Winter in Wiltshire means frosty mornings, picturesque villages aglow with Christmas lights, cosy teashops, family days out and lazy evenings spent next to a log-fire in a country pub or cosy holiday cottage. Ready to escape the everyday and leave it all behind this winter? Make time for Wiltshire over the winter for a break from the mundane and the chance to rejuvenate for the new year.

frosty landscape around silbury hill

Take a Winter Walk

Wiltshire's timeless landscapes look magnificent in the winter; ancient monuments wreathed in mists, frost-coated fields and stark winter trees reflected in lakes, rivers and canals. Get away from the crowds on a peaceful walk through a winter wonderland on your next trip to Wiltshire. End your walk at a traditional village pub to warm up with a hearty meal or a pint next to the fire.

Go on Fun Days Out

Whatever the weather, there are plenty of exciting attractions to visit across Wiltshire where you can have a wonderful day out while keeping snug at warm. From fascinating museums to live music venues, there's something for everyone. At Salisbury Escape Rooms, team up with friends and family and test your wits against some tricky conundrums to solve a mystery and make your escape. Or why not try a cocktail masterclass at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery just across the Wiltshire border? While you’re there, uncover the secrets of their delicious gin on a distillery Discovery Experience. For a fun day out with the kids, uncover the story of British Army Flying on a family visit to one of Wiltshire's hidden gems - the Army Flying Museum just outside Salisbury. In the run-up to the festive season, enjoy a fantastic day out full of magic at Christmas at Longleat where you will find Britain’s biggest singing Christmas tree, illuminated light trails, storytime with the owls, and the chance to meet Father Christmas.

Stay Somewhere Cosy and Snug

Luxurious hotels with sumptuous spas; cosy cottages complete with wood burner and country kitchen; friendly B&Bs where every morning begins with a slap-up breakfast; chic city-centre apartments. There are lots of options when it comes to picking the perfect cosy place to stay for your winter break in Wiltshire. At Milford Hall Hotel, you'll be a stone's throw from the delights of Salisbury city centre including the world-famous Cathedral. This 4-star hotel offers holistic wellness treatments in the tranquil spa and delicious Italian food at the onsite restaurant.

Discover Chocolate-Box Scenes

Wander through quiet, historic streets and gaze over green frost-dappled landscapes. From ancient monoliths like Stonehenge and Avebury to picturesque market towns, you will find many picture-perfect spots to explore in the winter wonderland of Wiltshire. At Corsham, explore a quintessentially English market town with independent shops, winding streets and a contingent of local peacocks who wander between historic stone buildings and pretty green open spaces.

Go Christmas Shopping

Get into the festive spirit this December with Christmas markets and an array of welcoming independent shops in Wiltshire. Salisbury city centre and our many pretty market towns have plenty of shopping destinations to choose from, all stocked with Christmas decorations and gifts for the festive season. At converted Victorian grain mill Fisherton Mill in the heart of Salisbury you will find a dazzling array of inspired and individual giftware. Here you can browse, shop and eat in a unique atmosphere.

Prefer to give an experience as a gift this Christmas? Why not give your loved one a gift voucher or treat someone to a stay in Wiltshire in the new year; book a stay at Marshwood Farm for 2022 and choose from the friendly B&B, self-catering cottage, cosy shepherd's hut or a camping getaway, all in the heart of the Cranbourne Chase area of outstanding natural beauty.

Treat Yourself

Keep the winter blues at bay by treating yourself to some delicious food and drink during your trip to Wiltshire this winter. From Michelin-starred fine dining establishments to traditional local pubs and inns, or cosy tea rooms serving afternoon teas, there are some wonderful places to eat and drink. So get some friends and family together and arrange to spend a long, lazy meal together catching-up, laughing and treating yourselves.

We hope we’ve inspired you to plan your winter getaway in Wiltshire this year. Take a look at the things to do – including fun activities and brilliant attractions – and the great accommodation options and book your trip today.




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