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Spooky places in Wiltshire

Surrounded by myths and legends Wiltshire is full of troublesome tales. With history dating back to ancient centuries and mysterious stone and burial mounds all around there’s always spooky happenings to watch out for. These are just some places you may want to avoid after dark.

Mompesson House Salisbury

Step back in time at Mompesson House

This year National Trust are celebrating 40 years of Mompesson House being opened to visitors. The house is situated in one of the most famous addresses in Salisbury, the Cathedral Close, and it’s hard not to be taken aback by it.

Salisbury Plain Safaris

Salisbury Plain Horseback Safari Experience

On an August weekend, we met bright and early at the Riverside riding stables in Shrewton, where we were met by James from Salisbury Plain Safaris. Time, we weren’t heading out in his 4x4 vehicle but we were going to experience Salisbury Plain on horseback!

Wilton Windmill

Celebrate some of Wiltshire’s unique heritage this September

During September, many buildings open up for the annual Heritage Open Days. Some of these buildings are ones that aren’t usually open to the general public whereas others give people the opportunity to visit an attraction free of charge.

We take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s Heritage Open Days event that you can enjoy here in Wiltshire.


15 things to do in Wiltshire this August

Whether you are planning days out and activities with the family or would like some alone time, there are lots of options for fun-filled days here in Wiltshire this August. Here we’ve put together a selection of some of the top highlights for you to enjoy. 

Chalke Valley History Festival

9 summer scorchers this June

June makes a great time of year to make a Wiltshire escape and with some fantastic events taking place this month, there are even more reasons to visit.

Salisbury Cathedral Graffiti

Salisbury Cathedral Graffiti Tour

If you’ve ever joined Salisbury Cathedral for one of their Tower Tours then you will have probably seen a fair bit of ancient graffiti as you approach the base of the spire.

Cathedral guide, Steve Dunn (with his team of approximately 60 volunteers) has recently launched a three year project aimed at recording the various marks left on the building over the centuries which will soon be able to be explored on a guided tour.

Downton Cuckoo Fair

10 reasons to visit Wiltshire this April

In addition to the Easter holidays and lots of Easter-related events, there’s plenty more to keep you entertained on a visit to Wiltshire this April. Here we’ve selected ten things to see and do but don’t forget to check out the rest of our website for other ideas too!

Salisbury Cathedral's Library

A tour of Salisbury Cathedral’s Library

Given I grew up in Salisbury and the nature of my job here at VisitWiltshire I’ve always felt that I have known the Cathedral pretty well however one place I’d never ventured to was the Cathedral’s library.

The Old Mill, Salisbury

A winter’s walk in Salisbury

Last Saturday was exactly the kind of winter’s day I like best – cold and crisp but with plenty of sunshine. Perfect walking weather. This route is one of my favourites as it starts and finishes in the city centre and includes some of Salisbury’s best-loved views.

Louise Tunnard (C) Vicky Slater

A spotlight on... Louise Tunnard, The Salisbury Museum

I am Marketing & Admin Offer at the museum, which means I have the pleasure of promoting The Salisbury Museum, planning and running the events we stage throughout the year, and welcoming group visitors to the museum. The museum is housed in The King’s House, which dates from the early 13th century. Part of my role is to look after this beautiful building, the site and the team. My background is in Economics and Fine Art, which is a very unlikely combination of interests, but strangely perfect for the job I do.

Salisbury Arts Centre

A night of comedy in Salisbury

If you fancy a giggle and are looking for a reasonably priced thing to do on a weekend then it is worth checking out Salisbury Arts Centre’s regular Barnstormers Comedy Night.

Salisbury Playhouse

A behind the scenes visit to Salisbury Playhouse

Whilst I have enjoyed many brilliant performances at Salisbury Playhouse over the years, I had never before ventured behind the scenes, so when the invitation popped into my inbox to join PR & Communications Officer Gemma Twiselton and Digital & Communications Officer Holly Tomkins on their first ever bloggers and vloggers event, I jumped at the chance.

Salisbury Christmas Market

Ten reasons to visit Wiltshire in November

You may not think of November as being a particularly interesting time to travel in the UK however you’d be wrong! There is a great variety of colourful events that are taking place in Wiltshire this November that can help brighten up the greyest of winter’s days.

Salisbury Cathedral

Places to stay with views of Salisbury Cathedral

A visit to Salisbury isn’t complete without a trip to Salisbury Cathedral. With Britain’s tallest spire, one of the best preserved Magna Carta manuscripts and stunning architecture it is one of Wiltshire’s must-see attractions.


Ten reasons to visit Wiltshire in September

If you prefer to go away when the children are back at school or you like to enjoy an extended summer, September can be a great time for a Wiltshire escape. Here we have listed ten reasons why you should visit Wiltshire this September…


New ‘Reflection’ exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral

I had the pleasure of attending the press launch of the new ‘Reflection’ exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral this morning. The exhibition features pieces specially made by nine artists and officially opens on Monday 1 August and will run until 6 November 2016.

Afternoon tea at Manor House Hotel

Top places for afternoon tea in Wiltshire

It’s not long now until Afternoon Tea Week (the second week of August) and this got us thinking about this foodie treat. We’ve put together a list of top places you can enjoy afternoon tea in Wiltshire so whether you are a jam or cream first person, there are lots of places to indulge in Wiltshire…

Salisbury Cathedral Tower

A Tower Tour with the RSPB

The nature of my role means I’ve lucky enough to have gone up the tower of Salisbury Cathedral several times whether escorting press or even taking up VIPs in the sense of Paddington Bear and Shaun the Sheep! This time however, I was going to do a tower tour with a difference.

Braydon Maize Maze

20 ways to entertain the children these summer holidays

So the summer holidays will soon be here and you may be thinking what can you do with the children or where can you go that you haven’t been to before.

We’ve put together a list below of twenty ways you can entertain your children here in Wiltshire (of course there are lots more ways but here’s a little starter for you!).

Bluebells, West Woods

Top places for spring colours in Wiltshire

Isn’t it lovely to see the buds appearing on the shrubs and trees after the winter? It’s got us thinking about some of the wonderful places across Wiltshire where you can enjoy spring colours over the following months. Here are some of the top places we think you’ll love…

Roves Farm

February Half Term Ideas

Are you looking for things to do with the little ones over the February Half Term? We’ve put together ten suggestions on things to do or visit within Wiltshire that are family-friendly.

Salisbury Plain Safaris

Discovering Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain sits in the heart of our county and is a little known area despite it being around the same size as the Isle of Wight. On a Monday in December, we joined Salisbury Plain Safaris for a trip to this mystery land…

Barons' Charter

Finding the Barons

Anyone who’s visited Salisbury in the past few days will have come across some new additions to the city – 25 Barons dotted around the city centre! The Barons are here as part of the Magna Cart..

Magna Carta (C) Ash Mills

Tick Tock… crack the codes and open the lock!

I love a challenge, so when I heard that about The Salisbury Escape Room, a new and unique real-life escape game, I dared colleagues to see if they were up for taking on this particular one.

Thankfully, they took up the challenge and we made our way across Salisbury wondering what was in store.

Fisherton Mill

A visit to Fisherton Mill, Salisbury

By Emma Kirkup Tucked off Fisherton Street in Salisbury is Fisherton Mill . Not only is Fisherton Mill one of the largest galleries in the South West but it is also home to artists’ studios, a caf..

Salisbury Museum

The brand-new Wessex Gallery

Set within Salisbury Museum, the Wessex Gallery is a brand-new exhibition space showcasing some of the archaeological finds from the south Wiltshire area including Stonehenge.

The gallery only opened on the 12 July and it’s pleasing to hear that so many people have visited it already. I was amazed by how different the space looked from the museum I visited many a time as a small child.