Wiltshire

World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems

Places to visit

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Summer inspiration

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, is at Buckland Abbey, offering a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Upcoming events

Avebury

Still digging ... Recent excavations around Avebury

Wed 19 Jun 2019
10:00-17:30
This year at Avebury we’ll be shining a light on recent excavations through a pop up exhibition in the Barn gallery. This exhibition will highlight many of the results of those excavations alongside a selection of the artefacts discovered.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Photography exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum by John Paul Evans

Wed 19 Jun 2019
10:30-17:00
These metaphoric photo series examine various points of view regarding gay marriage — with the pictures of ‘otherness’ fluctuating between the poignant, the comic, and a potentially disturbing presence in the domestic space.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Fox Talbot's Photographic favourites

Wed 19 Jun 2019
10:30-17:30
Take a summer stroll around the grounds of Lacock Abbey, searching for the locations of Fox Talbot's photographic compositions from the 1830's.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Healing Herbs in the Botanic Garden

Wed 19 Jun 2019
10:30-17:30
The Botanic Garden in Lacock's grounds will be bringing back the Healing Herbs border from last year due to popular demand.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Mindful moments family trail

Wed 19 Jun 2019
10:30-17:30
Pause, breathe and take a mindful moment with us this summer. A fun family trail with activities to make you aware of your thoughts and feelings in nature’s surroundings.
Stourhead

Guided introductory walk

Wed 19 Jun 2019
11:00-12:30
Join this free walk to discover the genius of the place, and how one family has cared for and curated Stourhead for over 300 years, leaving a legacy that is enjoyed by thousands today.
Solsbury Hill

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Behind the scenes from experts

Walking in Wiltshire

Somerset

From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.

Dorset

Home to everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle and Italian palace.

Gloucestershire

Cotswold landscapes, famed gardens and grand homes dating back to the Romans, discover what Gloucestershire has to offer.