Situated in the picturesque Cotswolds, in a convenient location between London and Bath, Chippenham makes for an ideal countryside break. Under Alfred the Great, the town was declared a royal hunting lodge before becoming a market town. Modern-day Chippenham has become something of a commuter town due to its excellent transport links to bigger cities but still retains its charm and attractive character. Combining Roman settlements and stunning natural beauty, Chippenham and its surrounding areas really are worth a visit.
Hotels in Chippenham
Located just outside the town on a major route between the capital and the West Country, you’ll find Travelodge Chippenham East Delamere. This hotel has fantastic transport links into London and the West Country’s fine cities of Bath and Bristol are also both within easy reach. Travelodge Bath Central is perfectly located in the heart of Bath’s city centre, allowing you to discover all the city has to offer. You’ll want to visit the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen centre and the Theatre Royal, as well as Bath’s great selection of restaurants and bars.
Things to do near Chippenham
Although the hot springs were always there, it wasn’t until Roman Britain that the baths were actually developed. Quite simply a must-visit, the Roman Baths have a reputation as the best-preserved ancient temple and baths in the whole of Northern Europe. With audio guides, a restaurant, guided tour and even a twilight tour, it’s an attraction worthy of its status as one of the UK’s finest. If you’re more of an outdoors type, then make the most of the surrounding countryside with a visit to Cheddar Gorge, one of Britain’s most outstanding and naturally beautiful spots. The caves in the gorge hold Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, and it has been suggested that the caves were used for prehistoric cheese making. Chippenham itself also has a great selection of eateries, pubs and one or two live music venues where you can let your hair down and enjoy a slice of West Country hospitality.