The Town Bridge, Bradford on Avon

The Saxon town of Bradford on Avon offers a taste of the Cotswolds, mixed with the grace and architecture of nearby Bath. An easy town to get to, with trains directly from London, Bradford on Avon makes a great place to visit.

Here we explore some of the best places for views of the town…

McKeever Bridge

McKeever Bridge

This footbridge was formerly known as St Margaret’s Hall footbridge but was renamed in 2012 in honour of local Olympian and Gold Medallist, Ed McKeever after the London 2012 Olympics.

From the bridge take in views looking down stretches of the River Avon – you may even see some kayakers taking to the waters. 

The Town Bridge (pictured at the top)

Where Silver Street crosses the River Avon you can see not only the old 17th century lock-up, the amazing architecture of the bridge itself but also the highly-photographed Bridge Tea Rooms with its quirky exterior.  

The Saxon Church

Soak up the architecture from the heart of Bradford on Avon, where the Saxon Church (St Laurence’s) overlooks Holy Trinity Church. From here you’ll be able to get a view of some of the town’s nooks and crannies and side streets. 

The Tithe Barn

The area around Bradford on Avon’s Tithe Barn is relatively flat given that it’s right alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal and River Avon. That said, you can get a real feel of some of this town’s rich architecture and history at this point in the town. Be sure to pop into some of the cute independent shops around this area too! 

Bradford on Avon Wharf

Bradford on Avon Wharf

This colourful part of town gives you the perfect opportunity for a bit of people watching as the barges slowly navigate their way along this stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Tearooms and pubs are close by and there’s even boat and bike hire located nearby to here. 

View from St Margaret's Hill

St Margaret’s Hill

Think rooftop views as you make the ascent up the steep St Margaret’s Hill. 

St Mary Tory, Bradford on Avon

St Mary Tory

This small church is high on one of Bradford on Avon’s hills and as a result offers fantastic far-reaching views across the town’s rooftops. See how many of the town’s landmarks you can spot from here. 

If you fancy travelling slightly further afield then there are incredible views of the luscious countryside from The Peto Gardens at Iford Manor, plus enjoyable countryside walks and vistas from Avoncliffe.

Places to stay with some great views of the area include:

Timbrell’s Yard – centrally located and with some rooms offering riverside views. Have a read of Rosana McPhee’s blog on her recent stay here.

Woolley Grange Hotel – on the edge of the town, Woolley Grange Hotel provides far-reaching views across the Wiltshire countryside. You’ll even be able to spot the Westbury White Horse from here. 

If you’ve got any particular favourite views of Bradford on Avon that we haven’t mentioned then please comment below, we’d love to hear from you.




  1. Kahmac
    Where are the best places in and around Bradford-on-Avon to take photos of sunrise and sunset?

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