The Area around the Coach House, Wiltshire
Lacock is a short drive away. It is also possible to walk/cycle there (see map). A National Trust Village also famous for numerous television shoots including Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter and Larkrise to Candleford. There are several very good pubs including the Red Lion and The George, Lacock Abbey. Lacock Tourist Info WEBSITE.
Bowood Country House
Bowood is about five minutes by car. A beautiful house and gardens designed by Capability Brown. In May the rhododendrons are in full bloom and well worth a visit. There is also an excellent adventure play ground for children aged up to 12 and Championship Golf Course. Bowood is agrade I listedGeorgian country house with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. It is adjacent to the village of Derry Hill, halfway between Calne and Chippenham in Wiltshire, England.
The world famous Georgian City of Bath is approximately 15 miles west of here and takes about 40 minutes depending on the traffic. Definitely worth a visit. Here you will find the Roman Baths, wonderful shops nestled in antique alleyways, Restaurants (including Jamie Oliver!- WEBSITE), and something to cater for everyone’s need. Mainline railway and bus. Cinemas and Theatres (Theatre Royal) , (Rondo Theatre) , (The Mission Theatre) , Komedia Comedy Club . Click HERE for Bath tourist information
Devizes which is a 10 minute drive away. Here you will find the famous Caen Hill Flight of Canal Locks, one of the largest flights of over 30 . The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through Devizes and it is possible to bicycle East to Pewsey and beyond with various pubs along the route or to Bath and beyond going West! Palace one screen Cinema with various film showings per day. Wadworths brewery famous for Six-X bitter and has free Visitor Centre – see the only Shire Horses still in use for beer delivery in the area. There is even a Ghost Walk tour – WEBSITE.
Famous Market Square with Indoor Market on Thursdays. There are occasional ‘Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. You will also find a variety of shops including a sports shop, book shops, boutique clothing shops as well as more common high street shops. Devizes Museum is free. There is also a medium sized Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tescos and Somerfield, Lidls. There are also various Indian, Chineese, Thai, Italian as well as Steak Houses and Pizza Express, many take aways Chip Shops and Fast Food establishments. The Devizes Castle is a privately owned home on the site of the original Norman Castle circ 1080AD.
Bradford on Avon
Bradford-on-Avon is approximately twenty minutes drive and famous for numerous antique shops. Very pictureqsue, well worth a visit. It is a town in west Wiltshire, England with a population of about 9,326. The town’s canal, historic buildings, shops, pubs and restaurants make it popular with tourists. The history of the town can be traced back to Roman origins. It has several buildings dating to the 17th century, when the town grew due to the thriving English woollen textile industry.
Longleat Safari Park and Country House
Longleat is an English stately home, currently the seat of the Marquesses of Bath, adjacent to the village of Horningsham and near the towns of Warminster in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset. It is noted for its Elizabethan country house, maze, landscaped parkland and safari park. The house is set in over 900 acres of parkland, landscaped by Capability Brown, with 8,000 acres (3,200 ha) of woods and farmland. It was the first stately home to open to the public, and also claims the first safari park outside Africa.
The house was built by Sir John Thynne, and designed mainly by Robert Smythson, after the original priory was destroyed by fire in 1567. It took 12 years to complete and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain. Longleat is currently occupied by Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, a direct descendant of the builder. A visit to the area would always be remembered if you visit Longleat! About 30 minutes drive South.
Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury Stone Circle is a 15 minute drive away. The largest stone circle in Europe. This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue. Originally erected about 4,500 years ago, many of the stones were re-erected by Alexander Keiller. Boasting the only village inside the massive stone circle, there is a pub, restauarant and gift shops as well as a National Trust centre(website) and Tourist Information office(website). This is a main bus route.
Silbury Hill is a short 10 minute walk away from Avebury and is the largest man made mound in Europe and near to this is the famous West kennett Long Barrow in which you can walk inside the underground burial chamber and is open all year round free of charge and free parking. Due to erosion Silbury Hill may not be climbed any longer. Avebury is the wise choice of a stone circle to visit as Stonehenge is by comparison, small, expensive, busy and you cannot go near the stones. Avebury is quieter, free, larger and you can touch the stones. Avebury tourist office WEBSITE.
Crop circles attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Wiltshire each year. Their origin is hotly debated subject ranging from theories of Aliens or magical energies right through to groups of artists out at night with planks of wood. Whatever your belief you cannot fail to be amazed by these artworks which appear mysteriously in the night and are discovered the next morning. Visits to crop circles can be made by walking up the tran lines of the field and never across the crop itself. If notices to stay out are on tyhe field then it is a good idea not to annoy the farmer by going in however many farmers have now adopted an “honesty” box for donations towards the value of the crop .
Are crop circles a modern day equivalent to ancient stone circles. The certainly seem to attract peoples to the are, just like the stone circles used to.
Be sure to bring your camera with you. Latest crop circle information and locations can be found here – WEBSITE