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About Devizes

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.

Coaching Inn

  • 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 Romantics

  • The Peppermill is an owner-run restaurant with rooms on the pretty market square of Devizes.  There are 16 rooms and suites upstairs, with options to have a four-poster bed, or stand-alone bathtub if you’re looking for something a bit special.  The decor is simple and elegant, but the restaurant is the real lure, offering standout British fare made from locally sourced produce.  

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.

Travel Information

  • 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.

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Best Hotels in Devizes

  • The George & Dragon Devizes, Wiltshire 3 rooms from AU$141

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Restaurant with rooms

    Three comfortable bedrooms over a good country restaurant, specialising in seafood. This 16th century coaching inn is a good budget option in a fine part of the country. See More

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  • Prince Hill House Devizes (Worton) 5 rooms from AU$225

    Country Escape  -  An elegant country house surrounded by beautiful landscape.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit any one of the nearby National Trust properties including Stourhead, Lacock Abbey, Mompesson House and Bowood House.
    Great walks  -  Discover miles of scenic walking trails starting straight from the property.
    Full of character
    GardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    An imposing country house set in beautifully manicured gardens. Following a thorough renovation the Grade II listed property mixes contemporary and traditional styles. From simple double rooms to apartments and suites this is a prefect spot for a romantic or family getaway. See More

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  • The Peppermill Devizes 16 rooms from AU$272

    Foodies  -  The restaurant is the real lure serving standout British dishes using local Wiltshire produce
    Local markets  -  Sample local produce at Devizes' weekly (Thursday) market located in the historic Market Square right outside the hotel
    Great walks  -  Get out of the town and take long scenic walks along the canal network
    Restaurant with rooms

    An owner-run restaurant with rooms located on Devizes' pretty market square. A traditional exterior opens onto modern interiors. Rooms are individually styled and feature luxury linens, bright colours, and some have roll-top baths. The restaurant is the real lure serving standout British dishes. See More

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