelling place of some revered person, and certainly huge numbers of human bones were found here, accompanied by food remains suggesting elaborate death rites and ceremonies. Later, West Kennet Avenue was constructed to connect it with newly-built Avebury, reinforcing the status of this enigmatic but clearly very important site.

Science Museum WroughtonWroughton, SwindonMuseum
The Science Museum in Wroughton is located on a former World War Two airfield and stores and conserves large objects from the national collections including air transport, land transport, agricultural machinery, computers, firefighting, machine tools, space rockets, and large scientific instruments. All of the objects are in six hangers, each covering over an acre of land. The collection is open during a programme of school holiday and weekend events.

Shearwater LakeWarminsterCountryside
Surrounded by 38 acres of magnificent woodland, Shearwater Lake is one of the finest waterways in West Wiltshire. The lake, which is part of the Longleat Estate was designed in 1791 by Francis Drake of Bridgwater. It is known for its fishing and sailing. A 20 mile long cycle route through the Wylye valley to Salisbury begins here.

Silbury Hill (Avebury)AveburyAncient Monument
The largest man-made mound in Europe, mysterious Silbury Hill compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids. Probably completed in around 2400 BC, it apparently contains no burial. Though clearly important in itself, its purpose and significance remain unknown. There is no access to the hill itself.

Smallbrook Meadows Nature ReserveWarminsterNature Reserve
A delightful nature reserve situated at the end of Warminster Lake Pleasure Gardens consisting of water meadows and woodland. Its location, next to the River Were attracts an array of rarely seen wild flowers and wildlife. The variety of habitats makes the reserve a special place worth visiting throughout the year. A nature trail guide is available.

StonehengeNr AmesburyAncient Monument
For an unforgettable family day out, visit the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Located near Salisbury in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, it is a highlight of the South West. The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was it a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar? How did our ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure? Surrounded by mystery, Stonehenge never fails to impress.

StourheadStourton, WarminsterHouse and Garden
Stunning 18th century lakeside gardens, Palladian mansion, shop, restaurant (all National Trust), pub, art gallery and farm shop. A fantastic day out whatever the season.

Swindon and Cricklade RailwaySwindonSteam Railway
Wiltshire's only standard gauge heritage railway. Trains run most weekends and bank holidays between 11am and 4pm. Shop, cafe, free parking.

Swindon Museum and Art GallerySwindonMuseum
The museum has displays of local pre-history, geology, archaeology and social history. Includes some fascinating finds from Roman settlements in the area. The Swindon Collection of 20th Century British Art is one of the most significant collections outside the Tate Gallery. It includes works by Nicholson, Moore, Lowry, Sutherland and Hodgkin.

West Kennet AvenueAveburyAncient Monument
An 'avenue', originally of around 100 pairs of prehistoric standing stones, raised to form a winding 1 1?2 mile ritual link between the pre-existing monuments of Avebury and The Sanctuary. Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

West Kennet Long BarrowAveburyAncient Monument
One of the largest, most impressive and most accessible Neolithic chambered tombs in Britain. Built in around 3650 BC, it was used for a short time as a burial chamber, nearly 50 people being buried here before the chambers were blocked. Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

Westwood ManorBradford-on-AvonHistoric House and Garden
This beautiful small manor house, built over three centuries, has late Gothic and Jacobean windows, decorative plasterwork and two important keyboard instruments. There is some fine period furniture, 17th- and 18th-century tapestries and a modern topiary garden.

Wiltshire Heritage MuseumDevizesMuseum
Museum traces the history of Wiltshire since earliest times. The finest Bronze Age collections outside the British Museum. 11 galleries, temporary exhibitions and reference Library.

Windmill Hill (Avebury)AveburyAncient Monument
The classic Neolithic 'causewayed enclosure', with three concentric but intermittent ditches. Large quantities of animal bones found here indicate feasting, animal trading or rituals, or perhaps all three. Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

WoodhengeAmesburyAncient Monument
Neolithic monument, dating from about 2300 BC, with concrete markers replacing six concentric rings of timber posts, once possibly supporting a ring-shaped building.


 
Abbey House GardensMalmesbury
Amesbury Tourist Information CentreAmesbury
Arc TheatreTrowbridge
Arn Hill Nature ReserveWarminster
Athelstan MuseumMalmesbury
Atwell Wilson Motor MuseumCalne
Avebury Stone CirclesAvebury
Barbury Castle Country ParkWroughton
Bargate Thatch Tearooms and Fishermens RestCrockerton
Battlesbury HillWarminster
Bedwyn Stone MuseumGreat Bedwyn
Bowood HouseCalne
Bradford-on-Avon MuseumBradford-on-Avon
Bradford-on-Avon Tourist Information CentreBradford-on-Avon
Bredon BarnBrendon, Nr Tewkesbury
Broadleas Gardens Charitable Trust LtdDevizes
Bush Farm Bison CentreWarminster
Castle Combe CircuitChippenham
Chippenham Tourist Information CentreChippenham
Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm Park Cholderton
City Hall Entertainment CentreSalisbury
City Sightseeing Ltd StonehengeSalisbury
Cley HillWarminster
Corsham CourtCorsham
Cotswold Water ParkCricklade
Crofton Beam EnginesMarlborough
Croome ParkStoke Severn
Devizes Visitor Centre Cromwell HouseDevizes
Edwin Young Collection, TheSalisbury
Farley HospitalFarley
Farmer Giles FarmsteadTeffont, Salisbury
Fleece Inn, TheBretforton, Nr Evesham
Flower FarmsShalbourne
Fovant Badges, TheTisbury, Salisbury
Fox Talbot Museum of PhotographyLacock
Greyfriars, TheWorcester
Hawford DovecoteHawford
Heale House Garden & Plant CentreMiddle Woodford, Salisbury
Iford ManorBradford-on-Avon
Kennet & Avon Canal MuseumDevizes
Kennet and Avon Canal Boat TripsBradford-on-Avon
Lackham Museum of Agriculture and Rural LifeLacock, Nr Chippenham
Larmer Tree GardensTollard Royal
Malmesbury Abbey Malmesbury
Malmesbury Athelstan MuseumMalmesbury
Market Lavington MuseumMarket Lavington
Marlborough Tourist Information CentreMarlborough
Medieval Hall, TheSalisbury
Melksham Tourist Information CentreMelksham
Mere MuseumMere
Mere Tourist Information CentreMere
Middle Littleton Tithe BarnMiddle Littleton, Evesham
Oasis Leisure CentreSwindon
Peto GardenIford, Bradford-on-Avon
Purton MuseumPurton
PythouseTisbury, Salisbury
Redcotes in the WardrobeSalisbury
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Salisbury
Salisbury Arts CentreSalisbury
Salisbury CathedralSalisbury
Salisbury Library and GalleriesSalisbury
Salisbury PlayhouseSalisbury
Salisbury RacecourseSalisbury
Salisbury Tourist Information CentreSalisbury
Steam - Museum Of The Great Western RailwaySwindon
Stonehenge DownAmesbury
Stourton House Flower GardenStourton, Warminster
Swindon Tourist Information CentreSwindon
Trowbridge Museum Trowbridge
Trowbridge Tourist Information CentreTrowbridge
Wardrobe, TheSalisbury
Warminster Dewey MuseumWarminster
Warminster Tourist Information CentreWarminster
Westbury Tourist Information CentreWestbury
Westbury White HorseWestbury
Wichenford DovecoteWichenford
Wilton Carpet Factory MuseumWilton
Wilton HouseWilton
Wilton WindmillWilton
Wiltshire Music CentreBradford-on-Avon
Wootton Bassett MuseumWootton Bassett

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