Out and About
In a beautiful pocket of rural Wiltshire, Melksham is a lovely historic market town situated on the banks of the Bristol Avon. It was once part of a vast royal forest; a favourite hunting ground of Tudor kings.
A beautiful historic quarter in the Town Centre features St Michael and All Angel's Church, Canon Square and Church Walk. The friendly Town Centre is full of independent shops and plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants, with a regular Tuesday Market.
Compact and easily accessible, Melksham's library, gym, swimming pool, tourist information centre and parks are all in easy walking distance of the centre.
Melksham has a wealth of clubs and societies for all ages and tastes. The strong and vibrant community spirit ensures a busy calendar of events, including the Scarecrow Trail at Easter, the Food and Drink Festival in May, and the summer highlights of Melksham Music Festival, Carnival, Party in the Park and Melksham Comic Convention. The popular Christmas Fayre features the highly anticipated switching on of the Melksham Christmas Lights, a spectacular display put on entirely by volunteers.
Melksham people take great pride in their town, and the effort and creativity invested in the Christmas Lights is matched by the dedication in adorning the town with fantastic flowers in summer.
There are some beautiful walks in and around Melksham, including the Riverside Walk along the Avon. The Conigre Mead Nature Reserve is a fascinating and tranquil space hidden just a few minutes' walk along the river. Managed by a voluntary team of enthusiasts, it is home to dragonflies, butterflies and the occasional kingfisher.
Melksham is ideally located alongside the A350 one of the main gateways to the magnificent Wiltshire countryside. It is loved by people who enjoy walking, cycling and boating along the lanes, byways and canals of the beautiful Wiltshire county whilst visiting Wiltshire's World Heritage sites and its stately homes and gardens such as Bowood, Longleat, Chalfield Manor and Lacock. Or perhaps walking or cycling along the excellently restored Kennet & Avon Canal (which passes through Melksham), to the famous Caen Hill Locks to the east and Bradford on Avon and Bath to the west.
It is the ideal satellite base for visitors seeking reasonable, inexpensive accommodation, and camping sites along with good eating-out facilities; Its position 10 miles south of junction 17 of the M4 on the A350 makes it an excellent tourist centre and within easy travelling distance of the Georgian grandeur of the historic City of Bath, the beautiful villages of Lacock and Castle Combe and the splendour of the Cotswolds. Several bus routes serve Melksham, including the National Express from London, and Melksham trains connect to Bristol, London and Swindon.
Melksham appears in the Domesday (Doomsday) Book and its prosperity was founded on agriculture and the woollen cloth making industry. Today the population is around 23,000 and it is the home of Cooper Tires and modern businesses based on new technology.
With its accessible and friendly welcome, you are sure to have an enjoyable and memorable visit.
The Old Bakery
Pubs and Bars (in the town centre)
The Bear - Pub / Restaurant (J D Wetherspoon)
The Parson's Nose
The Kings Arms - Pub / Restaurant (Wadworth)
Pubs and Bars (not in the town centre)
The West End - Pub / Restaurant (Hungry Horse)
The Milk Churn - Pub / Restaurant (Woodhouse)
The Pig and Whistle
The New Inn
The Barge Inn - Pub / Restaurant (Wadworth)
The Three Magpies - Pub / Restaurant (Wadworth)
Restaurants and Takeaways (in the town centre)
Reefa Tandoori (Indian Restaurant and Takeaway)
The Melksham Tandoori (Indian Restaurant and Takeaway)
The Kebab House (Turkish Takeaway)
Golden Falls (Chinese Takeaway)
Acropolis (Greek Takeaway)
Chicken Hut (Takeaway)
Casa (Italian Restaurant)
Lee's Palace (Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway)
Sultan (Indian Restaurant and Takeaway)
Domino's (Pizza Takeaway)
King's Gourmet (Chinese Takeaway)
Cinnamon (Indian Takeaway)
Peking Chef (Chinese Takeaway)
The Fisheries (Fish and Chips Takeaway)
Mamma Mia (Italian Takeaway)
Chop Suey House (Chinese Takeaway)
L.A Diner (American Eat In or Takeaway)
Sainsbury's (Cafe and Restaurant)
Restaurants and Takeaways (Not in the town centre)
Macdonald's (Eat in or Takeaway)
(Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway)
Lee's (Fish and Chips Takeaway)