Things to do
Places of interest in Bradford on Avon
There’s a museum in the town centre where you can discover the heritage of the town and surrounding villages, and if music is more your thing then Bradford on Avon boasts a 300 seat concert hall, renowned for “the finest acoustics outside London”. The Wiltshire Music Centre is at the top of town and hosts more 90 concerts a year featuring world-class folk, jazz and world music artists.
There is a Saxon Church just off Church Street, on the opposite side of the river to Timbrell’s Yard, and as you walk there you’ll go over the Town Bridge and lock up, probably the most familiar part of Bradford on Avon as it appears in nearly every photograph of the town. You’ll also walk past the tiny street, The Shambles, containing the only timber framed houses in the stone-built town of Bradford on Avon. If you walk in the other direction from the hotel, the 14th Century Tithe Barn on Pound Lane has an amazing timber cruck roof and is considered one of the country’s finest examples of medieval monastic barns.
For those with children, or if you just want to swim yourself, there’s a local swimming pool 50 yards away along the river path towards the station and if you like water but don’t really want to get wet then the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust run regular boat trips between April and October.
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Bath and the surrounding area
And for those who intend to venture outside Bradford on Avon then Bath is only a few minutes away by train (or car) and trains usually run every 15 – 20 minutes. You can opt for a guided walking tour or hop on and off an open top bus to see the sights, or you may just prefer to explore the city on your own. Probably the most famous attractions are the Roman Baths and The Assembly Rooms but there is also a large number of museums: The American Museum, The Fashion Museum, The Jane Austen Centre.
The Theatre Royal Bath hosts some amazing productions with many very well known faces in the casts. Booking is advised as it regularly sells out.
For a stunning walk in National Trust Gardens within walking distance of the centre of Bath then a trip to Prior Park Gardens is a must or the Bath Skyline Walk offering 6 miles of marked footpaths. Or go slightly further afield to Bowood House in Calne where there are beautiful landscaped gardens and an amazing adventure playground to keep the children entertained.
If horse racing is more your thing then you can visit Bath Racecourse.
Iford Manor, only a few minutes away by car, has a Peto designed Grade 1 Italianate garden characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and magnificent rural views and is open to the public from April to October. Just a stones throw from Iford Manor is Farleigh Hungerford Castle and if it’s a warm, sunny day then you can walk to the nearby river and enjoy a bracing outdoor swim.
Finally, approximately 50 minutes away is the City of Wells, the smallest city in England with its impressive Cathedral and stunning medieval cobbled street, Vicars’ Close.