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 Priestley “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.
The Calne Heritage Centre tells the story of Calne and the surrounding areas.0.3 miles away
Motor museum with vintage, post-vintage and classic cars, including American models. The Museum...1.23 miles away
Bowood House and Gardens opens between April and November every year and is open 7 days a week...1.96 miles away
The second oldest of Wiltshire's White Horses, situated on the edge of Cherhill Down, off the A4.3.23 miles away
The newest of Wiltshire's White Horses, Devizes was cut in 1999 to mark the Millennium. It's...4.63 miles away
The Museum is housed in a fine 18th century grade II listed building. The displays tell the story...4.86 miles away
Lacock Abbey, located in the centre of the village was founded in the 13th century and dissolved...5.27 miles away
The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has been in existence for more than 50 years.
At Devizes we have...5.91 miles away
This small, handsome parkland church is set in parkland above a river.5.94 miles away
Family friendly, self guided Visitor Centre and interactive exhibition – Free entry
On-site Sample...6 miles away
Discover gold from the time of Stonehenge, find out more about ancient Wiltshire, including the...6.31 miles away
Originally erected 4,500 years ago, Avebury is the largest stone circle in the world.
In the Old...6.52 miles away
An extraordinary artificial prehistoric mound, the largest Neolithic construction of its type in...6.58 miles away
Constructed around 3,400 BC West Kennet is one of the largest Neolithic chambers in Britain.
The...6.96 miles away
Based in the beautiful county of Wiltshire, close to Bath, Bristol and the Cotswolds, Vintage...7.5 miles away
A chalk figure white horse measuring 86ft by 61ft situated on the hill to the east of the village...7.63 miles away