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Top 8 Hidden Gems in and around Salisbury to visit

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered across Salisbury in Wiltshire.

You'll be pleased to know there is so much more to Salisbury than meets the eye. Whether you're a resident who has lived in the area all your life, or a visitor spending a day in the beautiful city, these are some of the hidden gems in and around Salisbury just waiting to be explored by you!

In this article, we share the top 10 hidden gems in Salisbury which you need to add to your Wiltshire bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!

1) Ludgershall Castle & Cross

Amazing castle ruins to see, however unfortunately there is not much to see nowadays! It is a great piece of history, and a very pleasant place to come for a walk. The boards provided by the EH do give some imagination of what once this castle was like back in the day!

2) Old Wardour Castle

Old Wardour Castle is a great castle to explore which is set on small grounds but it is very peaceful and serene. It is a true hidden gem; with lots to explore in the castle ruins, including lots of rooms and windy staircases to climb! You'll also be rewarded with great views when you get to the top.

3) East Knoyle Windmill

This little gem is a pleasant location to come for a walk and admire the East Knoyle Windmill. Unfortunately you are unable to go inside the windmill, but it's amazing to look at! Opposite this gem, you'll be amazed at the stunning views which are on offer.

4) Temple Of Apollo

Temple of Apollo is a stunning place to visit and stop to admire if you're ever in the Stourhead Estate. The temple is relatively small compared to how big it looks in the photos, but it is definitely worth the climb up the hill to get the amazing views over the lake!

5) King Alfred's Tower

Built several centuries after King Alfred had resigned, this tower was built to commemorate the end of the Severn Years War and to celebrate Alfred's victory in battle. The army he assembled for that battle was done so on the very spot the folly is built! Unfortunately you are unable to get into the tower, however it can be observed and admired from all around.

6) Heavens Gate

There's no better place to watch the sunset and admire the stunning views across the Longleat Estate than at Heavens Gate. The views from where the sculptures are located are phenomenal, and the sculptures themselves feel very mystical.

7) Nunney Castle

A small castle ruin located in the most tranquil place. It may not be as good to look at as other castle ruins in the UK but it is still quite impressive for those who enjoy admiring castle ruins as a whole. It's free to enter and there is also free parking available, what's not to love?!

8) Fairy Cave Quarry

Now this location is a bit complicated, just a heads up! It is used for practising tad climbing, and the entrance is locked with a combination padlock. So if you're into your tad climbing, we'd definitely recommend visiting the Fairy Cave Quarry as there are a good selection of routes for beginners and experienced climbers.

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are scattered around Salisbury. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Wiltshire trip even more memorable!

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