What To Do
Bowood House and Gardens
As Bowood Hotel is located on the fabulous Bowood Estate, you can really make the most of your stay by paying a visit to the House and Gardens! Discover the history of the house; the beauty of the extensive parkland; or simply enjoy the perfect family day out. What’s more, entry to the House and Gardens is free to hotel guests, and the added bonus of a door-to-door free buggy ride from the hotel will really get your visit off to a great start!
Children can enjoy the fun of the fantastic Adventure Playground and The Partridge Play Pen, or enjoy the extensive parkland that surrounds the hotel.
New for 2012 we have introduced Private Walled Garden private tours. Click here for more information.
The flight of 29 locks were engineer John Rennie's solution to climbing the very steep hill in Devizes, and were the last part of the 87 mile route of the Kennet and Avon canal to be completed. Because of the steepness of the terrain there was not the space to use the normal arrangement of water pounds between the locks. As a result, 16 of the locks utilise unusually large side ponds to store the water needed to operate. Boaters and walkers alike can recover from the exertions of climbing the flight at the Caen Hill Cafe, delightfully situated at the top of the locks.
A visit to the National Trust village of Lacock is like a step back in time. It has been used as a location in a number of films and television programmes such as Pride and Prejudice, Lark Rise to Candleford and The Other Boleyn Girl. Lacock Abbey was also one of the locations for the first Harry Potter film. You can spend a morning wandering round the village, visiting the quaint bakery and several other shops and there are several pubs and tea shops if you get hungry.
Avebury Stone Circle
At the centre of a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs stands Avebury, 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 in the 1930s by Alexander Keiller.
Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions. Bath and the surrounding area is brimming with things to see and do. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside a diverse collection of museums and attractions including the Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre and Thermae Bath Spa. Bath's compact city centre offers irresistible shopping and there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area.
Is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public.
In 1966, Longleat caused a revolution in the world of zoological collections by becoming the first location outside Africa to open a drive-through Safari Park.
An ancient land, steeped in myth and legend, Wiltshire offers an outstanding variety
of places to visit. Discover iconic sites such as Avebury; unearth the secrets of the past at one of the many museums; explore the stately homes and gardens; get close to members of the animal kingdom; or take advantage of the great value shopping at the factory outlets.