Devizes Travel Guide

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     Very Interesting place. 

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     They could manage the rain showers better!!! 

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     Love to come back. 

Devizes Things to Do

  • Caen Hill Locks

    This is a great spot for tourists and local visitors alike. It combines a riverside walk with a truly remarkable feat of British engineering; the placement of 29 locks, literally on top of one another, in two miles. There are few sites like this in the country and it makes for some great picture opportunities and places to admire. Well worth a...

  • The Kennet & Avon Canal Museum

    For sure you must take some time and step into the little museum that celebrates the glorious Canal Period of the Industrial Revolution. Here you can learn the history, the engineering, the fun and how to vacation on a narrowboat. Modelers, this is heaven for you as all kinds of models are for sale. Maps of all the canals in the Uk. Books and...

  • St John the Baptist

    I hope the church is open when you visit....unfortunately, it wasn't open when I went.Which is a pity, as it is a very ancient church indeed. Just walking around its exterior made that very clear.Originally built in 1130, the nave rebuilt and chapels added in the 1400s...there are few English churches which are much older than this.Inside, there is...

  • Visit Wadworth's Brewery

    Wadworth's beer is sold all over south-west England, but its brewery visitor centre is in Devizes.And it still delivers its beer around the town by horse-drawn carts...a lovely sight. :-)Brewery tours run twice-daily through the working week, and on summer Sundays. It's probably a good idea to book online in advance if you are desperate to visit,...

  • Visit the Wiltshire Heritage Museum

    It's a fascinating place, stuffed with prehistoric artefacts including some from Avebury and Stonehenge.I visited years ago, when it was a crowded and somewhat muddled place, with labels in copperplate writing.still absolutely fascinating.It's been renovated and re-presented, so it's all so much more interesting to the non-specialist now.You'll see...

  • Look at the architecture....

    Devizes has some prime examples of Georgian architecture, especially around the market square. See if you can spot the 'assembly rooms', where all the young ladies and gentlemen would attend regular balls (especially during the regency period...Jane Austen?). It was perhaps the only way to meet eligible partners of an appropriate rank (ordinary...

  • The Canal

    Kennet & Avon CanalTake a stroll around town and you will come by a sign that points toward the Wharf. What it is is the canal. You will find boats morroed by the side with white mute swans wading in the water and dogs playing on the banks in the day.

  • The Caen Hill Flight

    Just outside Devizes, to the west, I believe, is a flight of 29 locks on the Avon and Kennett Canal. That is 29 locks in two miles that must be navigated to reach the summit at Devizes. Our friends knew of my fascination of the canals and the narrowboats so they surprised me with this sight. We could drive up almost to the head of the flight. As we...

  • Drool Outside the Bake Shop Window.

    I love little bake shops as much as I do butcher shops. Probably even more. Just look at the variety of things you can purchase....pasties, sausage rolls, lardy rolls (wonder what that is), buns, breads, baguettes, etc. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.


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Devizes Restaurants

  • My advice is forget it !

    We did not get the chance to review the food as our party of six got up and left. After sitting at our table for half an hour without a menu my partner got up to get some. Then the owner who came to take our order was asked if the phone would ring constant all evening and he said yes until he had the time to answer it . This was said with major...


    Enough with the snide comments about chips and peas and mash, of which I'm a wee bit guilty of pervaying. We found this pub, restaurant, B&B a few miles outside Devizes toward Bath just off the A4. One couldn't imagine such a nice establishment would be at the end of the road after veering off the A4 and up a one lane gravel path to the top of...

  • Sunday Roast

    The Black Swan is a small hotel with the pub and restaurant occupying the majority of the building. It fronts the town square so its quite prominent, you will not miss it. Perenially English is the Sunday Roast (beef, lamb or pork) and after visiting Stonhenge, we drove to Devizes for lunch. What better to fill you up that a Sunday Roast in a...


Devizes Shopping

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    by birchy99 Written Jan 4, 2006

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    I'm always charmed when I come upon an old fashioned butcher shop. Although it seems to me they are around every corner in the UK, I've been told by more than one butcher that they are dinosaurs marching to extinction at the behest of the supermarkets and young people who appreciate "one-stop" shopping.
    This shop was located in an indoor market place (flea market) in downtown Devizes. The butcher was most charming and willing to chat for a bit. I always marvel at the multitude of offerings found in these shops. Not only did this butcher have meat, he had a whole cabinet of cheeses. What wonderful window shopping!!

    What to buy: Meats, puddings, cheeses. Just about anything that would please a Brit's palate will be found here. But hurry, it may be gone someday.

    What to pay: Haven't any idea of the market values.

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