Bradford-on-Avon

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Explore – the delights of
Bradford-on-Avon, one of England’s most beautiful small towns with its own railway station . . . history from every Century back to Saxon times . . .

Deep in the heart of the West Country, just 8 miles from the City of Bath, lies the beautiful town of Bradford-on-Avon, set in a valley with a winding river at its base and a backdrop of terraces of 17th and 18th century weavers’ cottages and wealthy clothiers' mansions. This fascinating town, steeped in history, dates from early Saxon period to the woollen trade of the 18th century, unspoilt by modern times.

Explore the 7th century Saxon Church of St Lawrence and 14th century tithe barn (once the granary for Shaftesbury Abbey). Cross the medieval bridge with a chapel used by pilgrims and later used as a lock-up cell in the 17th century. Amble round the grand merchants’ houses and see where the Flemish weavers settled to manufacture the cloth in the old woollen mills that made Bradford-on-Avon famous. Take relaxed walks along the River Avon through the Barton Farm Country Park. Cruise by narrowboat or walk the Kennet and Avon Canal (canoe and bicycle hire are also available), or take a trip into Bath, with its grand Georgian buildings, museums, attractive shops and the famous Roman Baths.

Around Bradford-on-Avon

Most locations in the area are easily reached by car. There is a main railway station in the town with direct connections to Bath (only 12 minutes by train), Chippenham, Westbury and London. The following are just some of the places worth visiting in the area for which we have extensive details to help you enjoy your stay with us:

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Saxon Church – The most complete church of its kind in England, forgotten for centuries, rediscovered in the nineteenth century, lower parts date from 7th century.

Tithe Barn – 14th century granary for Shaftesbury Abbey, 168 feet long, one of the largest tithe barns in Britain with a 100-ton stone-tiled roof

Chapel of St. Mary – c.1840, built high above the town with stunning views to Westbury White Horse and wooded hills of Longleat

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Iford Manor 13 – Grade I Listed Italianate terraced hillside gardens; once owned by Harold Peto, the architect who taught Lutyens

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Great Chalfield Manor 24 – Moated manor house dating from 1480 with church and stables; restored early 1900s

Westwood Manor 25 – 15th century manor house; 1490 great hall, fine decorative 17th century plasterwork

Strip Bowood
Bowood House – designed 18th century by Robert Adam; park landscaped by Capability Brown

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Castle Coombe 008 – one of England 's prettiest villages used for the 1967 film 'Doctor Doolittle'

Lacock Village, Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum of Photography 021 – Medieval village used for many film and TV series. Abbey built in1232, converted into country home 1540; Gothic hall added 1754

Farleigh Hungerford Castle 011 – 14th century castle ruin; well preserved chapel; mummified bodies in crypt! Re-enactments and dark history welcome you at Farleigh

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Corsham Court 009 – Elizabethan house with wonderful art and porcelain
Corsham – Fascinating buildings dating from 17th Century – from Flemish weavers cottages to the magnificent Corsham Court

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Westbury White Horse 018 – The Westbury White Horse is probably the oldest Wiltshire white horse, originally cut 878 to commemorate King Alfred the Great’s most important victory over the Danes at Battle of Ethandune and recut 1778. Superb views and perfect picnic spot