Bradford on AvonBradford on Avon is a small country town in England between Bath and Trowbridge.
Built in the same fine oolite limestone as Bath, the town was already a settlement in the Iron Age, and people have been living there ever since. The foundations of a large Roman villa - the centre of an estate many miles across - were recently found in the grounds of the town's secondary school, and it has one of England's few surviving Saxon churches and a magnificent medieval Tithe Barn, crowned with one of the largest stone roofs in the country. But the handsome buildings which climb up the hills from the 'broad ford' (and, since Norman times, the bridge) across the river are mostly Georgian, the legacy of a few hundred years of prosperity as a centre of a textile industry making fine woollen cloth from Cotswold sheep. Towards the end of the Georgian period the industry and its money moved north to Yorkshire and Lancashire, and building largely stopped for around 100 years. The old textile mills were taken over in the 20th century by the rubber industry, making goods like tyres (and the small-wheeled Moulton bicycles, briefly famous in the 1960s and 70s as town runabouts), but that too eventually moved away. Today Bradford is largely a residential town.
By trainThe Bradford-on-Avon rail station is on the Wessex Main Line between Avoncliff and Trowbridge, and is served by First Great Western and South West Trains.
The Wessex Mainline goes from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton via Bath, Trowbridge and Salisbury.
There are parking lots near the train station, near St. Margaret's Hall, and near the library. Some allow 2 hours free parking, others are pay and display. Use an online directions site to get car directions.
By busBus routes can be found using online service Traveline, but fares are not listed.
Everything in Bradford on Avon is within walking distance of the centre, although some walks, such as up to Tory are for the more active only.
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address: Pound Lane, Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LFA spectacular 14th-century monastic stone barn, 51 metres long, with an amazing timber cruck roof.
For scenic views take an energetic walk to Tory. The church here is the perfect spot for getting scenic shots across the town.
Bradford has two banks side by side: HSBC and Lloyds Bank. It also has a Stroud and Swindon building society.
For a self-catered visit, there is a Sainsbury's supermarket on the edge of town.
The Bunch of Grapes
The Fat Fowl
Out to lunch
Station PlaceFish and chips.
The Dog and Fox
The Three Horseshoes
There are lots of pleasant bed and breakfasts including a five-star bed and breakfast next to and old Saxon church.
Swan HotelThe 15th-century hotel, steps away from the Saxon bridge, offers a high standard of accommodation with 12 en suite rooms, and has a restaurant and thriving pub