THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO GO

The Royal Oak is perfectly placed to explore the wessex region, an area steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty.

 

 We have lovely walks on our doorstop and are just a short drive from numerous sites of historical interest. Browse some of our suggestions below for inspiration.

VISIT

WARDOUR CASTLE

 

 

Only four miles from The Royal Oak is Old Wardour Castle, set in stunning landscaped grounds and affording fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.

The castle was built by the fifth Baron Lovell in the 14th century as a fortified luxury residence but was destroyed during the English Civil War.

When the new family residence was built in the grounds, the old castle was included in the newly landscaped grounds as a romantic feature.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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The castle was featured in the classic Kevin Costner film Robin Hood?

 

 

STOURHEAD GARDENS

 

 

Slightly further afied is the world famous National Trust garden of Stourhead.

The garden was created by Capability Brown in 1740 and is generally considered to be the pinnacle of the great landscaped gardens of Britain.

There are walks to cater for every ability, including a leisurly walk around the lake, taking you to secret grottos and hidden temples (suitable for prams and wheelchairs) or longer walks across the grounds of the estate.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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Stourhead is particularly famous for the colour of its trees during Autumn.

 

 

MESSUMS

 

 

The renowned London art dealers have recently opened a stunning gallery in Tisbury, in the largest tithe barn in England.

 

 

SHAFTESBURY

 


The ancient market town and home of Gold Hill, made famous by the Hovis advert, is a 15 minute drive from The Royal Oak.

 

 

LONGLEAT

 

 

Visit the wild animals at Longleat Safari Park. Only a 45 minute drive from The Oak, it is the perfect day out for all the family.

 

 

LARMER TREE


 

Larmer Tree Gardens, a 15 minutes drive from The Royal Oak, makes for a fun day out... keep an eye out for the peakocks!

 

STONEHENGE

 

 

Stonehenge, the best known and most impressive prehistoric monument in the world, is a 30 minute drive from The Royal Oak.

Explore this ancient landscape through an interactive exhibition at the world-class visitor centre and walk in the footprints of Neolithic man in the reconstructed neolithic round houses.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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South Wiltshire has the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England.

 

 

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL

 

 

Widely regarded as the finest example of Gothic architecture in the UK, Salisbury Cathedral is also set in the most beautiful Cathedral close.

Discover the tallest Cathedral spire on a spire tour, or the best preserved of four original Magna Carta manuscripts in the Chapter House as part of the family friendly, interactive Magna Carta exhbition.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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The Cathedral's spire is 404 ft tall, but the whole Cathedral is built on only 4 ft foundations.

 

WALK & CYCLE

THE ROYAL OAK WALKS

 

 

We have four Royal Oak walks, starting from and finishing at the pub, varying in length from 20 minutes to one and a half hours, each taking in stunning scenery around Swallowcliffe. Laminated directions can be borrowed from behaind the bar.

 

NADDER VALLEY WALKS

 

 

 If you are looking for longer walks, a copy of the fabulous pamphlet 'Nadder Valley Walks' is also available to borrow from the pub. These walks will take you further afield, to explore other villages and stunning scenery in of the beautiful Nadder Valley.

 

NADDER VALLEY CYCLE ROUTES

 

 

A variety of cycle routes can be found on the fantastically helpful website Discover Nadder. We recommend routes one, five, six, seven and eight and time to get to each starting point should be added onto the length of each route.