It’s always good to know about some of the practicalities before you book a stay or set off on a journey, so let us help you with some handy information.
You needn’t always bring a car when visiting Bradford on Avon. We are well connected by rail between London and Bristol – GWR from Paddington, SouthWestern from Waterloo – with regular services from elsewhere in the country. If you do drive, however, we are close to both the M4 and M5 motorways, with many nearby attractions to explore.
If you choose to visit us as part of a longer cross-country trip, the Great West Way can act as your guide via London, Bath and Bristol, taking a day or two along the way in Bradford on Avon.
Bath, our closest city, is just 13 minutes away by train, an hour by bike along the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath or a 20-minute drive. If the hustle and bustle of the city wears you out, staying in Bradford on Avon could be the perfect solution! The town is also a great base for visiting other big attractions in the wider area: Stourhead, Dyrham Park, Avebury, Longleat, Stonehenge, Old Sarum, to name just a few.
Once you arrive in Bradford on Avon, we have a team of enthusiastic volunteers at our Explore BoA Visitor Information Centre who will share their wealth of knowledge about everything the town and local area has to offer. You’ll also find a large selection of maps, brochures and touring routes at the Centre.
Bradford on Avon itself is very easy to explore on foot, whatever your fitness level. There are gentle walks along the river banks and canal, where you can discover historic buildings, wildlife and plenty of places to stop for refreshment. 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 the spectacular views and the beautiful 15th Century Pilgrim chapel of St Mary Tory. 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!