Living in Wiltshire
Why move to Wiltshire?
We may be biased as we live here already… but we got a group of our colleagues together to tell you why living in Wiltshire is a great proposition.
So, if you’re considering a job in Wiltshire, here are a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy outside of work:
A fantastic mixture of city and countryside
Living in Wiltshire provides an ideally balanced lifestyle of urban life and rural living. It is a large rural county, filled with picture perfect villages and traditional market towns.
There are three areas of outstanding natural beauty, covering almost half the county and known for their ancient woodland, rolling hills and chalk grassland.
The vibrant cities of Bath and Bristol are within easy reach and London is just 90 minutes away on the train.
Ideal for outdoor activities
Wiltshire is known for offering a wide array of outdoor pursuits, with something to suit everyone.
There are rivers for wild swimming and canoeing, peaceful bridleways for hacking, beautiful hill walks for dog walkers and ramblers and an excellent network of cycle paths. The Dorset coast is also within easy reach for a day trip or weekend getaway.
A vibrant art scene
Wiltshire is home to a strong artistic community and you visit Stonehenge Pottery in the village of Winterbourne Stoke and galleries in Salisbury and Warminster.
The Ageas Salisbury International Arts festival takes place between May and June. There are regular concerts at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon and Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre is nearby.
The city of Bath is easily accessed for evening out and known for its high quality theatre, festivals and music.
The food and drink
Wiltshire boasts a variety of international cuisine, high class dining and cosy rural pubs with roaring fires and locally brewed beers. There are gastropubs, cafes serving artisanal coffees and home-made cakes and number of farm shops selling excellent local produce.
Steeped in history
Wiltshire includes Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.
Some of the country’s finest historic homes are also built here, including Longleat, Wilton, Stourhead and Kingston Lacey. Salisbury Cathedral has Britain’s tallest spire and there are beautiful old buildings and churches in the many villages scattered across the county.
The perfect place for families
Wiltshire is a brilliant place for families with younger children and teenagers. Spend your weekends visiting a farm, taking a trip to Longleat Safari Park or doing an art workshop in a local studio.
There are good local Primary and Secondary schools and a vast choice of after-school and weekend clubs and activities on offer.
South West Trains operates between London and major hubs across the south west, such as Weymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Reading and Portsmouth, calling at various destinations in Wiltshire en route. Trowbridge, Salisbury, Chippenham and Westbury all offer significant train connections.
The M4 is the only motorway that runs through Wiltshire, there are also several ‘A’ roads that go through the county, including the A303 that runs east-west.
Further information regarding travelling and transport in Wiltshire can be found by visiting www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk/
Lettings and estate agents
Wiltshire is well served by local independent estate agents as well as the large ‘chain’ estate agents. Websites are a very useful tool for finding properties. Some estate agents have their own or include details of their properties on estate agency group websites or general property websites.
The following websites can help you with your search:
Places of worship
There are many places of worship throughout Wiltshire, further information for the different areas of Wiltshire can be found by visiting https://dentons.net/list/locations
To view a list of all schools in Wiltshire please visit services.wiltshire.gov.uk/dirschool/index.php
Alternatively, to look at the details of specific schools or carry out a more refined search, you can use the DirectGov schools finder. This will also provide the school’s website, address, and performance scores.
Salisbury and many historic Wiltshire towns are home to a wealth of independent retailers and specialist shops.
For shopping in a stylish setting, Marlborough and Bradford on Avon are popular choices, while there are numerous small family-run shops in Devizes.
There are a number of outdoor and undercover shopping centres in the larger towns such as the Cross Keys shopping Centre in Salisbury and the Brunel Centre and McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Swindon.
Page last reviewed: 8 July, 2022