Short Break in Marlborough

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One Night British Inn Stay with Breakfast For 2

  • One night stay - Sunday - Friday
  • Two night stays - 7 days a week (subject to availability)
  • British hotel or Inn
  • Comfortable double or twin room

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About Marlborough

Marlborough, in the heart of Wiltshire, England, offers a delightful blend of historic charm and natural beauty, making it a captivating destination for visitors. This market town, known for its broad High Street and twice-weekly markets, boasts a rich history dating back thousands of years, evidenced by the ancient mound at its western end, believed to be a prehistoric burial site. Marlborough's appeal, however, extends far beyond its immediate boundaries, with a landscape steeped in history, culture, and natural wonders waiting to be explored.

Walking down Marlborough's High Street, one is immediately struck by the sense of history that permeates the town. The street, one of the widest in the UK, is lined with characterful old buildings, some of which house antique shops, boutique stores, and cosy cafes, offering a perfect setting for leisurely exploration. The town's history is palpable, with landmarks such as the Merchant's House, a beautifully preserved 17th-century building, providing a glimpse into Marlborough's prosperous past. The house, with its original features and period furnishings, tells the story of a merchant's family living in the aftermath of the English Civil War, making it a fascinating stop for history enthusiasts.

Marlborough's significance stretches back even further, with the nearby Marlborough Mound, a massive earthwork in the grounds of Marlborough College, believed to date back to around 2400 BC. Though its origins are shrouded in mystery, it is thought to be a Neolithic burial mound, similar in purpose to the more famous Silbury Hill located just a few miles away. This connection to ancient landscapes is a recurring theme in the area, with the Avebury World Heritage Site nearby. Here, visitors can wander among the largest stone circle in the world, a prehistoric site that rivals Stonehenge in its awe-inspiring scale and mystique.

Beyond the bounds of the town, the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits. The rolling chalk hills and secluded valleys provide a picturesque backdrop for walking, cycling, and horse riding. The Ridgeway, an ancient trackway described as Britain's oldest road, runs close to Marlborough, offering walkers and cyclists a path through history, with panoramic views and historic sites along the way.

For those interested in more recent history, Marlborough is a stone's throw away from the Savernake Forest, a royal hunting forest that dates back to Norman times. The forest, privately owned by the same family for over a thousand years, is accessible to the public and offers a network of paths and trails through ancient woodland, home to a rich variety of wildlife and historic landmarks, including the grand avenue of trees leading towards Tottenham House.

Marlborough also serves as a gateway to exploring the broader Wiltshire countryside, with its quaint villages, historic houses, and gardens. The nearby town of Devizes, with its impressive medieval castle and the Wiltshire Museum, is within easy reach, as is the stately home of Bowood House and Gardens, with its beautiful parkland and adventure playground.

Marlborough presents a compelling mix of historic depth, natural beauty, and cultural richness. From its ancient beginnings to its bustling present, the town and its surroundings offer a captivating journey through time, set against the stunning backdrop of the English countryside. Whether one is drawn to the allure of prehistoric monuments, the tranquillity of nature, or the charm of historic towns, Marlborough and its environs provide a rewarding and diverse experience for all who visit.

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