You might already know of Malmesbury’s rich history as England’s oldest borough or heard about the stunning 12th Century Abbey still very much in use today. But there’s so much more to discover in this charming market town.
Visit the original Market Cross, the Norman Abbey with its tomb of King Athelstan and the free Athelstan Museum with its soon to arrive Turner watercolour. Alongside Malmesbury Abbey you will find the beautiful Abbey House Gardens. The gardens are home to over 1,000 years of history and straddle the River Avon. Over 2,000 different roses, 100,000 tulips and 10,000 different plants can be found here offering visitors constant colour from March to November.
Browse the charming streets and thriving high street with an array of independent retailers and a weekly farmers’ & artisan market (taking place on a Friday).
View the stunning skyline and enjoy walks (with or without man’s best friend) along the River Avon which winds around the town. A free walking guide and details of exciting interactive ‘Explore Malmesbury’ trails and much more can be found at the Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall.
Malmesbury has become home to many annual musical, cultural and food event and festivals and is proud to be the home of many famous inventors and entrepreneurs, including the base for Dyson! Look out for the annual WOMAD festival at nearby Charlton Park and the annual Malmesbury Festival and Carnival during the summer months.
The town offers a great base for exploring the wider Cotswolds and is a short drive from Westonbirt Arboretum, the Cotswold Water Park and Chavenage House.
There is a variety of places to stay in and around Malmesbury including the centrally located Old Bell Hotel, the oldest purpose built hotel in England (circa 1220) and nearby five star luxury Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, complete with Michelin-star restaurant.