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Market Town

SN16 0BW

Tel: +44 (0) 1666 823748

Add Malmesbury to your Itinerary

Malmesbury Abbey (C) Chris Lock

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.

What's Nearby

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    River Barn

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    0.75 miles away
  2. Westonbirt Arboretum

    Westonbirt The National Arboretum

    Arboretum with over 16,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-stroll...

    5.1 miles away
  3. (c) Phil Draper

    St James' Church, Draycot Cerne

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    5.39 miles away
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    Church of Saint Margaret of Antioch

    Dramatic Victorian confection.

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    Farmtastic Animal Farm

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    6.08 miles away
  2. Church Farm

    Church Farm

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    6.54 miles away
  3. Braydon Maize Maze

    Braydon Maize Maze

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    6.83 miles away
  4. Single Seater Formula Ford, Castle Combe Circuit

    Castle Combe Circuit

    Ultimate motoring thrills for adrenaline junkies.

    7.92 miles away
  5. Town Hall Museum, Royal Wootton Bassett

    Town Hall Museum Royal Wootton Bassett

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    8.74 miles away
  6. 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...

    8.76 miles away
  7. All Saints' Church, Leigh

    All Saints' Church, Leigh

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    9.1 miles away
  8. Pochard splashing (C) Andy Rouse

    Cotswold Water Park

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    10.29 miles away
  9. Lydiard Park

    Lydiard House & Park

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    10.8 miles away
  10. Spartan

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    11.01 miles away
  11. Bowood House and Gardens

    Bowood House and Gardens

    Outstanding 18th century mansion house estate.

    11.07 miles away
  12. Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouses and Schoolroom

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    11.27 miles away
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