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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!
Things not to miss:
- Devizes has grown up around its 11th Century Norman castle - which held William the Conqueror's eldest son prisoner for 20 years.
- Take in its collection of ancient churches and 18th Century townhouses which surround the green and the market place.
- For those keen to learn about the region, a trip to the Wiltshire Museum is a must!
- The nearby Bowood House is steeped in Georgian beauty and has lovely surrounding gardens to explore.
There is still a regular market and retains its market town feel. Devizes still has manufacturing with a working brewery which still makes deliveries using Shire horses.
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 Rooms start from just £55 per night.
For an apartment or cottage
- Seeking a little added privacy, we recommend looking at what our online partner Booking.com has to offer in Devizes.
- The best options to fly to for Devizes are Bristol (33 miles) or London Heathrow (66 miles).
- A car is always useful for exploring the region, so why not check out our car hire partners Rentalcars.
- The best time to visit Devizes is during the English summer from June to September.