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Bustling market town with arts, shopping and heritage

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Marlborough's historic buildings

Marlborough lies on the banks of the River Kennet, in Wiltshire, on the old road from London to Bath. It’s a lovely town to explore by foot, with one of England’s widest high streets, lined with interesting independent shops, many of which are set under 17th century arcades.

Marlborough is full of fascinating historical buildings, including the beautiful Merchant’s House , a 350-year-old home which was originally occupied by a wealthy silk merchant. Visitors can explore its 17th century gardens and one of the area’s best collections of fine art. Marlborough hosts a number of excellent annual events, including a jazz festival and a travelling funfair.

Rolling green fields

A stone’s throw from the town are the rugged Marlborough Downs, where visitors can discover pre-historic sites, such as Avebury. Walkers can follow The Ridgeway, an ancient route which passes the towering, manmade Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow, one of England’s most remarkable Neolithic chambered tombs, built in 3,650 BC and used as a burial chamber for nearly 50 people.

Just outside Marlborough is the enchanting Forest of Savernake , a wild 1,100-hectare area where visitors can discover ancient trees, including the famous Big-Bellied Oak.

Fine dining restaurants, traditional pubs and a variety of welcoming cafes can be found in Marlborough. Coles is a stylish bar and restaurant with banquet seating, roaring fires and a sunny terrace. It serves a range of delicious, beautifully presented dishes, including pan-fried fillet of hake on creamy dill mashed potato, French beans, café de Paris butter and red wine jus. Another good option is Godot’s Bar Brasserie, a laid back establishment in a beautiful 16th century building, serving prime steaks, braised oxtail, oysters and crayfish risotto. One of Marlborough’s most popular pubs is the lovely Lamb Inn, which features a pretty courtyard, Stables dining room, wide selection of local ales and extensive menu of well cooked pub classics.

“Surrounded by beautiful countryside, prehistoric sites and magnificent stately homes is the ancient market town of Marlborough.”

If you’re after a slice of cake, good coffee or light lunch, look no further than the ever-popular Mercer’s of Marlborough, a lively café with a reputation for good food and service.

Marlborough is an excellent base for exploring some of the region’s best attractions. Don’t miss mysterious Stone Henge, a short drive away. For a pleasant day trip, visit Hungerford, an ancient town, known for its antique shops.

While you’re there

Savernake Forest

Derived from ancient wood pasture management, this enchanting place provides great exploration.

Wilton Windmill

Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in Wessex and makes for a great day out.

The Merchant's House

Built and occupied by a prosperous silk merchant, this wonderful building is now open to visitors.

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