What Is The Nation’s Oldest Borough?

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Dubbed ‘The Queen of Hilltop Towns’, Malmesbury sits in the Wiltshire countryside in the southeastern Cotswolds. It is the nation’s oldest borough, rich with over a thousand years of history, and a fine Norman abbey rises up to indicate its presence, whilst the elaborate market cross standing proudly in the square is one of the finest in the country. Visit the Abbey, and take a tour of the unique Abbey House Gardens, enjoy a circular stroll around the hilltop town or find out more about Malmesbury in the Althestan Museum.

In the surrounding area, to the west lie Tetbury and Westonbirt, with its internationally acclaimed Arboretum; north lies Roman Cirencester and pretty Cotswold villages such as Bibury, whilst to the east lie the Chalk Hills and ancient Neolithic marvels, such as the famous White Horse at Uffingham, and, further afield, the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge.

If you’re interested in seeing the sights mentioned above for yourself, we currently have two self catering holiday cottages near Malmesbury – Bull Pen and Oxen Cottage.

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