Places to visit, things to do.
Wiltshire Cottages is ideally situated with many places of interest and attractions within easy reach.
The star of BBC’s hugely popular Animal Park series invites you to discover some of the world’s most magnificent animals in the UK’s first safari park. Most families enjoy Longleat over two or three days as there’s so much to explore!
Peppa Pig World at Paultons Family Theme Park
A great family day out with over 60 different attractions and rides included in the price. There’s a variety of things to see and do including thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages – all in a beautiful garden setting.
Salisbury (11 miles, 15 minute drive)
A medival town with it’s magnificent cathedral, good shopping, town pubs, superb range of international restaurants, cosy tea houses, theatre, cinema, market square with markets every Tuesday and Saturday.
Enjoy a winning family day out!
Ansty Farm Shop (2 miles West)
Family run PYO, with delicious ready meals, puddings and cakes, tea room, and a maize maize from late July.
Award winning arts and crafts gallery with a superb cafe.
Fovant Badges can be seen as part of the stunning views enjoyed by the cottages. The Military badges were cut out of the chalk Downs during the First World War when Fovant and Sutton Mandeville were used as a military training site.
Sutton Down Badges
The badges at Fovant – so carefully renovated and maintained by the Fovant Badges Society – are striking and well-known. It is less well-known that Sutton Down also has two regimental badges: the 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment (known as the ‘Shiny Seventh’); and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Wilton House (10 minute drive)
One of the treasure houses of England, home to the Young Earl of Pembroke. The house and gardens are well worth a visit. Why not take a picnic and enjoy the wonderful gardens, and adventure play park? A definite favourite with young families.
Discover the unforgettable magic of this world-famous 18th century landscape garden, Palladian mansion, parkland, woods and chalk downs.
The beautiful city of Bath is a world heritage site. Visit the natural Roman thermal spa, enjoy a relaxing dip or a treatment (The Bath Spa), enjoy stylish boutique shopping, browse antique shops, enjoy a meal in one of the varied restaurants or visit the farmers market.
The New Forest (35 minute drive)
Ponies, cattle, donkeys, and pigs roam freely on William the Conquerer’s ancient Royal Forest. While in the area, why not visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, a must for any car enthusiast, or go ape in the high wire forest adventure at Moors Valley Country Park.
Shaftesbury (15 minute drive)
An old Saxon hill-top market town. ‘Shaston’, it’s old name, features in Thomas Hardy’s novels. ‘Gold hill’, a steep cobbled street surrounded by picturesque thatched cottages, was made famous by the Hovis advert. Stylish shopping, delicatessan, museum, pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and galleries. Overlooking Shaftsbury is Compton Abbas airfield (a great place to go for lunch or tea!) for light and vintage aircraft enthusiasts.
Old Wardour Castle (10 minute drive)
The castle was a stunning residence, in a lakeside setting, besieged in the Civil War. Discover its secret, climb to the battlements or just stop for a picnic. Open throughout the year.
Larmer Tree (15 minute drive)
Eleven-acre Victorian pleasure gardens with unique buildings and majestic trees. An enchanting and tranquil setting for a relaxing visit. The Larmer Tree Festival is a five day event held in July.
Rushmore Golf Course (20 minute drive)
A superb 18-hole championship golf course set in stunning landscapes. Open to members and visitors 7 days a week.
Breamore House and Countryside Museum
Set in its own beautiful parkland the grandeur and magnificence of the house has changed little over the past 400 years. Seasonal opening hours, guided tours, please check before travel.
The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum at Bovington is the home of the tank. These heavily armoured machines were first seen powering across the Dorset Landscape as early as 1916
Abbotsbury & the Dorset Coast
Visit the famous swannery at Abbotsbury, go hunting for ancient dinosour fossils on the dramatic coastline at Lyme Regis. Why not walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door? Visit Monkey World as featured on TV.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover
Award-winning Tourist attraction for animal lovers.
Bush Farm Bison Centre
Visit that rare thing – a Bison and Elk farm. Complete the trail visiting other creatures, a playground, a gallery and a shop for delicious Bison and Elk meats.
Rockbourne Roman Villa
A wealth of historic interest spanning the period from Iron Age to the 5th Century AD. Open April-October 10:30-18:00, 7 days a week.
Royal Signals Museum
Discover the fascinating history of the Royal Signals through interactive technology displays and fun-trails.
Kingston Lacey Estate
The National Trusts largest lowland estate. Over eight thousand acres with 72 miles of footpaths and bridleways, including the historic house, gardens and parkland. Open throughout the year.