Wiltshire, Stonehenge and Salisbury

 

Wonder at Wiltshire

Travel  back into the mists of time with a visit to Wiltshire’s prehistoric monuments, two of which are World Heritage Sites:  Stonehenge, the famous stone circle, is part of an extensive prehistoric landscape and new finds only serve to enhance its mystery rather than solve the riddle of its existence.  At Avebury walk among the huge standing stones that made up various stone circles built within an enormous circular enclosure.

Not far from Stonehenge is Salisbury.  Towering above the medieval streets and buildings is the Cathedral with the tallest spire in England.  This beautiful church houses the best preserved copy of Magna Carta – a document of 1215 which established the rights and duties of kings and their subjects and influenced the form of many modern constitutions.

For picturesque villages don’t miss Lacock with its abbey (where Harry Potter was filmed) and museum to Fox Talbot who invented the photographic negative process.   Castle Combe, is said to be one of the prettiest villages in England.  Why not combine one or both with a visit to Bath.

The region's stately homes include  Corsham Court which houses the Methuean art collection and in the 1900’s was home to the Bath Academy of Art.  It is said that Shakespeare's As You Like It was first performed at Wilton House. Longleat Stately Home houses the eclectic collection of the Marquis of Bath and in Bowood you can see Queen Victoria's wedding chair and Napoleon’s death mask.

For garden enthusiasts Stourhead is a must, as are the Grade 1 Peto gardens at Iford Manor.