Places of Interest
Marlborough has some of the most significant and oldest features of English Heritage on its doorstep. Less than 7 miles away stands the Avebury Stone Circle, erected by ancient man more than 4,000 years ago. You reach Avebury by travelling west from Marlborough along the A4, passing the prehistoric Silbury Hill en route. From the stone circle, it is just a short stroll to Avebury Manor, which the National Trust opens to the public during the tourist season, along with the 17th century thatched barn now housing much of the Alexander Keiller Museum.
Just off the A303 and less than 20 miles from Marlborough, you come to Stonehenge, probably the most famous stone circle in the world. The purpose of this gigantic monument is still unknown, but it is a “must see” for anybody visiting Wiltshire and has its own spacious visitors centre next to the A342.
Another ancient site worth visiting is the Uffington White Horse, a huge Bronze-age image etched into the Ridgeway escarpment. You can view it at close quarters, and take in spectacular views of the Oxfordshire countryside by walking across the downland from the nearby car park. There are no less than 13 white horses to explore in Wiltshire too, including one right here in Marlborough.
For those who prefer history connected with the built environment, particularly the industrial revolution, other local attractions include:
- Crofton Beam Engines - the oldest working steam engines in the world still performing the job they were built to do
- Wilton Windmill - the only working windmill in Wessex still producing wholemeal, stone-ground flour
- Caen Hill Locks - This famous fight of 20 canal locks is a spectacular feature of the Kennet and Avon Canal on the outskirts of our neighbouring market town, Devizes.
For an insight into the social and cultural history of this area, you could visit Lacock Village, Buscot Park and Stourhead - all major National Trust destinations within an hour’s drive of Marlborough. For a grand day out, go south via the A338 to visit Salisbury and its beautiful Cathedral and Close; drive northwards to visit the university city of Oxford and discover its “dreaming spires”, or travel west along the A4 to Bath, a spa town famous for its historic Roman Baths and starring role in Jane Austen novels. On the way to Bath, the picturesque old town of Bradford- Upon-Avon, home of the Moulton Bicycle Company, is a delightful place to break your journey.