When you visit the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this summer, you will be spoilt for choice...
You’re planning a holiday or short break in Wiltshire and you’re bringing your best bud, so now it’s time to plan your days out. You need to find some great places where dogs are welcome and you’re in luck, because there are so many wonderful places in Wiltshire where both you and your dog are welcome and will have a super time.
Whether you’re looking to expand your cultural horizons, fancy a walk or are in the mood for a nice day out, Wiltshire is a fantastic place for both you and your dog. We’ve compiled this list of seven places to go with dogs in Wiltshire – enjoy!
You might not think so, but dogs really are allowed on the grounds around one of the most famous and historical sites in Northern Europe, Stonehenge, known as one of the Wonders of the World. As long as your dog is safely secured on a lead, you can both go explore around the magical site. At Stonehenge you are invited to walk where our Neolithic ancestors walked. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Do note that your dog will not be allowed into the stone circle.
When you and your dog visit the famous site of the once thriving town of Old Sarum, you can stand where Salisbury's original cathedral once la and you are invited to discover the awe-inspiring Iron Age hill fort. More than 2000 years of history was unearthed here, from Romans, Normans and Saxons, all have left their mark. Dogs are welcome on leads at Old Sarum.
You’re walking through the quintessentially English village of Lacock and you will think you've just arrived at the scene of a wizard battle or for a date with Mr Darcy (and his dog). The picture perfect village of Lacock is rows on rows of quaint cottages, an old workhouse and a medieval tithe barn, a pretty village church and, of course, a prison. This village is worth a stroll for sure, and your dog will think so too. Lacock village has appeared as setting in a many a TV and movie classic, from ‘Downton Abbey’ most recently to ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Pride & Prejudice’ to name but a few.
In the peaceful Wiltshire countryside near Tisbury, you can visit Old Wardour Castle, known once as one of the most innovative homes in the country. Originally built in the 14th century as a luxurious residence for comfortable living and lavish entertainment, today the castle ruin provides a relaxed, romantic day out for couples, families and budding historians, and their dogs, of course.
Bratton Camp is an original Iron Age hillfort built over 2000 years ago to protect a settlement or people and buildings. And even further back, about 3000 years earlier in fact, a Neolithic long barrow existed here. Today Bratton Camp is an extensive chalk grassland and home to several grass and herb species and thus providing a habitat interesting insects like the rare Adonis Blue butterfly and the even rarer forester moth. The White Horse on Bratton Camp can be seen from far away and it is believed that the horse was cut out off the hill in the late 1600s to commemorate the Battle of Ethandun in AD 878.
Iford Manor is a Grade 1 Italianate garden and most famous for the tranquil, beautiful gardens that surround it. Peto Gardens was designed by the architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto who lived at Iford Manor for 40 years in the beginning of the 1900s. The garden is romantic hillside valley garden and characterised by a large number of steps and terraces as well as the most wonderful sculptures and magnificent rural views. There are many beautiful walks to be had at Peto Gardens for you and your dog.
It is thought that the building of Ludgershall Castle began back in the late 11th century by a Wiltshire sheriff. Ludgershall Castle was then improved on in the 13th century by King John and his son Henry III, both used the castle as their private hunting lodge. Today there is not much left of this grand hunting lodge, but 3 large walls and extensive earthworks still stand and they are an impressive sight. Dogs on leads are welcome to join you when you go exploring on this magnificent site, and you will be pleased to find many more walks in and around the nearby Collingbourne woods too!