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Top places to live in Wiltshire Malmesbury

A charming market town with plenty of indy shops, cafes and a fabulous newly refurbished hotel. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.



Malmesbury oozes with rich history as England’s oldest borough – it even has a resident 12th-century Abbey, still very much in use today. Its thriving high street is supported by a weekly artisan farmers’ market. There’s a fabulous community spirit here, and residents feel super-lucky to have found it.


You won’t just want to sleep at The Old Bell, a newly reburbished hotel in the heart of Malmesbury. While it is Britain’s oldest hotel, it has a great bar and terrace and the restaurant’s fare is simply delicious. The Kings Arms is also well worth a look. Fave foodie pub The Potting Shed is just out of town, and locals love the Keralan cuisine of The Spice Merchant.


There are stacks of indies here. The almighty Hobbs House Bakery is on the high street, so stock up on their Sherston Overnight White. Sassy and Boo, Lula and Sailor and French Grey are our favourite places for browsing for clothes and gifts. Perfection Health and Beauty is a cool beauty salon just out of town.


Visit the original 15th-century Market Cross in the town centre, the stunning Abbey House and Gardens or the Athelstan Museum detailing the town’s ancient and recent history – seek out their original Turner watercolour. Stunning country house hotel Whatley Manor, just outside town, has a day spa and two top-end restaurants.




Malmesbury secondary school is great, and Westonbirt Prep and Senior School is just around the corner.


You can dip your toes in Daniel’s Well while on a picturesque circular walk along the River Avon which surrounds the town.


Nearest train station is Chippenham (20min drive), where London trains depart regularly and take just over an hour. Driving to London takes 2 hours 12 mins.

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