Characterised by its wide valleys, high downland and pre-Roman archaeology, Wiltshire is a county rich in both scenic and historical diversity. A hot air balloon ride over Wiltshire provides the perfect opportunity to view the county from an entirely new perspective.
The cathedral city of Salisbury is located in the south east of the county and is an ideal place to soak up the delights that the county has on offer. The iconic Salisbury Cathedral is considered one of the leading examples of early English architecture and boasts the tallest church spire in the UK. Located just four miles from the city, Salisbury Racecourse has been a popular racing venue since the mid-16th century, hosting many equine greats in its historic past. A balloon ride from Salisbury is the perfect way to fully appreciate the beauty of the surrounding area.
Drifting north of Salisbury will take you over Amesbury, in which lies one of the most famous historical sites in the world, Stonehenge. The historical monument attracts visitors from all over the world but what better way to appreciate its magnitude than from the napa ballon rides. Stonehenge is evidence that Amesbury has been settled since prehistoric times which provides the area with an abundance of fascinating history. Music fans may also be interested to know that in 1965 The Beatles once stayed at the Antrobus Arms Hotel Salisbury Plain, during the filming of Help!.
Another fantastic launch site is the Grade II listed Larma Tree Gardens. The gardens were created in 1880 as a place for “public enlightenment and entertainment” and were the first of their kind to be opened to the public in the UK. The gardens represent Victorian extravagance at its finest. Those visiting the gardens in mid-July may be lucky enough to attend the popular Larma Tree Festival, made popular by its eclectic mix of music, art and theatre.
The lively market-town of Marlborough is also a great site to launch from. Located on the River Kennet, the quaint market town is no exception to Wiltshire’s extravagant history with records of the town dating back to 1087 when it was recorded in The Doomsday Book. Around five miles west of the town is Silbury Hill – the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe at 120 feet high – legend has it that Merlin is buried under here, making it a truly magical place to visit.