Modern-day Trowbridge is a rather uninspiring mid-sized English town, but one with a surprisingly rich history.
The Kennett and Avon canal runs to the north of Trowbridge and played a large part in the development of the town as it allowed coal to be transported from the Somerset Coalfield. The town was an also a major British centre in the textile industry in south west England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and was even described in 1820 as "The Manchester of the West". The textile industry is now mostly all long gone, but evidence remains by way of buildings and a decent little local museum.
From M4 Coming from the east, travelling west get off at junction 17 and take the A350 south. At Semington take the A361 west
- 1 Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Farleigh Hungerford village, nr Trowbridge, BA2 7RS, ☏ . daily 10AM-6PM. The remains of this very grand castle are in the Frome valley just 3 miles out of Trowbridge. The castle dates from the 14th century and was occupied by the Hungerford family for 300 years. It contains some rare medieval wall paintings. The surrounding village is the epitome of rural southwestern English charm. adults £4.10, children £2.50, concessions £3.70.
- 2 Trowbridge Museum, The Shires, Court Street, ☏ , email@example.com. Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa 10AM-4:30PM. Exhibits here focus mostly on Trowbridge's history as a major British textile town. This was also Isaac Pitman's home town and there is an exhibit about his life and times. Free.
- 3 Trowbridge Hospital. Grade II listed building of historic value.
- 4 County Hall. Neo-Georgian county hall, completed in 1940. During the Second World War it was covered in camouflage nets because it was feared the newly erected and easily recognisable structure could be a landmark used by German bombers to navigate to Bristol.
- 5 The Old Toll House. Grade II listed building.
- 6 Zion Chapel.
- 7 War Memorial. Memorial for victims of the Second World War.
- 8 Trowbridge Cemetery. Historic cemetery with several interesting mausoleums, such as the Kingston And Hastings Mausoleum, and The Brown Mausoleum. Also worth a visit is the Taylor Monument. Free.
- 9 Holy Trinity Church. 19th century church based on the Salisbury Cathedral. It's commonly known as the Church of the Roundabout because it is encircled by a one-way traffic system. There is also a 10 war memorial to the south of the church.
- 11 St. James Parish Church. 19th century Anglican parish church.
- 12 Trowbridge Castle. Motte-and-bailey castle dated to the 12th century, nowadays only a ditch and medieval wall are left of it.
Mini Golf Civic Centre
- 1 Odeon.
- 2 Village Pump Festival. Folk music festival that has been held for over 50 years. The music covers a variety of genres from folk and roots to blues, Celtic and Ceilidh with a variety of other entertainment including a family field, with puppetry and story telling.
- 3 Public Library, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The town has few restaurants. The Assam Indian restaurant is good value and is bring-your-own.
The smart cafe La Dolce Vita manages to be sophisticated and homely too, good for families with well behaved children (and adults!).
- 1 Café Italiano, 5 Mill St, BA14 8BE, ☏ . Italian. Small family owned restaurant/cafe. Great food! Good prices.
- 2 Tale of Spice, 51-52 Castle Street, BA14 8AU, ☏ . Indian restaurant. Local chain
St. Stephens Place
- 3 Chiquito, Unit 4B, St. Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, ☏ . Tex Mex chain restaurant.
- 4 Frankie & Bennys, St. Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, ☏ . American Italian themed chain restaurant
- 5 Nandos, St Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, ☏ . Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant specialising in spicy chicken
- 6 Prezzo, Unit 5, St Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, ☏ . Italian chain restaurant, modern style
Plenty of local watering holes
- Rose & Crown.
- The Stallards.
- Premier Inn Trowbridge, St Stephen's Place, BA14 8AH, ☏ .
- The Moonraker Hotel and Restaurant, Trowle common, ☏ .
- Bath - one of England's most popular cities for visitors is just 10 miles to the west and easily reached by train, bus or car.
- Bradford on Avon - a lovely little town just a couple of miles to the west and on the way to Bath.
- Salisbury - with its magnificent cathedral and the ancient settle of Old Sarum is about 30 miles to the south.
- The world-famous standing stones at Stonehenge and Avebury are less than hour's driving to the southeast and east respectively.