Living in Wiltshire

Approximately three-quarters of Wiltshire is designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, attracting tourists, residents, employees and employers to the region’s superb quality of life.

Wiltshire is home to two World Heritage Sites (Stonehenge and Avebury), as well as market towns and quintessential English hamlets such as Lacock and Castle Combe, and an outstanding collection of stately homes and gardens, and tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. Main attractions include Stourhead and Longleat Safari and Adventure Park.

With almost half of the county designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty  there are more than 8,200 paths for walkers and cyclists. Wiltshire is also proud of its cultural heritage - the county hosts more than 20 museums, a packed calendar of festivals and events, and various theatres and music centres.

Visit Wiltshire is the county’s official tourism website and it offers comprehensive information on Wiltshire’s tourism and annual events.

Schools

Wiltshire is well served by highly performing nurseries and primary and secondary schools. Colleges such as Marlborough and Wiltshire College offer courses such as administration, sciences, management, art and design, media production and health.

Wiltshire also offers secondary schools with specialist status, including business and enterprise, science, sports, languages, mathematics and computing. CGSE performance in Wiltshire has been above the average for the South West and the highest when compared to the main English core cities and London:

% of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C grades inc. English & Mathematics

2009/10

%

Wiltshire 55.6
Core cities
    Birmingham 54.6
    Liverpool 52.7
    Leeds 50.3
    Newcastle 49.1
    Sheffield 48.9
    Bristol 45.7
    Manchester 45.0
    Nottingham 43.9
Inner London 53.1
South West 55.2

Wiltshire College has a programme of higher education courses that it delivers in partnership with surrounding universities. Examples are motorsport engineering, art and design, business, computing, creative and media arts, fashion, animal management and health and social sciences.

Housing

Wiltshire’s delightful rural environment offers every kind of home, from apartments to country cottages, terraces and detached houses.

Prices are also comparatively lower than in other areas of UK:

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