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Top places to live in Wiltshire Bradford on Avon

A gorgeous historic town harking back to Roman times, Bradford on Avon is steeped in history and architecture. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

Bradford on Avon


The shopping in BoA is top notch and a number of bars and restaurants have sprung up for the more discerning gin-quaffer. Nestled on the banks of the River Avon, it is just begging to be explored.


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, try The Kitchen Restaurant at Widbrook Grange. Best cafes include Granny Mo’s Deli, The Bridge Tea Rooms, No 10 Tea Gardens, Doghouse Cafe, The BOA Teapot and Hartley Farm Shop and Kitchen.


La Cotonniere and Strawberry Blue for gifts and trinkets. Card and gift shop By The Way is also worth a snoop. Ex Libris is a lovely indie bookstore, and Dible and Roy can’t be beaten for interiors. A hop, skip and a jump away is Iris and Olive, selling lovely gift boxes for all ages and all occasions.


Longleat, of course! With a Safari Drive-Through, Longleat House and Grounds, Jungle Kingdom, Adventure Castle, Family Farmyard, Longleat Railway, Little Explorer’s Garden and a penguin walk-through (and that’s just for starters), the park will keep your Mudlets entertained for a day – or three. If you’re heading there, grab lunch/supper or stay over at the cosy Bath Arms in Horningsham. We also love Woolley Grange, a luxury family hotel just outside Bradford on Avon with a lovely pool and an all-guns-blazing set up for kids, including creche, teen club, movie nights, two pools, croquet lawn, trampoline, Breakfast Club, and baby swim lessons. Drop in for afternoon tea or a day of pampering at the luxurious spa.

A few miles further and a pretty train ride from Bradford on Avon is the World Heritage City of Bath, with its extraordinary Roman Baths, sweeping Georgian crescents, magnificent abbey and rich calendar of cultural events. Enjoy the sights on a boat trip along the river, or get up high and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city on a hot air balloon ride.


£384,904. Good local estate agents in the area are Kingstons, Davies and Davies, and Jeremy Jenkins.



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 that prides itself on nurturing happy, confident and community-spirited pupils. It’s also worth checking out the excellent schools in Bath.


The town is increasingly being used as a filming location and appeared recently on Wolf Hall and The White Princess.


1 hour 44 mins from Bradford on Avon to London by train. Driving to London takes 2 hours 29 mins.

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