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Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire in the West Country of England.

Understand[edit]

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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From M4 Coming from the east, travelling west get off at junction 17 and take the A350 south. At Semington take the A361 west

By train[edit]

1 Trowbridge station Trowbridge railway station on Wikipedia is on the Wessex Main Line which runs from Bristol to Southampton.

Get around[edit]

Map of Trowbridge

See[edit]

Eastern gatehouse of Farleigh Hungerford Castle
  • 1 Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Farleigh Hungerford village, nr Trowbridge, BA2 7RS, +44 1225 754026. 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. Farleigh Hungerford Castle (Q5435410) on Wikidata Farleigh Hungerford Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Trowbridge Museum, The Shires, Court Street, +44 1225 751339, . 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 Issac Pitman's home town and there is an exhibit about his life and times. Free. Trowbridge Museum (Q7846682) on Wikidata Trowbridge Museum on Wikipedia
  • 3 Trowbridge Hospital. Grade II listed building of historic value. Centre Block Of The Trowbridge And District Hospital (Q26477681) on Wikidata
County Hall
  • 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. County Hall, Trowbridge (Q76435984) on Wikidata County Hall, Trowbridge on Wikipedia
  • 5 The Old Toll House. Grade II listed building. The Old Toll House (Q26272388) on Wikidata
  • 6 Zion Chapel. Zion Chapel (Q26645977) on Wikidata
  • 7 War Memorial. Memorial for victims of the Second World War. War Memorial (Q26494302) on Wikidata
  • 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. Cemetery, The Brown Mausoleum (Q26573040) on Wikidata
The Holy Trinity Church and its war memorial
  • 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. Holy Trinity Church, Trowbridge (Q5886617) on Wikidata Holy Trinity Church, Trowbridge on Wikipedia
  • 11 St. James Parish Church. 19th century Anglican parish church. Parish Church of St James (Q17529893) on Wikidata St James's Church, Trowbridge on Wikipedia
  • 12 Trowbridge Castle. Motte-and-bailey castle dated to the 12th century, nowadays only a ditch and medieval wall are left of it. Trowbridge Castle (Q24661833) on Wikidata Trowbridge Castle on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Mini Golf Civic Centre

  • 1 Odeon. Odeon Trowbridge (Q41253066) on Wikidata
  • 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. Trowbridge Village Pump Festival (Q7846688) on Wikidata Trowbridge Village Pump Festival on Wikipedia
  • 3 Public Library, . Trowbridge Library (Q55173787) on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

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!).

Town Centre[edit]

  • 1 Café Italiano, 5 Mill St, BA14 8BE, +44 1225 760600. Italian. Small family owned restaurant/cafe. Great food! Good prices.
  • 2 Tale of Spice, 51-52 Castle Street, BA14 8AU, +44 1225 776591. Indian restaurant. Local chain

St. Stephens Place[edit]

  • 3 Chiquito, Unit 4B, St. Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, +44 1225 762666. Tex Mex chain restaurant.
  • 4 Frankie & Bennys, St. Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, +44 1225 719404. American Italian themed chain restaurant
  • 5 Nandos, St Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, +44 1225 767206. Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant specialising in spicy chicken
  • 6 Prezzo, Unit 5, St Stephens Place, BA14 8AH, +44 1225 754569. Italian chain restaurant, modern style

Drink[edit]

Plenty of local watering holes

  • Rose & Crown.
  • The Stallards.

Sleep[edit]

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • 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.


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