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Longleat House and Safari Park

Superb Elizabethan stately home with sumptuous interior.

Safari park and safari boats, as seen on TV’s Animal Park.

Grounds designed by Capability Brown and Repton.

Adventure playground, splash pad, motion simulators, mazes, miniature railway.

Postman Pat village, tea cup rides, soft play area.

Aviary, butterfly garden, bat colony, petting area.

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American Museum in Britain

Beautifully situated mansion housing a unique collection of North American decorative arts.

18 period room sets displaying domestic interiors and decorative arts from the 1680s to the 1860s.

World-renowned American quilt and textile collection.

Superb views, tranquil gardens and an arboretum of North American trees.

Re-enactments, activities and workshops.

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Avebury Stone Circle and Silbury Hill

Pretty village set amongst Europe’s largest stone circle, dating from 2,500 BC.

UNESCO World Heritage Site includes nearby Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow.

Alexander Keiller Museum contains significant prehistoric archaeological collections and interactive displays.

16th century manor house of monastic origin.

Charming Edwardian garden divided into colourful “rooms”.

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Bath Assembly Rooms

Elegant public rooms at the heart of fashionable Georgian society.

Magnificent interior consists of a splendid Ball Room, Tea Room and Card Room, connected by two fine octagonal rooms.

Designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769.

Finest set of 18th century chandeliers in Europe.

Home to the Fashion Museum.

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Bowood House

Elegant Robert Adam designed stately home filled with unique treasures.

Fine collection of paintings, sculpture, tapestries, porcelain, jewellery and costumes.

Laboratory where oxygen was discovered.

Beautiful Capability Brown parkland with lake, cascade, temple, grotto and arboretum.

Colourful rhododendron, azalea and bluebell walks.

Adventure playground and soft play palace.

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Corsham Court

Magnificent state rooms furnished by the finest 18th century craftsmen and displaying a stunning collection of Old Master paintings.

Parkland designed by Capability Brown and Repton, featuring a lake and specimen trees.

Enchanting garden with a Gothic bath house, magnolias, spring bulbs, herbaceous borders, roses and a lily pond.

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Dyrham Park

Grand baroque mansion set amidst beautiful rolling parkland.

Magnificent collection of 17th century Dutch paintings, pottery and furniture.

Victorian domestic quarters give an insight into servants’ lives.

Elegant formal gardens, deer park, woodland and lakes to explore.

Location for Remains of the Day.

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Farleigh Hungerford Castle

14th century castle with many unique features set in a picturesque valley.

Largely intact gatehouse, curtain wall and substantial ruined towers.

Well preserved 14th century chapel features rare medieval wall paintings and stained glass windows.

Crypt with an important collection of lead coffins.

Audio tour reveals its intriguing past.

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Great Chalfield Manor

Fine medieval manor house with Arts & Crafts garden.

Ornate oriel windows, rooftop soldiers, great hall (with spy holes).

Moat and gatehouse.

Charming 13th century parish church.

Colourful garden with terraces, gazebo and lily pond.

Persuasion and The Other Boleyn Girl filmed here.

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Lacock Abbey and Village

Picturesque village with many well-preserved characterful buildings dating from the 13th century.

Medieval cloistered abbey converted into a fine country house.

Botanic Garden and Victorian woodland with spring flowers.

Fox Talbot Museum of Photography.

Location for Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Moll Flanders, Cranford, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

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Westbury White Horse

Wiltshire’s oldest white horse, carved from the chalk hillside in 1778.

Beside the Bratton Camp Iron Age hill fort.

Panoramic views.

Popular with walkers, paragliders and kite flyers.

Visit other white horses at Cherhill (1780), Marlborough (1804), Alton Barnes (1812), Hackpen (1838), Broad Town (1864), Pewsey (1937) and Devizes (1999).

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Westwood Manor

Charming 15th century manor house with topiary garden.

Exceptional period furniture, 17th and 18th century tapestries and needlework.

Several important stringed musical instruments.

Ornate Jacobean plasterwork.

Splendid Gothic and Jacobean windows.

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Stonehenge

Awe-inspiring, mysterious stone circle, created between 3000 BC and 1600 BC.

4 ton Welsh bluestones, encircled by 50 ton sarsen stones topped by massive, yet precisely engineered, lintels.

Marvel at their transportation and construction.

Wonder about Stonehenge’s enigmatic purpose.

UNESCO World Heritage Site includes many other prehistoric monuments nearby.

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Jane Austen Centre, Bath

Knowledgeable guides, costume displays and personal exhibits bring to life Jane Austen’s Bath.

Learn about Jane’s life in Bath – what she did, where she lived and how it contributed to her writing.

Gain a snapshot of life in Regency Bath, particularly Society’s past-times of dancing, socialising, gossiping and playing cards.

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SS Great Britain, Bristol

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board the world’s first great ocean liner.

Go under the innovative glass “sea” to view her hull.

Visit the dockyard museum.

Year round fun events and interactive displays.

Multi-award winning attraction offering free unlimited return visits for a year.

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Stourhead, Wiltshire

One of the world’s finest landscape gardens.

Beautiful lakeside walk with stunning vistas towards ornate classical temples.

Colourful, rare and exotic trees.

Palladian mansion with Chippendale furniture, fine paintings and Regency library.

Wider estate has Iron Age hill forts and 50m high King Alfred’s Tower.

Pride and Prejudice was filmed here.

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Bath Architecture

With its Roman Baths and elegant Georgian buildings, Bath is deservedly one of only three “World Heritage Cities”.

Royal Crescent, The Circus and Queen Square are the jewels in Bath’s crown.

The Assembly Rooms, Guildhall and Pump Rooms boast fine interiors.

Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey are also worth viewing.

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Beckford’s Tower and Museum

Enjoy panoramic views of Bath from the belvedere of this 120ft neo-classical tower.

Only surviving example of William Beckford’s great architectural achievements.

View furniture originally made for the Tower, alongside paintings, prints and objects illustrating William Beckford’s life as a writer, collector and patron of the arts.

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Building of Bath Museum

Gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the design and construction of Georgian Bath.

Full-scale models demonstrate how the Georgians constructed their buildings - from the foundations to the chimneys.

Detailed architectural model of Bath’s historic centre.

Great resource for period property owners and architecture students.

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Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath

Delightful Georgian townhouse and garden, from where Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781.

Fully restored townhouse, complete with 18th century furniture and musical instruments, provides an interesting insight into Georgian life.

View Herschel’s workshop, telescopes and an award-winning film about the universe narrated by Patrick Moore.

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Holburne Museum, Bath

Closed until 2011, but some of its silver and porcelain collection can be seen at the Fashion Museum instead.

Magnificent 18th century building containing an outstanding collection of art.

Paintings by Gainsborough, Turner, Stubbs and Guardi.

One of Britain’s best silver collections.

Fine porcelain, majolica, glass and Renaissance bronzes.

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Number 1 Royal Crescent, Bath

This magnificently restored and lavishly furnished townhouse provides an accurate picture of elegant 18th century living.

Built in 1768 by John Wood the Elder, Royal Crescent is Bath’s most famous Georgian landmark.

Each room is a superb example of Georgian interior design, containing authentic furniture, textiles, carpets, paintings and china.

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Pump Rooms, Bath

Follow in the footsteps of fashionable Georgian Society and treat yourself to afternoon tea in this elegant interior overlooking the Roman Baths.

Pump Room Trio and resident pianists provide live music daily.

Try a glass of spa water from the fountain.

Morning coffees and lunches also available.

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Roman Baths

Remarkably complete remains of the Roman complex built around Britain’s only hot springs.

Great Bath, Sacred Spring, plunge pools, sauna and hypocaust.

Remains of the Roman temple and its courtyard.

Museum containing gilt-bronze head of goddess Minerva, temple’s pediment with Gorgon’s head and Roman coins.

Costumed characters and audio tours.

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Wadsworth Brewery, Devizes

Informative brewery tours and a free interactive exhibition explain the brewing processes used here since 1875.

See the UK’s only Master Brewery Cooper at work.

Visit the stables of the Wadsworth Shire Horses.

Admire the hand-painted pub signs created by Wadsworth’s own sign writers.

Sample a selection of Wadsworth’s ales.

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