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in the county of Wiltshire

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This is a former wool and corn town with a fascinating history stretching back to Saxon times. It sits comfortably beneath the chalk downland of the Salisbury Plain at the head of the beautiful Wyle Valley.

The centre of the town is noted for its many historic 17th and 18th century houses, in its shopping streets you only have to gaze above glaringly modern shop fronts to see attractive mullioned windows from another age. Warminster was once a popular stopping place for coaches as can be seen by the beautiful buildings of the Bath Arms, dating back to the 1600's, the Anchor and the Old Bell Inn dating from 1483. All have well preserved period features belonging to a by-gone age, whilst offering today's traveller every comfort in tastefully decorated accommodation.

Warminster is a lively town with good shopping facilities and entertainment. It is also known for the wide scope of its educational facilities. Dr. Arnold, who was perhaps the most famous Headmaster of Rugby School, was educated at Warminster.

For delightful experiences outside Warminster you need look no further than Longleat, stately home of the Thynne family for more than 400 years, which lies at the centre of what is without doubt the countries foremost Safari Park, which is the star of the BBC's immensely popular "Animal Park" series.

Dazzling views of the town can be enjoyed from Cop Heap, and Cley Hill Iron-Age Hillfort which belongs to the National Trust can be found about three miles west of Warminster.

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