Churches & Heritage

Wiltshire is known the world over for its ancient monuments but it also has other great treasures and its cultural heritage includes numerous archaeological sites, industrial buildings and historic churches. Many are tucked away but are worth seeking out to appreciate their Saxon, Norman and other influences. We have a list for those interested but below highlight just a few of the region's jewels.

1) Tithe Barn - Bradford-Upon-Avon >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 25 minutes)

A spectacular 14th century monastic stone barn, 51 metres (168 feet) long, with an amazing timber cruck roof. (English Heritage)

2) Corsham Court >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 25 minutes)

One of England's finest stately homes and is based upon an Elizabethan Manor dating from 1582. The interiors are laid out as a suite of magnificent Georgian Staterooms, the work of leading 18th and 19th Century architects.

3) Saxon Church Bradford Upon Avon >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 25 minutes)

Saxon Church ? The most complete church of its kind in England, forgotten for centuries, rediscovered in the nineteenth century, lower parts date from 7th century.

4) Farleigh Hungerford Castle >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 30 minutes)

In a beautiful valley of the river Frome ,  stands the remains of 14th century Farleigh Hungerford Castle;well-preserved chapel &the best collection of human-shaped lead coffins in Britain;mummified bodies in crypt. (English Heritage)

5) Bath Abbey >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

This is England's last great medieval church, begun in 1499 by Bishop King and dissolved in 1539.
The original Anglo-Saxon church was built in 757 AD but was dismantled by the Normans following the conquest in 1066 AD.

6) Malmesbury Abbey >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

The oldest abbey in England As well as exploring the beautiful 12th century Abbey, the grounds, the café and the bookshop, you can also spend time at Abbey House Gardens, the Athelstan Museum, and the numerous shops, cafés and pubs in town.

7) The Royal Crescent Bath >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

The Royal Crescent is one of the world's best known landmarks, designed by John Wood the younger. Built between 1767 and 1775 the sweeping crescent contains some 30 houses.

8) The Roman Baths >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

Around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water.

9) The Circus >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 40 minutes)

The masterpiece of John Wood the Elder, three classical Orders (Greek Doric, Roman Composite and Corinthia) are used, one above the other, in the elegant curved facades. The striking architecture has spawned numerous theories to explain its stark originality. Viewed from the air it forms the shape of a key, perhaps a Masonic symbol? 

10) Salisbury Cathedral >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 50 minutes)

For over 750 years pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the glory and peace of the building and surrounding Cathedral Close.

11) Old Wardour Castle >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 55 minutes)

French style hexagonal castle in a magical lakeside setting Built in the 14th century it was once one of the most daring and innovative homes in Britain. (English Heritage)

12) Wells Cathedral >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 1 hour 5 mins)

In Wells, the smallest city in England, you will find the magnificent Cathedral of St Andrew and the unique, early 13th century, moated Bishop's Palace.

13) Glastonbury Abbey &Tor >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 1 hour 10 minutes)

Glastonbury Abbey and the Tor ? fabled Isle of Avalon in Celtic mythology - 12th century monks discovered evidence of King Arthur's and Guinevere's burials;the Holy Grail was believed to have been brought here.

14) Chalice Well >>

(Time from Avalon Lodge 1hour 10 minutes)

Chalice Well is one of Britain's most ancient and possible most sacred, wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards it is a living sanctuary in which the visitor can experience the quiet healing of this sacred place. 

Not forgetting the magnificent Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Wilton Windmill and the Crofton Beam Engines.

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