Wiltshire is a beautiful rural county in the South West of England known for its rich farmland and the famous Salisbury Plain, and part of the ancient kingdom of Wessex. One of the most iconic sites in England, the ancient stone prehistoric monument of Stonehenge is in Wiltshire.
Stonehenge is connected with the sun and ancient rituals, and is visited by crowds during the summer solstice. Wiltshire has many other prehistoric monuments such as Avebury and its Stone Circle and the old Romano British hill fort at Old Sarum. The largest prehistoric earthwork in Europe is at Silbury.
Wiltshire has many historic towns such as the pretty town of Malmesbury with its Abbey, and Marlborough with Georgian facades and a famous public school.
In Salisbury the cathedral has the tallest spire in England and is a focal point in the city. The Saturday Market is excellent for local foods and everyday items. Wilton House near Salisbury is one of the best stately homes open to the public in the South.
At Longleat visit the Safari Park with its menagerie of animals and the stately home that is the residence of the Marquis of Bath. The grounds are particularly beautiful having been landscaped by Capability Brown. Nearby Stourhead is one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in Europe and known for its summer music concerts.
At East Knoyle visit the Bison Centre where you can learn about the animals and taste some of the locally produced meat. Salisbury plain has many walks in and around this area and is also used for military manoeuvres, so limited to the public at times. Wiltshire is beautiful and welcoming with many unspoilt and charming areas, and ideal as a holiday base for exploring the rest of the Wessex area.