Malmesbury is rightly called the "Queen of Hilltop Towns" being England's oldest borough with a rich history over 1000 years. Set on a hill, circled by the River Avon, the skyline is dominated by the imposing Norman Abbey. St Aldhelm found a monastery in the 7th century which became a place of pilgrimage and learning and in the 10th Century Athelstan, first King of all England, made Malmesbury his capital.
In 1010 Monk Eilmer made wings and "flew" from the abbey. He glided for 200 yards before landing and breaking his legs, blaming the lack of a tail for the short flight.
The town flourished in the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries as a weaving centre and became known for its fine silk and lace.
The historical sites of the town, the fine 15th century Market Cross, the Old Courtroom and Almshouses, narrow medieval streets, quaint alleyways and the riverwalk with amusing tales of the town's colourful past and personalities, can easily be discoved on foot.
Internationally renowned, Abbey House Gardens offer a romantic and unique oasis in the centre of town.
Many of the town's restaurants and shops serve succulent, locally produced produce in atmospheric surroundings. Unusual, independent retail outlets offer plenty of shopping opportunities.
A varied range of events are hosted by the town, from Farmer's Markets to the Summer Carnival in August, and frequent conerts in the wonderful surroundings of the Abbey.
Arboretum with over 16,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-stroll...5.1 miles away
This small, handsome parkland church is set in parkland above a river.5.39 miles away
Dramatic Victorian confection.5.89 miles away
More than 100 animals are waiting to meet you at Farmtastic Animal Farm, near Chippenham, Wiltshire...6.08 miles away
Bring your family to explore a family run maze in part of what used to be the "Royal Hunting Forest...6.83 miles away
Ultimate motoring thrills for adrenaline junkies.7.92 miles away
Ever wondered what it was like when Wootton Bassett had its very own train station? Closed over 50...8.74 miles away
The Museum is housed in a fine 18th century grade II listed building. The displays tell the story...8.76 miles away
All Saint's is now just a chancel, the remains of a Medieval church near the source of the Thames...9.1 miles away
Set in 40 square miles of Wiltshire/Gloucestershire countryside, this unique area known as the...10.29 miles away
Open all year round, Lydiard Park is the ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke. The...10.8 miles away
The Calne Heritage Centre tells the story of Calne and the surrounding areas.10.92 miles away
Collection of locomotives, rolling stock including steam engines and diesel engines. Locomotive...11.01 miles away
Bowood House and Gardens opens between April and November every year and is open 7 days a week...11.07 miles away
Most attractive and unique complex of 17th Century Almshouses, Schoolroom, Warden's House and...11.27 miles away
The Pound is a thriving arts centre based in Corsham, delivering performances, workshops, cinema...11.41 miles away