Bradford on Avon Travel Guide

  • The Ancient Bridge
    The Ancient Bridge
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  • Saxon Church
    Saxon Church
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  • Tythe Barn
    Tythe Barn
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Bradford on Avon Things to Do

  • The Ancient Bridge

    The beautiful Town Bridge dates from the 13th Century and was widened in 1769. The large tower at the end was known as a 'blind house' and was to lock up for the drunk and disorderly in the 17th Century. The tower replaced a Medieval Chapel.

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  • Barton Grange Farm

    Barton Grange Farm is a range of Medieval buildings which surround the 14th Century Tithe Barn. This was the Grange of the nuns of Shaftesbury Abbey who had been granted the manor of Bradford by King Ethelred in AD 1001.Near the entrance to Grange farm you will see the Ancient Packhorse bridge and a network of paths around the Barton Farm Country...

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  • Great Riverside Walks

    There is a great riverside path which leads to the Tithe Barn and Barton Farm Country Park. Along the way you can admire some great affluent riverside properties, ancient bridges and acres of great English Countryside.

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  • The Shambles

    The Shambles is a great Medieval street where a meat Market was once held. Nowadays it is awash with pretty half timbered buildings which house some lovely independent shops and cafe's - I can highly recommend the freshly baked produce from the bakery there!

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  • The Tithe Barn

    The Tithe Barn is a great old Building and really was the highlight of my visit to Bradford. We took the picturesque riverside path alongside the River Avon which after a short walk will take you to Barton Farm Country Park where the Tithe Barn is situated.The Barn was built in the early 14th century as part of the medieval farmstead belonging to...

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  • The Saxon Church of St Laurence

    The Saxon Church of St. Laurence is a fabulous ancient building dated from the early 11th Century. It is of national importance as one of the most complete Saxon buildings still in existence.It is most likely to have been built by the nuns of Shaftesbury Abbey after they acquired the manor of Bradford. At a time of Viking raids along the south...

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  • The Tourist Information

    The Tourist Information is situated in a great building right next to some pretty riverside gardens. It is a good idea to start your visit to Bradford here. You can pick up some informative leaflets and maps of the town for free. They also have a nice shop selling souvenirs and books.

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  • Farleigh Castle

    After our short tour of Bradford-on-Avon, it was time to continue our journey toward Cornwall on this perfect sunny day for a cross-country drive. Not very long after pulling out of town, we crossed the border into Somerset County and almost immediately came across the ruins of Farleigh Castle sitting undisturbed by human life right beside the A366...

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  • From Chapel to Lock-up

    It was customary in medieval times to build small chapels on bridges in order to meet the needs of travellers, allowing them to give thanks for arriving safely after what could have been a long and tiring trip. One of these was incorporated into the design of the Bradford Bridge and it is one of only six chapels like this surviving to the present...

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  • The Old Bridge

    It was a frosty but bright Monday morning as we set out on our stroll from the Swan Hotel, in fact the difference between the sunlit parts and the shaded valley bottom made photography a bit difficult, as you can see! The town's name actually derives from Saxon times when there was a 'broad ford' here which allowed people to cross the Avon River....

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  • A Crooked Old Tea House

    At the eastern end of the Bradford Bridge and just across the intersection from the Bridge Chapel, we spotted this well-worn old building, which turns out to be The Bridge Tea Rooms. I walked over for a closer look and noticed that one of the roof gables is inscribed with a date of 1675 and many of the building's lines had strange twists and...

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  • STONEHENGE

    Approximatly half a way between Bradfod on Avon and Bath, stands Stonehenge, one of the best known and yet most enigmatic sites in the world. These stones are timeless testimony to the people who built it, between 300BC and 1500BC. An amazing feat of engineering remains a mistery. A lot of stones have been taken by people to build their houses and...

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  • BRADFORD ON AVON

    In town you can find of course a vrey nice cafes and restaurant, eateries...This beautiful old house in my photo, houses a typical english Tea Room.-

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  • BRADFORD ON AVON

    In this pretty stone town are many old cottages and houses built of the local golden coloured limestone. It is a busy market town with antique shops, art galleries and craft workshops.

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  • BRADFORD ON AVON

    Bradford on Avon grew up around the river Avon. The main stone bridge crossing the river Avon dates from 17th century.The town is actually crossed by two historic bridges - one of them includes a tiny jail converted from a chapel.

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  • BRADFORD ON AVON

    Church of St. Laurence. Photo is taken from the other site.It is incredible, that a building this old is still in such a good condition. It owes its survival to the fact that it was not recognised as a church at all, as families used to live in it.

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  • BRADFORD ON AVON

    Bradford on Avon is an old small town. One of the most important buildings of its age in Britain is the Saxon church of St. Laurence. The building dates back to the eleventh century but was rediscovered in 1871.

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  • BRADFORD ON AVON

    Bradford on Avon is located in the sought of England southerly from the bigger town Bath. I thing it is one of England's prettiest medieval stone small towns.

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Bradford on Avon Hotels

  • Old Manor Hotel

    Trowle Common, Bradford-on-Avon, BA14 9BL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Widbrook Grange

    Trowbridge Road, Bradford On Avon, BA15 1UH, gb

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Swan Hotel

    Bradford-on-Avon may be a nice little spot, but we had the hardest time of our trip finding a place...

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Bradford on Avon Restaurants

  • The Best Indian Take-Away Ever!

    After going in circles to find a place to spend the night, once we had settled in at the Swan Hotel, we decided at about 7 PM that it was time to find ourselves a good pub! The back entrance of the hotel opens up onto the far end of the bridge in the photo and is smack in the centre of town, so we turned left and headed up the sloping street...

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  • My First English Hotel Breakfast!

    I had my first English hotel breakfast while staying at the Swan Hotel. In all my previous trips (and I am talking about 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2004), I had always stayed either with relatives or in B&Bs or someone's flat, but never a hotel!After our 8:30 AM wake-up call, we readied ourselves and were soon down in the hotel...

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Bradford on Avon Transportation

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    We had a pre-booked standard transmission Ford Mondeo 1.8LX from Hertz rentals at Heathrow airport to provide our means of transportation on this trip to England. The car worked quite well, although it was actually a bit too big for ease of use on the secondary highways of England. The narrow roads with no shoulders and limited parking in towns and villages made for a constant vigil to keep it on the straight and narrow! In the end, for 13 days of useage we paid 300 GBP (US$540) including all taxes and service charges. The cost of petrol was not cheap at 88 pence/liter (US$5.80/US gallon) for the lowest grade, but that was no surprise since the cost there has always been about double that of Canada.

    The map shows our 'blue' route on the first driving day of our trip, leaving Farnham (red dot) outside London at about 11 AM and arriving at the Neolithic 'Avebury' standing stones (pointer) at about 12:30 PM. After a couple of hours exploring there, we continued west until darkness overtook us at Bradford-on-Avon (orange dot) around 4 PM. We tried to stay on secondary highways most of the time (thanks to the help from our detailed 'AZ Atlas of Great Britain') and found them slower but more enjoyable than the main roads. The 'black' route is the one we took during our February, 2004 visit.

    Bradford-on-Avon at the Orange Dot
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