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Wiltshire is a large and mostly rural county in the West of England. The county contains large areas of rolling chalk downland and grazing farmland, including Salisbury Plain, a large expanse of downland that is used as a training area by the British Army.

For the visitor, Wiltshire is probably most significant because it contains several extremely important neolithic monuments, including the stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury and the former settlement of Old Sarum in Salisbury.

Wiltshire is the gateway to the West Country, marking the point where the densely populated South East of England gives way to the rural pastures and much lower population of the South West peninsula. Both the A303 and M4 pass through Wiltshire on their way to the golden sands and seaside resorts of both the West Country of Devon and Cornwall and South West Wales (indeed the Bluestones of Stonehenge came from Cardigan Bay, although how they got to Wiltshire remains a mystery).


Map of Wiltshire

The following cities, towns and villages may be of interest to visitors:


  • Salisbury - only city in the county, has a splendid cathedral



  • Avebury –Famous henge
  • Box - Site of the famous Box Railway tunnel and home to musicians Peter Gabriel and Midge Ure
  • Bratton - Site of Bratton Castle (or Camp), an Iron Age hill fort.
  • Castle Combe (pronounced Coom) — A small pretty village northwest of Chippenham
  • Cricklade
  • Lacock - A village dating back to the 13th century and owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust [2], site of Lacock Abbey and the William Fox-Talbot museum [3]
  • Pewsey - A large village with a mainline line rail station
  • Wilton - A medium-sized village west of Salisbury.

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As with the rest of the UK, almost everyone you meet will either be a native English speaker or have varying degrees of fluency in it.

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By Car: The only motorway serving Wiltshire is the M4, running from London to Swansea through the north of the county with two junctions either side of Swindon and one just north of Chippenham. Parallel to this is the A4 which runs just south of it directly through Royal Wooton Basset, Chippenham, Corsham and Box. All the major towns are connected by A roads, but be prepared to also have to use lots of narrow, unlit country roads.

By Bus: There are regular bus services all over Wiltshire.

By Train: There are three main lines cutting through Wiltshire which give direct and very quick access to London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Bath. The largest station is in Salisbury, and the other towns with one include Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Westbury and Warminster. The largest towns that once had stations but no longer do include Malmesbury, Marlborough, Corsham, Calne and Ludgershall.

By Plane: There are no commercial airports in Wiltshire. The closest ones are at Southampton and Bristol.

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By train[edit]

Wiltshire is served by several rail lines, but the services only serve a few towns. For many journeys, such as from Swindon to Salisbury, you will need to change trains at Bath Spa.

By bus[edit]

The county of Wiltshire has an extensive bus network, though frequencies are often low outside of the main towns and in the evening. The main operators include Salisbury Reds, Stagecoach West, First West of England, and Swindon's Bus Company, which are complemented by smaller independent operators. You can use online planning tools such as Traveline South West to see information about your journey.

A cost-effective way of travelling around the county is to buy a Wiltshire Day Rover. This costs £8.50 and is accepted on all buses across the county. It is also valid on journeys to Bath, Southampton, and Oxford.

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  • The White Horses of Wiltshire - Made by removing the grass on hills to reveal the white chalk. Most are a few hundred years old.


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