Wiltshire is an area of timeless beauty nestled in the South of England. From the stunning stately homes and serene gardens to the mysterious artefacts and iconic landmarks, Wiltshire is packed with exciting, historic things to do for the whole family.
Whether you’re escaping for the weekend or planning to spend the summer in this beautiful county, we’re here to make your life easier. Keep reading for kate & tom’s comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Wiltshire, no matter who you plan on taking with you…
Take a trip to Roves Farm for a day of family-fun in the heart of Wiltshire. Not only can you and your little ones interact with the adorable animals on the farm, but there’s plenty of space and activities to burn off some of that excess energy. Take the kids on a tractor ride around the farm or settle in for some arts and crafts.
If your trip to Roves leaves you dreaming of the farm life, head to Cholderton Charlie’s to meet some more of the animals and place a bet on the daily pig races. With indoor play barn, sandpits and tree-top trail, there’s plenty to do for kids of all ages.
Looking for something a little more educational for your young ones? The Salisbury Museum offers family discover days, half term family events and Festival of Archaeology in July – all perfect for children up to 5 years old
Or, visit the museum of the Great Western Railway – STEA to get up close with some of the largest steam locomotives and experience visiting a complete reconstructed railway station.
Looking for somewhere with activities for the kids and adults alike? Longleat House is the perfect mixture for a family day out in Wiltshire. The English stately home has stunning views, ornate interior and grand sweeping corridors simply begging to be explored. And while you immerse yourself in the history of the beautiful house, the kids can roam free in the main square. With koalas, crocodiles, gorillas and birds, you and your family can get up close and personal with some of your favourite animals.
Wiltshire county is home to one of the most iconic English landmarks. Stonehenge is a 4,500-year old prehistoric standing stone circle, with unknown origins and purposes. Tourists visit from across the globe to see the monument – and for good reason. Nobody will ever know exactly why Stonehenge was built, but you can visit the world-famous site and discover the meaning for yourself.
For something a tad more recent, head over to Salisbury Cathedral – the home to the Magna Carta and a grand clock dating all the way back to 1386. The Magna Carta – which means ‘The Great Charter’ – is one of the most important documents in history. It states that everybody is subject to the law (even the King!) and essentially guarantees the rights and privileges of individuals.
Explore the beautiful gardens of Stourhead, a stunning 1,000 acre estate, with elegant 1740’s mansion in the heart of the grounds. Pack a picnic and spend a summer’s day wandering the follies and water fountains with your partner. You may even spot some of the filming locations from Pride and Prejudice – the perfect spot for a romantic picnic.
If Jane Austen isn’t your cup of tea, head to the Wiltshire Cotswolds for a stroll around the idyllic honey coloured stone villages. Pop in and out of tearooms and independent boutiques to find a hidden gem or two. The lush countryside and impressive history make these villages the perfect spot for a romantic day out.
You can even spend the day where the Cotswolds meets the West Country at Abbey House Gardens a tranquil stately home with 1300 years of history.
Fun for the whole family
Must-see historic tourist attractions
Romantic spot for couples
Places to stay in Wiltshire
When visiting this area of timeless beauty, make sure your accommodation matches the tranquillity of the surrounding environment with a magical, luxury holiday cottage in Wiltshire. From quaint country cottages in the Cotswolds to large stately homes in the middle of the countryside, we have holiday rentals for everyone, no matter the size of your group or purpose of your Wiltshire getaway.