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In addition to its ancient heritage, Wiltshire is one of the UK’s most vibrant and dynamic counties and has so much to offer visitors to the county in 2019.

great west way visit wiltshireIt is home to World Heritage Sites, White Horses, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, internationally-acclaimed attractions, traditional market towns and villages and much more!

VisitWiltshire has compiled a list of just some of the exciting new projects, features, festivals, events and exhibitions to look forward to in 2019.

Great West Way is a new tourism route covering 125 miles from London to Bristol.

Recently launched by VisitWiltshire it is based on one of the first Great Roads commissioned by the Kings of England.

It will enable UK and overseas visitors to explore the route in depth with a range of themed itineraries and trails, suitable to travel by car, coach, rail, cycling, walking and waterways. It offers a variety of unique experiences not found in any other part of the country.

Known as ‘the city in the countryside’, Salisbury was named as one of the world's Top 10 Cities to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet. There is a wealth of things to do, events and places to stay to make the perfect visit. There are new 2019 exhibitions at Mompesson House and Salisbury Museum. Mompesson House's 'Standing by my darling's side: A Victorian experience of life, love and loss' is a representation of Jinny Townsend's life through her diaries whilst she lived in Salisbury from 1859 until 1882. The origins of photography exhibition at Salisbury Museum highlights the historical city of Salisbury through a series of photographs.

2019 offers visitors even more with the return of Salisbury International Arts Festival on 25–29 June and the city is excited to welcome the Salisbury Armed Forces Day on 29 June.

Longleat will be opening their brand-new Koala Creek in Spring 2019. It will be home to six southern koalas making Longleat the first collection in Europe where visitors can see these amazing animals. This is all part of an international breeding and awareness-building programme to help ensure koalas have a future in the wild.

They will also be joined by some of their closest relatives, the southern hairy-nosed wombat, in a brand-new habitat! Boasting a natural stream, glass-fronted wombat burrow, dedicated indoor and outdoor enclosures, and of course lots of lovely trees for climbing.

There will celebrations across the county marking the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Bowood House and Gardens are opening the Victoria, Albert and the Lansdowne’s exhibition in The Orangery and offering special walled garden and spring woodland garden tours.

Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, is introducing a new food and drink concept by offering a new Chef’s Table Supper Club (25 Jan & 1 March), where Head Chef Peter Vaughan cooks a three course meal and shares his 20+ years of experience with visitors.

Top events taking place throughout Wiltshire in 2019 include Downton Cuckoo Fair 4 May, Swindon Festival of Literature 7-19 May, Chippenham Folk Festival 27–30 May, Taste of Corsham15 June, Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival 25 June–1 July, Marlborough College Summer School 14 July–10 August, Malmesbury Carnival & Festival 24 July–22 September and Edington Music Festival 19–26 August.

Fancy a short break? There are so many ways to holiday in Wiltshire with modern self-catering lodges, homely B&Bs, luxury hotels, adventurous glamping and camping, whatever tickles your fancy, you’ll feel relaxed in no time.

Credit: VisitWiltshire