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A large market town of considerable character

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Chippenham in Wiltshire is a lively historic town surrounded by green countryside and dense woodland teeming with wildlife. The centre of town is home to a selection of architectural delights and includes part of the Great Western Railway designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Chippenham has a variety of shops and places to eat as well as holiday cottages and some fantastic local attractions such as nearby Longleat and Castle Combe. You can also haggle at the weekly markets.

Such a delightful market town, Chippenham is a town that despite its large population keeps itself traditional and seemingly small and cosy. The Buttercross stands in the centre of the town’s market area and gives Chippenham a real sense of history that many other market towns of this size no longer possess. Enjoy the traditional architecture of the town’s shopping streets whilst perusing the wide choice of modern shops that sit between the old-fashioned craft stores and galleries.

Thames cycle route

The town has a wide selection of good pubs and places to eat that will all ensure you won’t be without somewhere to go to enjoy some fine dining and to entertain the family whilst you enjoy your visit to Chippenham. Ranging from the large restaurants to small cafés, you’re sure to find something that will suit your tastes.

There are also plenty of places to go in order to keep active whilst enjoying a holiday break in Chippenham. The Olympiad Centre has a whole host of facilities that will keep the most energetic of children and health conscious of adults busy whilst you enjoy visiting the Cotswolds. A number of swimming pools as well as gym facilities make up this wonderful facility in the heart of the town. If you’re looking for something for the children to enjoy and blow off a bit of steam there are a number of good adventure centres and parks that you can take them to close by that they’re bound to enjoy.

The Severn and Thames cycle route passes through the town so anyone who wants to enjoy the great outdoors whilst say on the back of their bike can jump on and get pedaling for an enjoyable and also active adventure through the Cotswolds countryside. Brunel’s famous railway viaduct in the town has the main national rail services from London to the West Country running over it and stands out as a wonderful piece of design.

There are a huge number of events throughout the year that are perfect for visitors to get involved in and enjoy. Chippenham Folk Festival is a brilliant occasion in which locals and visitors can come together to appreciate the traditions and music of the town with a colourful celebration of over 200 events and plenty of workshops.

“Such a delightful market town, Chippenham is a town that despite its large population keeps itself traditional and seemingly small and cosy. ”

With the great house and gardens of Longleat within easy reach you’ll find plenty of places to explore and enjoy. If you also consider the brilliant transport facilities that can easily link you with the cities of Bath and Bristol as well as take you off to the capital in good time, Chippenham seems like an ideal place to base a holiday.

While you’re there

The Tollgate Inn

This cosy 16th century inn emphasises its use of local produce with its changing seasonal menus.

Lacock Abbey and Gardens

There is plenty to explore at Lacock with its abbey, museum, gardens, shop and café.

Bowood Golf Club

Enjoy a day of golf at this championship course in its beautiful woodland setting.

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