Local Attractions

The Swan at Stoford is a perfect base to see lots of history, countryside and attractions. It is just 6 miles from Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site. Stonehenge has been a key feature on Salisbury Plain for over 4000 years forming one of the world’s most highly developed stone circles.

The site attracts thousands of visitors each year, all who marvel at the scale and achievement of those early Britons, especially at the summer and winter solstices. The Swan is also 6 miles from Salisbury and its 13th century Gothic Cathedral which is home to Britain’s tallest spire and one of the few surviving original copies of the Magna Carta.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen who built it but it is much more than a historical monument.

It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Wilton House

Every visitor, guest and friend who visits Wilton House comments on how friendly and welcoming the house is. This is because Wilton is first and foremost a family home and has been for over 450 years.

Since 1544 when the buildings and land were granted by Henry VIII to Sir William Herbert, Wilton House has been inextricably linked to the political and artistic circles of England, whilst at the same time providing employment and homes for estate workers.

So whether you want to stroll in the grounds, watch your children let off steam in the adventure playground, or enjoy the art collection in the House, you are seeing Wilton in the finest condition it has been for many years.

Wilton Outlet Village

Visit us and enjoy a great day out in a relaxed riverside setting where you’ll discover a historic courtyard, shops, restaurants and an antique centre. 

The oldest building in the complex is on the southern side of the courtyard. It was erected in 1710 on the foundation of a 1655 building which was destroyed by fire. Earlier, the site is said to have been used as a tannery and a Tudor grist mill. The central lawn was used for rolling out and inspecting large and special carpets. The yew tree is thought to be over 300 years old.

There is plenty of free parking. The shops and restaurants are open seven days a week (except for Christmas, New Year and Easter).

Salisbury Racecourse

There is a choice of three enclosures at Salisbury Racecourse - Bibury Enclosure, Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure, and Course Enclosure.

Each enclosure will have guaranteed race viewing; betting facilities with both the tote and bookmakers; nearby car parking; racecard selling points; bars and catering outlets - everything you need for a great social occasion!??

The Big TV Screen, which is a very popular feature at the racecourse, is viewable from all three enclosures.

Salisbury Playhouse

In Fisherton Street, Salisbury, there is a rather unusual shaped building that houses a furniture shop called “MultiYork”.

On the wall there is a blue plaque that says: This is the site of the Salisbury Arts Theatre”. However, the story of the Arts Theatre, that eventually became the Playhouse, goes back much further than that

Salisbury Arts Centre

Fovant Badges

The Fovant Badges Society is a voluntary organisation, which has the objective of maintaining the regimental badges that were carved into the chalk downs above the village of Fovant by the soldiers of those regiments. The Society is determined that the Badges shall remain an historic, fitting and truly visible memorial to the soldiers who passed through Fovant and its neighbouring villages on their way to the Great War, many never to return. We hope this website provides you a background to the history of the Badges from their creation to the present day. Please remember we are a registered charity relying entirely on voluntary contributions to undertake our work.

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Chalk White Horses

Wiltshire is the county for white horses.

There are or were at least twenty-four of these hill figures in Britain, with no less than thirteen being in Wiltshire, and another white horse, the oldest of them all, being just over the border in Oxfordshire.

Most of the white horses are chalk hill carvings, and the chalk downs of central Wiltshire make it an ideal place for such figures.

Heale Gardens

Heale House and its eight acres of beautiful gardens lie beside the river Avon at Middle Woodford, just north of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Much of the house is unchanged since King Charles II hid here in 1651.

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Longleat Safari Park

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Deadly Explorer? Well now’s your chance! It’s time to embark on the planet’s deadliest safari and Steve Backshall is coming with you every step of the way.

As you enter Longleat's famous Safari Park you’ll be given a special Deadly Safari Activity Book full of information and tasks to test your spotter skills whilst being guided by the star of the BBC Deadly TV series, Steve Backshall on your very own Safari CD Guide. Track down the world’s most lethal predators and discover what makes them the ultimate hunters. Along the way, keep a look out for their prey – they can be just as deadly when avoiding the jaws of a would-be assassin.

Hawk Conservatory Trust

We are a conservation charity and award winning visitor centre that has for many years worked in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and the research of birds of prey.

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