Whether you are visiting Wiltshire for a day trip or wish to spend the night in any of our group friendly hotels, you can use the following new itineraries and special tours to help plan your visit.
Capability Brown 300th Anniversary 2016 - Bowood House & Gardens and Longleat have teamed up to offer groups a one stop shop to book Capability Brown Landscape Tours throughout both venues. A new one day package including lunch and cream tea is available for £55 per person. Find out more here or to book please contact Debbie Edwards. Ts & Cs apply.
Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival - Sat 5 and Sun 6 September 2015and Fri 9, Sat 10 and Sun 11 September 2016 - New Special Tours plus entrance to Salisbury Cathedral are available for the duration of the event. Special Tours include: The Works; Through a Glass Darkly; Stitched with Love; Art in the Cathedral; The Cathedral & its Charter; Symphony in Stone and The Cathedral and its Close. Prices from £10 per person, subject to availability. To find out more click here. To book or request a FREE GTO / Tour Operator familiarisation ticket, please contact Stephanie Shearing
Wiltshire's Two-Day Trail
Salisbury is undoubtedly Britain’s hottest city to visit in 2015 with travel guide publisher Lonely Planet listing it among the top 10 cities in the world. Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta is celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and events from Salisbury to Trowbridge are also running throughout the year. Find our more here
Taking place on 5 and 6 September 2015 on the west lawn of Salisbury Cathedral’s Close. One of the largest and most prestigious festivals of its kind in the UK, showcasing contemporary arts and crafts and heritage skills. Find out more www.salisburycraftfestival.org
Stonehenge - A monumental day out. Get closer to your ancestors and the mystery of Stonehenge in a a state-of the-art visitor centre. A new special exhibition (available until spring 2016) includes amazing Stonehenge memorabilia from bygone years. Old Sarum - A shot in the past. Explore the lost city and discover the legend behind Salisbury Cathedral.
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon has undertaken a £40 million regeneration project ensuring visitors receive an enjoying and exhilarating shopping experience and day out. New coach parking facilities will be available soon.
Take a trip just over the Wiltshire border to the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm Museum based at RNAS Yeovilton, the Royal Navy’s fully operational air station. This amazing Museum houses the largest collection of naval aircraft in Europe. Open all year (with winter restrictions).
Wiltshire has many charming market towns with independent shops, colourful markets and plenty of coach stop off points. Visit Bradford on Avon’s delightful Bridge Tea Rooms, a former blacksmith's cottage dating back to 1502, for a traditional West Country afternoon tea, home-made cakes, pastries and sandwiches served by friendly staff in Victorian costumes. Pre-booking essential for coaches – max 50 people.
Make a break of it
Make the most of your visit to Wiltshire by staying overnight. Best Western Mayfield House Hotel, near Malmesbury has 28 ensuite rooms, lounge and snug bar plus an AA rosette restaurant for local fine dining. Great group discounts available, free accommodation for coach driver, free parking (coaches too) and free WiFi. Min group size 10 rooms.
For a perfect Salisbury break, why not book into the Cathedral Hotel located in the heart of Salisbury. Group rates are just £55 per person and dining offers from just £6.60 per person for a meal when you book and pre-order for 20 or more.
Shelley Doyle from British History Breaks, who attended a VisitWiltshire event said "After attending VisitWiltshire's familiarisation visit we have been able to develop a series of tours for domestic and international groups which are proving really popular. Thanks to VisitWiltshire, we have been able to talk first hand about the Wiltshire product offer and have all the contacts to bring these tours to life ourselves."
Specialists in passenger transport solutions, Value Cars has over 80 vehicles with uniformed drivers/guides and fixed rate day tours with same rates 24 hours a day. Taxis, value executive cars, Mercedes/Grand Voyages, 1 - 35 seaters. Contact Tim on 01722 50 50 50.