Less than three miles away from Trowbridge and nestled in rolling hillsides you will find the Anglo-Saxon town of Bradford-on-Avon.
With the River Avon running through the heart of the town as its name suggests, the small winding streets lead you to the undiscovered treasures the town has to offer.
There is something for everyone . . . shopping at The Shambles, with its collection of traditional and independent shops. History buffs will be intrigued by the town’s Saxon Church of St. Laurence, ancient weaving and mill buildings and as well as the Tithe Barn, one of the largest medieval barns in England.
Families can enjoy lots of open spaces especially around Barton Farm Country Park, play areas and longboat trips are available in the spring and summer along the Kennet & Avon Canal, which passes through the town.
Food lovers will be in heaven when they discover the variety that the town has to offer: choose from Italian, Spanish tapas (which in our opinion are exceptional!), bistros, gastropubs or why not sit at one of the town’s cafés and watch the world go by . . .
How To Get There
Bradford on Avon is accessible by car and usually less than 10 minutes drive away via the A363. Whilst there is car parking available in Bradford on Avon, it can get rather busy especially on sunny days, so we would always recommend parking at Trowbridge rail station and hopping on the train for the short journey which takes you into the heart of B-o-A. Don’t forget, this is an ancient Saxon town, so car parking was less of a priority in the fifth century!
By Public Transport
A six-minute train journey takes you from Trowbridge to Bradford on Avon almost in the blink of an eye – taking all the stress out of travelling, all you need to worry about is where to explore first!
About a 20 minute bus journey will take you into the heart of Bradford on Avon, taking all the stress out of parking and parking charges!
Taking about an hour you can choose to walk along the A363 route (2.6 miles) which is paved all the way from Trowbridge to B-o-A. For a more scenic route, walk north through Trowbridge to Canal Road, and join the canal towpath for a tranquil stroll into the town.
Approximately 3.2 miles will take you from Trowbridge to Bradford on Avon in about 20 minutes, or you can join the canal towpath just beyond Canal Road in Trowbridge.