The town of Marlborough is situated in the picturesque rural north-east of Wiltshire. Much of its great natural beauty is environmentally protected, and it offers the discerning visitor a unique blend of modern attractions and facilities.
The site of a twice-weekly market, the High Street is one of the widest in the UK, and lined on both sides with characterful old buildings housing an array of high quality shops. The town displays the confidence of wealth from times past, yet today remains vibrant and progressive with its own chic cafe culture. The Merchant's House - one of the finest seventeenth-century middle-class homes open to visitors in England - contains a wealth of period features, paintings and artefacts.
Among Marlborough's many claims to fame is the mysterious Merlins Mount which can be found within the grounds of Marlborough College, and is the reputed burial place of the wizard Merlin. The annual international Jazz Festival takes place over one weekend every July at the venues around the town, and is a popular event for local residents and visitors alike. The traditional Mop Fairs held in October always bring in the crowds. Another draw is the annual Marlborough Literature Festival, an increasingly important event with something interesting for all ages.