Stonehenge, the most famous antiquity on Salisbury Plain
Cherhill White Horse, east of Calne
Rough map of military training area (green) on Salisbury Plain within Wiltshire (blue) (it accounts for about half the area of Salisbury Plain)
The County Ground, Swindon is the home of Swindon Town, the only football league club in Wiltshire
Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain
A bridge over the River Avon at Bradford-on-Avon
Military use makes some areas of the plain inaccessible to the public.
The flight of 16 locks at Caen Hill on the Kennet and Avon Canal
Typical grassland at Netheravon Down.
The burnt-tip orchid (Neotinea ustulata) can be found on Salisbury Plain
The Duke of Burgundy butterfly (Hamearis lucina)
The cuckoo bee Nomada armata
The fairy shrimp Chirocephalus diaphanus
The stone curlew

It is part of a system of chalk downlands throughout eastern and southern England formed by the rocks of the Chalk Group and largely lies within the county of Wiltshire, but stretches into Hampshire.

- Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain is noted for being the location of the Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles (which together are a UNESCO Cultural and World Heritage site ) and other ancient landmarks, and as a training area for the British Army.

- Wiltshire

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Stonehenge in July 2007


Stonehenge in July 2007
Plan of Stonehenge in 2004. After Cleal et al. and Pitts. Italicised numbers in the text refer to the labels on this plan. Trilithon lintels omitted for clarity. Holes that no longer, or never, contained stones are shown as open circles. Stones visible today are shown coloured.
Stonehenge 1. After Cleal et al.
Graffiti on the sarsen stones include ancient carvings of a dagger and an axe
Sketch showing the tongue and groove and mortise and tenon joints used in the outer Sarsen circle
Plan of the central stone structure today; after Johnson 2008
Computer rendering of the overall site
The southwest face of the Heel Stone in May 2016
The sun behind the Heel Stone on the Summer solstice, shortly after sunrise
The oldest known depiction of Stonehenge, from the second quarter of the 14th century. A giant helps Merlin build Stonehenge. From a manuscript of the Roman de Brut by Wace in the British Library (Egerton 3028).
The earliest-known realistic painting of Stonehenge, drawn on site with watercolours by Lucas de Heere between 1573 and 1575
Farm waggons near the site, c. 1885
10th Battalion, CEF marches past the site, winter 1914–15 (the First World War); Background: Preservation work on stones, propped up by timbers
Sunrise at Stonehenge on the summer solstice, 21 June 2005
Dancing inside the stones, 1984 Stonehenge Free Festival
Stonehenge at sunset
The visitor centre at Stonehenge
17th-century depiction of Stonehenge from the Atlas van Loon
As painted by John Constable, 1835
An early photograph of Stonehenge taken July 1877
The monument from a similar angle in 2008 showing the extent of reconstruction
A contemporary newspaper depiction of the 1920 restoration

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, 2 mi west of Amesbury.

A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century


A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century
Salisbury viewed from Old Sarum
The Great West Front of Salisbury Cathedral
The 15th-century Doom painting in St Thomas' church
A picture of Minster Street, c. 1870
Secret Spitfire Memorial, view from the south
Salisbury Guildhall, completed in 1795, is now the meeting place of the City Council
Queen Elizabeth Gardens, showing part of the River Avon diverted through the gardens
The 15th-century Poultry Cross marked the section of the market trading in poultry
Butchers Row in the city centre
Salisbury High Street
St Martin's Church (Church of England)
Salisbury Museum, housed in the King's House.
Salisbury bus station in 2010 (since closed)
Salisbury Racecourse with the cathedral in the distance

Salisbury is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, with a population of 40,302, at the confluence of the rivers Avon, Nadder and Bourne.

Salisbury is in the southeast of Wiltshire, near the edge of Salisbury Plain.



The Red House

Amesbury is a town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England.

It sits in the River Avon valley on the southern fringes of Salisbury Plain and has historically been considered an important river crossing area on the road from London to Warminster and Exeter.

Culver Down, Isle of Wight


For the ship anchorage, see The Downs (ship anchorage).

For the ship anchorage, see The Downs (ship anchorage).

Culver Down, Isle of Wight
Galium verum (L.) Lady's Bedstraw, a typical English chalk downland plant

The largest area of downland in southern England is formed by Salisbury Plain, mainly in Wiltshire.

Location of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB in the UK

Cranborne Chase

Location of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB in the UK
Ashmore pond
Badbury Rings hill fort

Cranborne Chase is a chalk plateau in central southern England, straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

The plateau is part of the English Chalk Formation and is adjacent to Salisbury Plain and the West Wiltshire Downs in the north, and the Dorset Downs to the south west.

Danebury Fort – aerial image


County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

Danebury Fort – aerial image
Plaque on Freemantle Common marking the route of the Roman Road from Chichester to Bitterne
Portchester combined Roman and Norman castles
Portsmouth historic dockyard, 2005
South West Hampshire & South East Dorset green belt (shown in green)
New Forest Pony in Burley
Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire County Council offices and Jubilee Fountain
Eastleigh railway works
Southampton Docks
The M3 near Basingstoke
County flag of Hampshire
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
Ageas Bowl cricket ground, West End, 2010
Fratton Park football ground, Portsmouth, from Milton End, 2006
Former Hampshire Chronicle office in Winchester, circa 1999

Hampshire played a crucial role in both World Wars due to the large Royal Navy naval base at Portsmouth, the army camp at Aldershot, and the military Netley Hospital on Southampton Water, as well as its proximity to the army training ranges on Salisbury Plain and the Isle of Purbeck.

Hampshire is bordered by Dorset to the west, Wiltshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north, Surrey to the north-east, and West Sussex to the east.

The Vale of Pewsey as viewed from the east end of Etchilhampton Hill.

Vale of Pewsey

The Vale of Pewsey as viewed from the east end of Etchilhampton Hill.

The Vale of Pewsey or Pewsey Vale is an area of Wiltshire, England to the east of Devizes and south of Marlborough, centred on the village of Pewsey.

The vale is an extent of lower lying ground separating the chalk downs of Salisbury Plain to the south from the Marlborough Downs to the north.

The southwestern slopes of Walbury Hill

North Wessex Downs

The southwestern slopes of Walbury Hill
Uffington White Horse and Dragon Hill
Watership Down, taken from the north-east

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is located in the English counties of Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

The downland is part of the Southern England Chalk Formation which runs from Dorset in the west to Kent in the east and also includes the Dorset Downs, Purbeck Hills, Cranborne Chase, Wiltshire Downs, Salisbury Plain, the Isle of Wight, Chiltern Hills and the North and South Downs.

The Nadder at Teffont Mill

Vale of Wardour

The Nadder at Teffont Mill

The Vale of Wardour encompasses the valley of the River Nadder in the county of Wiltshire, England.

To the north is number 132, Salisbury Plain and West Wiltshire Downs, and to the south is number 134, Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase.

South West England

One of nine official regions of England.

One of nine official regions of England.

High Willhays on Dartmoor, Devon, the region's highest point
Pulteney Bridge in Bath, Somerset: the entire city is a World Heritage Site
M5 looking south towards Avonmouth
Silbury Hill – Europe's largest man-made earthwork
A 19th-century Photochrom of the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset
Maes Knoll the western end of Wansdyke
Corfe Castle
Sweyn Forkbeard
The statue of Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596) on Plymouth Hoe
Fowey harbour
Perkin Warbeck
James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth
Portishead power station
Porlock, Exmoor
Bernard Lovell
Regional profile of the South West
Historic docks on Bristol Harbour, within the region's most productive economy
Since the decline of mining, Cornwall's economy has been reliant on agriculture and tourism
Vegetable crop south of Ludgvan
Dairy Crest have their main cheese creamery in Davidstow making Cathedral City Cheddar and Davidstow Cheddar on the former RAF Davidstow Moor, and important wartime RAF Coastal Command airfield bought by Cow & Gate in the 1950s
Ginsters have a food production plant in Callington, off the A390 between Liskeard and Tavistock
The Met Office, with cumulus humilis cloud; the Met Office Cray XC40 (previously a Power 775) computer takes 4.8m weather observations per year; Robert FitzRoy, who founded it in 1872, made the first weather forecast on 1 August 1861 in The Times; isobars were invented in the late 1800s; two bodies produce windspeed for pilots around the world - the Met Office and the NOAA
Princess Yachts make motor yachts off the A374 in Stonehouse
The Trafalgar-class HMS Talent (S92) at Devonport in February 2008
The Lifeboat College in Poole, where the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is headquartered
Cobham underwing refuelling pod on an RAF Voyager, or Airbus A330 MRTT (the aircraft is made at CASA, part of Airbus Defence and Space, in Getafe in central Spain)
An aerial view of GCHQ's headquarters, 2004; the biggest employer in Gloucestershire is the intelligence agency GCHQ, who are based at 'The Doughnut', their headquarters GCHQ has around 6,000 staff, MI5 has 4,000, and MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) has 3,200; GCHQ is in the west of Cheltenham, off the A40 at the A4013 roundabout at Fiddlers Green, and also has a site to the east at Oakley
Safran Landing Systems UK (former Messier-Dowty, historically Britain's main aircraft undercarriage manufacturer, now owned by Safran) make undercarriage for Boeing aircraft; the South West region has the most aerospace industry in the UK (followed by the North West, which has Warton and Samlesbury)
The entrance to UCAS in 2008; it has around 37,000 courses at 370 institutions; it is in the north of Cheltenham, near the racecourse in Prestbury at the A435/B4075 junction
The Army Air Corps has 67 Yeovil-built, Rolls-Royce RTM322-powered AgustaWestland Apache AH1 helicopters; since 2010, the helicopters now have the much-more advanced Apache Arrowhead night-vision system which superseded TADS/PNVS; in October 2016, the Royal Navy had 94 helicopters; the Fleet Air Arm Museum is Europe's largest naval air museum
Mendip Vale the nearest station to the city of Wells which is cut off from the rest of the UK by the Beeching cuts.
Greencore make premium chilled desserts, such as tiramisu for M & S, at their site (former St Ivel, then Uniq Desserts) off the B3081 at Evercreech
Former brandy butter plant at Chard Junction next to the River Axe
Salisbury Cathedral at 123 m (404 ft) which is the tallest in the UK
Former Plessey Semiconductors factory in Swindon, on the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, west of Rodbourne
Shredded Wheat factory at Staverton north of Trowbridge
Durdle Door in Dorset is part of the Jurassic Coast, England's only natural World Heritage Site.
Election results in 2017
University of Bath
BBC Radio Wiltshire's building in Swindon

It consists of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

The Southern England Chalk Formation extends into the region, creating a series of high, sparsely populated and archaeologically rich downs, most famously Salisbury Plain, but also Cranborne Chase, the Dorset Downs and the Purbeck Hills.