Gallery - Local Attractions
The Kennet and Avon Canal, with more than one hundred locks over eighty-seven miles, is the result of an idea first raised in Elizabethan times between 1558 - 1603. The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust's Devizes branch office is less than five miles East of Cleeve House and is a great place to start enjoing the locks whether by foot, by bicycle or by boat. First opened in 1723, the Canal fell into serious neglect but was restored by volunteers and then re-opened by the Queen in 1990.
Avebury is one of the sites listed as part of the 'Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage Site' and is located less than fourteen miles North-east of Cleeve House. The Avebury monument stands slightly above the local landscape atop a low chalk ridge that is 160 m, or 520 ft, above sea level and is said to be the oldest known stone ring anywhere in the world. Its great outer circle is one of the largest stone circles in Europe.
The Westbury White Horse, which also has the name Bratton White Horse, is the oldest of several white horses rendered into the inviting landscape of the heart-warming Witlshire countryside. Holding particular historical and national significance for the local area and the U.K., it is located approximately ten miles South of Cleeve House and stands strong against easterly winds on a banking with an excellent view.
Lacock Abbey first began being built in the early thirteenth century when the then Countess of Salisbury laid the abbey's first stone on Friday 16th April 1232, during the reign of King Henry III. Located at the heart of Lacock Village less than ten miles North of Cleeve House, the abbey is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, as well as for its appearances on television and in films such as the magically memorable Harry Potter series.
Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is brimming with fun and fantastic animals from all over the world, providing a great day out for all the family. Having opened in 1966, Longleat was the first ever Safari Park outside Africa. Less than seventeen miles South-west of Cleeve House, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is easily accessible either for a planned visit or as an impulsive, unexpected excursion.
The Roman Spa Baths in the elegant city of Bath is a well-preserved Roman site that was used for public bathing. A major tourist attraction less than eighteen miles West of Cleeve House, the Baths receive more than one million visitors a year. Along with the Bath House, other main features include: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, and the Museum which displays genuine finds from the unique site. Costumed characters can be found in action around the Great Bath and an audio guide is available in several languages.
Salisbury Cathedral, which is around thirty miles South-east of Cleeve House, is considered to be one of the finest leading examples of early English architecture and has the tallest church spire in all of the UK. It houses the world's oldest working clock as well as the best surviving of four copies of the Magna Carta. Officially named the 'Cathedral of Saint Mary' its construction first began in 1220 and is still in use today. Regular tours are available to view this historic building.
Silbury Hill is the tallest prehistoric human-made mound in Europeand one of the largest in the world, it is similar in size to some of the smaller pyramids found at Giza in Egypt. Silbury Hill is around twelve miles North-east of Cleeve House and is part of the 'Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage Site'. Archaeologists calculate that Silbury Hill was built over 4,750 years ago.
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway - sits comfortably inside a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The works, which was one of the largest in the world and operated between 1843 - 1986, could produce three locomotives in a single week. A little over thirty miles North-east of Cleeve House, the Museum, which has been the filming location of the BBC favourite Antiques Roadshow, captures wonderfully and retells stories from the glory days of rail travel.
Stonehenge is one of the most famous sites in the world, a mythical prehistoric monument composed of well-sourced stones set in a circular formation. Situated less than nineteen miles South-east of Cleeve House, it is at the centre of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England that includes several hundred burial mounds. Stonehenge, being both mysterious and magnificent, is impressive all year round.
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M4 motorway (approx 14 miles)
Take exit 17 to Chippenham, follow A350 to Devizes and Seend, follow Seend. At the Bell Inn crossroad, turn right towards Trowbridge, 400 yards on the left blue sign for Cleeve House.
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