Melksham is a historic market town in the heart of Wiltshire, perfectly situated for exploring the surrounding West Country. You really are spoilt for choice for local attractions and places to go. Andy and Justina are always happy to share their local knowledge but here are a few of their top tips for making the most of your visit.Scroll down page or click an attraction link below:
Only a 20 minute drive, nobody can possibly visit the area without spending at least a day in Georgian Bath – for a real treat, bathe in the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters of the Thermae Bath Spa, take a bus tour, see the splendour of the Abbey and Roman Baths, or simply enjoy strolling through the characterful streets filled with interesting shops, cafes and beautiful buildings.
The charming National Trust village of Lacock, where many a period drama has been filmed, is just a few minutes drive away. Enjoy a stroll through the quaint streets before visiting Lacock Abbey, and finish off with refreshment in one of the local hostelries.
The UK’s number 1 safari park, Longleat is just half an hour away. Set in the stunning Wiltshire countryside, visitors can enjoy a drive–through Safari Adventure seeing the famous lions, tigers and monkeys up close. Explore the magnificent Elizabethan House or let the little ones loose in the Adventure Park. Longleat really is a fun day out for all the family and has a fantastic calendar of events including Fireworks Spectaculars and a Festival of Light.
Stonehenge / Avebury
Stonehenge and Avebury are World Heritage Sites and outstanding prehistoric monuments dating back some 5,000 years. Both stone circles lie at the heart of prehistoric landscapes with numerous impressive and amazingly well preserved ceremonial monuments. They really are both very special places to visit and within easy reach.
Bowood House is the magnificent family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne and is open between April and November every year. The grounds are just beautiful, 2,000 acres of rolling ‘Capability Brown’ parkland and considered to be one of Wiltshire’s hidden treasures.
The children will love the adventure playground and Tractor Ted’s Little Farm, and the 18 hole championship golf course and spa is perfect if you’re after some 5* luxury downtime.