When you visit The Benett Arms in Semley, you will find many new things to see and places to go. Our local attractions range from picturesque towns to a safari park; the list below is just a small sample of the attractions you could explore.
Old Wardour Castle
(9 minute drive)
Old Wardour Castle is a grade I listed building managed by English Heritage which was built in the late 14th century and partially destroyed in the English Civil War. Its six-sided design makes it architecturally unique amongst castles in the UK, and The Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was filmed at the castle in 1991.
Shaftesbury and Gold Hill
(8 minute drive)
Shaftesbury is a small, picturesque market town made famous by Ridley Scott’s iconic ‘Hovis’ advert, and its links to Thomas Hardy. (The town features in his Wessex as Shaston and is of particular significance in the novel Jude the Obscure).
Stourhead House and Gardens
(20 minute drive)
Stourhead is a 2,650 acre estate at the source of the River Stour which has been owned by the National Trust since 1946. It features a world-famous 18th century landscape garden with numerous follies, including Alfred’s Tower which offers spectacular views across three counties. Stourhead was the most visited National Trust property in the UK in 2008.
Longleat House and Safari Park
(30 minute drive)
Longleat features grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, including a fantastic Hedge Maze. The House is one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture, and was the first stately home to be open to the public. The Safari Park lets visitors get close to animals, and was the first of its kind outside of Africa.
(30 minute drive)
Why not visit the beautiful city of Salisbury during your stay? Enjoy the picturesque location, recently mentioned in The Lonely Planet Guide as one of the best cities in the world to visit next year!