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Reasons to visit Malmesbury

Posted: Thu, 29th Jul 2021
Malmesbury Smoking Dog

An overview of the historic town

Like many towns in the Cotswolds, Malmesbury is steeped in history, dating back as far as the 5th century and perhaps even further. The town, known as ‘The Queen of Hilltop Towns’, sits – as the name suggests – on a hill and is surrounded by the River Avon, a brilliant natural defence in times of unrest in England. Malmesbury’s history is disputed, with some suggesting that King Athelstan made the town the capital of England, whilst others disagree. Either way, Malmesbury is a beautiful town that remains a popular tourist destination in the Cotswolds.

So, what’s there to do in Malmesbury?

Malmesbury has many sites of historical interest, including the impressive Abbey, and with a great selection of independent shops, cafes, and even a carnival, Malmesbury isn’t stuck in the past. The town continues to grow and adapt it’s offering to cater for those looking to visit a dynamic and quintessential Cotswold town.

Looking for things to do in Malmesbury? Here are our top picks:

  1. Malmesbury Abbey
    No trip to Malmesbury would be complete without a visit to the Abbey. The spectacular building dates back to the 7th century and is the burial site of King Athelstan – one of the first kings of England.
  2. The Wild Food Company
    Selling local products, artisan and wholefoods, all with zero waste, The Wild Food Company are doing the planet good with every sale. As well as food, the company also sells natural and cruelty free household and beauty products. Shop differently at The Wild Food Company and rest easy knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet, as well as supporting local businesses.
  3. Roki Pottery
    Fancy trying something new whilst away in the Cotswolds? You’re in luck because Roki Pottery offer workshops every day of the week. Courses range from one day to five days, so whether you just want to dip your toe into the hands-on world of pottery, or you’re serious about learning a new skill, Roki Pottery has something for everyone.
  4. The Cherry Tree
    A great independent shop in the heart of Malmesbury. The Cherry Tree stocks a range of womenswear and unique gifts – a great one to pop into whilst you wander through the town.
  5. The Old Bakehouse
    Malmesbury’s local bakery, offering breads, cakes, pastries, and sandwiches, all freshly baked instore the same day.
  6. Aquarius Spa at Whatley Manor
    Relax in one of the finest spas in the Cotswolds, featuring a wonderful array of luxury facilities and treatments – the perfect place to unwind and recharge.

Where can I stay in Malmesbury?

We have some great properties in and around Malmesbury. To get the best from your Cotswold holiday, you need the best accommodation. Follow the link to view our wonderful cottages in the area.

Eating out in Malmesbury

Now you’ve got your itinerary and accommodation in Malmesbury sorted, the chances are you’ll be looking for a great pub or restaurant in the local area.

Here are our favourites:

  1. The Smoking Dog
  2. The Kings Arms
  3. Spice Merchant Keralan Indian Restaurant
  4. La Campagna
  5. The Birdcage

Walks and gardens in Malmesbury

You’ve had a great lunch or dinner in one of the town’s pubs and restaurants, and now you want a gentle stroll around Malmesbury’s picturesque walking sites or gardens. Whether you fancy a river walk, or you’d like to see Malmesbury’s colourful gardens, the area is great for walking.

Malmesbury River Walk is a circular route starting in the centre of the town and meandering alongside the River Avon. The trail is perfect for those wanting the peace and quiet of the tranquil river, whilst also having the opportunity to explore more of the town.

The Abbey House Gardens are set next to the glorious 12th century Abbey and are open from April to September, offering visitors the chance to explore some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK.

Malmesbury in Bloom is an annual event held in the town that’s popular with those with green-fingers. If you, like us, struggle to keep your house plants alive for more than a week – fear not, as visitors are welcome to wander around and take in the sights and smells of the fabulous (and alive) gardens and flowers that someone else has cultivated!

We hope we have provided you with some helpful inspiration and information about this historic and interesting town. Malmesbury is a brilliant destination for walking, dining, and staying, and it is well worth spending some time exploring all that the town has to offer.

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