Located in a beautiful English countryside, Wiltshire is a stunning county that you can explore while exploring the UK. Best of all, it’s within easy reach The Roman city of Bath or even from London, also. So to help you find the best places to visit in Wiltshire, I wanted to share some of our favorite places we love.
You see, Wiltshire is not only absolutely stunning, but it also has some of the most famous historical sites in the world. It is a place that is filled to the top with thousands of years of history, unusual places and beautiful towns and villages.
Now it was always easier for us to explore Wiltshire as part of the trip. This way you can get to some smaller, less connected places that are completely idyllic. That being said, if you don’t drive, you can easily hop on a train or bus to some of the best places in Wiltshire.
Check out the best places in Wiltshire to visit below. Have fun exploring amazingly!
Just like Castle Combe, Lacock is one of the smaller (but completely beautiful) villages you can’t miss in Wiltshire.
Over the centuries, Lacock has not changed at all. It’s as if time has stood still and it feels like you’re back in the 1600s!
As you wander the Lacock. Climb up to have afternoon tea at the King Johns hunting lodge. Their tea garden is everything! Also visit the Manger barn and stop by Lacock Abbey.
Since Lacock is so small, you don’t really need to worry about getting lost. So let the streets lead you and wander to your heart’s content.
You can easily spend a short afternoon here. We love it.
Located within North Wessex Down in Wiltshire, Marlborough is a beautiful little market place that is nice to visit. It is a city that is perfect for a small afternoon walk and it is worth spending a few hours crossing the unusual streets.
Upon arrival, be sure to visit the historic Trading house which dates back to the 1600s. Today you can walk through the restored residence of a silk merchant and have a good idea of what life would be like.
Hidden, it’s pretty easy to miss it, so watch out for it as you walk down High Street.
Then book a table at Ricka Steina for a delicious evening treat. Yes, it can be more expensive than most other places in the city, but the food is so good.
Oh, and don’t forget, you can easily visit the Neolithic ruins on the site West Kennet Long Barrow which is pretty close. It’s absolutely amazing to see something thousands of years old.
In addition, if you want to walk the nearby forest trails, head to the Savernake Forest.
Upon arrival the first port must be Salisbury Cathedral. It is easily one of the most beautiful in all of England and towers over the city itself.
And not only that, inside is one of the best preserved copies of the Magna Carta from 1215; and you can see it! Although photos of the Magna Carta itself are not allowed, you can take a walk and see the protected text that is so epicly visible. In addition, you may also notice the oldest working hour in the world (right next to the ship area).
Looking for more? head to some other cult places in Salisbury like; Mompesson House, museums, Arundells and Wilton House, too.
Finally, as you leave Salisbury, you will be able to jump in to see Old Sarum. It is an Iron Age fort that has been occupied for thousands of years.
4.) Castle Combe
Maybe my favorite place in all of Wiltshire (shhh, don’t tell the others), Castle Combe is a history and an unusually small village to visit. Honestly, it looks like some dropped out of the movie set!
With thousands of years of history, Castle Combe has long been established as a settlement that is excellent to explore today. As you wander down Main Street, be sure to head to the Castle Inn for a tip and spot the medieval Market Cross (where merchants once used it).
After that, head to Castle Combe Church and see the cult street Water Lane. It’s so picturesque.
Do you want to stay longer? Book The Manor House right online. A beautiful property that is so cozy and attractive. We love it.
Although quite small and pleasant, Avebury is a village full of history.
Along with the National Trust Museum (with beautiful gardens), the cult mansion of Avebury, before it popped into family cafes on Main Street.
Don’t forget to explore the Stone Circle dating back to the Neolithic (between 2500 and 2000 BC). It is considered the largest on the entire continent and is sometimes forgotten instead of visiting Stonehenge.
Speaking of Stonehenge, you can also visit Silbury Hill (just outside the village) from Avebury. The Cretaceous embankment is part of a wider Stonehenge complex and a UNESCO-protected mound that is said to be the largest in the world.
Stonehenge is one of the best places in Wilshire to visit, known worldwide for its cult history.
Going back thousands of years, the stones are amazing for walking and visiting, especially on a sunny day. That being said, it can be quite busy at certain times of the day. If you want to avoid most crowds, visit it first thing in the morning or just before closing.
We always head across the road just before closing and you almost have a circle to yourself!
Finally, on certain days, Stonehenge performs tours within the stone circle itself. They operate before the official opening and should be reserved on English heritage Web page.
7.) Coate Water Country Park
Not far from nearby Swindon (and technically not Wiltshire), Coate Water Country Park is one of the best places to visit for cooling off.
It is a large village park perfect for a picnic, and in the walk you can also find a playground for children, and the park offers some of the amazing views for sitting and relaxing.
Take some time to walk around the Coate Water which is on the very edge of Wiltshire and which is too easy to visit while traveling through England.
Located in beautiful nature, Stourhead is one of the best places in Wiltshire to visit on the western edges of the county.
With a spacious garden to explore the Stourhead Garden, there is an idyllic 18th-century landscaped garden that is too good to miss.
As you wander the trails and paths, be sure to stop at the Temple of Apollo, see the Gothic Cottage and the Grotto, and explore the wider Pantheon.
Plus, you have a beautiful house to see too!
Afterwards, if you have time, stop by King Alfred’s Tower (it’s technically a little over the border in Somerset. It’s a great place for 360-degree views and was initially set up as part of the wider Stourhead estate.
9.) Iford Manor Gardens
Historically, this beautiful garden was built by architect Harold Peto and is now open to all of us to enjoy and explore. On a sunny day you feel like you are walking through the Tuscan garden and it is absolutely beautiful.
A visit to the Iford Manor Gardens will probably take about 1-2 hours. This means that it is the perfect stopping point for stretching the legs.
10.) Cranborne Chase
Overlapping several different counties, Cranborne Chase is completely easy to visit as you drive east Southampton.
While you’re in the area, be sure to explore the ruins of the old Wardour Castle dating back to the 1300s. It’s pretty epic to see and not far from Shaftesbury (just across the border).
It is also quite easy to visit the Elizabethan castle Longleat House. It is located in the north of Cranborne Chase and is completely cult to visit. They even have their own safari park.
11.) Bradford on Avon
On the western edge, Bradford-on-Avon is one of the best places in Wiltshire to visit on a half-day trip.
When you get here, head to cozy Bradford at the Avon Museum. Yes, it is small, but size is not everything when it comes to museums. This place is full of exhibits to look at.
After that, go to the medical Tenth barn for a little wandering. It is considered one of the largest surviving medieval stables in all of England.
Also, for a fantastic lunch, book a table at The Bunch Of Grapes. It has a nice menu of classic British favorites. Their sticky caramel pudding is everything.
12.) Cherhill White Horse
One of the oldest white horses in Wiltshire, Cherhill White Horse is pretty iconic to see. It is said to have been created in the 1700s, it is one of the best places in Wiltshire that can see the unique history of some counties.
It’s really easy to visit from Calstone and Cherhill Down, not too far from Lacock. This means that it is really easy to visit it after you have spent some time in the village.