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Modern, thriving, Wiltshire market town in close proximity to Bath, Bristol and Swindon. What are you looking to do in Chippenham today? We've got plenty of great ideas and interesting things for you to do across the town.

Chippenham is a vibrant Wiltshire market town in the South West of England. It is just a few miles from the old Roman city of Bath and within easy commuting distance of Swindon and Bristol. The town has a long and interesting history, with a modern new look to many parts of the town which now has a population of over 40,000 inhabitants.

Known for...   River Avon, Buttercross, Cepen Park, Pewsham, Yelde Hall, Neeld Hall, Eddie Cochran, Chippenham Folk Festival and Chippenham Town FC

Did you know...

  • The town was believed to have been founded by Anglo Saxons around AD 600.
  • The town holds an annual festival to mark the death of singer Eddie Cochran, who died on 17 April 1960 following a car crash in Chippenham.
  • The town motto is "Unity and Loyalty".



The Neeld Hall

The Neeld Hall was built in 1850 as an extension to the Town Hall and originally housed the Cheese Market and the Corn Exchange.
Borough Parade
SN15 3WL


Chippenham Town Hall

The impressive Town Hall buildings were completed in 1834 by Sir Joseph Neeld, then Member of Parliament for Chippenham.
High Street
SN15 3ER


Yelde Hall FREE

The medieval Yelde Hall is Chippenham's most iconic building. Originally constructed as the town's main meeting place in 15th C.
Market Place
SN15 3JA


Lanhill Longbarrow FREE

Pre-historic long barrow and burial chamber.
Just off A420
Lanhill, near Chippenham
SN14 6ND


Maud Heath's Causeway FREE

The route that Maud Heath took every week to market in Chippenham during the 15th century. When she died she paid for an elevated stone walkway over the flood plain of the River Avon. A monument to her stands at the top of Wick Hill.
near Langley Burrell
SN15 4LP


Lacock Tithe Barn FREE

Restored tithe barn open to the public, free to enter and wander around the large interior space.
High Street
SN15 2LQ


Sutton Lane Meadows FREE

National Trust - Traditional hay meadows rich in wild flowers.
Sutton Lane
SN15 4LW


Drive Tech

Driving Experiences for ages 10 and upwards. Skid Control, Karting & 4x4 Off-Roading Experts at Castle Combe, Wiltshire.
Castle Combe Circuit
SN14 7BW


Recommended by John Barry, Melksham
“Great fun for both adults and kids to test their skills on the karting track, skid pan or 4x4's”


Pewsham Locks FREE

Follow the Avon Valley footpath to the restoration site of Pewsham Locks on the Wilts & Berks Canal.
Avon Valley Walk
SN15 3QX

Recommended by George, Pewsham
“Take a stroll through history and walk from Chippenham to Lacock along this disused canal which is now being lovingly restored to its former glory”


Corsham Court

This privately owned historic house, with its significant art collection, is open to visitors.
SN13 0BZ

Recommended by Poppy & Max, Chippenham
“Great place for dog walking in the parkland surrounding the house, and it's free to access the grounds”


Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village

National Trust - Beautiful ancient abbey, incorporated into later mansion.
SN15 2LG

Recommended by Maura, Milan
“So much to see in this amazing olde English village, the museum and abbey are well worth a visit, great pubs for a drink or a meal, and lots of little gift shops for souvenirs to take home.”


  Children's Activities


Family run Pottery Painting Studio.
1 Gastons Road
SN14 0ET

Recommended by Jessica Matthews, Chippenham


BMX Track At Stanley Park FREE

The BMX track at Stanley Park offers a high-energy, fast-paced sporting experience.
Stanley Lane, London Road
SN15 3RR



Chippenham Heritage Centre FREE

Permanent displays and temporary exhibitions telling the story of this historic market town.
9-10 Market Place
SN15 3HJ



Wiltshire And Swindon History Centre FREE

Archaeology, archive, buildings record, conservation, museum advisory services and county local studies library.
Cocklebury Road
SN15 3QN




Westmead Recreation Area FREE

Whether you want a casual kick about with a football, a game of frisbee or just a walk with your dog.
Westmead Lane
SN15 3DN


Monkton Park FREE

Popular town centre park running along the banks of the River Avon.
SN15 1ER

Recommended by Alan D, Purton
“Great for kids, check out the crazy golf and pitch and putt course at the far end of the park with its own cafe”


Westmead Open Space FREE

Large area of open space leading down to the River Avon. Ideal for walking, cycling and dog walking. Free parking area.
Pewsham Way
SN15 3GF

Recommended by Poppy & Max, Chippenham
“Great dog walking area, where we can get off our leads and have a real run around!”


Baydons Wood FREE

Baydons Wood is a small, 1.09 ha WOYD site adjacent to the river Avon near the centre of Chippenham.
Baydons Lane
SN15 3JX


Chippenham To Calne Disused Railway Footpath And Cyclepath FREE

Easy walking or cycling path from Chippenham to Calne along the route of the old railway.
start at Eastern Avenue
SN15 3LR

Recommended by Karen Fellows, Calne
“Great for dog walking on a sunny day, it's surprising how quickly you can walk between the two towns and back again.”


Chippenham Rivers Route And Cycleway FREE

Chippenham is blessed with a beautiful stretch of the River Avon which runs through the town and connects with adjoining towns.
SN15 3ER


Walking In Wiltshire FREE

Chippenham walks to download and print FREE.
SN15 3HR


John Coles Park FREE

Public park with children's playground, tennis courts, bandstand and play areas.
Fleet Road
SN15 1NZ

Recommended by Jay Gardener, Chippenham
“Always plenty to do in this park, loads of space for a game of football or just messing about with your mates. The ice cream shop is a bonus!”


Biddestone Village Pond FREE

Biddestone is a beautiful village, situated in North Wiltshire, England.
The Green
SN14 7DE

Recommended by Karl Forster, Corsham
“Relaxing place to sit and feed the ducks”


Derriads Pond FREE

Derriads Pond is located in Cepen Park South, just off Drake Crescent.
Drake Crescent
SN14 0XG

Recommended by Poppy & Max
“Great for kids and adults to stroll and feed the ducks, popular dog walking area too...”


Vincients Wood FREE

Lovely, semi-natural broadleaved woodland on the western edge of Chippenham, much used by local people who walk through it.
off Moss Mead
SN14 0TQ

Recommended by Nicki, Chippenham
“Very peaceful walk through the woods, especially in the summer months when the paths are dry and wild flowers in bloom.”



Chippenham Park Bowls Club

A warm and friendly club that welcomes all bowlers of all abilities.
John Coles Park, Ricardo Road
SN15 1PA



The Astoria

Local Cinema.
91 Marshfield Road
SN15 1JR




Monkton Park 9 Hole Par 3 Golf Course

Open all year round from 9.00am till dusk, no need to book. Pitch & putt, crazy golf and tea room.
Monkton Park
SN15 3PE


Chippenham Golf Club

The Club, founded in 1896, has an undulating parkland course which offers golfers a fine test without being 'heavy' on yardage.
Malmesbury Road
SN15 5LT


  Leisure centres

The Gym UK Chippenham

Embark on a new journey to a new, fitter, healthier and Happier you. Fitness should be FUN, being active should be FUN.
Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate
SN14 6LH



Curves is a unique, 30 minute fitness concept, designed for women.
3A Union Road
SN15 1HW


Chippenham Sports Club

Private members club providing sporting facilities within the Chippenham Area.
Hardenhuish Park, Bristol Road
SN15 1NH



Olympiad Leisure Centre

Swimming pool & slides, kinetika gym, sports hall, squash courts.
Sadlers Mead
Monkton Park
SN15 3PA



Stanley Park Sports Ground

The award-winning Stanley Park Sports Ground is Wiltshire’s largest outdoor sporting facility.
Stanley Lane, London Road
SN15 3RR



Chippenham Park Tennis Club

The Club is based in John Coles Park, which opens at Sunrise and closes at Sunset.
John Coles Park, Fleet Road
SN15 1NZ


Chippenham Archers

Membership is made up of Chippenham Target Archery Club and Chippenham Junior Archery Club.
Farm Fields
SN14 0YZ


Chippenham Rugby Football Club

Rugby Football has been played in Chippenham for over 100 years.
Allington Fields
SN14 0YZ


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