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Area: 3,476 sq km
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North Wiltshire

Where the Cotswolds meet the Wiltshire Downs

Come and unwind amidst the beautiful countryside of this peaceful landscape.

Over half the district is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with wooded river valleys, rolling downland and timeless villages of mellow stone cottages, portraying the idyllic English scene. Among them are the film locations of Castle Combe , acclaimed as England's prettiest village and the National Trust village of Lacock , which provided the romantic setting for Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice and Emma, and 'bewitching' scenes in Harry Potter and where within the medieval abbey photography itself was pioneered.

Discover Malmesbury, England's oldest borough, with the remains of its impressive Norman Abbey and Cherhill White Horse carved into the open downland near Calne . Trace the architectural heritage endowed by wealthy 'wool' merchants in the Weavers' Cottages and Heritage Centre in Corsham , fine town houses and manors tucked away in sleepy hamlets.

Visit the imposing stately homes of Bowood , set in glorious parkland, with an exciting Adventure Playground, and Corsham Court , internationally renowned for its art treasures and the glorious gardens of Abbey House , Pound Hill and Sheldon Manor .

Lively market towns of Chippenham , Calne, Malmesbury, Corsham, Cricklade and Wootton Bassett offer enticing antique shops , local crafts and fresh produce at weekly street markets and Farmers' markets.

To 'get away' explore miles of cycleways, bridleways and footpaths that cross the district, the rare flora of the Snakeshead Fritillary at Cricklade and water sports at Cotswold Water Park . Choose from 8 golf courses or drive a racing car!

Easy access from the M4 and regular Intercity Rail Services, just one hour from London , makes North Wiltshire an ideal base from which to explore neighbouring Bath , Avebury , Stonehenge and the glorious Cotswolds .

Throughout the year, North Wiltshire hosts many events for the enjoyment of visitors and local residents.

Friendly country pubs offer delicious Wiltshire fare and quality inspected accommodation, from homely bed and breakfast to luxurious country house hotels , ensures a memorable stay at any time of year.

Malmesbury town info

For more information contact:
South West Tourism - 0871 572 2521

Useful Contacts

National Enquiries:
+44 (0)8475 484 950 (Rail)
National Express Coaches
08705 808080
Other Travel Details:
0870 608 2 608
Bristol International Airport
0871 334 4444

Tourist Information Numbers

Address: The Yelde Hall
Market Place
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1249 665970
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448
Fax Number: +44 (0)1249 460776
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Address: Town Hall
Market Lane
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1666 823 748
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

Address: Tourist Information and Heritage Centre
Arnold House
High Street
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1249 714 660
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

Address: Bank House
The Strand
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1249 814 000
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

Address: Town Council Offices
113 High Street
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1739 751 394
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

Wootton Bassett
Address: The Library
Borough Fields
Wootton Bassett
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1793 850 222
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

North Wiltshire Tourism Officer
Address: North Wiltshire District Council
Monkton Park
Telephone Number: +44 (0)1249 706548.
Fax Number: +44 (0)1249 444650
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