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The Romance of Warminster

Welcome to Warminster - a charming English town located in Wiltshire County. Warminster is the perfect small town to visit some of England’s most beautiful locations, full of character and history. Best of all, this part of England is only 2 hours southwest of London! Roll down lush, green rolling hills and dance across large fields. Survey sprawling estates and take in stately manor homes whilst wandering through impeccably landscaped gardens. Experience true English hospitality in a 400 year old quintessential pub and indulge in traditional comfort food, complete with fresh ale straight from the tap. Prepare to be swept off your feet by the romance and allure of Warminster, one of England’s best kept secrets.

View our handpicked collection of remarkable and idyllic experiences for you to explore by hire car…

Wiltshire Countryside

1. Picnic at Stourhead Gardens

Wiltshire Countryside

Driving time: 20 minutes from Warminster 🚗

Head to Stourhead Gardens for a day of exploration around the sprawling 1,072-acre estate. The estate includes a Palladian mansion, the village of Stourton, beautiful gardens and enchanting woodlands. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and take your camera for some excellent photo opportunities! We suggest a luxury ride to discover the countryside.

Fun fact: Part of the 2005 Pride & Prejudice movie was filmed here. Now, where’s our Mr. Darcy?

2. Travel back in time at Stonehenge

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Driving time: 25 minutes from Warminster 🚗

Explore England’s past by visiting the 4,500 year old site, Stonehenge. Visit Stonehenge to comprehend the iconic stone circle, wander around the Neolithic houses outside the visitor centre and brush up on some history with the Stonehenge exhibition.

Fun fact: The BBC reported that around 12,000 people attended Stonehenge for Summer Solstice to watch the sun rise on June 20, 2016. Why not join them one year?

3. Downtown Abbey’s iconic Highclere Castle

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Driving time: 1 hour from Warminster 🚗

Bask in the majesty of Highclere Castle, famed for its use in Downtown Abbey, this is a fine example of ‘Jacobethan’ architecture. Although called Highclere Castle, it is actually a stately country home that sits on 5,000 acres. Yes you read that right, 5,000 acres of lush green countryside. It’s also owned by the real life earl and countess of Carnarvon. The estate is usually open to the public in spring and summer, you can check dates here.

Fun fact: Sitting in the music room is a mahogany desk and chair that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. C'est magnifique!

4. Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

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Driving time: 35 minutes from Warminster 🚗

Housing the world’s oldest working clock and the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta, is the 800 year old Salisbury Cathedral. This gorgeous example of English Gothic architecture also has the Country’s tallest spire at 123 metres high. It’s not hard to see why many dreamy weddings have been had here.

Fun fact: The infamous spire was built 2 years after the rest of the structure, and is so heavy it tilts southeast by 27 inches! Leaning tower of Salisbury anyone?

5. Satisfy your hunger at a Warminster Pub

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Driving time: ~ 5 mins in Warminster 🚗

Staying in Warminster means you’ll be close of lots of scrumptious food at pubs and restaurants, both within town and nearby. We recommend the Snooty Fox, the Weymouth Arms & the Old Fire Station for good food, all are within the town centre, so feel free to leave the car and have a drink or two.

Fun fact: Check out the Old Bell Inn in Warminster, it’s nearly 600 years old and still serves good food and fresh beer. Remember, don’t drink and drive!

Suggested read: The Cotswolds and Mythical Somerset