The ceremonial county of Wiltshire is located in the southwest of England, bordering Dorset, Somerset, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. With an estimated population of just over 720,000 people, it’s home to some of the best-loved English Heritage and National Trust properties, as well as the 300-seat Wiltshire Music Centre and the county’s biggest conservation charity, the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. There’s a good variety of child-friendly things to do in Wiltshire, including a visit to Stonehenge, Roves Farm, the Salisbury Museum and Studley Grange Butterfly World and Craft Village.
Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire, is located in the west of the county on the River Biss. With a rich industrial heritage and known for its woollen cloth production in the Southwest, the town’s history can be discovered at Trowbridge Museum. Other top attractions include the Great Chalfield Manor and the Hope Nature Centre. The largest town in the county, Swindon, is located in the northeast of the county and has some of its best Victorian gardens, parks and museums including Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and the Steam Museum. One of Wiltshire’s prettiest villages, Castle Combe, is situated in the northwest of the county within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Built in the fifth century, it’s the ideal place to take a countryside stroll, enjoy a pub lunch and visit the local sights of St Andrew’s Church and the medieval market cross monument.