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An old Wiltshire market town with bags of charm and almost 500 listed buildings, Devizes occupied an important position on the coach road between London and Bristol. The old coaching inns are still some of the best places to stay in Devizes if you're looking for charm and character.
When canal travel became the main way to transport goods, Devizes was included on the London to Bristol Kennet and Avon Canal, even though it meant that the canal had to rise 72metres over Caen Hill just before Devizes. There are sixteen locks in a straight line rising over the hill and even today it's quite a sight!
Devizes has grown up around its 11th Century Norman castle - which held William the Conqueror's eldest son prisoner for 20 years - but these days its collection of ancient churches and 18th Century townhouses surrounds the green and the market place.
There's still a regular market here, and it still retains its market town feel. It is also still a manufacturing town, with a working brewery which still does its deliveries using shire horses, among other industries.
The best places to stay in Devizes offer the perfect base to explore this charming area.
- The George & Dragon is a fantastically ancient coaching inn with three comfortable rooms over an excellent country restaurant, which unexpectedly specialises in seafood, with daily deliveries from St. Mawes in Cornwall. You'll feel at home here, in this 16th Century charmer, and rooms start from just £55 per night.
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