Salisbury Cathedral
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Bath Grand Circle
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Salisbury CathedralPlaces to visit

There are many attractions in this part of South Wiltshire that can easily be visited from Dowtys.

However, you could enjoy leaving your car in the driveway and walk from the house into the wonderful woods and downland surrounding Dowtys. You can walk for miles without crossing a single road! The owners can organise guided walks to find the best wild flowers, or can give you detailed suggestions. Off-road biking is another popular activity and guests may lock up their bikes Wilton Housesecurely at Dowtys. Packed lunches can also be provided by arrangement.

Salisbury City (8 miles away)with its magnificent 13th century Gothic Cathedral ( ) has the tallest spire in England, and an original copy of Magna Carta (1215). There are guided tours of the Cathedral, including a trip for the adventurous – a tour inside the roof space and up 332 steps into the tower! This thriving market City also has a wide range of shops, restaurants, 2 museums, a theatre, a cinema, an open air market on Tuesdays and Saturdays and lots of pubs! The National Trust’s 18th century Mompesson House ( in the Close is well worth a visit. Two miles north of the city is Old Sarum ( Stonehengethe remains of a prehistoric fortress, a Norman palace, castle and cathedral. There are fine views over Salisbury from Old Sarum and history relates it is from Old Sarum that an arrow was shot to determine the site of the “new” 13th century cathedral! The Chalke Valley History Festival ( takes place annually at the end of June in a stunning valley 6 miles south west of Dowtys.

Wilton, the former capital of Wessex, is our nearest town and Wilton House ( is open from Easter – October. A fine stately home privately owned by the Earl of Pembroke, with magnificent gardens, an adventure playground for children and a Garden Centre. The Italianate Church is also well worth a visit. Wilton has a popular Shopping Village with a wide range of shops.

Longleat Safari Park16th century Heale House ( in the Woodford Valley has a stunning garden through which the River Avon flows. Here you can see an authentic Japanese Tea house! The garden is famed for its snowdrop and aconite walks in Spring.

Visit the romantic ruins of 14th century Old Wardour Castle ( near Tisbury, peacefully situated by a lake and with some excellent walking in the vicinity. Visit Messums Art Gallery, Tisbury, in the largest UK tithe barn

The World Heritage site of StonehengeBath Grand Circle (
is 12 miles from Dowtys. This mystical ancient stone circle has inspired people from all over the world. The prehistoric Avebury stone circle (also a World Heritage site) should be visited by those with an interest.

Longleat ( a fine Elizabethan home with the famous Safari Park, is between Dowtys and Bath.

Stourhead GardensBath which is approximately one hour’s drive, is another World Heritage City, having some of the finest Georgian architecture in the UK, with Roman Baths and thermal Spa.

Stourhead ( a fine Palladian mansion with 18th century landscaped gardens and lake, with temples and gothic ruins is within 30 minutes drive.

Architectural and historical tours can be arranged with a “Blue Badge Guide” to maximise your visit to these attractions.