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Wiltshire’s budget-friendly things to see and do on holiday

Posted on 22nd December 2015

The run up to Christmas has seen our endless to-do list swell and our purses empty, so if you’re planning a much-needed break post-festivities, Wiltshire offers an array of budget-friendly things to see and do in 2016.

Take a day trip away from your cosy holiday cottage in Wiltshire and enjoy our guide to the best guilt-free attractions in the South West County.

Fisherton Mill

Voted Wiltshire’s Business of the Year in 2014, Fisherton Mill in Salisbury is a truly unique experience for holidaymakers. Whether visitors are into the arts or harbour an obsession with all things historical, Fisherton’s open studios, Victorian past and intriguing arts, crafts and gifts gallery are sure to offer some creative inspiration at no cost.

Woodhenge and Durrington Walls

You may have heard of Stonehenge, but what about Wiltshire’s Woodhenge? Located two miles from the famous prehistoric monument, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls are important finds from the New Stone Age and consist of timber formations covering a large area near the national landmark. Durrington Walls itself is a relatively new tourist spot. The ancient site was only discovered in 2004 and excavations revealed the remains of seven houses for the public to enjoy.


Image Credit: Angela Sessions (flickr.com)

National Trust at Heelis

Why not take advantage of the free tours at the National Trust’s central office at Heelis, and learn about the history of this British institution based in Swindon? The headquarters provide insight into many of the heritage sites that the National Trust looks after for its guests. A walking tour shows visitors some of the grand properties close to its main base. The Heelis centre is open daily and regularly holds family-friendly events.

Langford Lakes

Holidaymakers looking for peace and quiet after the busy festive period should seek out Langford Lakes. Boasting three lakes, this stunning nature reserve is a popular spot for birds, attracting around 150 species and providing fantastic opportunities to view the autumn migration. Visitors can take a picnic, get to grips with Wiltshire’s wildlife and relax in these tranquil surroundings.

Langford Lakes

Image credit: Mark Kent (flickr.com)

The Science Museum Library and Archives

If science is your thing, than you can’t go far wrong with a trip to Wroughton Library and Archives. This Wiltshire chancery holds collections from the Science Museum in London and visitors can explore a number of exhibits, including items concerning aerial flight and space. The archives are open to the public free of charge every Friday, so tourists can revel in the vast array of articles on display and unearth a thing or two in the process.

The Rest

Wiltshire’s budget break doesn’t stop here. In addition, other favourite free days out include the medieval ruins of Ludgershall Castle close to Collingbourne Woods.  The visitor centre at Wadworth Brewery is popular with couples, and the stone circle at Avebury offers the chance to take in another of the UK’s most important places for Neolithic history.

Ramblers are also well provided for, with Wiltshire being home to the well-established white horses – a series of eight chalk carvings decorating the surrounding hills. Trail guides explaining where to find the white horses can help holidaymakers on their way to discovering these unique landscape figures for themselves.

Ludgershall Castle

Image Credit: Barry Marsh (flickr.com)

Whether you’re tightening the purse strings after Christmas, or simply looking for a few alternative day trips, Wiltshire has a lot to offer visitors travelling down to this beautiful region.

With plenty of excursions available, Wiltshire’s cottage holidays are a great way to unwind and spend time, not money, with your loved ones this coming year.