Local attractions

 
 

Local tourist attractions & things to do..

Bradford-On-Avon – The picturesque Saxon town of Bradford-on-Avon is just 1 mile away.
Spend a day wandering the narrow hillside streets and sample the delights of some wonderful old English pubs and restaurants. You will be spoilt for choice with the gift shops and boutiques that the town has to offer. A visit to the Tithe barn and surrounding country park is a must. Market every Thursday, next to the historic Town Bridge.

Bath – The World Heritage city of Bath is just 8 miles away, and easily reached by train, from the station in Bradford-on-Avon. Trains run every 30 minutes, take in the views of the Limpley Stoke Valley on the way. Georgian architecture, shops, museums, restaurants, there are not enough minutes in the day….

Bath Thermae Spa- Newly opened in 2006, a fantastic natural hot spa complex featuring rooftop pool with panoramic city views and a range of health treatments and massage. www.thermaebathspa.com

Longleat Wildlife Safari Park and Elizabethan Mansion of the Marquis of Bath. A great day out for the family, plenty to do.www.longleat.co.uk

Lacock 13th century village and Abbey, protected by the National Trust. Provided the backdrop for productions such as Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Cranford. One of Britains most beautiful villages, home of Fox-Talbot museum of photography.www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Jane Austen Centre, Bath – Celebrating Bath’s most famous resident, a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane Austen’s time in Bath. Enjoy an afternoon tea in the Regency tea room ! www.janeausten.co.uk

Cycling – The lane leading to Merkins Farm forms part of the Wiltshire Cycle route. Cycle through the lanes, visit the National Trusts 15th century Great Chalfield Manor along the way. This is a great area for cycling- there is also a super cycle way along the Kennet and Avon Canal which forms part of the larger “Wiltshire Cycle way” Rent bikes from The Lock Inn, for a ride along the canal and have lunch in the cafe.

Walking The whole area is littered with paths, bridleways and tracks, or you can walk beside the river or the canal. Enjoy a walk, across the fields, over the footbridge, to the National Trust’s 15th Century Great Chalfield Manor.

Great Chalfield Manor, As mentioned above, the 15th Century Manor house and garden is within walking distance of Merkins Farm. Complete with a moat, Arts and Crafts garden, and charming 14th century church set in the grounds. Guided tours of the house.www.greatchalfield.co.uk

Stonehenge; Ancient Druid Stone Circle and site of pagan worship. 40 minutes drive over Salisbury plain. www.english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge 

Stourhead Beautiful 18th Century gardens and Palladian House. Open-air classical concerts held in the grounds in summer.www.stourhead

Westbury White Horse and Hill Fort – Visible from Merkins Farm! Carved in chalk downs-Stunning views & excellent for walking & cycling. The wind ensures this is always a great place to fly a kite, and at weekends the sky is often full of hang gliders and paragliders

Castle Combe voted Britain’s prettiest village.www.castlecombe.com 

Iford manor Peto Gardens
Beautiful Italian style gardens in idyllic riverside hamlet.www.ifordmanor.co.uk

Paultons Park Mini Alton Towers, suit all ages but with special rides for smaller children. Animals, birds, adventure playground. Near Salisbury www.paultonspark.co.uk/

Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Stunning gorge with near vertical cliffs. Famous labyrinth of underground caves and tunnels. Museums, shops, pubs and restaurants. www.cheddarcaves.co.uk/

Champagne balloon flights – Regional ballooning network, fly from Bath or Bristol www.balnet.co.uk