Local Places of Interest
Melksham is a small market town with a host of things that make it special. The town of Melksham evolved at a ford across the River Avon and was once part of a vast royal forest that stretched as far as Chippenham and was a favourite hunting ground of Tudor Kings. In the 19th century, the town of Melksham boasted the discovery of Saline and Chalybeate springs, and an attempt was made in 1815 to develop the town as a spa that would rival nearby Bath. Although the attempt was was not completed, you can still trace some of the fine Regency building in the town and, on the outskirts of the town, it is possible to see examples of the original fine houses built as part of the spa development.
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The historical market town of Chippenham is one of the West Country's most vibrant towns. Nestled on the banks of the River Avon and a little over an hour's journey from central London, Chippenham offers an ideal centre for relaxation and exploration of rural Wiltshire, Bath and the Cotswolds. Chippenham is 4 miles south of the M4 and on the mainline rail route from London Paddington to the West Country and just 10 minutes by train to Bath.
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Trowbridge, the County Town of Wiltshire, has ancient roots, was first mentioned in the Domesday Book as 'Straburg'. Trowbridge castle, recorded in 1139 as besieged during a civil war between King Stephen and Empress Mathilda no longer exists, but has left its mark on the town.
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Westbury is a small market town situated at the western edge of Wiltshire beside the chalk downlands that form Salisbury Plain. The variety of the surrounding countryside - from the Downs to the broad vale of the White Horse - make it a delight for both the walker and cyclist and the area also provides the perfect location for most air sports.
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Bradford on Avon
One of the most compelling features about Bradford on Avon is its unique position on the edge of the Cotswolds facing the River Avon.
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No visit to Wiltshire is complete without spending time in Calne. This friendly historic town is the place where the traditional English technique of curing ham and bacon – the Wiltshire Cure - was invented by the Harris family. The factory is no longer here but Calne is proud of this part of its history.
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Situated in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, Devizes is an historic market town with a colourful medieval past. The town enjoys a rich heritage of fine Georgian houses and a 19th century castle built on the site of a Norman stronghold.
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Swindon has its origin as a small market town, used mainly for barter trade until the mid-1800s.
The original settlement is now known as Old Town. Take time to wander through its quiet courtyards and alleyways or enjoy a vibrant mix of traditional shops and pubs alongside modern outlets and stylish cafes and bars and use our website to find out more about what there is to see and do here.
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Situated beneath the chalk downland, with its abundant flora and fauna, Warminster lies on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Wiltshire.
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At the centre of a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs stands Avebury Stone Circle, the largest stone circle in the world. This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue.
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The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust and attracts many visitors from around the world by virtue of its unspoiled appearance. Lacock Abbey, located in the centre of the village was founded in the 13th century and dissolved in 1539.
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Castle Combe is a quintessentially English village often named as the 'prettiest village in England.' The village sits in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north west Wiltshire.
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Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself.
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