Pull on your wellies and head for a brisk walk in Wiltshire this autumn. Stourhead Gardens – home to almost 1,000 varieties of trees – looks particularly colourful at this time of year. And you can always warm up in one of the region’s many pubs, cafes or restaurants afterwards.
Culture and heritage
With prehistoric sites, such as Stonehenge and Avebury, the medieval city of Salisbury and picturesque market towns, Wiltshire has a rich history. There’s also a strong cultural scene with arts venues, festivals and some great traditions, such as Morris dancing.
Wiltshire is connected by a number of fast and regular inter-city train services to stations such as Trowbridge, Swindon and Westbury. Connecting bus services also allow quick travel to major attractions such as Stonehenge and Avebury.
Food and drink
Wiltshire has a proud reputation for food with Michelin Starred restaurants – like the Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury – local farmers’ markets and some great food festivals. If you enjoy a pint, a visit to the Wadworth Brewery in Devizes is a must.
Sport and outdoors
Swindon is the region’s main sporting town – with speedway, ice skating and Swindon Town FC. The Kennet and Avon Canal, which crosses the county is perfect for water-based activities and hosts the annual Devizes to Westminster canoe race. You’ll also find a good choice of golf courses.
Music and nightlife
Swindon and Salisbury are your best bets for clubbing and nightlife. But, you’ll also find lots of live music and festivals in local pubs across Wiltshire throughout the year.