Wiltshire, located in South West England, is home to around 710,000 people and is considered to have one of the country’s fastest growing populations. It borders Dorset, Somerset and Berkshire to mention a few and offers a look at the classic English countryside. With its rich history, lush green landscapes and traditional market towns, it is not difficult to see why Wiltshire is such a popular county.
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Geography, transport and economy
Wiltshire is a mostly rural location, with forty percent of the county classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Two thirds of Wiltshire lies upon a bed of chalk and the largest area of chalk is the Salisbury Plain, mostly used for arable agriculture but also by the British Army for training purposes. Almost half of the county is covered by The Cotswolds, Cranborne Chase, the West Wiltshire Downs and the North Wessex Downs so there are plenty of green open spaces to enjoy.
Wiltshire offers fantastic transport links, with the M4 providing access to London, Wales and the West and connecting the county to the national motorway network. Wiltshire is also well-served by rail, with lines operating through to Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, London and various other significant locations across the country.
Wiltshire is one of the top five business locations in England and it is therefore not surprising that 61% of the population are of working age. The largest business sectors in the county are Financial, Public Administration, Education, Health, Retail and Construction. Nearby airports include Bournemouth, Bristol and Southampton, with Bournemouth and Southampton offering ports for sea links to France and Spain.
Notable locations and attractions
Wiltshire has plenty of activities and days out to offer, you’ll be sure to find something to please the whole family. For those with a keen interest in history, you can visit Salisbury Cathedral or the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. There’s also the iconic White Horses of Wiltshire, a collection of chalk carvings on the Wiltshire hillsides dating back to the 17th century.
There’s a vibrant arts scene within the county, with the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival taking place between May and June. There is also the Young Gallery in Salisbury, Stonehenge Pottery in Winterbourne Stoke and Warminster’s First-View Gallery
If you’re looking for something a little different you can spend the day driving around and meeting the residents of Longleat Adventure and Safari Park. Or, if you fancy a bit of retail therapy there is the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Swindon, one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe, offering plenty of discounts on designer brands and a range of well-known eateries.