There is so much to see and do in beautiful Bradford-on-Avon! Eight miles southeast of Bath and set in the Avon Valley, the town is a rare combination of river, canal and architecture of true character – from tiny weaver’s cottages and ancient alleyways to grand clothiers’ houses and public buildings.
Stroll through the town and you will walk through time, walking in the footsteps of the Romans, Saxons, Normans, Georgians and Victorians. Winding through it all is the River Avon. The ancient bridge in the centre of the town remains its natural focus, and still has two of its original thirteenth-century arches.
Whilst you are here, visit The Tithe Barn. Dating from the fourteenth century, this incredible building originally belonged to the nuns of the nearby Shaftesbury Abbey, the richest nunnery in England, and it was used for storage of tithes during the Middle Ages.
But it’s not all about history. Bradford-on-Avon is also full of modern day attractions. There’s a great choice of places to eat and drink, from canalside pubs to award-winning restaurants, and cafes where you can savour local produce including cheeses, ice creams, chutneys and ales.
Visitors can also soak up the atmosphere amongst the town’s variety of independent shops, or if you are feeling a little more energetic, it is a great destination for cycling, walking and other outdoor activities.