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Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a stunning county with beautiful countryside and some fascinating cities and market towns. Salisbury is probably the best known city in Wiltshire because of it’s famous Cathedral and Stonehenge.  

The city has also recently been declared one of the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities in the Best in Travel 2015.  Wiltshire is very well located with easy access south via the A303 or north via the M3 / M25 / M1.  

Wiltshire is becoming increasingly popular with London commuters as the county offers fantastic schooling in both the state and private sector, better value for money than some of the more well-known commuter areas and reasonable journey times.  

Our Wiltshire guide aims to give a broad overview of the main towns in the county, what schooling is available in Wiltshire and what the transport links are like.

Schools in Wiltshire

Salisbury gets all the accolades on the school front. The Godolphin is an independent day and boarding school for girls, and there are two grant maintained grammar schools – Bishop Wordsworth's for boys and South Wilts Girls, both of which get excellent results.

Other good independent and private schools in Salisbury include, Chafyn Grove, Salisbury Cathedral School, and Leehurst Swan. Further afield you have: Forres Sandle Manor, Dauntsey's, Warminster School, Marlborough, Millfield, St Mary's Calne and Sandroyd. For further details on schools visit The Good Schools Guide or the governement, Find A School page. More comprehensive state school information can be obtained via the local authority at wilts.gov.uk

Key Towns

Salisbury

Salisbury is a beautiful Cathedral City, which has recently been declared one of the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities in the Best in Travel 2015. Salisbury is full of visual treats, gabled houses, half timbering, and Chilmark stone, not to mention the stunning Cathedral Close, one of the most beautiful closes in England.

Salisbury boasts a thriving market, museums, arts scene and lively restaurants. Surrounding villages, including Winterslow, Whiteparish, Coombe Bissett, the Woodford Valley and the Chalke Valley offer the best of country living but with easy access to the bustling city of Salisbury.

Swindon

Swindon was originally a small market town but has seen much development over the years. Popular with commuters, the town is conveniently located approximately 35 miles from both Bristol and Reading and has excellent communication links with London being only 52 Minutes by train to Paddington.

Swindon was earmarked by The Times in 2008 as one of “The 20 best places to buy a property in Britain” due to it’s lower ratio of house prices to household income, with the average household income in Swindon among the highest in the country.

The villages surrounding Swindon are very popular, especially those found in the Marlborough Downs or the Vale of the White Horse.

Pewsey

Pewsey is a pretty village nestled at the centre of the vale of Pewsey. The village has a good range of shops, a school, swimming pool and playing fields. Daily commuters can reach London Paddington within 56 minutes although the trains only run in peak time at one per hour and off peak, one every four hours. Should more regular trains be required, these can be found at Newbury.

There are some very pretty villages nearby, including Manningford Bruce, Stanton St Bernard and Urchfont.

Devizes is also close by which is excellent for shopping and home to Dauntsey’s, an extremely popular private school.

Tisbury

Tisbury, just 13 miles from Salisbury is the largest village in the Nadder Valley. Tisbury has a good village shop and post office and also has its own railway station, allowing residents to easily commute to London. Tisbury also has excellent communication links, being situated only 2.5 miles from the A303.

Amesbury

Amesbury and the surrounding area is steeped in history and is the closest town to Stonehenge. The town has a lively community and a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Amesbury is well located, just 7 miles from Salisbury and close to both Grately and Andover train stations, both on the mainline to London.

Bradford-on-Avon

Bradford-on-Avon is a stunning town, similar in look to Bath with it’s limestone buildings and winding paths. The town offers a good range of shops, particularly craft shops and there are pretty walks along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

There are no direct trains from here to London but these can be found at Bath Spa or Westbury.

The architecture in this historic town is breathtaking and if you are seeking a character property in a thriving community, Bradford-on-Avon is well worth considering.

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