Cheap Hotels in Malmesbury
Located in Malmesbury, The Kings Arms is in the suburbs, within a 15-minute drive of Malmesbury Abbey and Highgrove House and Gardens. This hotel is 5.3 mi (8.5 km) from Highgrove House and 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from Westonbirt Arboretum.
Hotels in Malmesbury
Malmesbury, on the southern fringe of the Cotswolds, is as picturesque as it is quintessentially English. An idyllic country market town, it is best known for its imposing abbey, and is England's oldest borough.
The borough of Malmesbury was founded more than 1,100 years ago, during the era of Alfred the Great, although the area was inhabited as early as the Neolithic era and contained an Iron Age Fort by 800BC. The town is dominated by handsome Georgian houses and beautifully restored stone cottages, and is just a 30-minute train journey to Bristol.
Founded in the 7th century, Malmesbury Abbey is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was one of England's most powerful religious centres by the Norman period. Although the building is now a parish church, and has been altered on multiple occasions, it is one of the best-preserved early medieval buildings in the country, despite being partly in ruins.
The Malmesbury Market Cross
More than 500 years old, the Malmesbury Market Cross might have been built with some of the limestone used to build Malmesbury Abbey. Today, it is a prestigious Grade I listed landmark, and is often referred to as the 'Birdcage' because of its unusual shape.
What to see nearby:
The Westonbirt Arboretum
Probably Britain's most famous arboretum, Westonbirt, otherwise known as the National Arboretum, was established in 1829 and is one of the best places in the country to witness beautiful autumn foliage. The park has around 18,000 plants and trees, and is overlooked by enchanting Westonbirt House, a luxury wedding venue.
A proud winner of several Regional Heart of England in Bloom awards, Tetbury is home to a grand 17th-century Market House and was known for its textiles industry by the late medieval period. One of the highlights of the local calendar is Woolsack Day, which involves a special street fair, flower display, and several races, and takes place every May.
Where to stay
For a charming, traditional country themed venue, choose the Maunditts House, or consider the deluxe Old Bell Hotel. One of the most luxurious Malmesbury hotels is the Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, which overlooks pristine landscaped grounds and is a former manor house.
If you're looking for authentic, vibrant Indian flavours, spend some time at the Spice Merchant Malmesbury, or choose the Vine Tree for some fantastic British classics. Other renowned restaurants in the town include the Italian-themed Europa & San Remo restaurant, the English-inspired Radnor Arms, and the Horse Guards, which also serves mouthwatering English dishes.
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