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Beautiful historic town with Cotswold architecture

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Pretty lake flowing through the village

Whether you want to explore the Cotswolds, take a stroll along the canal or peruse the town centre’s independent shops, Bradford on Avon is a lovely place to stay. Bradford on Avon is an attractive riverside town in Wiltshire, eight miles southeast of Bath. Its historical centre features an elegant town bridge, meandering canal and some of the region’s finest 17th century architecture. As you wander through the town’s charming alleyways, you’ll stumble upon an enchanting mix of modest weavers’ cottages and opulent clothiers’ homes.

You’re never far from the water in Bradford on Avon. The river rushes from Greenland Mill, through the centre of town and past the country park, towards Bath. The town’s ancient bridge is a must-see, with its beautifully preserved 13th century arches. Alongside the railway track, you’ll find the Kennet and Avon Canal, which runs all the way to Reading, where it meets the River Thames. Bradford on Avon has a wonderful variety of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants and is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds, where you can walk, cycle and horse-ride.

View over the town

For a lovely day out, book a trip with Kennet Horse Boat Company , which runs horse-drawn boat trips along the Kennet and Avon Canal. You can unwind and watch the world go by as Monty and Freddie the shire horses pull you along in an elegant barge. If you fancy doing your own navigating, the company also has traditional narrow boats which you can rent for the day.

There are some great places to eat and drink in Bradford on Avon, from award-winning restaurants to traditional cafes and cosy, old pubs. There’s also an excellent farmers’ market every third Thursday of the month in Westbury Gardens, where you can pick up meat, cheese and vegetables from some of the area’s best producers.

Fat Fowl is a light and spacious café and restaurant which serves food all day. It’s a nice spot for coffee and a light bite to eat during the day, or tasty dishes such as Cornish hake fillet with smoked tomato and chorizo relish in the evening. Another good option is The Three Gables, a smart restaurant with a great selection of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone wines.

“As you wander through the town’s charming alleyways, you’ll stumble upon an enchanting mix of modest weavers’ cottages and opulent clothiers’ homes.”

Food is prepared with the best local ingredients and influenced my Mediterranean and British cuisines. If you’re in the mood for a pint of local ale, wander down to The Seven Stars, a 17th century stone pub which also serves good, affordable food. For an afternoon tea you’ll never forget, check out the eccentric Bridge Tearooms, where tea, homemade cakes and light lunches are served by waiters and waitresses in Victorian costumes.

While you’re there

The Peto Garden

the manor house sits idyllically by the Frome river and offers a truly tranquil experience.

Westwood Manor

This beautiful small manor house is steeped in gothic architecture and makes for an interesting visit.

The Saxon Church

This ancient church has so much historical story to indulge into.

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