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A Canter Around Wiltshire’s Wonders

  • Caen Hill © VisitWiltshire / Chris Lock

    Group tour to Wiltshire
  • Castle Combe, Wiltshire - Traditional Cotswold stone houses on the village high street © VisitBritain, Adam Burton

    Castle Combe, Wiltshire - Traditional Cotswold stone houses on the village high street © VisitBritain, Adam Burton EXPIRES 12.12.2019 - VB34134110
4 day tour
From £229 per person

This new tour, with something of an equine theme, reveals many of Wiltshire’s wonders including the iconic White Horses, Wadworth Brewery and its world-famous Shire horses, Bowood House & Gardens, and the beautiful villages of Lacock and Castle Coombe.


Dates

April - October 2019 & 2020


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to hotel.

Arrive at your hotel and relax before dinner.

Day 2

Bowood House & Gardens and Wadworth Brewery.

This morning we head off at a trot to visit the magnificent Bowood House and Gardens. Take a deep breath in the laboratory where Dr Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774 and enjoy the gardens and Grade I listed ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. Our next stop is the family-run Wadworth Brewery in Devizes for a fascinating private tour (there are many steps within the brewery). A highlight is a visit to the stables to see Monty and Max, Wadworth’s two working Shire horses. Alternatively enjoy a free afternoon strolling around this pretty canal-side market town, home of the Wiltshire Museum and Kennet & Avon Canal Museum.

Please note: the Wadworth Brewery tour duration is 2-2.5hrs. There are a number of stair cases, narrow corridors & uneven floors to negotiate, therefore it is essential that all who partake in the tour can walk unassisted and be of reasonable fitness.

Day 3

Lacock Abbey and village, Fox Talbot Museum, Castle Coombe.

The picture postcard village of Lacock is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, quaint tearooms, specialist shops, and as a TV and film location (the BBC’s ‘Cranford Chronicles’ and ‘Harry Potter’). At the Abbey, the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court give a sense of its monastic past. The museum celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography. After lunch we visit Castle Coombe, often voted the prettiest village in England. Take time to admire the Market Square where Steven Spielberg filmed scenes for ‘War Horse’.

Day 4

Wiltshire White Horse’s Tour and return home.

We leave Wiltshire but not before we try and spot the famous White Horses, carved into the chalk downs, and dating as far back as 1742. How many will we find?

 


Suggested hotels:

Jurys Inn Swindon ***

This stylish 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the centre of Swindon and it is only a ten minute walk from the train and the bus station, which makes it the perfect base to enjoy all that Swindon city centre has to offer.  The hotel boasts restaurant, bar and lounge area and all 229 rooms are equipped with en-suite bathroom, TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities. A coach parking is available nearby.

Hilton Swindon ****

Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, this hotel is only 5 miles away from Swindon City Centre. There is a restaurant serving delicious meals and a cocktail bar as well as a Costa Coffee shop. The Health Club includes a solarium, treatment rooms and a gym. All of the spacious bedrooms are with en-suite bathroom and feature air-conditioning, TV and internet connection. There is plenty of coach parking available on-site.


4 days
2019 dates From  £229.00 per person
2020 dates From £235.00 per person

 

All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room and a with a free place, both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.

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