Wiltshire is a mostly rural county that boasts some of the most picturesque and inviting towns and villages in the whole UK.

The county boasts a wealth of charming spots and thriving communities, but also some of the most peaceful and remote little hamlets.

Such endearing towns and spots often go unnoticed and unappreciated by all but locals, who can class themselves as fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of some of the most tranquil and scenic Wiltshire villages that you might not have heard of:


Sherston is an attractive Cotswold village that has the River Avon passing through, that has also been listed in the top 5 villages in the country by the Sunday Times. It has also featured in Channel 4’s Village of the Year series in 2018. 

Soul singer Marvin Gaye was reportedly a frequent visitor to the village as it was home to his friend Lady Edith Foxwell.

The village is also just a short distance from Westonbirt Arboretum.  

The village and civil parish is about 5 miles west of Malmesbury.


Lacock is set among the rolling hills of Wiltshire's majestic countryside that could have you believe you've been transported to another time.

A medieval market village, it is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust - to anyone accustomed to their estates, you'll understand how tranquil an entire National Trust village must be.

Although the location attracts scores of visitors each year, the essentially unspoiled appearance has led to Lacock being deemed the 'quintessential English village.'

Much of the village is said to look much like it did two centuries ago, so in other words, definitely worth a look.


The village of Swallowcliffe, a stone's throw from Salisbury, is brimming with countryside extravagance.

Home to the The Royal Oak pub, part-owned by Grand Tour host, Amazon presenter, and gin enthusiast, James May, who has a home in the area.

May was a regular before he invested and uses the pub in several of his popular YouTube videos online.


Not far from Tisbury is the village of Dinton. Flanked by the River Nadder, Dinton is also home to Philipps House and Dinton Park, an area owned by the National Trust.

The Monarch’s Way long-distance footpath crosses nearby to the village and Dinton is also home to some pretty cottages and beautiful farmhouses. 

Castle Combe

Castle Combe was voted the most stylish place to live in the county just last month, as well as 12th in the whole UK.

The quaint spot, near Chippenham, was awarded the honour by a poll of 5,000 people who ranked locations based on the beauty of buildings, the scenery and popularity with artists as a filming location.

Ever popular with tourists, the village has been used as a filming location for blockbusters such as Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse.

From pictures alone, you can tell why Castle Combe is considered a gem, but imagine what it looks like in person...