Avebury Stone Circle
Wiltshire is a county steeped in history — Avebury and Stonehenge are two notable attractions — yet the area is also alive to the present. Explore our own medieval village of Lacock, visit lively market towns, enjoy our rolling open scenery or spend some time in historic stately homes. Don't forget to experience the bustling city centres of Bristol and Salisbury — you can even visit London for the day.
We're blessed with excellent pubs and restaurants, both in the centre of Lacock and the wider surrounding area, and Bath has a wide range of excellent places to eat. There are superb walking and cycling trails nearby, and each cottage has a selection of tourist information to help you decide where to go if you want to travel further afield.
The centre of Lacock is just a short stroll away from the Old Rectory and offers some outstanding pubs and restaurants with excellent cuisine. Tearooms, a bakery, jewellery and antique shops, and a beautician all add to the character of the village.
Lacock Abbey (a Harry Potter filming location), to the west of the village, was the home of William Fox-Talbot, a pioneer of the photographic negative. The Abbey, now owned by the National Trust, is open to the public and houses a photographic museum.
The Surrounding Area
Bath — a beautiful Georgian city not to be outdone by ancient history — is just thirty minutes away by car. Bath is a World Heritage Site offering numerous museums such as the Jane Austen Museum, No 1 Royal Crescent, the Roman Baths, or the Abbey for starters. Why not sample the new Thermae Bath Spa, with its rooftop pool and treatment centre too?
Salisbury — with its beautiful cathedral — is just forty-five minutes drive away. Also within easy reach are the historic houses and gardens of Bowood, Corsham Court, Dyrham Park, Stourhead, and Longleat Safari Park.
The vibrant city of Bristol, only forty-five minutes drive away, has recently opened a fabulous new shopping centre at Cabot Circus and boasts the cosmopolitan dock area with @Bristol and Explore; two must-visit destinations for the family.
The local villages and towns — including Castle Combe (with racing circuit), Bradford-on-Avon (with its canal) and Malmesbury with its abbey and gardens — are peaceful and beautiful, offering both pubs and tearooms in which to relax, and the opportunity to indulge in a little shopping; perhaps for antiques!
Try the Visit Wiltshire website for more information on what's on in Wiltshire.
Special Offers Locally
Longleat Passport Tickets include once-only entry into Longleat safari park, and ten further Longleat attractions. Split your visits to re-enter on different dates, as long as your visits occur before end of season.
Ticket prices: Adults £17; Children £12; Seniors £13. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Thermae Bath Spa Special offer: two hour Thermae Spa vouchers. Our price: £22 (must be booked in advance).
Cycle the lanes and trails of historic Wiltshire where the past meets the present with www.historyonyourhandlebars.co.uk Bikes brought here with personal itineraries. Ask for offer. Or why not stay with us and hire a self drive classic car – drive your dream. www.vintage-classics.co.uk for more details.