History & Places to Visit around Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon Bridge

Bradford on Avon straddles the river and derives its name from "broad ford". The textile industry was thriving here for more than six centuries until a change in location for the dyeing of textiles meant the end of many mills in the West Country.

However, Paul Methuen brought a colony of Flemish weavers to the area in order to introduce new and innovative techniques thus reviving the industries. The quaint town of nearby Corsham is worth a visit.

Today, this picturesque market town is popular with visitors who come to enjoy the honey coloured architecture and interesting shops. The Tithe Barn is a grand example of a 14th century building and was originally used to store local peasants' taxes or "tithes".

Places to Visit:

  • Georgian City of Bath and Roman Baths
  • Thermae Spa
  • Museum of Costume
  • Corsham Court
  • The Courts (National Trust) Holt, near BOA
  • Iford Manor
  • Lacock
  • Longleat
  • Bowood House
  • The Cotswolds
  • The American Museum
  • Lacock – National Trust Village and Abbey (location of Harry Potter)
  • Castle Combe, quaint Cotswold village