Things to Do in Wiltshire
Caen Hill Locks
The flight of 29 locks were engineer John Rennie’s solution to climbing the very steep hill in Devizes, and were the last part of the 87 mile route of the Kennet and Avon canal to be completed. Because of the steepness of the terrain there was not the space to use the normal arrangement of water pounds between the locks. As a result, 16 of the locks utilise unusually large side ponds to store the water needed to operate. Boaters and walkers alike can recover from the exertions of climbing the flight at the Caen Hill Cafe, delightfully situated at the top of the locks.
A visit to the National Trust village of Lacock is like a step back in time. It has been used as a location in a number of films and television programmes such as Pride and Prejudice, Lark Rise to Candleford and The Other Boleyn Girl. Lacock Abbey was also one of the locations for the first Harry Potter film. Spend a morning wandering round the village, visiting the quaint bakery and several other shops and there are several pubs and tea shops if you get hungry.
Avebury Stone Circle
At the centre of a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs stands Avebury, the largest stone circle in Europe. This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue. Originally erected about 4,500 years ago, many of the stones were re-erected in the 1930s by Alexander Keiller.
An ancient land, steeped in myth and legend, there are plenty of things to do in Wiltshire thanks to an outstanding variety of attractions to visit. Discover iconic sites; unearth the secrets of the past at one of the many museums; explore stately homes and gardens; get close to members of the animal kingdom; or take advantage of the great value shopping at the factory outlets.
Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with beautiful architecture, irresistable shopping and iconic attractions. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe. This includes the Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside a diverse collection of museums and attractions including the Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre and Thermae Bath Spa.