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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 proper coffee and a gourmet sandwich, pop into The Food Gallery just a short walk from the College.

Built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653, The Merchant's House is the jewel of Marlborough's famous High Street. Built and occupied by a prosperous silk mercer called Thomas Bayly, the house contains nationally acclaimed wall paintings and decorative features.

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

Just five miles west of Marlborough, you can enjoy being able to wander amongst the stones at the spectacular World Heritage Site of Avebury. The largest Neolithic stone circle in the world, Avebury sits at the heart of a sacred prehistoric landscape. Nearby, you can view Silbury Hill, a 30 metre high artificial chalk mound and explore West Kennet Longbarrow, a chambered tomb built 5,650 years ago.  

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

Devizes, 10 miles to the west, is a bustling market town with a wealth of history and architectural heritage. Take a tour of Wadworth Brewery, sample their famous 6X and meet the Shire horses that still deliver to pubs in the town.

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.

A 30 minute drive from Marlborough, Bowood House and Gardens is the perfect place for a family visit. Set within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped Capability Brown parkland, the house is rich in history and contains some amazing artefacts. Bowood is also home to an adrenaline fuelled adventure playground boasting a life-size pirate ship, aerial rope walks, giant slides and the famous Space Dive!

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