LIVING IN WILTSHIRE

There are many reasons to set up residency in Wiltshire, and here’s
a flavour of some of the things that you can expect if you do:

Spectacular scenery

We are lucky to have three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wiltshire – landscape that’s protected to preserve its own unique natural character. Our picturesque and diverse scenery offers ancient woodland, rolling hills and chalk grassland and because so much of it is protected, it’s as rich and beautiful now as it was in the past. Whatever your preferred method for enjoying the great outdoors, you’ll be able to pursue it here.

High performing educational establishments

Wiltshire is well served by highly performing independent and state schools, from nursery through to sixth form. This includes a grammar school system in Salisbury, as well as secondary schools across the county with specialist status. Our GCSE performance is above the average for the South West.

We have an excellent choice of independent schools open to boarding and day pupils from ages 2 to 18, offering a wide variety of academic and co-curricular activities.

Wiltshire College run a broad selection of courses in subject areas including engineering, health, business and finance and the creative and performing arts.

Historic and cultural attractions

Renowned for our iconic white horses carved into the rolling downs, history and culture seeps through every pore. The World Heritage sites of Stonehenge and Avebury Stones have a magnetism that has drawn people to them for centuries. Home to the famous Magna Carta, Salisbury Cathedral is one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings.

And if you like your stately homes and National Trust properties, there’s the spectacular Stourhead and Lacock Abbey, as well as Wilton House near Salisbury.

For the perfect family day out there is Longleat Safari Park, or if you’re looking for an adventurous short break, there’s Centre Parcs Longleat Forest.

Picturesque towns, cities and villages

Affordable house prices

The great news is that with lower housing costs than places like London and Bristol, Wiltshire offers some great accommodation options. From country cottages to family homes, to new apartments and town houses, the delightful rural surroundings mean that you are never far from fresh air and open countryside.

Travel connections

Missing the big city? Or maybe you need to meet up with family and friends elsewhere? Easily done. There are 14 train stations in Wiltshire and regular services to Paddington and Waterloo stations in London. Meanwhile the M4 motorway cuts through the northern tip of Wiltshire, offering easy access to either London or Wales.

The cosmopolitan cities of Bristol and Southampton and the tourist meccas of Bath and Bournemouth are all within easy reach, whilst the Swindon Designer Outlet offers plenty of retail therapy nearby as well.

Festivals and Events

Here’s a list of some of our best:

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Other Images of Wiltshire Provided Courtesy of Visit England


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