Chippenham is a market town between Bath and Swindon in the south west of England. Chippenham is located on a prominent crossing of the River Avon in the low lying claylands of north west Wiltshire. It is within close proximity of the nearby towns of Corsham, Calne, Melksham and Malmesbury. Higher ground lies to the east of the town at the Marlborough Downs, to the north at the Cotswolds and to the south at Salisbury Plain.
The origins of the town are believed to be from before Roman times, there are remains of settlements from this time claimed to be in the wall behind the former magistrates court in the town today. During Saxon times the town was an early settlement around 600 AD. There may also have been a royal forest and hunting lodge in the town that was used by Alfred the Great.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Chippenham is one of Wiltshire's most dynamic market towns in England that serves as the perfect base to explore its surrounding ancient villages including Castle Combe and Lacock. Learn more about this town by visiting the Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre. There are also lots of manor houses and beautiful gardens located nearby including the Sheldon Manor Gardens, Corsham Court, Bowood House & Gardens and Abbey House Gardens. Other must-see sites include the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Lacock Abbey and Westonbirt Arboretum. Chippenham hosts many annual events, unique special celebrations and activities.Guy Fawkes Night (November 5th) is a good example. It is celebrated with Fireworks and a bonfire in Monkton Park in November. Explore more of the city by choosing cheap hotels in Chippenham. Find the right Chippenham hotels for you at otel.com as it offers the best selection reservations and lowest rates in cheap hotels.
The town is on the south of the main motorway, offering easy access to London, Bristol and South Wales. Chippenham is also on the main line rail route from London Paddington to the West Country and Bus services to Bath, Calne, Devizes, Trowbridge and Swindon are available also. Cross town mini bus services and additional local services link nearby villages to the town, provided by some private operators.