Attraction-packed Wiltshire appears on the map as a leafy strip through the south of England. High chalk downs and gentle valleys decorate a landscape teeming with attractive villages that feed the eyes with their quaint charms, delightful market towns and a cathedral city. Nearly half of the county is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The New Forest
Visit Wiltshire, stay at our Green Hill Farm Holiday Village and find yourself within touching distance of myths and legends that, when explored, begin to feel like a wander through time, a journey along the paths left by the Romans, Normans and Saxons to whom much of the heritage here is owed. Wiltshire is famous for its many prehistoric monuments - it's got more than any other county in England!
Enjoy long, arresting walks through the New Forest, a place that is in fact very old and whose charms take their cues from the undulations of the seasons, as if it were a vast chameleon. In 1079 when William the Conqueror named the area his ‘new hunting forest’, little could he imagine that it would still retain its idyllic mystery and sprawling green romance over a hundred decades later.
Wonder as you navigate the unspoiled majesty of these woodlands on the soft back of the galloping beauty of an open wild. Inhale the privilege of life in the Wiltshire air, air like the incense of heaven—wearing the fragrance of orchids and honeysuckles and celandines, air laced with sharp, crisp sweetness and find the trees that hold the miracle of light in wide, outstretched arms that open as if for a hug.
Action packed Wiltshire
If you prefer to ride something a bit more solid, enjoy the stunning views of the landscape from horseback; hire a bike and re-discover the thrill of cycling around uncrowded country lanes; or explore ample walking trails on your own Wiltshire adventure. Book a sightseeing tour and see Wiltshire through the eye of a Moonraker – the colloquial name for people from Wiltshire, a name steeped in humour and mischief. Allegedly, local folk would hide their contraband from the revenue men in the local rivers and, when caught trying to fish it out at night, they would often say they were raking the moon’s reflection to get cheese!
A trip here is incomplete without a visit to medieval city of Salisbury and its jewels: Stonehenge, Avebury World Heritage Site, Longleat and the National Trust’s gardens at Stourhead. Wiltshire is pregnant with numerous award-winning theatres, art galleries and exhibition venues that would quench a thirst for arts and culture.
Make the most of the breath-taking countryside; try a day’s trout fishing, a canal boat trip or a round of golf; a hot air balloon ride, a treasure trail or a tandem skydive; an off road driving experience or a real-life adventure escape game. There is also plenty of family fun to be had at the play parks and rivers. Enjoy everything from laser clay, archery, and Segway experiences to go-karting, mini golf and trampolining, laser, and water tag during the summer holidays.