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Devizes, the name meaning "on the boundary", as the town was once on the boundary of three manors.

A small town, but with nice buildings, that once had a castle which was demolished in the Civil War, the present one here is 19th century.

St John's church was built for the castle in about 1120, and has an impressive tower, the town has another church, St Mary's and both have Norman structures.

Timbered buildings can be seen in St Johns Alley that date from 1500, as well as the Georgian buildings in the town.

Devizes has a market cross with an inscription about Ruth Pierce, a local woman who died suddenly after cheating in the market.

A big attraction at Devizes is the Kennet and Avon Canal which passes the town, and its famous 29 locks built by Rennie, one of the largest flights in the country.

Tourist Attractions in and near Devizes to Visit



Broadleas Gardens 6 acres of gardens featuring a steep valley.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Bowood House 5.6 miles An 18th century house with acres of parkland and gardens.

Lacock Abbey 6.8 miles A country house which also has the Fox Talbot museum.

Lacock Village 7.1 miles Visit this popular village owned by the National Trust.



Wiltshire Museum Discover the history of the area and see finds from Stonehenge.

Alexander Keiller Museum 7.9 miles Find out more about Avebury in this museum founded by Alexander Keiller.


Out & About

Kennet and Avon Canal Ideal for canal walks and a visit to the small museum here.

Bishop's Canning A nice small village with a church which is worth a quick stop or for a longer canal-side walk.

Oldbury Hillfort and Cherhill White Horse 5.7 miles See the white horse and walk around this ancient Iron Age fort.

Silbury Hill 7.3 miles Visit the largest largest man made mound in Europe, created in prehistoric times.

Days Out around Devizes.

If you are here, Bath is a must see, or take the A361 north to Avebury and West Kennett on the way to Marlborough.

Towns Near Devizes To Visit - straight line distance:

Melksham (6.40 miles) Chippenham (9.17 miles) Trowbridge (9.55 miles) Westbury (10.26 miles)
How to get to Devizes
Devizes A360 from Amesbury, A4 from Bath or Marlborough, A361 south from Swindon
The Bear Hotel
The Market Place Devizes SN10 1HS

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Castle Hotel
New Park Street Devizes SN10 1DS

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The Pottery
Urchfont near Devizes SN10 4RA
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Devizes Weather
Thursday 18th December
Day :Light drizzle13°C Light drizzle
Night :Light drizzle12°C Light drizzle
Friday 19th December
Day :Sunny skies9°C Sunny skies
Night :Clear skies4°C Clear skies
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