Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Bed and Breakfast in Bradford on Avon - Wiltshire

On business or holiday bed and breakfast in Bradford on Avon and near the city of Bath, is plentiful in both the centre and in rural countryside.

Bradford on Avon is a picturesque riverside town with an ancient bridge at its centre. Being one of the smaller towns of West Wiltshire it has a friendly local feel and holds a weekly market on Thursdays (farmers market on the third Thursday of the month) in Bridge Street carpark.

You can sample English pubs, visit restaurants and historic buildings of the past, walking or cycling the River Avon and the Kennet & Avon Canal or even boating in one of the canal narrowboats.

Bed and breakfast in Bradford on Avon and its surroundings offers a range of B&Bs to suit your requirements. Generally the quality of the accommodation is excellent. Many of the fine old buildings in the town have been renovated to a high standard and offer the very best of facilities.

Priory Steps is an example of luxury accommodation set in six 17th century weavers’ cottages converted in 1985. Priory Steps, the home of Carey and Diana Chapman, comprises five guest suites all sharing panoramic views across the town towards Salisbury Plain. Period furniture and careful interior design combine to give each guest room an individual character offering a high standard of accommodation with en-suite bathroom.

You can enjoy five star luxury at Clifton House, a stunning privately owned boutique hotel, also close to the centre of the town. Originally a 17th century coaching inn this family owned hotel provides wonderful bed and breakfast accommodation and exceptional service at competitive rates.

Perhaps you would like to pamper yourselves with Peter and Priscilla in their quirky and historic old windmill high above the town. This is a B&B with a difference where you can make your stay memorable by indulging in one of their ‘Honeymoon Specials’ – sexy satin sheets, a waterbed, vintage champagne and a wicked basket of fruit.

There is a wide range of affordable to luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in the surrounding villages and countryside which includes inns, pubs with rooms, family, farmstay and private B&B.

The Tollgate Inn is in the nearby pretty village of Holt on the B3107 between Melksham and Bradford on Avon offering luxury en-suite accommodation and award winning food.

Riverside accommodation on the Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal includes Avonvilla B&B, a stone farmhouse set in one acre of garden with 700yds of private fishing available to guests only. The railway station at Avoncliffe is only five minutes walk with regular trains to Bath, Bristol, Bradford-on-Avon and beyond.

Besides being close to the Spa city of Bath Bradford on Avon is itself full of historical interest. For more than six centuries it was a centre of cloth weaving. Many of the buildings on the steep hillside down to the river were formerly spinners and weavers cottages what used to be riverside woollen mills lining the river banks.

Two particularly noteworthy historical buildings of the town are the church of St Laurence and the Tithe Barn.

The church is one of the few Saxon churches surviving in the UK and the building was used as a school and cottage for many years before being rediscovered and restored in the latter half of the 19th century.

This huge barn is one the finest examples in England and was constructed to store tithes (taxation in the form of goods) paid by the local population to the Church.

Bradford on Avon is particularly handy for visiting the Spa city of Bath famed for its fine Georgian architecture, Roman Baths and shops. Other attractions include Avebury and Stonehenge Circles, both World Heritage Sites dating from the Neolithic and Megalithic era and a whole multitude of ancient sites scattered throughout Wiltshire. Castle Combe, the National Trust owned village of Lacock, stately homes of Longleat and Bowood House are all within easy reach of the town.

Bed and Breakfast in Bradford on Avon