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Marlborough and the Local Area

Marlborough is a quintessentially English market town, which has been a popular resting point for travellers since the age of the stagecoach. The town has one of the widest High Streets in the country and is renowned for its charismatic Tudor buildings and luxury shopping experience. Marlborough's history and charming personality provide an enriching backdrop that can be discovered whilst visiting Summer School.

Places to visit

Marlborough offers a whole host of dining options. Try the famous Polly Tea Rooms (named after Polly Peacham from the Beggar's Opera) found on the south side of the High Street. If you fancy a coffee and a sandwich, pop into The Food Gallery just a short walk along the south side of the High Street from the College.

The 350 year old Merchant's House is the jewel of Marlborough's famous High Street. Built and occupied by a prosperous silk merchant, middle class but with grand ideas, it contains nationally acclaimed wall paintings and decorative features. Humming with activity, it is an outstanding destination for anyone interested in fine old buildings and the craftsmanship needed to create and restore them.

Savernake Forest covers approximately 20 square miles of Lord Cardigan's estate and is a great place for a relaxing walk.

Visitors can explore Avebury village, situated five miles west of Marlborough and founded around the largest Neolithic stone circle in Europe. The two stone circles formed the centre of one of the most impressive ancient ceremonial landscapes in Britain. Nearby is the majestic Silbury Hill, a 30 metre high prehistoric, artificial chalk mound.

Stonehenge lies just 20 miles south of Marlborough where visitors can see for themselves one of the most famous ancient wonders of the world.

The town of Devizes, 10 miles to the west, is a bustling market town, famous for its brewery, Norman churches and 500 listed buildings within a quarter of a square mile.

The Kennet and Avon Canal was opened in 1810 and is 86 miles long with 106 locks, now used mostly for leisure, fishing and holiday barges.

The local countryside is famous for its chalk hill figures, in particular the Wiltshire White Horses. There were believed to have been 13 horses in existence in the county, but only eight are still visible today; five of these can be found in the Kennet valley.

Longleat Safari Park opened in 1966, the first of its kind outside Africa. Lions, tigers, giraffes, camels, elephants, monkeys, rhinos and deer roam through grassland and woodland settings. Visitors can drive through the park or board a special bus.

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