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Historic hilltop market town, famous for its Abbey and more recently Dyson's headquarters

Scenic and historic Wiltshire market town, perched on top of a small hill and surrounded by the River Avon. Popular with visitors who come to see the famous Abbey and stroll around the town.

Known for...   Malmesbury Abbey, Dyson, Market Cross, River Avon and Monk Eilmer

Did you know...

  • Malmesbury is on the site of an iron age fort and, according to the Guinness World Records, is the oldest borough in England being created around 880 AD by Alfred the Great.
  • Dyson is now the main employer and has its headquarters on the outskirts the town, with over 1500 people employed mostly in design as manufacturing has moved to Malaysia.
  • In 1010, a monk called Eilmer flew a primitive hang glider from a tower of the Abbey. He is reported to have flown over 200 yards before crash landing and breaking both his legs.



Malmesbury Abbey FREE

Beautiful 12th century Abbey, visitors are free to explore the building and gardens. With on-site cafe and bookshop.
Gloucester Street
SN16 0AA

Recommended by Keith, Chippenham
“This is a very special place, perched high on the top of a ridge above the River Avon and with so much history to share with its visitors.”


J Company

Why not try Laser tag on our Wiltshire battlefield. I’ts loads of fun and we KNOW you’ll love it.
The Croft, Startley
SN15 5HG

Recommended by Lucy, Marlborough
“What a larf!!! Great fun for everyone chasing each other around the forest, and none of the mess and bruises of paintball”



Athelstan Museum FREE

History of Malmesbury.
Town Hall
Cross Hayes
SN16 9BZ



Tetbury Police Museum

The exhibition is mainly dedicated to the history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, founded in 1839.
The Old Court House
63 Long Street




Emmett Hill Meadows FREE

This nature reserve in the Braydon Forest is made up of three meadows full of wildflowers and bordered by fantastic hedgerows.
Emmett Hill
Upper Minety
SN16 9PP


Sandpool FREE

Sandpool was added to the Lower Moor Farm complex of nature reserves in 2009 and provides a link between the reserves for visitors.
Somerford Keynes Road
SN16 9TW


Oaksey Moor Farm Meadows FREE

Oaksey Moor Farm Meadow can be reached from Lower Moor Farm nature reserve.
Somerford Keynes Road
SN16 9TW


Lower Moor Farm Nature Reserve FREE

Lower Moor Farm is a stunning haven for both wildlife and people with numerous walks for you to enjoy.
Somerford Keynes Road
SN16 9TW


Cloatley Meadows FREE

If you want to see how hay meadows might have looked in your grandparents’ day come for a walk in Cloately Meadows.
Hankerton Road
Upper Minety
SN16 9LH



Art By People

Wall Canvas Art Specialists.
16 Gaston's Road
SN16 0BE




M4 Karting

The South West's Premier Karting Centre. We offer everything from Arrive and Drive sessions to full Grand Prix style events.
Hangar 88, Hullavington Airfield
SN14 6BT


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