We'll be building up a list of places of interest local to The Antelope at Upavon, near Stonehenge that registered users can rate. This will help visitors to the area find the best places to go and might even provide some inspiration for us locals too. If you want more information on any of these, why not pop in and see us - we might have some further literature, advice or even discount tickets for some of them.
Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Begun as a simple earthwork enclosure, it was built in several stages, with the unique lintelled stone circle being erected in the late Neolithic period around 2500 BC. Stonehenge remained important into the early Bronze Age, when many burial mounds were built nearby. Today Stonehenge, together with Avebury and other associated sites, forms the heart of a World Heritage Site with a unique and dense concentration of outstanding prehistoric monuments.
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Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals having been built in just 38 years (1220 - 1258) in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The tower and spire (Britain’s tallest) were added about 50 years later. The building itself is remarkable, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who erected it.
But it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
World-famous stone circle and on-site museum at the heart of a prehistoric landscape.
In the 1930s, the pretty village of Avebury, partially encompassed by the stone circle of this World Heritage Site, was witness to the excavations of archaeologist Alexander Keiller. Keiller opened the museum here to display his findings in 1938 in the old stable building of Avebury Manor where he lived.
In re-erecting many of the stones, Keiller uncovered the true wonder of one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe. You can see his fascinating finds on display in the museum, still housed in the stables but now also in the 17th-century threshing barn, where interactive displays and activities for children bring the landscape to life.
Avebury Manor has just reopened following a major transformation for a new BBC series entitled The Manor Reborn.
Lacock village is near the town of Chippenham (3 miles) in North Wiltshire.
The village, which dates from the 13th century and has many limewashed half-timbered and stone houses, was used as a location in the TV and film productions of Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders and Emma. The Abbey also featured in the recent Harry Potter films.
Founded in 1232 and converted into a country house c.1540, the fine medieval cloisters, sacristy, chapter house and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. The handsome 16th-century stable courtyard has half-timbered gables, a clockhouse, brewery and bakehouse. The Victorian woodland garden boasts a fine display of spring flowers, magnificent trees, an 18th-century summer house, Victorian rose garden, newly restored botanic garden and ha-ha.
Fox Talbot Museum.
The Museum of Photography commemorates the achievements of a former resident of the Abbey, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77), inventor of the negative/positive photographic process and whose descendants gave the Abbey and village to the Trust in 1944.
The largest man-made mound in Europe, mysterious Silbury Hill compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids. Probably completed in around 2400 BC, it apparently contains no burial. Though clearly important in itself, its purpose and significance remain unknown.
West Kennet Long Barrow
The West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic tomb or barrow, situated on a prominent chalk ridge, near Silbury Hill, one-and-a-half miles south of Avebury in Wiltshire, England. The site was recorded by John Aubrey in the 17th century and by William Stukeley in the 18th century.
Neolithic monument, dating from about 2300 BC, with concrete markers replacing six concentric rings of timber posts, once possibly supporting a ring-shaped building.
Part of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.
Situated in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, Devizes is an historic market town with a colourful medieval past. The town enjoys a rich heritage of fine Georgian houses and a 19th century castle built on the site of a Norman stronghold.
When it comes to shopping and eating out Devizes has retained its individuality and offers enchanting cobbled alleyways with specialist retailers, cafes and traditional pubs. Markets abound, both outdoors in the Market Place (market day is Thursday) and indoors at The Shambles.
Wadworth's celebrated brewery remains in its original town location and their brewer's dray drawn by mighty Shire Horses is a regular and much-loved sight on the streets. Tours of the brewery are offered and a visitor centre is also on site.
One of the UK’s most iconic canals, the Kennet & Avon canal passes through Devizes and the famous flight of 29 locks are easily accessible on foot.
Upavon is a beautiful village set in the middle of Salisbury Plain, with picturesque cottages and gorgeous scenery, it is a place that will bring joy when visited.
Surrounded by fields, with the River Avon running its length, Upavon is one of the most eye catching places in the Wiltshire area. A wonderful village with excellent amenities that is highly regarded by both locals and visitors alike.
The airfield was first used before the First World War, initially for balloon operations. Aircraft were flown by the Royal Flying Corps, also before the First World War. The RFC became the Royal Air Force in 1918. In the Second World War the airfield was RAF Netheravon and was home to 296 and 297 squadrons.
The airfield is claimed to be the longest continuously operated airfield in the world and is now operated by 7 Regt AAC(V) of the Army Air Corps as AAC Netheravon.
The camp is also used as a parachute centre, on weekdays for the Joint Service Parachute Centre (JSPC) and at the weekends for the Army Parachute Association (APA).
The Shooting Club
Widdington Farm is a picturesque farm set into the Wiltshire countryside neighbouring the extensive Salisbury plains.
Widdington Farm, run by Jeremy, has a long history of game shooting but opened its doors to its new clay shooting ground, namely The Shooting Club in June 2005.
The Shooting Club has since gone from strength to strength and is now a premier ground offering a wide scope of clay shooting to the public ranging from total beginners wanting to experience there first clay to expert shots wishing to stay at the top of their game.
The Shooting Club also offers simulated game days for competent shots wanting to experience the next best thing to a game day out of season, or for those wishing to get their eye in for the season or simply just for fun!
Corporate shooting days are also an exciting new addition to the program and can be tailored to whatever your company wishes, from team building to rewarding success.
The Shooting Club boasts a state of the art clubhouse and provides snacks, drinks and light meals throughout the day. Ultimately The Shooting Club and Widdington Farm welcome you to the website and if you have any enquiries or questions please feel free to contact us.
You don't have to be a member to shoot at The Shooting Club, everyone is welcome so we look forward to seeing you for practice or one of our registered competition shoots throughout the year.
Upavon Golf Club
A Golf Course with History & Tradition
There have been golf holes laid out on the site at Upavon since 1912 when the area was used for recreation by the newly-formed Royal Flying Corps just before the First World War. In 1918 the Royal Flying Corps evolved into the Royal Air Force who occupied Upavon Aerodrome Station for 75 years. The RAF vacated the site in 1993 and by 1997 the current testing 18 hole layout was established. Click here to read more.
Upavon Golf Club can offer you...
Challenge: our natural downland setting has been complemented by creative course design to yield a challenge for golfers of every ability.
Availability: the course’s unique free-draining location enables Upavon to be open for play almost every day of the year.
Friendship: welcoming beginners and scratch players, visitors and societies, we are one of Wiltshire’s friendliest golf clubs.
Landscape: come and enjoy truly spectacular views over Salisbury Plain year after year.