Marlborough

Marlborough

Local life

Picturesque Marlborough is quite the quintessential English Market Town, nestled in the country of Wiltshire. Culture vultures will love to indulge in the Marlborough Literary Festival, Marlborough Open Studios arts event, The Marlborough College Concert Series and Marlborough Summer School.

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompass much of the countryside around Marlborough and provide an unspoilt backdrop to a range of pursuits. Try mountain biking on Salisbury Plain, flying at Clench Common and Canoeing on the Kennett and Avon Canal. The Unesco World Heritage Site of Avebury is also just five miles away. Meanwhile, The Ridgeway National Trail and Wansdyke are some of the very best walks in the country.

There’s a range of exceptional independent restaurants, some smaller chains such as Rick Stein’s for a taste of Cornwall, and larger, well-known Italian names for pizza and pasta like mama used to make.

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The Guardian placed Marlborough in the top 10 of the country’s high streets for independent shops. On our must-visit list are Sumbler Butchers, White Horse Bookshop, The Merchant’s House, Kim Vine and Willow & Wolf for fashion. There’s also a vibrant café culture when you need a pit stop after all that mooching.

Hot on the heels of that accolade, The Sunday Times voted the town as one of the top places to live in the south west. You’ll find a Waitrose and Tesco nearby, or just book Ocado for some M&S treats. And when it’s someone else’s turn to cook, there’s always a tasty menu available at The Marlborough, The Royal Oak and The Oddfellows.

Schools are first-class. St John’s Secondary and Sixth Form Academy is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, as is Preshute Primary School. Meanwhile, Marlborough College and St Mary’s Calne and Dauntsey’s School are all exceptional independent schools, and boast some very famous alumni.

Transport links are great with the M4 within 9 miles and the A303 some 17 miles to the south. The spa town of Bath is around 25 miles. Trains from both Swindon and Pewsey whisk you directly into London in under 1.15hrs.

  • Closest village/town: Marlborough town centre
  • Post Office: 1
  • Stores: An array of coffee shops, supermarkets and cafes right on your doorstep
  • Supermarket: There's a Tesco and a Waitrose for everything you could need
  • Walks: Endless rambling opportunities right on the doorstep