Castles monuments in Wiltshire
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Wiltshire

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Wiltshire...





Wiltshire Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc


blank tabOLD SARUM CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3SD
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The massive Iron Age hillfort of Old Sarum (Old Salisbury) was reused by the Romans, Saxons and Normans, before growing into one of the most flourishing settlements in medieval England.

This fascinating and dramatic site contains the ruins of a castle, cathedral and Bishop's Palace.

From the Iron Age ramparts there are fine views of the surrounding countryside, an ideal spot for a picnic.

A guide book and souvenirs are available from the on site shop.

Look out for Special Events throughout the summer.

Pick up a copy of our Special Events Diary at any English Heritage Site or call 0870 333 1181.
Tel: 01722 335398    Fax: 01722 416037
E-mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
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blank tabOLD WARDOUR CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6RR
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The unusual hexagonal ruins of Old Wardour Castle stand serenely in its lakeside setting, protected by acres of woodland.

But this beguiling scene of tranquillity masks a blood thirsty past - a terrible battle was fought here in 1643 when Parliamentarian forces besieged the castle for several weeks.

By the time the occupants surrendered, the damage to the castle was extensive.

An audio tour brings to life the castles long history.

Today, surrounded by landscaped gardens which include an elaborate rockwork grotto, Old Wardour Castle is a picturesque location for picnics and a relaxing day out.

Pick up a copy of our special events diary at any English Heritage site or call 0870 333 1181.
Tel: 01747 870487    Fax: 01747 870487
E-mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
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blank tabFARLEIGH HUNGERFORD CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Nr Bath, Somerset, BA2 7RS
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Now in the care of English Heritage, the remains of this 14th century castle has many hidden treasures for visitors, including a fascinating but sinister past.

The well-preserved chapel contains fine stained glass and wall paintings.

The crypt holds eight mummified bodies in lead and the priest house is used as a museum.

General View of the entrance English Heritage.
Tel: 01225 754026
E-mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
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blank tabSTONEHENGECastles & Historic Monuments
English Heritage, Nr. Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE
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Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself. Many of these features - earthworks, burial mounds and other circular 'henge' monuments - are accessible by road or public footpath. Stonehenge's orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was simply because the builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, or because - as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astrological calendar, remains a mystery. To complete your visit, there is a superb gift shop and the Stonehenge Kitchen. Audio tour available in 9 languages, easy disabled access, hearing loop and Braille guide available. There is more to Stonehenge than most "tourists" get to see. One man is determined to pass on what he has learnt in order to ensure that the true purpose is understood. Stonehenge at

Sunset - Photo: John Spivey.
Tel: 01980 624715    Fax: 01980 623465
E-mail: old_sarum.castle@english-heritage.org.uk
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Avebury Stone Circle

nr Marlborough, SN8 1RF
Tel: 01672 539250     Fax: 01672 538038   
E-mail: avebury@nationaltrust.org.uk

Two Avebury Stones Photo © Chris Collard
Two Avebury Stones - Photo: Chris Collard CCL

Avebury Stone Circle Photo © Christine Matthews
Avebury Stone Circle -
Photo: Christine Matthews CCL

 

World-famous stone circle at the heart of a prehistoric landscape.


One of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe is spread over a vast area at Avebury, much of it under Trust protection.


The great stone circle, encompassing part of the village of Avebury, is enclosed by a ditch and external bank and approached by an avenue of stones.


Many of the stones were re-erected in the 1930s by the archaeologist Alexander Keiller.


The site Museum, including an exhibition in the 17th-century thatched threshing barn, presents the archaeological story.


Finds from the site and interactive and audio-visual displays are used to tell the story of the monuments and the people who have helped to reveal their past.
 

Nearby, Windmill Hill was once the site of an important Neolithic settlement and has preserved Bronze Age burial mounds.


West of Avebury, the Iron Age earthwork of Oldbury Castle crowns Cherhill Down, along with the conspicuous Lansdowne Monument.


With the spectacular folds of Calstone Coombes, this area of open downland provides wonderful walking opportunities.

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Stonehenge - Photo © Pam Brophy
Stonehenge -
Photo: Pam Brophy

 

Wherever you come from, Stonehenge is part of your heritage. It started 10,000 years ago but most people only see and hear about a third of that. For a lot of people it’s a great disappointment, instead of being a thing of wonder. Did you know that Mesolithic man put up posts that might have been totem poles and replaced them every thousand years?

Have you ever wondered why Stonehenge is where it is? Have you ever been told that Stonehenge is two prehistoric monuments, one on top of the other? The second is the famous stones, but the first is also fascinating, and there to be seen by those who know where to look.

That the midsummer sunrise was replaced by a mid-winter sunset three and a half millennia ago? That the avenue was converted from a path that only the sun could use to a walkway for everyone? Do you believe that the stones were brought from miles away by giants, magic or visitors from other galaxies? The amazing truth is that it was built by clever people who used simple skills and knowledge five thousand years ago.

These, and other things are discussed along with Druids, Hyperborean's, links with the Classical world and their gods and the effect of myths and legends on what people did in the past in a book to be published soon by Norman Page who has studied the monuments for the past sixty years and may be reached on pagen@baldgate.freeserve.com.

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Westbury White Horse & Bratton Camp

Tel: 01373 827158

WHITE HORSE

 

Westbury White Horse is the most famous landmark in West Wiltshire.

A perfect picnic spot, it has breathtaking views of the Wiltshire and Somerset countryside.

The present White Horse was originally cut in 1778, however, legend suggests that it rests on the site of an even older horse that commemorated the defeat of the Danes by King Alfred at Ethandun in AD878. Bratton Camp is what remains of massive fortifications of a 2,000 year old Iron Age Hill fort. Its steep ditches and banks surround an even older Neolithic barrow or burial mound.

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Battlesbury Hill

Warminster, Wiltshire

Impressive Iron Age hill fort strongly defended by double ramparts and a ditch on its south west side, with triple ramparts on the less steep west side. The ramparts follow the kidney-shaped contours of the hill and enclose nearly 25 acres. Strip lynchets on eastern slopes. Archaeological finds are held at Devizes Museum. Extensive views over Salisbury Plain and Wylye Valley.

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Cley Hill

Warminster, Wiltshire

An Iron Age hill fort with two Bronze Age bowl barrows situated on the highest point. At 800 feet high, the climb can be daunting but is well worth it for the views in all directions, particularly over Warminster. Cley Hill was formerly owned by the Marquis of Bath, who donated it to the National Trust in the 1950's and is famous as a UFO sighting place.

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Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Tel: 01225 754026

These are ruins of a 14th century castle. The well-preserved chapel contains fine stained glass and wall paintings. The crypt holds eight mummified bodies in lead and the priest house is used as a museum. Special events, such as tournaments and Civil War re-enactments take place from April - October.

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