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Top things to do when the sun is shining in Wiltshire

Posted on 14th August 2015

If the sun is shining and the weather is good, then you will want to make the most of your stay in Wiltshire and get out to see some of the county’s top attractions.

There are loads of outdoor things to do in Wiltshire and plenty of places to go with the kids if you are on family Wiltshire cottage holidays. Here we have compiled a list of some of the best things to do when it is a sunny day.

Visit Stonehenge


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Stonehenge is arguably one of the most iconic sites in the UK and the UNESCO world heritage site gives visitors the chance to explore the ancient landscape on foot.

A walk around the stone circle is a must and a photograph of this iconic site on a sunny day would be fit to go on the front of a postcard.

As well as the stone circle there are Neolithic houses where visitors can get an insight into how people lived 4,500 years ago, whilst the Stonehenge exhibition and Standing in the Stones display in the visitor centre will fascinate the kids and adults during their visit.

See Wiltshire’s White Horses

White Horse

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Wiltshire is home to eight White Horses and these incredible chalk figures are easily accessible via nearby walking routes.

The oldest of the White Horses is situated on Westbury Hill and is regarded by many locals as the best out of all the White Horses due to its superb location.

The chalk figures are generally located on hills and if you are a keen walker then incorporating a walk with a visit to see one of these horses is highly recommended.

To find out more information about these ancient hill figures or about their locations, read our guide on where to find the White Horses of Wiltshire.

Visit Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park

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At Cotswold Water Park, visitors can take to the water and have a go at a number of adventurous water sports. Those that are looking for more of a relaxed trip can hire pedalos or boats, and if the day of your visit is really sunny you can even sunbathe at the lakeside beach at the park.

The Cotswold Water Park has lots more to offer than just water-based activities. There are a number of quiet lakeside walks and cycle routes on offer, as well as plenty of animals that nature lovers can look out for, such as a variety of water birds, insects and bats.

Visit some of Wiltshire’s stately homes and gardens

Abbey House Gardens

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The county is home to a large number of stately homes, castles and gardens that are perfect to visit when the sun is shining.

Abbey House Gardens is one such example, as the 5-acre site is home to 2,000 different roses, around 2,000 herbs and approximately 2,000 other plant species.

If that is not enough, then there are plenty of other stately homes and gardens that you can visit such as Lydiard House and Park, Bowood House, Heale House Gardens and plenty more.

Take a trip to Caen Hill Locks

Caen Hill Locks

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If the weather is nice and you are staying in holiday cottages near Devizes in Wiltshire then you just have to visit Caen Hill Locks, which is a flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal between Rowde and Devizes.

The 29 locks are arguably the most impressive anywhere on the UK’s waterways and are in fact a Scheduled Ancient Monument – a heritage protection that has been given to the likes of Stonehenge.

The area has a number of great walks that visitors can go on and with its open ponds, grasslands and woodlands, Caen Hill is a sanctuary for wildlife.