In Salisbury

Great Wishford

Although Salisbury is an amazing city with a fascinating history, there is lots to explore in the area nearby too. Take a look at some of the prettiest villages in the local area and take inspiration for some great days out.


  1. Nomansland

We love the name of this small village. It sits right on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border and is found within the New Forest National Park. Look out for free-roaming New Forest ponies the occasional donkey and if you are in luck during the autumn you may spot the pigs out for the pannage season. A great time to visit is in the autumn months when the golds and browns of the leaves really come into their own.

Downton Cuckoo Fair

  1. Downton

Downton is a large linear village located south of Salisbury, on the A338. One of the most famous events that takes place here is the annual Downton Cuckoo Fair (usually April or May), which celebrates old traditions including maypole dancing, morris dancing and lots of arts and crafts.

The popular Avon Valley Path long-distance walking route passes through Downton.

In this village you will also find a few pubs, the Borough (long stretch of green area) and Downton Moot, created in the early 18th century out of the ruins of a substantial 12th century earthwork castle.

Although sharing the same name as the popular TV series, Downton is not connected to Downton Abbey.

  1. Middle Woodford

Although we have selected Middle Woodford here, the whole of the Woodford Valley is a beautiful area to explore. Look out for thatched cottages, pretty gardens with climbing roses and views over to the River Avon. Within Middle Woodford you will also find Heale House Gardens, a tranquil spot beside the river. There are a handful of pubs within the Woodford Valley and the area is a popular route for cyclists.


  1. Dinton

Travel west of Salisbury and you can find Dinton. This village offers a quintessential English experience with cute cottages, a large manor house (Phillips House) and the extensive Dinton Park, managed by the National Trust. Dinton is a great base for exploring the footpaths of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and why not rest up at working farm, Marshwood Farm B&B on the outskirts of the village?

  1. Broad Chalke

The gin-clear chalk tributaries of the River Ebble at Broad Chalke have made this village well-renowned for its watercress growing. Take a stroll around the village and you will find the parish church of All Saints, a popular village shop and a pub. Head out with an Ordnance Survey map of the area and you can discover more of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Middleton Down nature reserve (owned by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust). 

  1. Great Wishford

The village of Great Wishford (pictured at the top of this page) sits in the Wylye Valley, northwest of Salisbury. Each year, the villagers come together to celebrate Oak Apple Day (usually around the second May bank holiday) in a tradition that goes back many years. In the ceremony they celebrate the right to collect wood from the nearby Grovely Woods. On a side note, Grovely Woods is a great spot for bluebells in May too!

Be sure to pop along to St Giles’ Church, which was first recorded in the village in 1207 and look out for the unusual carvings on the exterior of the churchyard walls.


  1. Tisbury

Catch the train westbound and you can stop at the large village of Tisbury. This village has a thriving community with the popular Beaton’s Tea Room and Book Shop and a handful of other independent shops and stores. If you are keen on walking then why not make the walk to nearby Old Wardour Castle, a site with a bloodthirsty history from the days of the English Civil War.

We hope we’ve given you some ideas on just some of the amazing villages that you can find within a short distance of Salisbury. Do share with us your favourites too by commenting below.

Take a look at our accommodation pages for places to stay in rural locations, from cosy B&Bs to self-catering cottages with views to die for!




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