An old town in the county of Winchester, Warminster has a diverse and interesting history right up to the present day, and there has been a settlement on this site on the River Were for many hundreds of years.
A beneficiary of the wool trade that grew in the area in the later middle ages, Warminster has been a thriving market town and one with many wealthy incumbents, and is also well represented in terms of ecclesiastical buildings such as the Minster church of St Denys, a particularly interesting building.
Warminster is easily accessible by both rail and road, and one of the more curious parts of its history has it firmly embedded in modern cultural folklore as the scene of many ‘UFO’ sightings during the 1960’s and 1970’s, something that has created great controversy over the years. A pretty and largely unspoilt town, Warminster offers a great variety of accommodation for the visitor.
Longleat, Warminster BA12 7NW (01985) 844400
There are not many attractions that can claim to be the star of a TV series, but Longleat is one of them.
Location for the long-running BBC ‘Animal Park’ series, Longleat is open to the public from spring through to summer.
The estate consists of a safari park, an Elizabethan mansion, numerous adventure playgrounds and a miniature railway.