Wiltshire straddles some beautiful vales: especially the Vale of the White Horse and the Vale of Pewsey. This county is famous for its ancient stones, especially the world renowned Stonehenge and Avebury. One of the main towns is Salisbury, with its tall-spired gothic cathedral, housing a copy of the Magna Carta. On the Kennet & Avon canal the magnificent lock staircase at Devizes is one of the most photographed sights in the county. Boat trips and horse-drawn barge trips are very popular. The county is crossed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great West Railway and the modern town of Swindon has a superb museum all about the building of the railway line, with steam trains on display.