We have listed below a few of the local attractions and places of interest within easy reach of Antonia House Bed and Breakfast. Some are free to visit while others carry admission and other charges so it is worth checking with the attractions of your choice before you set off.
Local Attractions and Places of Interest
Westbury White Horse is just a few miles from Antonia House. It is the oldest of the Wiltshire Horses, dating back some 300 years, and is sited on Westbury Hill, just below the Iron Age Hill Fort known as Bratton Camp. Ample parking is available and there are walks that can be taken, or just enjoy the panoramic views from the top of the hill.
Longleat House and Safari Park remains one of the most popular places to visit in Wiltshire. The estate has been in the ownership of the Thynne family since 1540 and is the seat of the 7th Marquess of Bath. Opened in 1966, the Safari Park was the first of its kind outside Africa and is home to many species of animals. We would recommend setting a whole day aside to maximise the enjoyment of your visit to the Longleat Estate.
Stonehenge and Avebury Stone Circles are each situated within a 30 minute drive from Antonia House. Stonehenge is believed to date from 3100BC whereas Avebury Stone Circle is a mere spring chicken, estimated at 2400BC! Explore the myths, magic and mystery of these huge Blue Stone, Sarcen and Welsh Stone constructions!
Lacock Village and Abbey are widely used as locations in the TV and Film Industries and have been used most recently in such productions as 'Harry Potter' and 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. The abbey dates back to the 13th century and was converted to a manor house during the 16th century. It now houses the Fox Talbot Photography Museum and chronicles the pioneering work of William Henry Fox Talbot.
The village also dates back to the 13th century and became prosperous in the wool industry of the Middle Ages. With many half-timbered and stone houses, a visit to the village really is a step back in time!
The Roman City of Bath lies approximately 10 miles away from Antonia House and is easily reachable, either by car or via the regular bus service from Melksham. The city is home to a vast array of architecture dating from Roman times through to modern day. Visit the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, the recently opened Bath Spa facility or just enjoy a day's shopping in the bustling city centre.
During the flat racing season, Bath Racecourse holds regular meetings including some evening cards throughout the summer months.
The Kennet and Avon Canal runs from Reading to Bristol and passes very near to Antonia House, offering pleasant walks or cycle rides along the tow path. After a massive restoration project costing millions of pounds, the canal is now fully operational and boasts the magnificent spectacle of the flight of 29 locks at Caen Hill, near Devizes. Boat hire is also available at certain points along the canal.