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Out & About

Discover Trowbridge - the county town of Wiltshire. In the west of the county, near the Somerset border, Trowbridge is a former mill town with much of its woollen industry-related architecture still evident, and is the ideal location as a base for exploring the rest of Wiltshire and its towns and attractions. In addition to its excellent rail links to Bristol and South Wales, and to the South Coast (the Georgian seaside resort of Weymouth is just over 90 minutes away), there is much to discover by road within an easy 45 minutes’ drive. To see a list of accommodation in and around the Trowbridge area, click here.

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Probably the two most famous attractions in Wiltshire are the well-known estate of Longleat (which was the first-ever safari park in the UK), and the world-famous prehistoric site of Stonehenge. However, there’s so much more to be found nearby when you Discover Trowbridge . . .

 


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The area surrounding Trowbridge offers a wealth of market towns such as Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon, and Warminster, not forgetting of course the Roman city (and UNESCO World Heritage site) of Bath. (Also in Somerset are Wells Cathedral and Cheddar Gorge.) For more ancient sites, Wiltshire is also home to Avebury and
Silbury Hill.
    Whether you are a member of the National Trust or not, there are some wonderful NT locations to be found at Lacock, Great Chalfield Manor, The Courts Garden and Westwood Manor. A little further afield you will find Stourhead.

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Also within 10 minutes’ drive are the English Heritage sites of Farleigh Castle and the Tithe Barn at Bradford-on-Avon. Corsham Court can also be found 20 minutes’ drive away. And what better location for a folk festival than rural Wiltshire? The
Village Pump Folk Festival is held every summer just a few miles from Trowbridge.
    The Kennet & Avon Canal runs north of Trowbridge. This famous waterway and its most famous feature the Caen Hill lock flight, connects Bristol and Reading, and provides great opportunities for walkers and cyclists: if you do not have your own cycle with you whilst visiting the area, visit www.towpathtrail.co.uk for details of cycle hire at Bradford-on-Avon. If you prefer to be on the water rather than at the waterside, why not hire a boat for the day?

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For the more energetic walker, the nearby Westbury White Horse and its surrounding hills on the edge of Salisbury Plain offers a couple of scenic routes offering fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.
You can download route maps at www.theaa.com/walks/westbury-white-horse.
Prefer two wheels to two legs? Trowbridge, with its surrounding areas and neighbouring towns, is a fantastic area for cyclists: a series of downloadable maps is available here.

 

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For more information and details of attractions and accommodation throughout the county, go to www.visitwiltshire.co.uk. And, if you're using Trowbridge as your base for exploring other parts of the West Country, after a long day out why not visit the St. Stephen's Place Leisure Park and relax over a meal, or have a night out at the cinema? Full details at http://ststephensplacetrowbridge.co.uk/.