Take a short drive outside of Bath — there are so many treasures waiting to be explored! As Wiltshire is full of days out, history and Cotswold charm, put it on your ‘must-visit’ list when you’re venturing further afield...
First up, Lacock is a must-see. Owned and looked after by the National Trust, it’s an impressive village full of historical and laid-back charm. Lacock Abbey is a focal point, dating back to the thirteenth century when it was founded as a nunnery, before being converted into a grand family home. Also worth a visit is the Fox Talbot Museum, celebrating the life of William Henry Fox Talbot and his contributions to photography.
Lacock has featured in many well-known films including Harry Potter, The Other Boleyn Girl and Pride and Prejudice. Stroll through the pretty village, treat yourself to a delicious pub lunch and imagine yourself transported back several centuries!
Next up is Castle Combe, one of the prettiest villages in the British countryside. Seemingly frozen in time, it is a true example of a traditional Cotswold village as every detail reveals a beautiful glimpse of the past. St Andrew’s Church, built in the thirteenth century, rises above the cottage rooftops — see inside for photographs from Spielberg’s War Horse, filmed in the village in 2010.
Finally to Corsham — a Wiltshire town where peacocks parade the High Street freely in all their finery! Traditionally a wool-producing town, the historic Flemish Weavers’ Cottages were built to encourage the foreign weavers, fleeing to avoid persecution, to settle in the area and support this growing trade.
Corsham Court is well worth a visit too. Historically a royal manor with links to two of Henry XIII’s wives, it boasts landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown (who also created the nearby gardens of Lacock Abbey, Prior Park and Longleat). Very picturesque at this time of year, they’re the perfect place for an autumnal stroll.