Wiltshire

Wiltshire (/ˈwɪlt.ʃər, -ʃɪər/;[2] abbreviated Wilts) is a county in South West England with an area of 3,485 km2 (1,346 square miles).[3] It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The county town was originally Wilton, after which the county is named, but Wiltshire Council is now based in the county town of Trowbridge. Within the county's boundary are two unitary authority areas, Wiltshire and Swindon, governed respectively by Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council.

Wiltshire
Wiltshire within England
Coordinates: 51°20′N 1°55′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West
EstablishedAncient
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceWiltshire Police
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantSarah Troughton
High Sheriff> Sir Charles Hobhouse (2021–2022)[1]
Area3,485 km2 (1,346 sq mi)
  Ranked14th of 48
Population (mid-2019 est.)720,060
  Ranked34th of 48
Density207/km2 (540/sq mi)
Ethnicity2011 Census, excluding Swindon: 93.4% White British
1.3% Asian
1.2% Mixed Race
0.6% Black
0.2% Other
Unitary authority
CouncilWiltshire Council
ExecutiveConservative
Admin HQTrowbridge
Area3,255 km2 (1,257 sq mi)
  Ranked3rd of 326
Population500,024
  Ranked9th of 326
Density153/km2 (400/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-WIL
ONS code00HY
GSS codeE06000054
NUTSUKK15
Websitewww.wiltshire.gov.uk
www.swindon.gov.uk
Districts

Districts of Wiltshire
Unitary
Districts
  1. Wiltshire
  2. Swindon

Wiltshire is characterised by its high downland and wide valleys. 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[4]) and other ancient landmarks, and as a training area for the British Army. The city of Salisbury is notable for its medieval cathedral. Important country houses open to the public include Longleat, near Warminster, and the National Trust's Stourhead, near Mere.