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Best captured by John Constable in the paintings of his home county, the beauty of Wiltshire is unquestionable. The history of the area has been carefully and rightly preserved, in the idyllic National Trust village of Laycock, the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, the impressive Salisbury Cathedral and the mysterious Westbury White Horse. Modern-day Wiltshire is also celebrated, particularly when it comes to food and drink.
Wiltshire boasts three Michelin-starred establishments. Martin Burge continues to impress all who venture through the gates of the truly impressive Whatley Manor; Hywel Jones is constantly creating at Lucknam Park and Richard Davies is busy wowing diners at the Bybrook Restaurant at Manor House. Marco Pierre White has opened several splendid gastropubs in the county, including the Rudloe Arms in Corsham, and there are plenty of traditional pubs and casual brasseries to try out. Wiltshire is known for producing excellent meat and game, but also fine wines, thanks to vineyards like a’Becketts and beer, from the likes of Wadworth Brewery famed for its 6X beer.
Moving away from the dining table, there’s Bradford on Avon to explore, Longleat Safari Park to amuse the kids, Devizes Caen Hill Locks to help work up an appetites (oops, back to dining) and Swindon Designer Outlet for picking up a bargain.