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...4.96 miles away
The Barn Gallery is a new contemporary space inside our beautiful 17th century barn. Our aim is to...6.54 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
An 18thC house by Robert Adam containing collections of paintings, Victoriana and porcelain....7.66 miles away
Offering a wide range of track experiences from Race Meetings and Events to Driving Experiences and...7.92 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
Collection of locomotives, rolling stock including steam engines and diesel engines. Locomotive...11.01 miles away
Most attractive and unique complex of 17th Century Almshouses, Schoolroom, Warden's House and...11.27 miles away
Lacock Photography provides photography training courses, runs a programme of exhibitions...11.66 miles away
Displays of apparatus and photographs related to Fox Talbot. Gallery with changing exhibitions each...11.69 miles away
Lacock village and abbey is famous for its picturesque streets and roles as a television and film...11.77 miles away
Motor museum with vintage, post-vintage and classic cars, including American models. The Museum...11.87 miles away
In Butterfly World and the animal paddock meet the otters and meerkats and visit the Craft Village...12.38 miles away
McArthurGlen's Swindon Designer Outlet lies within the beautifully renovated Grade II listed...12.96 miles away
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway...13.02 miles away