Much of the county of Wiltshire is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty making the region a perfect destination for a relaxing break at any time of the year. Yet the area still remains largely undiscovered, a rural idyll less than two hours from London and Birmingham. Almost at the centre of it is Devizes and, although we might be biased, it is acknowledged as being a beautiful and historic market town with a fascinating, Medieval past, a wealth of history and architectural heritage having more than 500 listed buildings and a large Market Place at it's heart.
Devizes was originally bounded by three manors, hence its name - a version of 'ad divisas' meaning, at the boundary. The town contains elegant houses of the 18th-century whilst Tudor houses can be seen in St. John's Alley. Unusually, in this day and age, it has managed to retain a lot of individual shops and has a traditional market on Thursdays and a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month.
Devizes has lots of things to see and do:
1) Medieval Trail >>
Pick up a leaflet from us and follow the fascinating Medieval Trail that chronicles the town's colourful past and turbulent events and takes you around the main points of interest.
2) Wiltshire Museum >>
Come and explore this recently revamped Museum with outstanding collections that trace the fascinating history of Wiltshire, its environment and its people over the last 6,000 years. The displays feature collections excavated from the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.
3) Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre >>
Sample the delights of our beers and discover the history and heritage of Wadworth Brewery in their FREE Visitor Centre, sign up for a fascinating tour.
4) Wharf Canal Centre >>
Close by is the Wharf Canal Centre with a canal museum, cafe, gift shop and the location of where the canal trip boats moor up.
5) A'Beckett's Vineyard >>
Situated halfway between Avebury and Stonehenge in the village of Littleton Panell, a'Beckett's Vineyard has some 10 acres down to vines and 6 acres of orchards. They are developing a range of English Sparkling Wines, English Still Wines, Cider and Apple Juice that are all Vegan-friendly.
6) Caen Hill Locks >>
Within walking distance of Avalon Lodge are the Caen Hill Locks, one of the UK waterways most impressive flight of locks, impressive because 16 of the 29 locks fall in a straight line, close together with large side ponds and therefore earns its position as one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways.
7) Devizes White Horse >>
The Devizes White Horse is also known as the Millennium White Horse as it was cut in 1999 to celebrate the forthcoming third millennium, and is based on a design of another white horse hill figure, which was also known as the Devizes White Horse, or sometimes The Snobs Horse, which was very nearby to the present horse as it was located on Roundway Hill beneath the Oliver's Castle hill fort.