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Wiltshire

World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes along with some lesser-known gems, there are plenty of places in our care in Wiltshire that can provide a fun day out.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in Wiltshire

A flowering rhododendron with the Pantheon overlooking the lake in the background at Stourhead, Wiltshire
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Stourhead 

A Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden with a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, a mystical grotto and rare and exotic trees.

near Mere, Wiltshire

Fully open today
Family in summer clothes walking through the cloister at Lacock Abbey
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Lacock 

Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative

near Chippenham, Wiltshire

Fully open today
Sheep grazing around the standing stones at Avebury with autumn trees in the background in Wiltshire.
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Avebury 

Ancient stone circle ane museum in the heart of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

Marlborough, Wiltshire

Partially open today
A view of the front of Mompesson House from Choristers' Green in Salisbury Cathedral Close
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Mompesson House 

Homely and welcoming 18th-century townhouse in the heart of Salisbury's Cathedral Close

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Closed now
A view of The Dye Pool in autumn showing topiary and lilies at The Courts Garden, Wiltshire
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The Courts Garden 

Delightful English country garden

near Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Fully open today
A view of the exterior of Great Chalfield Manor across the moat and forecourt, the sun is low in the sky and glinting off the roof.the
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Great Chalfield Manor 

Charming fifteenth-century manor house with Arts and Crafts garden

near Melksham, Wiltshire

Fully open today
A wildflower meadow with lots of purple and yellow flowers surrounding King Alfred's Tower at Stourhead
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Alfred's Tower 

Triangular tower named after King Alfred who raised his standard here in 870

Closed now
The entrance to Westwood Manor from the top of Westwood church in Wiltshire
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Westwood Manor 

Fifteenth-century stone manor house

near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Closed now

Summer holidays in Wiltshire

4 people with instruments perform on a stage

Outdoor theatre in the South West 

Come and experience a theatre performance in the great outdoors this summer, with plenty of shows to choose from across the South West. Bring the whole family, a picnic blanket and some popcorn and settle down to watch the show with nature and perhaps a historic house as your backdrop. Browse our programme of shows and find your nearest performance.

A family looking out over the lake with the Pantheon in the distance at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Summer of play in Wiltshire 

Looking for a day our that'll keep the whole family entertained? Find the best family-friendly places to visit and discover the fun-fill activities on offer as part of our Summer of Play, sponsored by Starling Bank.

Volunteer opportunities in Wiltshire

Making new friends, working in amazing places, and knowing that you're helping a great cause - just three great reasons to volunteer with the National Trust in Wiltshire.

Visitors and room guide reading an archive newspaper in the Kitchen at Avebury Manor, Wiltshire
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Volunteering at Avebury 

If you or your workplace are interested in volunteering at Avebury and the Wiltshire landscape, here’s everything you need to know about joining the team.

Flower border beside a stone path with the Well Court behind at Great Chalfield Manor, Wiltshire
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Volunteering at Great Chalfield Manor 

When Jennifer Connor became a garden volunteer at Great Chalfield for a summer she had no idea of the effect it would have on her life and future. Read more about her story here.

Sheep grazing green grass in front of the ha-ha at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire on a warm autumn day
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Supporter groups in Wiltshire 

There is one National Trust supporter group in Wiltshire where you can join to meet like-minded people, make new friends and learn more about the work of the National Trust.

Our work

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The Wiltshire Chalk Partnership 

Learn more about the Wiltshire Chalk Partnership and its ambition to help restore and create precious chalk grassland habitats.

Sustainable travel

Looking for greener travel options to the places in our care in Wiltshire? Find out how you can travel by train, bus, bike or on foot.

Muddy mountain bike.
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Sustainable travel in Wiltshire 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Wiltshire, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Upcoming events

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Climate adaptation exhibition: learn how to become a climate superhero! 

Stourhead, near Mere, Wiltshire

Come along to the Granary in the Stableyard and discover how we can collectively help protect the planet by taking steps to adapt.

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25 Jul to 24 Dec 2024
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09:00 to 15:00
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Royal Geographical Society: Earth Photo 24 

Stourhead, near Mere, Wiltshire

Earth Photo 24 is a stunning exhibition of some of the most powerful contemporary environmental photography.

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25 Jul to 9 Sep 2024
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09:00 to 16:30
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Summer of Play 

Stourhead, near Mere, Wiltshire

Let imaginations run wild in Stourhead’s inspiring play meadow.

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25 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Summer of Play 

Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire

Join a festival of fun in the parkland, transformed into a play hub for the summer holidays.

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25 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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International Photography Exhibition 

Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire

Be captivated by artworks from the world's longest running photography exhibition, selected for Lacock in collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society.

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25 Jul to 31 Dec 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 159 other dates or times
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Summer of play: build your own obstacle course 

Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Challenge yourself to build and complete a nature obstacle course. What can you create? See how fast you can jump, wobble, and weave!

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25 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Walks & Talks 

Stourhead, near Mere, Wiltshire

Discover the story of Stourhead and its landscape garden on daily guided tours.

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25 Jul to 3 Nov 2024
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11:00 to 12:30
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Sketch like Stukeley 

Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire

This free drop-in drawing activity encourages families to get creative and attempt their own versions of Stukeley's detailed drawings of Avebury from 300 years ago.

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25 Jul to 29 Aug 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
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Visitors exploring the sand dunes and the woodland at Formby, Liverpool

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.