Where to stay:
Accommodation is available at "The Jolly Huntsman" public house www.jollyhuntsman.com or Arch House B&B www.archhousebandb.co.uk. Other B&B's are available within the area. For further details of where to stay and what to do, contact Chippenham Tourist Information on 01249-706333 or visit www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
Places to Visit:
Lacock Abbey and village, owned almost exclusively by the National Trust. Includes the Fox Talbot Museum of Photography, a working pottery, teahouses, several public houses and a wealth of local detail.
Castle Combe, "one of the prettiest villages in England" is renowned for its use in the film Dr Doolittle! www.castle-combe.com
Biddestone, a charming village with a pub by the duck pond and green.
Chippenham, one of the West Country's most dynamic market towns with a population of over 40,000. The combination of the old and the new, the historic architectural gems, modern shopping centres and nearness to some of the country's greatest houses and historic villages, makes this town midway between Bath and Swindon an ideal location for living, working and visiting. The town is set on a prominent crossing of the River Avon and lies between the Malborough Downs to the east, the Cotswolds to the north and west and Salisbury Plain to the south. Surrounding the town are a number of stone-built villages, including Lacock (National Trust), Biddestone and Castle Combe. The great house and art treasures of Longleat, Bowood, Lacock Abbey, Sheldon Manor and Corsham Court are within easy reach. www.chippenham.gov.uk & www.yourguide.org.uk/chippenham
Malmesbury, one of the most ancient boroughs in England, is a quaint market town.
Visit Malmesbury Abbey www.malmesburyabbey.com and Abbey Gardens www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk.
Bath is within 25 minutes of Kington St Michael with its Roman Baths and remains, Georgian buildings, including the Royal Crescent and its connections with Jane Austen (the Jane Austen Museum). Longleat www.longleat.co.uk, Stonehenge www.stonehenge.co.uk, Avebury www.avebury-stones.co.uk and Salisbury www.visitsalisbury.com are all within an hour! Bristol is 30 minutes away with its unique iron ship, the SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, @Bristol, and the Arnolfini gallery.