Bath – 30 minutes
Bath is a real head-turner – just walking its World Heritage streets can lift your spirits. The photogenic Georgian architecture has a warm, sunny glow, while the sweeping crescents and terraced Circus make your head spin. Its biggest draw, the Roman Baths complex, cleverly makes the most of the city’s ancient foundations, while the words of former resident Jane Austen bring more recent history to life.Today, Bath remains a centre for wellness, with a modern, multi-level thermal spa that taps into its underground vein of rich mineral waters. Such beautiful surroundings attract creative types and there is a wealth of independent shops, markets and eateries. The surrounding countryside bears quality produce in abundance, so Bath is brimming with semi-rural farm shops, artisanal coffee houses, vegan and vegetarian bistros, contemporary brasseries and gourmet restaurants. In fact, it is one of Britain’s leafiest cities, ringed by wooded hills and split by the River Avon and Kennet & Avon canal.
Salisbury – 40 minutes
A Cathedral city of ageless beauty and captivating history, Salisbury has been welcoming travellers since 1227.
At the city’s heart is Salisbury Cathedral, a beacon that has attracted visitors for centuries and continues to do so today. Gathered around the Cathedral is a modern medieval city, full of buildings crafted with the care of another age. Here history is brought to life by modern and original events, culture and activities.
Traditionally English with an independent spirit, the city’s living heritage and lively culture rewards repeated visits. It is a creative and independent hub which has captivated visitors and inspired innovation for hundreds of years.
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park – 15 minutes
Longleat opened in 1966 and was one of the first drive-through safari parks outside of Africa. It is home to over 500 animals and is set over 9000 acres of Wiltshire countryside.
Centre Parcs – Longleat – 15 minutes
Longleat Forest is situated in the beautiful Longleat Estate, and if you’re looking at Wiltshire breaks then you won’t find one finer. Perfect for nature lovers, this 400-acre village features a landscape of rolling hills and valleys, making for some breathtaking views. It’s also home to rare 100-year-old Giant Redwood trees.
On a Longleat Forest short break holiday, there’s something for all ages, all year round. You can amble around the village on foot, whizz around by bicycle or catch our special Land Train.
Our stunning lake makes the perfect setting for our wide range of watersports activities while the Sports Plaza brings together a host of indoor sports and activities. Be sure to visit our recently updated Subtropical Swimming Paradise, home to two new thrilling water rides and fun family water play areas.
Frome – 18 minutes
Named by The Times in 2018 as one of the best places to live in the UK. Medieval cobbled streets, some of which feature in the BBC drama Poldark, ramble and wind their way into Frome’s pretty town centre, where a spring-fed leat (a watercourse dug into the ground) runs through the middle of the pedestrian-only Cheap Street.
Home to nearly 400 listed buildings Frome is very easy-on-the-eye. The town’s flourishing food and arts scenes are a big draw too – it has more than its share of independent cafés, shops, restaurants and galleries.
Frome celebrates its heritage as a market town with the monthly Frome Independent, which transforms the centre into a giant marketplace, with stalls selling everything from West Country cider and kimchi to vintage collectables and antique furniture.
Bradford on Avon – 20 minutes
The medieval arched bridge, twisting streets and limestone buildings give Bradford on Avon the postcard good-looks of a West Country lure. Beside a short-stay carpark and former Victorian factory is Timbrell’s Yard. It’s also right next to the River Avon, by far it’s prettiest angle. Around town you can visit the small museum, duck into the mixture of independent shops and cafés, or brush up on history at the Saxon church and tithe barn.
A Thursday market takes place by the river, where you’ll find organic meats, home-made pasties and plants, and on the last Sunday of the month a farmers’ market pops up. For something slow-paced, charter a narrowboat and explore the Kennet and Avon Canal. Honey-coloured Bath is only 20 minutes away by car, or 10 minutes by frequent trains, for more history, shopping and wandering (and more of a late-night scene).
Stourhead – 30 minutes
Stourhead Estate on the Wiltshire-Somerset border is the perfect day out for everyone. A breathtaking 18th century landscape garden with lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples is only the beginning. You can also visit Stourhead House, a Palladian mansion with a fantastic regency library and beautiful art collection.
Then why not climb the 205 steps to the top of King Alfred’s Tower, an amazing red-brick folly, for vistas over Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, or explore one of our Iron Age hill forts. We also have a large National Trust shop and restaurant, as well as an art gallery, pub, ice cream parlour and farm shop for you to enjoy.