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BRADFORD ON AVON

Bradford on Avon museum located in the town centre allows you to discover the heritage of the town and surrounding villages.

If music is your thing the Wiltshire Music Centre is a professional concert hall in Bradford on Avon. Recognised nationally, the Centre attracts world-renowned performers from across the classical, world, contemporary, jazz and folk genres, including trumpeter Alison Balsom, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, folk artist Kathryn Tickell and jazz legend Courtney Pine to present over 150 concerts a year, involving more than 1,000 professional, community and young musicians. 

There is also gorgeous Saxon Church just off Church Street. St Laurence's Church is one of very few surviving Anglo-Saxon churches in England that does not show later medieval alteration or rebuilding and is well worth a visit during your stay.  

Appearing is almost every photograph of Bradford on Avon is the Grade-I listed medieval Town Bridge and lock up which we're sure you'll find time to cross and maybe even photograph for yourself.

Exploring the town you'll most likely come across also walk past the tiny street, The Shambles, containing the only timber framed houses in the stone-built town. Also worth a visit is the 14th Century Tithe Barn on Pound Lane that has an amazing timber cruck roof and is considered one of the country's finest examples of medieval monastic barns.

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 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.

If you would like to find out more information please visit

Bradford on Avon Tourist Information

https://www.cotswolds.info/places/bradford-on-avon.shtml 

Bath Tourist Information

https://visitbath.co.uk

 

Stonehenge
The Saxon Town Bridge looking across to The Swan Hotel Bradford
Royal Crescent in Bath