MALMESBURY is a beautiful place set high up, around the curves of two rival river Avons and dominated by its Abbey. The town is kept young by WOMAD and its ‘real’ shopping High Street.
History here is profound and quirky. You’ll see the tomb of the first king of England, the grave of Hannah Twynnoy (a barmaid killed by a tiger in 1703) and learn of Brother Eilmer, the first man to fly. A short walk away, Abbey House Gardens feature first-rate planting – and occasional ‘clothes optional’ days.
Malmesbury tips from Simon Haggarty, General Manager at The Old Bell
American guests love the fact that the Washington Arms can be seen in the local church. Plus Abraham Lincoln’s family are traced back to Malmesbury.
There’s a great Farmers’ Market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, just outside the hotel door.
Malmesbury is the perfect location for exploring the South Cotswolds, Bath and attractions such as Westonbirt Arboretum.
Guests are welcome to dine in the secluded garden in summer. Incidentally we’re very proud of our breakfasts – the best in the Cotswolds!