Local Attractions & Family Activities

During your stay we are sure you will want to explore the charming market town of Malmesbury in England’s oldest Borough. Rich in history, Malmesbury has many historical points of interest as well as a thriving high street, Artisan Market, music and arts events.

Malmesbury Abbey

The 12th century Abbey dominates the Malmesbury landscape and can be seen from miles around. Here you can see the tomb of King Athelstan, the first King of all England. The Abbey has its own events and services schedule, be sure to call in and see what’s happening or visit www.malmesburyabbey.com.

Athelstan Museum

Named after the first King of all England, the Athelstan Museum can be found in Malmesbury Town Hall. With free admission, a visit provides a fantastic insight into the history of Malmesbury. For opening times please visit www.athelstanmuseum.org.uk.

Market Cross

The Market Cross dates back to 1490 and remains a centre for events and gathering in Malmesbury, just as it was intended to be back in its day. Take a seat and watch the world go by.

Abbey House Gardens

Named as one of the world’s greatest gardens, Abbey House Gardens is located a short walk from our hotel, through the Abbey Cloisters. The Gardens are open seasonally from the beginning of April until the end of October. The beautiful tulip and rose displays (depending on when you visit) are sights like no other. For admission details please visit www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk.

Artisan & Farmers’ Market

On Fridays from 9am until 3pm, the Artisan & Farmers’ Market is held in the Market Cross. Browse the various stalls for local, fresh and organic produce.

Malmesbury Carnival & Festival

The Carnival Committee organise a popular programme of musical, theatrical, literary, historical and fun events throughout August and September, culminating with the vibrant Malmesbury Carnival. www.malmesburycarnival.co.uk.

Malmesbury Indoor Market

Once a month (except August) Malmesbury Indoor Market takes place in The Town Hall Hub with stalls of handmade gifts, crafts and foodie treats.

Malmesbury Cinema

The cinema at Malmesbury Town Hall screens some of the most popular and recent films. To find out what’s on when you are in town, please visit www.malmesbury.gov.uk/cinema.html.

Gatcombe Horse Trials

August sees The Festival of British Eventing take place at Gatcombe Park, home of the Princess Royal. As well as a weekend of top class equestrian events, a shopping village and entertainment for all the family can be enjoyed. To find out more visit www.gatcombe-horse.co.uk.

Badminton Horse Trials

During May, the excitement of the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials is just a short drive away. Enjoy dressage, cross country and showjumping events as well as some fantastic shopping and great hospitality. To plan your day visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

WOMAD – World of Music & Dance

In late July, nearby Charlton hosts a weekend of music and dance from which attracts almost 30,000 visitors from around the world on many stages and with some of the best global cuisine and shopping. To buy tickets visit www.womad.co.uk.

The Royal Gardens at Highgrove

Visit the magnificent organic gardens of Highgrove, the private residence of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, between April and October. Full details can be found at www.highgrovegardens.com.

Westonbirt Arboretum

With 17 miles of stunning woodland paths and an internationally important tree collection, The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a great place for all ages to explore and also welcomes dogs. Spring sees the spectacular rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays and Autumn is the time to see the impressive leaf colours. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt for a full list of concerts and events.

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village

The medieval Lacock Abbey sits in the quintessential English village of Lacock is. Once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, this National Trust site is great for a country walk, historical tour or visit to enjoy the contemporary exhibitions. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum-and-village.

Bath Abbey

Enjoy a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath and marvel at the amazing architecture of Bath Abbey. Experience its history and immerse yourself in the special atmosphere. For a list of events and service times please visit www.bathabbey.org.

Thermae Bath Spa

Bathe as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago with a visit to Britain’s only natural thermal waters. Relax in the mineral-rich waters and take in both the historic spa buildings and contemporary design features. A twilight dip in the Rooftop Pool promises a great view of the city of Bath. For bookings visit www.thermaebathspa.com.


The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge is not only one of the wonders of the world but one of the most recognised prehistoric monuments in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape, see the iconic Stone Circle, and discover the many ancient tools For more information please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge.

Salisbury Cathedral

Discover almost 800 years worth of history in one of Britain’s finest 13th century gothic cathedrals. With Britain’s tallest spire, Salisbury Cathedral houses Europe’s oldest working clock and the world’s best preserved original Magna Carta 1215. Details to help you plan your visit can be found at www.salisburycathedral.org.uk.

For full details about all of the attractions listed in this guide, as well as information about others in the region, please visit www.discovermalmesbury.life or the Tourist Information Centre which is located in Malmesbury Town Hall. Alternatively, please call 01666 823748. Walking guides can also be found in the Tourist Information Centre.