Sourced from Wikivoyage. Text is available under the CC-by-SA 3.0 license.Melksham is a small town in Wiltshire. It is not most people's idea of a tourist destination. Originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement (milk town) Melksham became one of Wiltshire's industrial towns and grew on the back of the Avon (locally pronounced as Avun) rubber factory.
Most of the interesting buildings in the area where demolished when the Avon factory expanded and in the re-development of the town centre in the 1960s, which has left Melksham a pretty bleak place.
It is by population (23,000) the 5th largest town in Wiltshire after Swindon, Salisbury, Chippenham & Trowbridge, but it has few amenities.
By roadMelksham is situated on the main North/South A350 trunk road. It can be reached by leaving the M4 at J17 and following the A350 south for approx 10 miles (16 km).
By trainMelksham station is served by 2 trains per day on the Swindon - Southampton line. The train station is commonly known as 'the bus stop' due to its small size and appearance of a bus shelter.
By busMelksham is served by buses from Bath, Chippenham, Trowbridge & Devizes on a regular basis.
By planeThe nearest airport to the town is (BRS). (LHR) is 1 hr 30 min away.
The town centre is small enough to walk around.
Melksham Spa6 Georgian houses remain from the spa that was established in 1770, fed by water from a Chalybeate spring.
St Michael's church and the old Roundhouse800 years old.
address: Beanacre RoadThe main focus of retail activity in Melksham. It offers anything that you can think of for the house & home (for a price).
The Fisheriesphone: +44 1225 703406address: Union StreetAn excellent example of a good quality English chippy.
The Kings Armsaddress: Market PlaceGood quality 'pub grub' although the beer is a bit pricey.
Melksham also has 3 Indian restaurants, 2 Chinese restaurants (Lee's Chinese on Beanacre Road is excellent) and countless kebab shops, etc.
Lee's Chineseaddress: 5 Granville Rd, SN12 8AN
Beware of drunken idiots on weekend nights as Melksham is famous for it. The town was once named in a list of the top 10 most violent places in the UK.
phone: +44 1225 792690address: 3 Bath Rd, SN12 6LLThe town's JD Wetherspoon's pub.
The Grapesaddress: 31 Bank St, SN12 6LE
phone: +44 1225 709932address: 18 Market Pl, SN12 6EX
phone: +44 1225 702947address: 30 High St, SN12 6LA
phone: +44 1225 703878address: 87 Sandridge Rd, SN12 7BN
The King Armsaddress: Market place
phone: +44 1225 703700address: Beanacre SN12 7PUAccommodation comprises 24 bedrooms, which can accommodate families of up to five. Has a fine restaurant offering a private menu, with a selection of private dining rooms catering for special occasions. There are four fully-equipped meeting rooms, The Garden room, The Music room, The Library and The Card room, all of which can be set up as 'boardrooms' or as presentation 'theatres', the largest of which can accommodate up to 80 people standing or 70 dining. A beauty treatment room, outdoor heated swimming pool and its own small arboretum of rare trees in the grounds. Free Wifi available throughout the hotel. Has excellent if rather expensive rooms and a fantastic restaurant. It has the added benefit of being on the main A350 trunk road out of the town for a quick getaway!
There are also several B & Bs located in the town.
- Nearby you have the National Trust Village of Lacock.
Tourists who find themselves in Melksham by mistake would do well to head for nearby Lacock, Bradford on Avon or Devizes.