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Historical market town with Roman origins and prosperous 17th century textile industry. Fancy something new to do in Bradford upon Avon today? Check out these great ideas and suggestions for all the family to enjoy.

Historic and scenic West Wiltshire town on the River Avon. Popular with visitors for walking and browsing the shops. Many buildings are from the 17th century, when the town grew rapidly as a centre for the woollen textile industry.

Known for...   River Avon, Avon Rubber, Tithe Barn, Saxon Church of St. Laurence, textile industry, Town Bridge and Barton Farm

Did you know...

  • The Saxon Church is of national importance as one of the most complete Saxon buildings still in existence.
  • The name is derived from 'Broad Ford', a crossing point of the River Avon used until the early 20th century.
  • Originally a Roman settlement, archaeologists have found remains of a large Roman villa in the fields of a local school.



The Shambles FREE

Site of the medieval market, now an historic shopping street in the centre of town.
Bradford On Avon
BA15 1JR


Kennet And Avon Canal FREE

Very attractive mile and a half walk along the restored canal from Bradford on Avon to Avoncliff aqueduct.
BA15 1LF


Town Bridge And Lock Up FREE

The Normans built the first stone bridge here over the River Avon, parts of which can still be seen.
BA15 1NB


St Laurence's Saxon Church FREE

St Laurence’s is believed to date from the 11th century, a typical Anglo-Saxon building being tall and narrow with small windows.
Church Street
Bradford on Avon
BA15 1LW


Bradford On Avon Tithe Barn

English Heritage - A spectacular 14th century monastic stone barn, 51 metres (168 feet) long, with an amazing timber cruck roof.
BA15 1LF


Bradford On Avon Wharf FREE

A great place to relax and enjoy the historic canal features.
Canalside car park
Baileys Barn (off Moulton Drive)
BA15 1BX


Farleigh Hungerford Castle

English Heritage - Impressive 14th century castle with hidden treasures and sinister past.
Farleigh Hungerford, Norton St Philip


Iford Manor

The Peto Garden is open from April to October.
BA15 2BA


Avoncliff Aqueduct FREE

Impressive aqueduct on the Kennet and Avon Canal, designed by John Rennie.
near Bradford upon Avon
BA15 2HD


The Courts Garden

National Trust - Small 20th-century cottage in the Hidcote tradition.
BA14 6RR


Westwood Manor

National Trust - 15th-century stone manor house.
BA15 2AF


Great Chalfield Manor And Garden

National Trust - Charming 15th-century manor house with Arts and Crafts garden.
SN12 8NJ



Bradford On Avon Museum FREE

Museum of the natural and historic heritage of the town of Bradford on Avon and the villages around it.
Bridge Street
BA15 1BY



Barton Farm Country Park FREE

Barton Farm Country Park is a delightful 36-acre countryside facility bounded by the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Bradford on Avon
BA15 2EE



Cumberwell Park Golf Course

Wiltshire's only 36 hole golf course.
BA15 2PQ


  Leisure centres

Bradford On Avon Swimming Pool

Pool, Health suite, Teaching pool, Parties, Shop, Swimming lessons.
Station Approach
St Margaret's Street
BA15 1DF


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