Top places to live in Wiltshire Chippenham
One of the West Country's most dynamic market towns, Chippenham has everything you desire, and more. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Historic architectural gems, indy shops and cafes all set in a superb location with some of the country’s greatest houses and historic villages on your doorstep (plus the unbeaten shopping and dining of Bath next door) makes Chippenham tip top in our book.
The Garden is an oasis in the heart of Chippenham, serving locally sourced, freshly prepared produce. Lily’s Vintage Cafe is also worth a visit for a traditional afternoon tea. Pop out of town to check out The Bull at Hinton and The Lansdowne Strand.
All of the high street stalwarts are here; head to Allington Farm Shop for your fresh produce and goodies. The Bay Tree is a lovely gift shop in the centre of town.
Housed in an 18th-century townhouse, Chippenham Museum tells the fascinating story of this market town from its prehistoric origins to the present day. We vote for a visit to Bowood House, with stunning parkland, acres and acres of gorgeousness for the Mudlets to run around in and loads of fab events. Home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, Bowood House is set within 100 acres of landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown parkland – think an Italian-inspired Terrace Garden, private Walled Gardens and herbaceous border, bursting with colour throughout the seasons. There’s an arboretum leading down to the mile-long lake and for kids, an adrenaline-fuelled Adventure Playground featuring a life-size pirate ship, plus a soft play for younger ones. Bowood Hotel & Spa offers idyllic day spa and treatments, 18-hole golf course and high-end dining.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Heywood Prep in nearby Corsham is a lovely local town-centre primary.
BEST KEPT SECRET
For fine dining, Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park is a 10-minute drive out of town.
1 hour 10 mins from Chippenham to London by train. Driving to London takes 2 hours 12 mins.
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