Top places to live in Wiltshire Bradford on Avon
A gorgeous historic town with both natural and architectural beauty, Bradford on avon has a great community feel and some top spots for eating and drinking.
It’s a truly beautiful town of honey-coloured stone on the banks of the River Avon. A great community feel and some amazing places to eat, drink and shop combined with good schools and transport links make this a real winner in our books. Residents are possibly a more relaxed bunch than their Bath neighbours, and there are opportunities to get involved in eco organisations such as Climate Friendly Bradford.
Timbell’s Yard is a stylish riverside coaching inn in the heart of town, perfect for family lunches. The Weaving Shed is a great brunch stop and for a slap-up special occasion, and The Bunch of Grapes has won Muddy’s Best Restaurant in Wiltshire. Just up the hill The George is Muddy’s Best Destination Pub. Hartley Farm is a top spot for pretty much anything edible, from coffee to afternoon tea.
Down by the river Stones Paper Scissors is the place for locally made gifts. Ex Libris is a lovely indie bookstore, Dible and Roy can’t be beaten for interiors and Sassy & Boo for zingy boho women’s fashion. Christine’s Sustainable Supermarket keeps the town in everything from zero-waste groceries to fresh Bertinet pastries. The Cheese Shop is the perfect little deli; to be paired with indie wine merchant Cru Wines and Quercus Gallery is the place if you’re looking for a really special piece.
The river is a draw for everything from picnics to paddle boarding. Walk or cycle along the Kennet & Avon canal to some bucolic pubs at Avoncliff, Freshford and Westwood, and just keep going for the Italianate delights of Iford Manor.
Frome is a 20min drive, with loads of arty goings on, vintage shops and markets.
We love Woolley Grange, a luxury family hotel just outside Bradford on Avon with indoor and outdoor pools and an all-guns-blazing set up for kids, including creche, trampoline and baby swim lessons. Drop in for afternoon tea or a day of pampering at the luxurious spa.
A pretty train ride away is the World Heritage City of Bath, with its extraordinary Roman Baths and sweeping Georgian crescents. Another 15 mins on the same line and you’ll reach the buzz that is Bristol.
Want to know more? Check out our Insider’s Guide to Bradford on avon.
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Local comp St Laurence is a really good school, and the town is lucky enough to have two great primary schools: Fitzmaurice and Christchurch. Stonar is a brilliant local co-ed day and boarding school, for ages 4-18. Warminster is a co-ed, all-through day and boarding school on the edge of Salisbury Plain. It’s also worth checking out the excellent schools in Bath.
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The town is increasingly being used as a filming location and appeared recently on Wolf Hall and The White Princess.
There is currently an active campaign to raise funds for a new skatepark, supported by some top Bristol street artists.
1 hour 44 mins from Bradford on Avon to London by train. Driving to London takes 2 hours 29 mins. Train to Bath 15mins and to Bristol around 30mins.
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