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Top places to live in Wiltshire Marlborough

Possibly the loveliest town in Wiltshire, Marlborough has a hip, happening vibe and is full of gorgeous independent shops. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.



With alleyways, coaching inns, half-timbered cottages and a church at each end of the high street, Marlborough retains much of its original rustic charm, but with a refreshingly forward-thinking feel.


For super-cool cocktails in the heart of Marlborough, head to Sarsens Restaurant. Their food is pretty special too, showcasing seasonal and sustainable produce, fished, farmed or foraged as locally as possible (head chef Paul Yeomans will often be found on his days off foraging for anything that can feature on the menu). Bite Me Burger/Get Plucked is a fab new fusion restaurant straight from the big smoke. And there is always Rick Stein, of course.


Marlborough is lucky enough to boast a Luna Boutique, for all things fashion-forward. Homeware favourite Susie Watson Designs, The White Horse Bookshop and children’s clothes shop Radish Loves are other fab independents.


Walks abound in this stunning party of the county, including Savernake Forest, The Ridgeway and Avebury’s World Heritage Trail. The Merchant’s House in the centre of town was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653 and brings back to life a family who lived through one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Marlborough College Summer School has an incredible range of day and residential courses for all ages, with cinema and theatre under the stars. Marlborough LitFest runs annually (although cancelled this year), and Marlborough Rising is into its third year on the music-fest scene, a three-day banger of an event showcasing live music from acoustic strings to blues, and orchestral pop to songs from the shows.


A steep £501,000. Good local estate agents in the area are Jones Robinson, Brearley and Rich, and McFarlane Property.



Marlborough College can’t really be beaten as a full boarding school. Local preps include St Francis School and St Margaret’s Prep.


Not far out of town, our favourite pubs are The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn, The Bell, Ramsbury, and The White Horse Inn, Compton Bassett.


2 hours 16 mins from Marlborough to London by train. Driving to London takes 1 hour 49 mins.

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