Picnic spots around Wiltshire

There is little nicer than a picnic on a warm summer day. If you bring your sandwiches, there are plenty of places to choose from to picnic in Wiltshire, some with great views, some surrounded by wildlife. Here just a small selection.

The Temple of Apollo reflected in the lake at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Picnic at Stourhead

Perhaps the most beautiful of all of the great 18th-century landscape gardens, Stourhead is tranquil place to sit, relax and immerse yourself in 300 years of history. Perfect for a socially-distanced picnic; don't forget to book ahead before visiting.

The lawns in the Botanic Garden at Lacock Abbey

Lacock garden

Lacock Abbey's grounds are a place to relax, explore and reconnect. Discover paths taking you to the rose garden and apple orchard and relax on the lawns with a picnic. Please be aware you will need to book ahead before visiting.

View of the topiary on the House Lawn at The Courts Garden, Holt

Picnicking at The Courts Garden

Full of variety, this charming garden shows the English country style at its best. Peaceful water gardens and herbaceous borders, with organically shaped topiary, demonstrate an imaginative use of colour and planting, create unexpected vistas at The Courts Garden. Picnics are welcome in the arboretum only. Please be aware you'll need to book ahead before visiting.

Cley Hill

Cley Hill

This distinctive landmark near Longleat is rich in wildlife and archaeology with panoramic views of West Wiltshire and Somerset. You can even experience uninterrupted views of the sky from this locally famous UFO hotspot.

Pepperbox Hill

Picnic at Pepperbox Hill

Commanding the high point on the chalk ridge south-east of Salisbury, Pepperbox Hill is topped by an early example of a brick folly, with far-reaching views and rich natural heritage.

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Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

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