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Wiltshire – Famous for the neolithic site Stonehenge

Wiltshire is perhaps best known for the most famous neolithic sites in the UK, Stonehenge and the Avebury stone circles, located on Salisbury Plain.

In fact, many interesting and unusual sights can be found in this county, including the Cherhill White Horse, which is a figure of a horse on a hill (one of several in the UK) and was created by removing the top soil to reveal the chalk underneath.

Warminster (not far from Stonehenge) has long been a hotspot for “UFO” sightings and some people claim to see unexplainable lights in the sky almost daily. Wiltshire has also a fair number of “crop circles”.

Approximately two thirds of Wiltshire lies on chalk and is part of the Southern England Chalk Formation, which stretches down to the Dorset Downs in the west, and Dover in the west (hence the name “White Cliffs of Dover”).

Reasons to visit Wiltshire

Very few could possibly visit Wiltshire without including Stonehenge and the Avebury stone circles on their list of things to see (a bit like going to Moscow and not visiting Red Square!).

Due to its location, Wiltshire has witnessed a number of battles in its history (including the English Civil War) and the presence of Romans, Saxons and Normans.

Other places to see include the medieval cathedral in Salisbury, a boat trip down the Kennet and Avon Canal (which passes through a number of Wiltshire towns and villages), Longleat House (one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public), Bowood House and Gardens (created by ‘Capability’ Brown), Wilton House, Lydiard House and Park and The Sanctuary (a prehistoric monument).

Entertainment and Dining in Wiltshire

There are plenty of areas offering entertainment and many restaurants to choose from like the Salisbury Seafood & Steak House and The Cross Keys Restaurant (also in Salisbury). Many of the pubs offer excellent meals and live music.

Accommodation in Wiltshire

A full range of accommodation is available in Wiltshire (especially camping), and hotels like the Campanile in Swindon, Jurys Inn (Swindon) and the Mercure White Hart in Salisbury.