Plan your visit

We’re glad you have chosen to visit the beautiful Bradford on Avon. But before you set off there is always a degree of planning to do. To help, we’ve compiled some handy information for you to look at.

You don’t always need tor drive when visiting Bradford on Avon. We are well connected to the rest of the south west by rail – and there are regular trains to elsewhere.

If you do drive we are close to the M4 and M5 with many nearby sites to see.

If you are visiting as part of a grander, cross-country trip Great West Way can act as a brilliant guide via London, Bath and Bristol.

The nearest city is Bath which is only 13 minutes away by train, an hour by bike or a 20 minute drive. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life – Bradford on Avon is where it is at.

The town is also a great starting point for visiting attractions like Stourhead, Dyrham Park, Avebury, Longleat, Stonehenge and Old Sarum to name just a few.

Once you get to Bradford on Avon you can pop into our Tourist Information Centre (TIC). There you’ll find enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who can tell you what the local area has to offer. You’ll also find a large selection of maps, brochures and touring routes in the TIC.

Bradford on Avon has plenty of gentle walks along the Avon and the local canal. You can discover historic buildings, wildlife and plenty of food and drink locations.

The town centre is well known for its range of independent retailers, selling everything from arts and crafts to specialist groceries – and even ice cream for dogs.

For those who don’t mind a hill climb, a network of hidden footpaths and secret steps weave their way up between the hillside houses. At the top of the town your breath will not just be taken away by the climb but also by the spectacular views.

If you’re not feeling quite so energetic, just jump on one of the regular town buses up the hill, take in the view, and wander back down the easy way.

Why not start planning your visit with 3 of our most popular maps?

Bradford on Avon Town Map (pdf)

Bradford on Avon Walking Map (pdf)

Great West Way map (jpg)

If you need a paper copy of any of the maps, please pop into the TIC in Westbury Garden, give us a ring on 01225 865797 or email

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