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Coming to see us?
Where would you like to visit whilst you're here?
(Any place with a pale yellow background is one that we have not yet visited ourselves)
We have guidebooks for destinations given in green. 
You are welcome to borrow them from the lowest bookshelf in the Living Room - to the right, in alphabetical order.
 

What TOWNS, HOUSES etc
could we visit?

Where could we
WALK?

HOW FAR
do we have to travel?

  ADAM'S GRAVE
Adam's Grave is a destroyed Neolithic long barrow on the summit of Walker's hill, with commanding views of the Marlborough downs.
Near Alton Barnes
7.7 miles - 17 minutes
AMERICAN MUSEUM

The only museum
of Americana outside the United States
  Claverton Manor, Bath

19.6 miles - 40 minutes


BA2 7BD

AVEBURY

THE MANOR
(NT)

Dates from early 16th century

 


Around AVEBURY
STONE CIRCLE

or nearby archaeological remains such as the Avenue, the Sanctuary, Windmill Hill, Silbury Hill etc
 


Avebury is less than 9 miles
SN8 1RF

BATH
There is so much to see in this beautiful Georgian city:

The Abbey, the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, the Jane Austen Centre etc

Whilst there is a lot of up-hill
walking in Bath, the centre - with shops, Roman Baths, etc - is generally very flat.


Bath is about 20 miles away.
There is a direct bus route
from Devizes.

 


BERKELEY CASTLE (HHA)
Same family for 900+ years.  Edward II  murdered here, & Barons of West gathered pre Magna Carta.  Elizabeth I hunted & played bowls here.

 

Berkeley, Gloucestershire - about 50 miles away
1 hr 9 mins
 

GL13 9BQ

BERRINGTON HALL (NT)
Creation of Thomas Harley

 

Near Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0DW
111 miles - 2 hours 24 mins
 

BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER This and other Cotswold towns
are easy to get to.
53 miles - 1 hr 20 mins
BOWOOD (HHA)
Home of the Marquis & Marchioness of Lansdowne
There are beautiful grounds
as well as the house to explore
Nr Calne
SN11 0LZ

10 miles - 21 mins

BRADFORD ON AVON River and town walks
- very hilly if not by river.
14 miles - 26 minutes
BREAMORE HOUSE (HHA)
Magnificent Elizabethan Manor House

Open 2.00-5.30    all except Fri & Sat
Tea Barn opens 12.00 - 5.30
  Nr Fordingbridge
34 miles - about an hour

SP6 2DF
  BRECON BEACONS 106 miles - 2 hours
BRISTOL
HMS Great Britain
  Bristol
40 miles - about 1 hour away
BUSCOT PARK (NT + family)
Family home of Lord Faringdon, who continues to care for the property plus the family art collection, which is on display.
 
Faringdon, Oxfordshire
SN7 8BU
37 miles - 1 hr 3 mins
CASTLE COMBE
"The prettiest Village in England"
Plenty of walking all around the village and within it. Castle Combe is 18.5 miles from Devizes - about 34 minutes
CHASTLETON HOUSE (NT)
Jacobean property largely untouched by time or modernisation - really fascinating.

 
Nr Moreton-in-Marsh
Oxfordshire
GL56 0SU

about 60 miles - 1 hr 34 mins
CHAVENAGE HOUSE  (HHA)
Elizabethan Manor House

Open  01 May - 30 Sep 
2.00-5.00         Thursdays & Sundays
  Nr Tetbury
30 miles - about 56 minutes
GL8 8XP
CONWAY CASTLE
North Wales
  213 miles - 4 hours 40 minutes

CORSHAM
inc.
CORSHAM COURT
(HHA)

Owned by the Methuen family

Attractive town including Corsham 17th Century Schoolroom and Almshouses Corsham, Wiltshire
13 miles - about 25 minutes
 


CROFT CASTLE (NT)
Home of the Croft family since Domesday. Some aspects date from 14th and 15th centuries.

 

Herefordshire HR4 0XH
(We visited this the same day as Berrington Hall)

114 miles - 2 hrs

CROFTON BEAM ENGINES
(Kennet & Avon Canal Trust)
 iThe oldest working beam engine in the world still in its original engine house and capable of actually doing the job for which it was installed Nr Marlborough
SN8 3DW

20 miles - 38 mins

DEVIZES

Thursday is Market Day

The town - historical walk
Kennet and Avon Canal
Quakers' Walk circular route
Drew's Pond

We have a plethora of interesting books which, with the guide books, are available on the Living Room bookcase for you to borrow.

DYRHAM PARK (NT)
Remarkable example of 17th century architecture with an important collection of Dutch Delftware
One of the oldest deer parks in England - offering lots of walking - but it is extremely hilly in places. near Bath, Gloucestershire SN14 8ER



25 miles - 45 minutes
GREAT CHALFIELD  MANOR
(NT)

15th century - built with decor as well as defence in mind
 

Nr Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 8NH

11 miles - 21 minutes

KELMSCOTT MANOR (HHA)
Home of William Morris and his family - with their furniture
and personal effects.

We have a current guide book to the Manor as well as an interesting booklet on the life of William Morris.

 Every Wednesday & Saturday:
11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
 
It can be rewarding to visit Kelmscott Manor and Rodmarton Manor on the same day as they both feature Arts and Crafts furniture.  If doing so, visit Kelmscott first because of its opening hours.  Then travel 24 miles to Rodmarton Manor for its 2.00 p.m. opening time.
This will take about 40 minutes.

Check each season that opening times have not changed.

Kelmscott, near Lechlade
Oxfordshire
GL7 3HJ

37 miles - 1 hr 7 minutes
KINGSTON LACY (NT)
Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th-century house is noted for its lavish interiors. The outstanding art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel, with the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK.
There are several waymarked walks, beautiful lawns and a restored Japanese Tea Garden Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA
 



51 miles - 1 hr 26 minutes

LACOCK VILLAGE & ABBEY
(NT)
 



 

Lacock, Wiltshire
9 miles - 17 minutes
LITTLECOTE
The oldest part of the Manor dates from 1290 with most being Tudor.
Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour here.

Owned by Warners but possible to go for a day visit or part of a day.
Walks around Littlecote
- the Roman Villa etc.
 
Nr Hungerford

23 miles - about 40 minutes
RG17 0SU
 
LONGLEAT (HHA) As well as the house, there are excellent walks around the grounds 22 miles - about 39 minutes
BA12 7NW

LYDIARD HOUSE & PARK
Ancestral home of the
Viscounts Bolingbroke

 

Nr Swindon, Wiltshire

20 miles - about 37 minutes
SN5 3PA

LYTES CARY (NT)
Former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte.
14th-century chapel,
and 15th-century Great Hall.


 

Somerton, Somerset
51.5 miles
- about 1 hr 13 minutes
TA11 7HU

MALMESBURY
Attractive Market town with historic abbey
Britain's oldest borough!
  23 miles - 43 minutes


MARLBOROUGH
THE TOWN 
THE COLLEGE is the original home of the Seymour family

THE MERCHANTS' HOUSE
House of Thomas Bayly 1653

Shops
Historical Walking Tour

- Something for
almost everyone!

Marlborough, Wiltshire
14 miles
25 minutes
OKEHAMPTON
Devon
  123 miles
2 hrs 35 minutes
  ROUNDWAY HILL
Devizes to Roundway Hill
7.5 mile walk
Hyperlink left
gives full directions
RODMARTON MANOR (HHA)
Built between 1909 & 1929 - the supreme example of a house & all its furniture made according to Arts and Crafts ideals.

Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays, beginning of May to end of September: 2 - 5pm 
  Between
Cirencester & Tetbury

32 miles -57 minutes
GL7 6PF
SALISBURY
The town, the Cathedral

ARUNDELLS
(open for last season: 2011)


MOMPESSON HOUSE (NT)
18th century building within  Cathedral Close
SALISBURY walks include:

The Water Meadows

Old Sarum
 

Salisbury
25 miles - 43 minutes

Salisbury is on a direct bus route from Devizes
 

SEEND area

Scenic walks around old properties, church and rural iron working area 4 miles - about 7 minutes
SHAFTESBURY Walks around town,
Gold Hill etc.
Panoramc views and walks in the countryside
34 miles - 54 minutes
SHAW HOUSE
Fine Elizabethan building (1581) built by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman.  Dolman descendants, the Duke of Chandos & the Andrews & Farquhar families then lived there before it became a school. Now open at weekends & in school holidays following a 6M restoration.
 

Newbury, Berkshire
33.5 miles - 58 minutes


RG14 2DR

SHERBORNE   49 miles - 1 hr 15 minutes

SNOWSHILL MANOR (NT)
Charles Paget Wade's extraordinary collection of craftsmanship & design

 

Nr Broadway, Gloucestershire

63 miles - 1 hr 36 minutes
WR12 7JU

STANWAY HOUSE (HHA)
a Jacobean house - the estate having changed hands only once in the last 1280 years! Grounds have the largest gravity fed fountain in the world.
Great gardens to walk around. 8th July 2010

63 miles - 1 hr 36 minutes
GL54 5PQ
STEEPLE ASHTON
A very attractive small village - near Keevil (also worth visiting)
The village is well worth
walking around.
8 miles - about 17 minutes
There is a link from the place name far left & also from here.
STONEHENGE (EH/NT) There are several extremely interesting walks that we know of all around Stonehenge,Woodhenge, the Cursus, the King Barrow, etc 17 miles - 26 minutes
STOURHEAD (NT)
Beautiful Palladian mansion with Chippendale the Younger furniture, extensive art collection etc.
Stunning 18th century landscaped garden at the heart of a 2650 acre estate.

Varied walks - and a walks leaflet available on site.

Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 6QD





28 miles - 50 minutes
SUDELEY CASTLE  (HHA)
Its history spans 1000+ years. Katherine Parr is buried here.
Like Littlecote, it also has connections with the Seymours.
Walks around Winchcombe
 
Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

58 miles - 1 hr 32 minutes

TETBURY
Attractive market town
Walks around Tetbury 26 miles - 52 minutes
The COURTS (NT)
open every day except Wednesday
Beautiful gardens to walk around Holt, nr Bradford-on-Avon
BA14 6RR
11 miles - 20 minutes
THE VYNE (NT)
- Elizabethan "power house"

Mon, Tues, Wed: 1.00 - 5.00
Sat & Sun: 11.00 - 5.00
  Nr Basingstoke
RG24 9HL
51 miles - 1 hrs
TYNTESFIELD (NT)
 Spectacular Victorian house
and gardens created by the Gibbs family and saved for the nation in 2002 - undergoing complete restoration and conservation: fascinating!
Worth visiting and re-visiting
as it changes by the month!
Nr Bristol
50.5 miles - 1 hr 13 mins

BS48 1NX

WADDESDON MANOR (NT)
Late 19th century home of the Rothschilds - houses their treasures



 

Nr Aylesbury
 Buckinghamshire

81 miles - 1 hr 48 minutes

WEDHAMPTON & OTHER WILTSHIRE VILLAGES We could walk, or drive, around some of the beautiful scenery.
Booklet of local Walks available
 

WELLS
England's smallest city
and one of the most beautiful.
 
Level walking around very attractive streets and the medieval Cathedral precinct 36 miles - 1 hr 8 minutes
WESTWOOD MANOR (NT)
Open Tues, Wed, Sun
Small manor house built over 3 centuries

 
  Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2AF

15 miles - 30 minutes
WILTON HOUSE (HHA)
The country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years
Wilton is an interesting small town & worth exploring. 
You could also find a bargain at
Wilton Shopping Village

Wilton, Salisbury

SP2 0BJ


23 miles - 40 minutes