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There is plenty of things to keep you busy in and around Trowbridge.

Trowbridge, a town located in Wiltshire, England, offers a range of activities and attractions to keep visitors occupied. Here are some highlights:

Heritage Exploration: Trowbridge has more fine listed buildings than almost any other town in Wiltshire;  around 330 in all, even more if you count those in the neighbouring villages. Many of Trowbridge’s own inhabitants are not aware that it was once one of the wealthiest towns in the country: the very heart of Britain’s cloth trade in the 17th and early 18th centuries, making white broadcloth and later fine dyed Spanish medley. Even after the Industrial Revolution transformed towns in the North of England during the second half of the 18th century, Trowbridge remained a major industrial centre, the so-called “Manchester of the West”. Though many of the woollen mills that once dominated the landscape of Trowbridge have been demolished, the grand houses that their owners built in the late 1600s and early 1700s remain and offer a fascinating glimpse into the town’s illustrious past. These are some of the most notable buildings in the town. Almost all can be seen in the course of a half-day’s walk around the centre of Trowbridge.

Shopping: The town center of Trowbridge is home to a variety of shops catering to different tastes. Whether you’re looking for unique boutiques, well-known brands, or local produce, there is something for everyone. The Shires Shopping Centre provides a comprehensive shopping experience under one roof.

Cafes and Bars: Trowbridge offers a diverse selection of coffee shops, cafes, and bars where visitors can relax, socialize, and enjoy a range of culinary delights. Whether you’re after a quick cup of coffee or a leisurely lunch, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Base for Exploring Bath: Trowbridge is conveniently located just a short distance from the historic city of Bath. Visitors can easily access Bath’s renowned attractions, including the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and the Royal Crescent. A short train journey connects Trowbridge to Bath, allowing for day trips and exploration.

Base for Exploring the Cotswolds: The Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is easily accessible from Trowbridge. Visitors can use the town as a starting point to explore the picturesque villages, rolling hills, and charming countryside of the Cotswolds.

Overall, whether you choose to immerse yourself in Trowbridge’s heritage, enjoy its shopping, or utilize it as a base for further exploration, there is no shortage of things to keep you busy in and around. .

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Grade II* listed. The Trowbridge Street known as The Halve contains no fewer than 14 listed buildings, nearly all built in the late 18th century. The most important is no. 14, the only one of the sets to be…
Grade II*  listed. A 17th-century building that was refronted in around 1700 by the clothier John Mortimer, brother-in-law of Joseph Houlton, who owned the properties on the opposite side of Wicker Hill. Situated behind it are a group of early…
Grade II listed. Built in 1845 as offices and a warehouse by the wool merchant William Willis It was owned by the wealthy local Knee family until the Second World War, when it was requisitioned by the Ministry of…
Grade II* listed A stone façade built in 1696 by Joseph Houlton encases what was originally late-Tudor-period Langford House, the birthplace of Mary Hyde (nee Langford). Her son Edward Hyde, later Lord Clarendon, was principal adviser to King Charles…
Grade I listed. It was built around 1723 for Nathaniel Houlton, another son of the clothier Joseph Houlton. Later, it was the home of another clothier, Samuel Salter, whose Home Mills were directly opposite. No. 5 Fore Street, on…
Mill Street Club, Trowbridge The spacious, purpose-designed club is thoughtfully laid out with members’ art on the walls, a snooker/table tennis table, and an indoor garden area (complete with water feature), which provides a quiet space and allows members…
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