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Calne

Town

Calne
Wilts
SN11 0EN

Tel: +44 (0) 1249 814000

Add Calne to your Itinerary

Calne (C) Mike Hasted

No visit to Wiltshire is complete without spending time in Calne. Our 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.

Talking of history, for a small town Calne packs in a lot of it. Its story begins around AD 978, and covers Medieval England and the Industrial Revolution, right through to the present day. It’s a story of drover’s trails and coach roads, the rise and fall of canal and rail travel, woollen broadcloth and meat production.

Calne has always been a town of discovery. Did you know that Joseph Priestly “discovered” oxygen here whilst working at nearby Bowood House? Shortly after, Jan Ingenhousz built on the work of Priestly and “discovered” photosynthesis.

Visit Calne’s heritage quarter, concentrated around St Mary’s Church, to experience each chapter of its past.

Now Calne is a great place from which you can discover the timeless wonders of Wiltshire. We are on the edge of the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a great example of Wiltshire’s timeless beauty. Nearby is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Avebury, yet another part of our pre-historic landscape which includes Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow and, a little further afield, iconic Stonehenge.

On our doorstep is magnificent Bowood, home to one of Capability Brown’s most splendid parks; a great place to spend a day or even longer.

For travellers on the A4, Calne is a great place to take a break and wander. The A4 goes through the heart of Calne’s heritage quarter and Calne offers some of the best free parking of any town on the route. Stop off and visit our selection of independent shops and cafes, the Heritage Centre, the delightful Castlefields Canal and River Park, and the outstanding Atwell Wilson Motor Museum.

Visit Calne today and see what you can discover.

What's Nearby

  1. Attwell-Wilson Motor Museum Trust, Calne

    Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum

    Motor museum with vintage, post-vintage and classic cars, including American models. The Museum...

    1.23 miles away
  2. Bowood House and Gardens

    Bowood House and Gardens

    Outstanding 18th century mansion house estate.

    1.96 miles away
  3. Cherhill White Horse (C) Esther Reeve

    Cherhill White Horse

    The second oldest of Wiltshire's White Horses, situated on the edge of Cherhill Down, off the A4.

    3.23 miles away
  4. Devizes White Horse

    Devizes White Horse

    The newest of Wiltshire's White Horses, Devizes was cut in 1999 to mark the Millennium. It's...

    4.63 miles away
  1. Front of Chippenham Museum

    Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

    The Museum is housed in a fine 18th century grade II listed building. The displays tell the story...

    4.86 miles away
  2. Lacock Abbey

    Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum

    A picture-perfect, historic day out.

    5.27 miles away
  3. Church Farm

    Church Farm

    The Barn Gallery is a new contemporary space inside our beautiful 17th century barn. Our aim is to...

    5.72 miles away
  4. The Kenavon Venture

    The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Devizes

    The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has been in existence for more than 50 years.

    At Devizes we have...

    5.91 miles away
  5. (c) Phil Draper

    St James' Church, Draycot Cerne

    This small, handsome parkland church is set in parkland above a river.

    5.94 miles away
  6. Wadworth Brewery

    Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre

    Family friendly, self guided Visitor Centre and interactive exhibition – Free entry
    On-site Sample...

    6 miles away
  7. Neolithic Axe Display

    Wiltshire Museum

    Discover gold from the time of Stonehenge, find out more about ancient Wiltshire, including the...

    6.31 miles away
  8. Crop Circle Access Centre

    Crop Circle Access Centre

    This Crop Circle Access Centre - this year hosted by Wiltshire Museum - is a convenient central...

    6.4 miles away
  9. Avebury Stone Circle and Avebury Manor and Garden

    Avebury Stone Circle and Avebury Manor and Garden

    Originally erected 4,500 years ago, Avebury is the largest stone circle in the world. In the Old...

    6.52 miles away
  10. Sibury Hill

    Silbury Hill

    An extraordinary artificial prehistoric mound, the largest Neolithic construction of its type in...

    6.58 miles away
  11. West Kennett Long Barrow

    West Kennet Long Barrow

    Constructed around 3,400 BC West Kennet is one of the largest Neolithic chambers in Britain.

    The...

    6.96 miles away
  12. Vintage Classics

    Vintage Classics

    Based in the beautiful county of Wiltshire, close to Bath, Bristol and the Cotswolds, Vintage...

    7.5 miles away
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