The picturesque country of Wiltshire is a history buff's dream. In addition to the rolling hills and lively market towns, the county is blessed with frankly more than its fair share of fascinating historical sites! From the mystery of Stonehenge to the indisputable beauty of Salisbury Cathedral, this southern county is packed with gems of old. Following suit, many of Wiltshire's hotels also have an historic feel to them.
Stunning Period Properties
From rural villages to popular market towns, the streets of Wiltshire are lined with period buildings, many of which have been converted into hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs. Examples range from Diana Lodge - a friendly B&B located in a pretty terraced town house - to the redbrick delights of Grasmere House Hotel in Salisbury.
Milford Hall Classic Hotel is an impressive and imposing double-fronted Georgian property in the north of Salisbury. In addition to a stunning exterior, the hotel also boasts a lovely restaurant.
Salisbury is Wiltshire's only city. Peppered with period architecture and historical attractions, the city is a must-visit spot for anyone with even a passing interest in the county's past.
Of course, the historical highlight of Salisbury is the cathedral. The 13th century building is home to the tallest church spire in the UK and one of only four original copies of the Magna Carta.
Salisbury is also home to some of the finest hotels in Wiltshire. The gorgeous Chapter House boasts a central location, a decent business centre and a well-reviewed restaurant.
Wiltshire's Prehistoric Gems
While you're sure to run into fascinating titbits of history wherever you go in Wiltshire, most visitors are well aware of the main event - Stonehenge. Just eight miles outside Salisbury, the prehistoric monument is easily accessible from the city. If you prefer, there are plenty of excellent hotels even closer.
The Swan at Stoford offers a traditional and quintessentially English country pub style option. Those looking for something grand near Stonehenge can check out Burcombe Manor, a four star bed and breakfast built into a decadent period property. There's free WiFi throughout the hotel and a free continental breakfast.