Interesting facts about Wiltshire

The County of Wiltshire is a TREASURE trove of interesting facts and legend.  Did you know…

The Wiltshire town of Calne can claim to be the birthplace of the famous The Wiltshire Cure – a legendary way of curing bacon and ham!

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The local Lardy Cake (pictured right) is another delicacy that can’t be missed…so good… It’s made with lard, flour, sugar, spices and dried fruit and has to be tried and enjoyed at least once in your lifetime!

Look out too for the Wiltshire Loaf too – this cheese was created in Wiltshire and was particularly sought after in the 18th Century.  It even had a mention in Emma, the famous novel by Jane Austin!

Wiltshire is also known as Cider Country.  A tribute to the many orchards across Wiltshire producing apples that are transformed into a crisp, refreshing cider that is instantly recognisable.

But it’s not all about food and drink, Wiltshire has a wealth of amazing historic sites and monuments to enjoy…

wiltshire country fayre
wiltshire country fayre
Stonehenge is probably the most famous and oldest place in Wiltshire. The stones have been a feature of Salisbury Plain for thousands of years, since they were placed here by our pre-historic ancestors.  West Kennet Long Barrow near Silbury Hill close to Avebury, is a Neolithic tomb or barrow.  It was built over five and a half thousand years ago.

As you drive through the county you will enjoy the site of eight carved White Horses carved out in the hillside – an amazing spectacle.

The delightful villages of Lacock and Castle Combe are famous Wiltshire beauty spots. Many will be familiar with Lacock as it’s the well-known setting for many films and TV series including Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Wolf Hall and Downton Abbey.  Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest village in England!  High praise indeed.

And of course, Salisbury Cathedral in the heart of the city, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Britain.  Home to one of the four copies of the original Magna Carta, it also boasts the highest church spire in the country.